Gunsmithing

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing' started by 7rm1337, Nov 5, 2007.

  1. 7rm1337

    7rm1337 Member

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    I am wanting to become a gunsmith i was wondering if any of you would know the best way to become one?
     
  2. devildoc

    devildoc Well-Known Member

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    come to colorado and go to the community college in Trinidad, the gunsmithing school there was started by P.O. Ackley and is one of the best in the nation. After that it's coming up with the money to get all the tools and getting a reputation and client list good enough to make money at it.
     

  3. 7rm1337

    7rm1337 Member

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    Thanks ive been tryin to decide what to do. My grandpa is a gunsmith but is quitin because of health reasons so i can get alot of tools from him.
     
  4. James Jones

    James Jones Well-Known Member

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    Do you want to be a gun smith or a gun builder ?

    the first thing I would do is take a intro to machine shop class and get to know your tools , it'll make the accutal gunsmithing school easier on you and your teacher
     
  5. koginam

    koginam Well-Known Member

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    James Jones Question is a good one there is a big difference in training between a gunsmith who builds guns and one who just replaces parts. Although Their is a need for both in the industry. Can you get any training from your Grandfather before his retirement? you could have him sponsor you as an apprentice and get reduced tuition for the machine tech. training as well as other help with wages and L&I insurance.
    here are some links to look at.
    Apprenticeship Programs

    The Gunsmiths :: View Forum - Industry Standards

    Good luck
     
  6. Max Heat

    Max Heat Well-Known Member

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    Have you been watching the sons of the guns? Going by the smiles on their faces, they just have too much fun doing what they do, and I envy them. But then, who wouldn't? I do have the highest amount of respect for Will though. In my opinion, he is also one cool-ass dude!

    It has me fantasizing about getting into the kind of work that they do down there. But at my age, when the reality checks kick in, I realize those thoughts amount to nothing more than pipe dreams. I do make/shoot my own reactive targets though (staying absolutely within what the law allows). I can personally verify that big ones make for big smiles!

    Anyways, if you are still young (and mechanically inclined), GO FOR IT! But you need to learn as much as you can, so you can be as good as you possibly can be. It is a very highly competitive line of work, because there are a lot of people who want in.
     
  7. J E Custom

    J E Custom Well-Known Member

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    The school is a good start if you can go/pay.

    An apprenticeship with your grandfather would be an excellent way to start because of the
    experience he should have and he would probably be happy and proud to pass own his skills
    to a family member.

    If he has been doing it for a long time he is used to building a lot of his own tools which will
    help in future projects.

    My recommendation would be to try and talk him into teaching you while closing down his
    gunsmithing and letting you take it over. It would be a win win for both of you.

    J E CUSTOM
     
  8. bigb00mer

    bigb00mer Active Member

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    when you can tell the difference between a large pizza and a gunsmith
     
  9. FEENIX

    FEENIX Well-Known Member

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    You gotta a revival of 4+ years old post. :D
     
  10. bigb00mer

    bigb00mer Active Member

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    well never said a smith was fast:)