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What is the difference?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by jondar, Oct 20, 2006.

  1. jondar

    jondar Well-Known Member

    Between an armorer (or armourer) and a gunsmith? I infer from what I read that one is military and the other civilian, but it must be more complex than that. Any ideas?
  2. Amish_Bill

    Amish_Bill Well-Known Member

    I'd guess that the Armourer has the duty of maintaining a large collection of weaponry in-house while a gunsmith is a fixit guy?
  3. Bruce333

    Bruce333 Well-Known Member

    I don't claim to know what I'm talking about here.[​IMG]

    My take on it is that an armorer services, cleans and repairs to factory specs, and is more limited to the firearms they know how to work on (certain brands or models), ans is an employee of the owner of the firearms.

    Gunsmithing would add to that, custom work, that is, non factory parts and mods, and working on a wide range of firearms. Works on firearms of individual owners. Has an FFL.

    (How'd I do?:confused: )
  4. repsychler

    repsychler Well-Known Member

    I agree with what the others have said. An armorer would be in charge of a certain stock of weapons (such as for the military, police or security firm) and a gunsmith is more along the lines of doing repairs, upgrades etc for different customers guns.
  5. Fosbery

    Fosbery Well-Known Member

    Some armorers are just to clean, maintain, repair guns etc. But many will also be gunsmiths who can do custom jobs.
  6. 44AMP

    44AMP Well-Known Member


    In the military, the person in charge of a company arms room is the armorer. He does NOT clean the weapons, the users are responsible for that. The armorer inspects them for cleanliness when they are turned in. And he is also responsible for performing certain limited maintenance. He is allowed/required to replace certain parts to maintain servicability. Repairs beyond those allowed to the armorer go to a support level maintenance company where a Small Arms Repairman will perform the work. having been both, I know this is how it works.

    A Police armorer is nearly but not exactly the same. He is responsible for the weapons storage, and for limited maint. Often he has been trained/certified by the factory for performing this work. He generally only works on a small number of weapon types.

    A gunsmith is a civilian term that covers people who work on guns. The range of services varies widely. A gunsmith can be faced with (literally) anything. Customers come in with everything from repair/refinish to conversions/custiomizations. One guy might need a spring made for a 150 year old revoler, another could want a peep site put on his rifle, or to repair/replace a cracked buttstock, etc, etc. Some gunsmiths are school trained, some are aprentice trained, others are self taught, and some are combinations of all three.

    Not every smith can (or will) do it all. Many gunsmiths specialize in a certain aspect only.

    A guy who makes his living tuning target handguns won't be too keen on trying to figure out why your old Hi Standard pump 20ga jams every other shot. The guy who works in the back room of the gun shop replacing firing pins and mounting scopes might not be the best guy to rechamber your wildcat varmint gun. There are vast differences, but all fall unter the term gunsmith.
  7. 10-Ring

    10-Ring Well-Known Member

    From my understanding, an armorer is one that can detail strip a firearm, make repairs as necessary (using factory parts) and rebuild the firearm to factory spec. A gunsmith can detail strip a firearm, make modifications to it...ie trigger work or fitting a barrel..., rebuild it that firearm and maintain perfect reliability w/ his work.
  8. Flak_Jakett

    Flak_Jakett Well-Known Member

    44AMP hit the nail right on the noggin. An MOS qualified armorer can perform limited reparations. Some armorers, however, are not qualified, and all they can do is hand in and out weapons and keep the paperwork neat. They technically wouldn't be armorers then would they? I guess they would be weapons hander outers/ slash butt of all of the jokes. After your weapon passed his feeble white glove test anyway.

    A gunsmith is a guy who works on guns.

    And if you were our old armorer AMP, no hard feelings right?

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