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Discussion in 'General Firearms Forum' started by G30SF46, Feb 24, 2012.

  1. G30SF46


    Nov 24, 2011
    I have been to all the gun stores around me and i would like a job in one of them to have a job related to what I want to do for a career. I walk in introduce my self and they all say no even after they see I am getting a formal education to become a gunsmith and the guns I have built even pieces I have built from scratch. I know they see me as a kid that just thinks guns are cool from video games any suggestions for a young guy trying to get a foot in the door? Or how I could change my approach maybe that would help me?

    Glock 30
  2. NEOH212

    NEOH212 Diesel Girl

    Mar 25, 2008
    North East Ohio
    If it was me, I would try to get to know the store owners first. Become a good customer and get on a first name basis so they get to know you and what your about. Then after things settle down and they know you, ask for a application. Maybe even volunteer to work a few days a week for a good discount on store items with the condition that if you do good, you can get paid after a while.

  3. redbaron007

    redbaron007 Some Dude Lifetime Member

    Jan 26, 2009

    Several employees of some guns shops, I know, have done this. It'll take a little time.


  4. FLIPPER 348

    FLIPPER 348 Happy Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    Bend Oregon

    Make sure your approach is not the the same mess of the English Language that your post is.
  5. method


    Mar 27, 2002
    Cleveland, OH
    You need to try to find work with a gunsmithing company, not just any old gun shop.

    Good luck.

    I briefly attended a gunsmithing school in Arizona before I decided it wasn't worth it. Saw a girl that was in an engraving class with me a few years later. She told me she was living in Phoenix working at Robar, polishing parts for 8 bucks an hour. She said there were a few guys doing the same work there who had completed the entire 2 year gunsmithing program. All she'd ever taken were two engraving classes.
  6. Bruce M

    Bruce M

    Jan 3, 2010
    S FL
    In the limited circles that I travel, any job experience and good references goes nearly as far for an entry level job as does any potential future training and or goals.
  7. KarlThomas


    Nov 29, 2010
    I would pick the one you think you have the best chance with and make that the store you go to for the majority of your ammo/guns/accessories needs. If you ever deal with the owner of the store, extend your hand and introduce yourself. Let him know from your conversations and the way you handle guns in the store that you are quite knowledgeable. I'm sure they get young people all the time that think it would be badass to work at a gun shop. You have to separate yourself from the crowd.


    Feb 1, 2006
    S.A. TEXAS
    Flipper 348 , cut the kid a break. He is just looking for a job which is more than a can say for most kids nowadays .
  9. mgs

    mgs Always Carrying Millennium Member

    Dec 21, 1998
    cogan station, pa, usa
    Most gun stores recommend a local gunsmith! We have several that work from home and that's a great tax break for now. You can build AR's or good bolt guns with minimum tools and machinery. Repairing broken parts is also a good business. You also could work at Gander Mtn as a Gunsmith....would not be my first choice but you would know the most!...Mike.
  10. G30SF46


    Nov 24, 2011
    Thanks for the suggestions and sorry about the errors in the first post. I had to wake up at 3:45 this morning and posted it when I was only half awake.

    Glock 30
  11. G30SF46


    Nov 24, 2011
    Thanks for defending me.

    Glock 30
  12. Cambo


    Jun 19, 2006
    My advice on becoming a "typical" gun shop employee:

    1. Practice ignoring people.
    2. Work on rudeness skills.(I can't emphasize this enough)
    3. Come up with an Special Forces cover story, regardless of your age, make sure to mention "combat experience".
    4. Practice selling only one brand of handgun, make sure to disparage all others.
    5. If someone asks for a gun not in the store, just tell them it doesn't exist.
    6. If a gun doesn't fit someone's hand, tell them they have to make their hand fit the gun - whatever that means.
    Last edited: Feb 24, 2012
  13. Teecher45


    Jan 29, 2010
    That's funny as hell.
    Not very helpful, but funny as hell!
  14. FLIPPER 348

    FLIPPER 348 Happy Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    Bend Oregon

    I don't 'cut them breaks' when they are in front of my desk for a job interview, why should I here?

    One of the things I do during interviews: I politely excuse myself from the office saying there is a client I have to talk to. I give the interviewee a pen and sheet of paper and ask them to write down why they want the job and where they see themselves 5 years from now. About 10 minutes later I return and take the paper without reading it. I read it after the interview and the content does not mean much. But if it is not legible or composed properly it goes into the trash along with the resume.
  15. glock2740

    glock2740 Gun lover.

    Jun 19, 2008
    NW Ark.
    :rofl:Hell, if learns all that, he'll end up being the manager. :rofl:
  16. G30SF46


    Nov 24, 2011
    I completely agree my post was not that great but you are just bashing a post to glock talk 5 minutes after I woke up at 3:45 a.m. I understand the criticism and take no offense. I do not write like that in a professional setting. I have in fact written and placed as high as state with a business plan. I also presented the plan multiple times to get that far. So I also present my self and speak in a professional manner in a professional setting. My apologizes for not meeting those standards on a glock talk post.

    Glock 30
  17. Jameson4all


    May 31, 2011
    Cambo, that was funny man and pretty accurate depending on which shop you go to. To the original poster, I would say keep trying other places, maybe try to start on the floor and work your way in to the gun smithing position after your hired on.

    LASTRESORT20 LongTerm-Guy

    Aug 10, 2010
    Good luck in your search.....I agree with what Karl T said above...always remember....never stop knocking....nothing good comes easy....Sooner or later...a door will open.
  19. djpuffnstuff


    Jan 18, 2009

    That's a good way to get a job in a gun store.... but it sounds like you want something more than that and your wanting a job in the gun store more for some experience in a gun retail environment. In which case you don't have time (or the money) to get buddy buddy with the owner.

    If what your really after is the chance to get experience by repairing or doing work on a multitude of guns I would call pretty much anyone you can think of that might be in the gun business or use guns. Call pawn shops, call people that teach CCW classes, call the gun stores back, place an ad in your local classified.
  20. AA#5


    Nov 26, 2008
    Well, sum peoples, dey got inglish abiliti & sum, dey got mekanicle abiliti but most people ain't got boath.