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My knowledge, respect and love of everything guns, hunting and shooting, has been a lifelong experience. I am a Patron Member of the NRA, support the second amendment and 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 to share my 45+ years of firearm repair experience by offering a full range of gunsmith services that are far beyond the capabilities of most gunsmith shops.
Rick Breshears, Master Gunsmith
According to Wikipedia Encyclopedia, a GUNSMITH is a person who repairs, modifies, designs, or builds firearms.
Not that we are in the same social or economic status, but choosing your GUNSMITH is sort of like choosing your doctor or lawyer. You don't need them often but when you do, you want to choose someone you know has the knowledge to fix your problems no matter how large or how small and for gunsmiths no matter what kind, brand or model of gun you have.
The occupation of a GUNSMITH is different from an armorer. The armorer primarily maintains (disassembles & cleans) weapons and performs limited repairs involving parts replacements and possibly 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, be 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. If you want to be a successful gunsmith be sure to obtain the proper training that is required.
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 needs 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 to your shotgun, rifle, pistol, revolver or custom firearms call a GUNSMITH no matter where you live. 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.
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