Gunsmiths are not a dying trade. Rather, many smaller businesses are being forced out thanks to regulations (Fire Inspector, local ordinances, etc.). Another cause is the poor business practices of the small gunsmith. Some are just gunsmiths and not businessmen. They've no business plan or idea how to run a business. Gunsmiths are increasingly specialized nowadays too. Pistolsmiths who work only on 1911s. Riflesmiths who only work on custom guns (Custom Gunmakers' Guild), blackpowder, shotguns. There's very few general gunsmiths nowadays.