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Becoming A Gunsmith
There have been more firearms sold in the U.S. in the past 2 years than any time before in our history. Along with the purchase of these weapons comes the need to maintain and repair them. Gunsmiths are trained professionals that can build and repair guns. Many people are looking at this industry as a means for a new career or just as a hobby.
Whether you are interested becoming a gunsmith for a new career path or just to know more about it for your own firearms collection, there are a few things you should know.
Gunsmithing requires training in machining, drafting and woodworking. Having this knowledge along with the specific requirements on the various firearms can help in diagnosing problems and the methods for repairing or modifying them.
In addition to these machining and woodworking skills, gunsmiths should know a bit about basic chemistry. This allows them to be familiar with ammo and the recipes needed to load ammo for safe firing.
There are many schools offering training for gunsmithing. Some have physical locations but many are set up as online schools. These online schools offer the opportunity to learn new skills while maintaining a full time job. For example, the Sonoran Desert Institute Gunsmithing program which will help a student earn an Associate of Science in Firearms Technology Degree.
In addition to taking online classes, you may consider an apprenticeship. An apprenticeship will provide you with hands on training in all aspects of firearms repair and modification.
Finally, if you become really engaged as a gunsmith, you may want to apply for a Federal Firearms License (FFL). This will allow you to buy and sell firearms as well as possess another person’s firearm for more than one day. To apply for an FFL you must go through the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). Check your local area for other licensing requirements.
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