Looking for Gunsmith Apprenticeship


Over the Rainbow bridge...
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May 14, 2008
The Woodlands, Tx.
Quick question, how do I start getting a gunsmith apprenticeship? Like how do I get one with a gunsmith?
Welcome to the Forum!

Sorry I can't answer your question.


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May 11, 2009
Leander(NW Austin)
I would search out a Smith who provides the services you are wanting to perform your self. It would make you a great asset if you could be useful right away. It seems like there are so many areas of specialization if I were looking to get into the industry I would play to my own strengths.

There are a good handful of platforms I would be confident to do almost anything to. Specifically, Glocks,1911s, Ruger 22s and AR pattern rifles. Unfortunately those are probably the most DIY'd guns out there.


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How hard will that be to do?
How bad do you want it? A machinist can make great money as is. I would never consider a "Gunsmith" someone with out machinist tools. Lots of industries that rely on machinist. Lot of those industries are here in Texas. Are you willing to work nights, get dirty, work without A/C? How long of an apprenticeship are you willing to lean. Any clue what the apprentice on most ever job starts out doing?

I suggest if your truly interested after reading this sing off & start researching the web. Not all machinist are CNC operators either.


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Apr 13, 2018
My two cents as having history in the industry and machining: if you have the buying power just buy your own lathe and mill and find others to learn from. If you have your own machines I’d introduce you to people in both industries.

Problem is just walking into a shop and being up front with your intentions and with that said a lot of owners/foreman aren’t likely to let you crash a job or machine when your long term goal isn’t about staying with em. it’s really easy to get tours and make connections though. Just go in and have a good attitude and personality.

Best of luck.


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Jul 21, 2021
Just wanted to add my 2c here. In my opinion, the best thing you could do is go to gunsmithing school. An actual, physical school, not online. There's plenty of stuff you can learn by reading or watching videos, but some skills you really need to have someone standing over you. Simple things like how to use a file properly. To me, taking gunsmithing online is like taking horseback riding lessons online. At some point you're going to have to actually physically DO something and all the reading/video watching in the world won't do much to prepare you for that. Unfortunately, the closest reputable school is in Oklahoma I believe. It'll be much easier to secure an apprenticeship after going to school since you'll actually have a skill set to bring to the table. Alternatively, learn machining and go from there. Gunsmithing also isn't very lucrative. Literally any other trade skill (welding, electric, plumbing, carpentry, machining) will probably pay better than gunsmithing. It's one of those things you have to do because you love it. Lastly, gunsmithing involves a lot of different skills and you don't have to focus on all of them. Plenty of people specialize in specific aspects of the trade such as stockmaking, or bluing or whatever. It's totally fine to just focus on the one aspect that you enjoy.



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