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Gunsmith Schools, which ones are good?

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Unread 05-04-2013, 01:26 PM
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Re: Gunsmith Schools, which ones are good?

Originally Posted by Shockandawe1980 View Post
Hello all,

I'm a semi-stay at home dad, that works two other jobs as well as watching my 3yr-old. I have recently become infected with firearms as a hobby. I'd like to see if I can turn it into a business.
I have been looking a gunsmith schools, and I can't seem to find real info on the good vs. the bad. An online course works very well for me as I work odd hours. But are these course's worth it? Can I actually become a gunsmith and make a living with it? Which one's should I avoid? Many sound too good to be true.

Example, PSU (phoenix state) claims to train you in 6 weeks to a master level with your choice of secondary like reloading, and get you a state and local license with an FFL for $250.

Others charge alittle more, some much, much more. (4k+)

Then there are community colleges with aren't in my area, so that would be a huge problem, housing, tuition etc.. I don't mind work hard for it, I just don't want to work in vain.
Any info would be beyond helpful! Thanks in advance!
I currently have the privilege to have a gunsmith as a mentor while I am learning as much as possible regarding gunsmith skills. I am a novice /wanna be gunsmith.

As I see it, it is not so simple to follow this road via internet school , to become a gunsmith, you need to be multi-skilled, you need to have skills and knowledge about milling machines, drilling machines, tig/mig/gas welding skills, hand-equipment /machine equipment skills/knowledge, design and artistic skills, a lot more other type of skills to enable you to solve problems, re-loading knowledge and you need to know the law regarding fire-arms and the use of fire-arms.

As you can see it is a very broad spectrum you need to cover, I do not think it is possible for a school to cover all this in six weeks period. Go to the nearest gunsmith in your area and ask him to assist you, that maybe the surest way to become a gunsmith.

I have a link you can take a look at where I am busy building/restoring a .375 H&H Magnum, there are already a few skills you need to acquire, it is not impossible, but start at the right place and you will enjoy every moment.

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Unread 05-09-2013, 08:53 PM
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Re: Gunsmith Schools, which ones are good?

There is a school in Northern Arizona Near Payson I think

Yavapai College : Gunsmithing Program

I have had a guy attending there do work and it was awesome. He spent some time moonlighting at Schneider barrels lapping barrels. IMO take a Machining course first then go to GS school. When I finish my BS in Network Admin I am taking a weekend machining course. I will start by making form 1 suppressors for myself, threading my own barrels, building AR's and 1911 ETC maybe go to an armorers course or two here and there. I figure after 15-20 years Ill get sick of fixing servers and have amassed enough equipment to get started gunsmiths. Only problem is there are no smith close to me whom I trust to apprentice under.

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