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Gunsmithing school

Discussion in 'Off Topic Threads' started by pjbosh, Mar 14, 2012.

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  1. pjbosh

    pjbosh Member

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    I am looking into something to get into. I am young and there is only 1 gunsmith in the local area. I was wondering if anybody knows of gunsmith schools or how to get training enough to open your own business.
  2. 5 Stand Dan

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    pjbosh,

    I know of a couple of schools, no doubt more exist.

    Colorado School of Trades in Lakewood, Colorado

    Trinidad State Junior College has a gunsmithing program, also in Colorado

    Hope that helps.

    5 Stand Dan
  3. Oscar Ray

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    There is also a school in Pittsburg, Pittsburg School of Gunsmithing, it is a 14 month live in school.

    Oscar
  4. arend003

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    tahere is also one At Pine City community college in Minnesota
  5. Recoil Sissy

    Recoil Sissy Active Member

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    pjbosh:

    The very best gunsmiths are talented problem solvers with above average mechanical and (probably) machinist skills. They have my utmost respect and I am awed by their talent.

    Competent machinists and mechanics can earn very good livings at their trades. Good gunsmiths are IMO, under compensated. And some routinely deal with competitive target shooters. Can you imagine trying to keep a bunch of nutty clay target shooters happy?

    If being a smith is something you can love, I wish you the very best.

    sissy
  6. chuckie68

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    The "Olive Drab Travel Agency" used to have a Fu smithing training school.

    Chuck
  7. bgf

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    First off, we don't know what your 'local area' is...this would help. That said, we have a nice school in my area called Yavapai Gunsmithing School out of Yavapai College in Prescott Valley, AZ. It is a very good program run by my friend Allen Lohr. I went there in the late 1980's for two semesters. Learned a lot of good info but have lost most of it to old age...lol.

    That's my story and 'am stickin' to it...

    Bernie
  8. Voolfie

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    Just FYI...

    Schools teach you just the barest basics. Coming out of any of the gunsmithing schools in the country you may be a qualified "armorer". You'll still need years of training before you can really call yourself a "gunsmith". The best gunsmiths are genuine artists.

    J.F. Wolfington
    Philadelphia, PA
  9. Big Jack

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    The best education you can get in the field would be under a competent gunsmiths direction. The basics will be tought in the schools, the fine points come with experience.

    Big Jack
  10. dtate10

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    You could travel to London and do a 5 year apprenticeship with Purdey and sons.
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