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Discussion in 'Gunsmithing' started by Shep128, Feb 21, 2020.

  1. Shep128

    Shep128 High Speed Low Drag TGT Supporter

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    I’ve been working on my own stuff and family’s guns for a while now but it’s all self learned. I would like to venture into commercial work BUT I need to know my s***. The best I can find is there isn’t a “gunsmithing” cert. if there is I can’t find it. So how do I venture into this field? Learning all I need to learn. Thanks for any input.
     


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  2. baboon

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    Appenticship would be a great way!
     
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  3. Moonpie

    Moonpie U.S. Rifle M1 caliber .30 Lifetime Member

    I’d suggest one of the gunsmith training programs at trade school.
    There are a few scattered around the country. Expensive but professional training isn’t cheap.
     
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  4. jrbfishn

    jrbfishn TGT Addict

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    I would agree with Moonpie.
    Between now and then, classes in machining and running a CNC wood milling would not hurt you a bit.

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  5. MetalCutter

    MetalCutter Life is too short for cheap cigars! TGT Supporter

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    I'll third the recommendation for professional training. Especially if you're working on somebody else's gun for money. What's your background? Any metal working skills or experience? I've found that machinists make better gunsmiths than gunsmiths make a machinist.
     
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  7. Shep128

    Shep128 High Speed Low Drag TGT Supporter

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    I worked for a machine shop part time for just a little while. I’ve been in LE for 10 years.
     
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  8. MetalCutter

    MetalCutter Life is too short for cheap cigars! TGT Supporter

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    Well, you've got a start. Take some courses and go to work for a 'smith in an apprenticeship and you're set to go. Good luck.
     
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  9. Byrd666

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    I think it was Sonoran Desert Institute, or something like that, has a bunch of different gun related courses and degrees.
     
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  10. Shep128

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    Thanks I appreciate it.
     


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