If you order a lot of parts, you will save money, because the stuff retailers charge you $6.95 for costs about $1 from Glock.Try to order parts from the factory to replace worn or broken parts.
That depends what 'is' means. My understanding is that their definition of a gunsmith is anyone who does work that enhances the accuracy of a gun. That is at least as broad as it is long, and the directive does not come from the BATF, but rather from the Department of Homeland Security.Glocksmith, yes. Gunsmith, no.
I agree. I took the course last year. I admit, you can watch some Youtube videos and buy a couple of books and figure out how to take a Glock apart. On the other hand having an armorer there to point out the real right way and wrong way to do things, things you should avoid doing, and the differences among the various models is much more worthwhile than a video.The class is very worthwhile. I first took it in 1997 and have re-certified every 3 years since then. There is no substitute for hands on training and learning how to do things the right way. You will learn far more about Glock pistols than just taking them apart and putting them back together, I have been servicing other peoples Glocks since 1997 but do a lot of free work. I do charge $20.00 for sight installation and alignment.
I am on my 4th armorers class. Good stuff. Myself and another armorer do the annual Glock inspection. Have to change out an occasional part. I even put an ad out at my local private range offering inspections and parts replacement for a small fee to have a little “side hustle”. Believe me the way Glocks run you won’t make any money. Unless, a ding dong totally jacks up his/her gun and wants you to bail them out.But don't quit your day job. Kinda like the old "Maytag Repairman" Ads. People who'll pay you to monkey with their Glocks are few and far between.