How does one become a gunsmith?

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing' started by Doc McGlock, Apr 20, 2013.

  1. I'm a dentist and have very good eye/hand coordination. I can think in 3D and absolutely love guns. I am totally fascinated with the mechanics of guns and am looking for something rewarding to do in my later years. Seeing how I am nearly 60, I need to step up the learning curve and can't spend 20 years as an apprentice, which ultimately might have beeen the best route.

    I learn quickly and am interested in what it takes to become a gunsmith. Can anyone steer me in the direction of publications to getting started in this field as I believe it will become a much sought after service with the millions of new gun owners coming on board.

    Any information about this field and directions would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks in advance.


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    #1 Doc McGlock, Apr 20, 2013
    Last edited: Apr 20, 2013
  2. Outside of the FFL/business license/zoning issues, there are some schools. I don't recall their names, but I believe there is one in central PA that has a good reputation.

    Retiring from small business ownership to become a small business owner? You're a glutton for punishment!

  3. Just my opinion. Some guys here agree with me, most do not.

    A true gunsmith is a master machinist who specializes in working on firearms. Many guys who claim to be gunsmiths are just technicians replacing parts.

    If you want to make a living at gunsmithing, first become a machinist and spend the years becoming a master and expert at gunsmithing.
  4. Bates,

    Thank you for your reply. I'm sure you are totally right, however I am also sure that there are many levels that one can climb to without violating the definition. Becoming a machinist might be a great goal! Thanks for that idea!

    Realistically, I am too old to expect to become a master, but I believe that I could achieve some proficiency at repairing and restoring firearms. I'm thinking that the majority of work could be learned fairly quickly but I do totally understand that experience speaks volumes!

    I'm just looking for some direction from those that have been there/done that. I'm not looking for reasons as to why I shouldn't pursue this course. My best accomplishments have come from being told that I couldn't or shouldn't do something! It's not about the money but rather a passion!

    I can do dentistry in my sleep!

    Thanks again

  5. From what I gathered here, all you need is to buy a Dremel and watch a couple of YouTube videos.

  6. Breadman,

    I'm originally from Uniontown, Pa and used to play music in a community called Luzerne, Pa? It was a long time ago and might have my communities mixed up, but there used to be a 4th of July band concert in the town square with musicians coming in from all over SW Pa and playing. Then they had one of the best fireworks displays that you could ever imagine! Might be Luzerne Township but I would love a yea or nay if I am correct!

    Some of my earliest memories!

    #6 Doc McGlock, Apr 21, 2013
    Last edited: Apr 21, 2013
  7. Not my style! I want to learn and I want to do it right! Fixing someone's weapon is far too serious to take such a cavalier attitude towards but thanks!

    Somehow I think you are posting "tongue in cheek!" :supergrin:

    #7 Doc McGlock, Apr 21, 2013
    Last edited: Apr 21, 2013
  8. You might be thinking of this. Wilkes-Barre and Luzerne Township are one metro area in Northeastern PA. I've never been to it, but plan on going this year. The younger kids could never quite make it that late, but now they can.
  9. Bread,

    Actually, the Luzerne Township I was referring to is in SW Pa in Fayetteville county. I'm guessing you are near the Wilkes-Barre area? My brother ans S-in-Law live in Mountaintop and work in W-B. beautiful country.

    There is a GS program in Pgh, but do not have any online programs. Going to Pgh is out of the question!

    Thanks again.:wavey:

  10. I got my degree from WECSOG. (the Wile E. Coyote School of Gunsmithing)
  11. Yep. I live about 8 minutes from Mountaintop.
  12. C&S,

    Do you do standup too? :tongueout: I got my dental degree there too! :supergrin:

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