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Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by palerider1, Jan 5, 2006.

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  1. palerider1

    palerider1 member

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    MY LOCAL GUN DEALER, WHO IS A FRIEND OF MINE, SAID THAT HE HAD 2 OR 3 APPRENICESES WHO WORKED FOR HIM AND DID NOTHING BUT STEAL. HE SAID FROM NOW ON IF HE COULDNT DO IT HIMSELF HE WOULDNT DO IT( MEANING WORK ON GUNS) . I HAVE BEEN INTRIGUED BY GUNSMITHING SINCE I WAS A CHILD AND WOULD LOVE TO LEARN. I AM A BUSINESS OWNER MYSELF AND HAVE WINTERS OFF AND WOULD LOVE TO WORK FOR HIM (DONT EVEN CARE IF HE PAYS ME) TO LEARN THE ART OF GUNSMITHING. HOW LONG IS THE LEARNING CURVE UNTIL YOU FEEL COMFORTABLE WITH THE BASICS? I KNOW IN EVERY CRAFT LIKE THIS YOU LEARN SOMETHING NEW EVERY DAY FOR AS LONG AS YOU DO IT. I HAVE HELD BACK ON ASKING HIM IF I COULD HELP HIM BECAUSE THERE HAVE BEEN OTHERS IN THE SHOP THE LAST FEW TIMES I HAVE WENT IN,
    ANY RECCAMENDATIONS?????? SORRY FOR THE CAPS I REALISED AFTER I WAS DONE THAT I TYPED CAPS
    THANKS,

    PALERIDER1
     
  2. rock jock

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    Here's a secret: there's a little button on the left side of your keyboard marked "Caps Lock" - its your friend.
     
  3. palerider1

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    thanks rock!!!!!!!! i'll respect that!!! :)

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  4. trickyasafox

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    i couldnt resist

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    :) i just was waiting for an opportunity to use this pic


    for working on guns, yea each model has their own qwerks but imho the best thing you can pick up early is the basic key components and how they interact. once you understand what parts make what aspects of a gun work, you can then easily see how to diagnose a problem
     

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    palerider1 member

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    Tricky,,,
    thats beautiful!!!!!!
    love the pic ,,,,and thanks for the advise.

    palerider1
     
  6. Fred Fuller

    Fred Fuller Moderator Emeritus

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    Well, you start with a chunk of steel and a file and a caliper...

    lpl/nc

    (-Old joke that's not really a joke, German apprentices in the trade in pre-WW2 days started that way. They were expected to file the chunk of steel into a perfect cube, then file the cube into a perfect sphere. After a year or so of this their training actually started. So my family wizard says every time I ask him about teaching me the trade anyway, he starts looking for a big hunk of steel and a file...)
     
  7. Wiley

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    There are home study courses avalable. Do a search for gunsmithing classes or the like.

    I think there is a company in Atlanta: American Gunsmithing Institute (?) that has tapes/DVD's for sale that may give you some info. I have never purchased anything from them, but it's a source.
     
  8. DunedinDragon

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    I think the most important thing you'll need to learn as a gunsmith is to pay attention to details such as YOU'RE CAPS LOCK BEING ON WHEN YOU TYPE!!!
    ;)
     
  9. Preacherman

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    If you seriously want to learn gunsmithing, there's really no substitute for a solid technical education in that field. The Colorado School of Trades offers what is probably the best-known two-year associate degree in the field, and there's another college in California that's almost as well-known (although I can't recall the name - I'm sure someone will be along soon to post it! :D ).

    However, there's a downside to being an independent gunsmith (as opposed to being a gunsmith employed by another company). The regulatory requirements for your FFL are pretty strict, and some report that unless they also have a retail (i.e. sales) component to their business, they face difficulties in getting an FFL from the ATF. This sucks, but it's the reality you face.
     
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