Discussion in 'Gunsmithing and Repairs' started by SniperStraz, Feb 4, 2007.
That said, on the AGI website, it states that the courses are meant for personal information only and are not certified.
If you want the best schools concerning gunsmithing, the three I know of are Pine Technical College (I believe in Oregon), Yavapai Community College (School of Gunsmithing) in Arizona, and the Colorado School of Trades (guess what State that one's in!!! )
Good luck in your endeavors! There's always room for good gunsmiths.
Enroll in a certified 'smithing school.
With any kind of training I would still never consider gunsmithing on my own. I would start out as an apprentice to someone with a good rep and plenty of work.
I'm not trying to do this full time, more like a hobby. I don't know how much $ gunsmiths make, but here in Atlanta I doubt theres enough work to feed a family.
Keep it comin' guys (and gals)
Check with your state department of labor for a gunsmith apprenticeship program.
You can get machine training from local community collages if you work many offer night courses, and find a smith looking for help to apprentice to, some state programs allow for tax breaks for the smith or help paying apprentices wages.
I have apprentices on and off, I train them to do the work in my shop my way no school does that.
Will that make you a certified finish carpenter????
Remember that the only REAL professional certification anyone needs to be a gunsmith is an FFL.
There are--and were--plenty of excellent gunsmiths who have been practicing for decades who NEVER saw the inside of a classroom concerning firearms.
As a matter of fact, how did all of those old master 'smiths ever learn without a college campus?
A true gunsmith and a good machinist/welder are NOT necessarily the same. A true gunsmith is defined by their love for the firearms they work on. They are encyclopedic in their knowledge and understanding of the inner workings of firearms, and have the patience to do the job right.
One good example of a current master gunsmith who (AFAIK) never went to a gunsmithing school started out as a watchmaker.
As far as I know, until he made a name for himself he was never "certified" as a gunsmith. No degrees in the fine arts of gun repair.
Yet I don't know of ANYONE who would not give blood to get a 1911 made or worked on by Bill Wilson.
If you want it, go for it! Best of luck to you.
Never seen that term before Powderman - are you refering to Grant Cunningham?
A Gunsmith is a craftsman and a good one takes many years to evolve. A love of guns is the first requirement. You are what you do and while a certificate is a good thing to have a solid knowlege of machining and metalergy plus real skill (which comes with practice) at machining is what really matters. Having this knowlege will make you valuable in many areas and if you develop the attention to detail and personal integety which makes your work that of a FINE craftsman you will be sought after to the point that you will not only be able to feed your family but feed them well gunsmithing or not. I work with electronics but regardles of the field the people who do it just for the money are usually hacks at best but those who do it because they love it and work til the job is done and take pride in their work are the ones who excel. Learn the basics and work with gunsmithing as a hobby (find guns in distress that can be had cheap) until you can find someone you can learn from so you can DO it then if you want ceritfication get it. By that time you could be confident and skilled enough you don't need it.
And, unless I am gravely mistaken, the gunsmith I was referring to was Bill Wilson. I believe that he is totally self-taught.
Another excellent gunsmithing school is Lassen Community College, Susanville, California. As far as AGI goes, as with any other correspondence type of school, the quality of the results depend almost entirely on the quality and motivation of the student.
Lots of places offer it that don't offer gunsmithing
There is never a shortage of work if you decide to do it for a living
A moderate investment in tools for your home shop, means you will never need to buy another part again (now whether it'd have been easier/cheaper to do so is a completely different story).
If you're really interested, a good correspondence course and some project guns will get you going.
Now, I don't know about the quality of the course, but I would guess that they're good. However, if one wanted to pursue a career in gunsmithing, they should attend their local junior college and learn to machine operations, welding and take some metallurgy courses (engineering) so they know something about metal properties.
Even with the complete AGI course and machine operations and welding, one should spend a couple of years in the gunshop for hands-on work with a gunsmith.
This looks much more comprehensive. It must be expensive too, because I can't find a price for it anywhere. In the true heroin-dealer's tradition, they'll send you a free sample to get you started. I'm guessing it's much more involved than the 1-3 volume sets they have on everything else.
The mention of Wilson not going to school is interesting...but his route would be way longer, harder and pobably more expensive then just attending a gunsmithing college in the first place. That and it's easy to look at the successful guy and say "look, he did it" but how many countless others have failed? Is the success rate higher for those who attended a school vs those who are self-taught or take a home course?
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