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rocknwell

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This may or may not belong in this forum category, but I figure gunsmiths would have the best knowledge in regards to my question. I love shooting. I'm a decent shooter. But i'd like to know the names of all the parts, how each part operates, and why it operates the way it was designed to. I know basic concepts and operation, but I don't want to be an ignorant gun enthusiast. I want to be knowledgeable. Is there anyone who can point me in the right direction in being able to educate myself so I can have a decently educated gun conversation with people who know what they are talking about as well being able to troubleshoot issues i may have instead of telling a gunsmith "uh duh duh...its not shooting straight"? Thanks for your time!

Micah
 

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This may or may not belong in this forum category, but I figure gunsmiths would have the best knowledge in regards to my question. I love shooting. I'm a decent shooter. But i'd like to know the names of all the parts, how each part operates, and why it operates the way it was designed to. I know basic concepts and operation, but I don't want to be an ignorant gun enthusiast. I want to be knowledgeable. Is there anyone who can point me in the right direction in being able to educate myself so I can have a decently educated gun conversation with people who know what they are talking about as well being able to troubleshoot issues i may have instead of telling a gunsmith "uh duh duh...its not shooting straight"? Thanks for your time!

Micah
That's a very tall order IMHO, however, there are guys here that give you a full blown thesis ... and then some. :rolleyes:

Knowing ALL does not happen overnight, I think you answered your own question ... take the time and learn from people who knows what they are talking about. :D

If you break it down in smaller increments, that is more manageable, and post your specific questions here, I'm sure others are always willing and able to lend a hand.

Not exactly what your looking for but let me start with this video from Savage Arms

Good luck!
 
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you can get something like the AGI armor videos they give a basic knowledge and break down on what ever gun they have in that video it would be good for people with limited knowledge to have a better understanding
 

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Thanks guys. I know it's a tall order, but the jist of my long-winded post was asking for references to educate myself with. i'll start with the 2 things you guys provided. Thanks!
 

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Gunsmithing is like music, engineering, machining, etc. You can keep learning for ever.

How to learn can have to do with your learning style.

Learning styles - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Some people learn in a class room, some from a book, some by doing it, some by watching it, some by listening, etc.

20 years ago I started going to pawn shops and dickering them down on their prices for broken guns.
Then I would take the gun apart, clean it, oil, it and decide what spare parts to buy from Numerich gun parts corp.
Firearm Parts & Accessories | Military Surplus | Numrich Gun Parts
When the gun was fixed, i would sell it on consignment at another pawn shop.

I am not saying that is fastest way to learn, but it was all fun and paid me $1/hour.

I do not think gunsmithing is a good way to make money.
There are some incredibly good gunsmiths that if they had called themselves engineers, would have made 4 or 5 times as much money.
There are some real crooked gunsmiths that make good money, but they would have made 10X as much if they called themselves investment counselors.
 

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haha that sounds like a great way to learn how it all works. I'm definitely a hands on learner. someone just telling me what to do, or showing me, isn't going to help much if I can't do it. I'm not really looking to be a gunsmith, but just knowing what's going on would help me appreciate things more and probably be that much safer. Plus, if i need to do something that I can do at home that doesn't require a gunsmith, then that would be highly beneficial to myself!
 

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