Choosing your GUNSMITH . . . . .
according to Wikipedia Encyclopedia,
a GUNSMITH is a person who repairs, modifies, designs, or builds firearms.
The occupation of GUNSMITH is different from an armorer. The armorer primarily maintains (disassembles & cleans) weapons and performs limited repairs involving parts replacement and possibly work involving accuracy.
A GUNSMITH makes custom firearms, does factory level repairs, renovation (such as applying metal and wood finishes) and makes modifications and alterations for special uses. GUNSMITHS may also apply carvings, engravings and other decorative features to an otherwise finished gun.
Some professionally trained GUNSMITHS are employed in factories by firearms manufacturers; armories of military or law-enforcement agencies; sporting goods stores; or small gunsmith shops, as either the owner, or one of a handful of employees or apprentices. Although it's a fulfilling career, gunsmithing is not a high paying career.
To pursue the entirety of this trade, a GUNSMITH must possess skills as a mechanic, a fabricator, a metalworker, an artisan, knowledgeable in shop mathematics, ballistics and chemistry, plus be capable of working accurately and precisely.
Those who become self employed in small gunsmith shops must obtain necessary licenses to have a business, lots of tools and equipment and possess skills as small business operators, work effectively with a wide variety of customers and remain abreast of and comply with federal, state and local laws, ordinances and requirements. Sometimes the paperwork takes as much time as the repairs.
ARMORER VS. GUNSMITH VS. MASTER GUNSMITH . . . . . .
The gun industry is flooded with people whose only credentials are that they have taken
an online gunsmith course, or because they are handy with tools and repaired their own guns or their buddies guns, and have declared themselves a GUNSMITH. They may print a business card with the word gunsmith as a title but have no professional training as a apprentice at a gunsmith shop or have not attended a qualified gunsmith school. Some are not even armorers. Online classes are great for upgrading your skills with some advance training but they are not enough to produce fully qualified GUNSMITHS.
Most armorers are proud of their careers and don't claim to be GUNSMITHS. They are aware of the limited skills, tools and equipment they have available so they advertise that they are armorers. Some even choose one or two brand specialties. The world need lots of armorers to clean firearms, change out parts and make the minor repairs that skilled GUNSMITHS don't have time to do.
For major repairs, extensive modifications or custom firearms call a GUNSMITH. Ask if they have the training and experience to repair your firearm properly the first time. A good GUNSMITH will save you time, money and headaches.
Although there is no official license or degree declaring them a MASTER GUNSMITH, they are the senior,
qualified GUNSMITHS with many years, or decades, of hands-on experience with well
rounded skills. They also have a
deep and intimate understanding of firearms mechanics. They love their jobs and are a wealth of information. They don't just declare themselves as masters, in fact most do not refer to themselves as masters and are very humble about accepting the title. The name usually comes from a customer referring to them as a MASTER GUNSMITH as a manner of respect because of the time, cost, effort and dedication it takes to master their many skills. With time the title just fits.
My knowledge, respect and love of guns and hunting has been a lifelong experience. I am a Patron Member of the NRA and support our right to own firearms.
I received my professional gunsmith training at The Colorado School of Trades in Denver, Colorado and welcome the opportunity to earn your trust as your personal gunsmith and to share my 40 years of firearm experience by offering a full range of gunsmith services that are far beyond the capabilities of most gunsmith shops.
- Treat all guns as if they are loaded
- Don't point at anything you are not willing to kill or destroy
- Don't put your finger on the trigger until your sight is on the target and you are willing to shoot
- Be sure of your target and backstop before pulling the trigger
- Store your guns unloaded, locked and away from children
- Keep a record of the brand and serial number of every gun you own in case they are lost, stolen or damaged in a fire or natural disaster
- The safest place to store firearms is in a fire proof safe
- Your firearms are investments in both their monetary value and your freedom. Take care of them.
- Before using or when cleaning your firearm, if you find worn, broken or missing parts, cracks or other signs of excessive wear be sure to contact us so we can make the necessary repairs to keep your investment in good condition
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