Beginner Hobbyist Gunsmithing Training?


November 26, 2012, 05:43 PM
I am relatively new to guns and I would like to learn basic gunsmithing. I am not looking to earn a living as a gunsmith. I simply want to be able to take care of and make general repairs and upgrades to my own guns, guns belonging to friends, etc. I would also like to learn reloading. Basically, I want to develop a new skill or two to contribute to my own enjoyment, self-sufficiency, value and even survival in the worst case scenarios.

I have come to realize the value of skills, even at a novice or intermediate level, and now I am trying to figure out the most efficient and affordable way for me to start learning. I have found numerous programs and schools promising all sorts of results, and that's fine, but most of them I can't afford, and others I am pretty sure are just scams. Besides, I just want to learn the basics and then grow over time in my own basement. I want to add value to my circle of friends.

So, given my desires, do any of you have any suggestions for what I might do to begin developing these skills? Are there quality, reputable online or DVD training courses out there (I'm very visual)? Are there any books that are far better than the rest? Other resources? Remember, I am not trying to get accredited or find a job at a local shop or anything. Also, I only have a limited amount of time to dedicate to this right now. For now, I just want to learn some basic skills as efficiently and effectively as possible. Again, I am totally new, so I want to start from scratch; and you can assume I don't know what you mean. : )

What would you do? Thanks for reading.

If you enjoyed reading about "Beginner Hobbyist Gunsmithing Training?" here in archive, you'll LOVE our community. Come join today for the full version!
November 26, 2012, 08:03 PM
AGI has some pretty good DVD training videos. There are books too on specific gun models. The first thing is that you must know how the gun operates in order to do repair on malfunctions. Simi-autos are way more advanced than you think.

I would not touch anybody's else gun due to liability reasons.

If you can find a local gun shop gunsmith to take you under his wing would be a big plus.

November 26, 2012, 08:12 PM
Buy books and read them.
Just don't eat the pages.

Thats how I started 50+ years ago.


November 26, 2012, 10:41 PM
Blue: I will keep an eye out for those. I know most of the shop owners in my town and while they are great guys and gals, I don't think any of them are in a position to take me in right now. That said, I will keep an ear out. Thanks!

rcmodel: I just bookmarked those. Thanks so much!

If anyone else has any thoughts, advice, recommendations, or anything else, I would love to hear them. If anyone knows of any DVD's that are worth it, I'd love to have a link to them too.


4v50 Gary
November 26, 2012, 11:45 PM
NRA Summer Gunsmithing School

November 26, 2012, 11:49 PM
4v50Gary: So funny you should mention that. I JUST read something about it moments ago. I am less than three hours away from Trinidad State. It might be a great option for me next summer.


November 27, 2012, 12:30 AM
The first thing is that you must know how the gun operates in order to do repair on malfunctions.

one of the smartest things ive ever heard.

i can tell you the entire cycle of operations for the 25mm, 40mm, and 105mm guns at work and it is stupid important when it comes to running malfunctions in flight.

November 27, 2012, 05:28 PM
"rcmodel" is one of the few reasons I continue to follow this forum. The contributions he makes reflect a high-water mark in info added, and are usually devoid of the silliness in other posts.
Just take a look at what he suggested for smithing books; a gold mine.

November 27, 2012, 06:46 PM
NRA Summer Gunsmithing School
Those courses can be great. While I am far from a gunsmith I have taken a few many years ago. The courses I took were at Montgomery Community College in Troy NC. My brother-in-law and myself would set aside a week or two every summer and we had a great time and built some great guns.

For anyone considering these courses sign up early as class sizes are small and when a class is filled that is it.


November 27, 2012, 11:34 PM
Thanks all! Good info and I have marked it all. I agree that a key to success -- at least for me -- is coming to a firm grasp of the basics and understanding just how a system works before going too far.

Thanks again!

Cast of One
November 28, 2012, 12:08 AM
When do the NRA Summer class schedules come out?

November 28, 2012, 02:29 AM
The brownells Kinks- gunsmithing books are good

Midway usa has a ton of brief videos on YouTube that give an overview of different problems and fixes-
Dented shotgun barrels
Damaged chambers on .22 from dry firing
Stock repair - etc

There is also a community college that has gunsmithing courses- maybe larsens

November 28, 2012, 02:34 AM

November 28, 2012, 08:45 PM
I'm subscribed to those Midway videos. I will look more at the Brownell's books soon.


If you enjoyed reading about "Beginner Hobbyist Gunsmithing Training?" here in archive, you'll LOVE our community. Come join today for the full version!