Every branch of service can guarantee an MOS. Period. And yes, get it in writing, but also know the disqualifiers. Quick example- Poolee Smith has a GT of 115 on the ASVAB prior to enlisting. Once in recruit training he re-takes the ASVAB and has a 99. Contract voided- welcome to "needs of the Service" MOS assignment. My nephew had a guaranteed seat at Pre-Ranger in an effort to get to Ranger school and the 75th Regt. Got sick\ recycled in boot camp. Guarantee terminated.is to join the US Army (the only branch that will guarantee an MOS[but get it in writing!])
It's tough to make a living at gun smithing. I know two in this area that haveMaybe the induction process has changed since I was in. I researched the Navy and Air Force before joining the Army. I wanted to be a submariner, but the enlistment was 6 active, and no guarantee of a slot. (This was in 1985) The Air Force guaranteed a 'career field', which meant I might have been an Armorer, or I might have been loading 30mm into GAU-8's on Warthogs. I did not enquire into the Marines' methods, as I had no desire to be one of Uncle Sam's Misguided Children. Crayons taste horrible, and I didn't want to spend years replying "OHH-RAH, SIR!"
I did get the exact MOS I requested, 76Y10 Unit Supply Specialist/Armorer, and the CONUS post I requested, Ft. Ord, CA. And yes, I got it in writing.
I went to Trinidad in the early 80s. It is very hard to make a living doing general gunsmithing you need to specialize in something. Competitive shotguns are a good one to work in but don't plan to get rich and plan to go hungry for the first 5 - 10 years until you get a name built up. I traveled on the road to shoots for 30 years to build up a name. If you knew me and Pat when we were younger and still partners we both were a lot skinner than now.
If you go to school then go to work for some one you will only get min wage for the first year or two because you are only going to know the basics when you get out who ever you go to work for you are going to be learning on the job and won't even do enough to cover you wages for at least a year.
If you can apprentice with some one it will be good but don't plan on getting a pay check for the first year as they will be trying you and some my even charge you to apprentice. Its not like you are going to go to school and come right out and be a gunsmith, you are not going to know shit when you get out about gunsmithing you are going to know how to run a machine , do some wood work, and metal preparation,
There is a big call for a traveling gunsmith at trap and skeet shoots it seems we are dying off or getting off the road and there is no one taking our place. I had the time of my life traveling meeting people seeing places and shooting when I traveled, if you want to do the traveling it is very hard to have a family life when you are one the road. So it is best to be single or have a wife that wants to go with you.
If you kids wants to talk about being a gunsmith have him call me, hope he does it we need some coming up
Phillip Crenwelge Phillips Gunsmithing 210 313 5988
I worked for a large Outdoor store, but 90% of what I did was scope mounts there, then for a smaller local shop, I got all the military-type arms due to my stint as an Armorer, plus plenty of basic clean and lube jobs. I just work at home now, for myself, family, and select friends. Hand tools only, don't have a shop or room for one. Never made a mint doing it, but I had fun, made a few bucks, and got to shoot a lot. I did contemplate setting up a shop to build AR's, but a bit late in the game, so now I just build myself a few.It's tough to make a living at gun smithing. I know two in this area that have
gone out of business because they could make more money in plumbing
and furnace repair.
I do remember Pat was, back about 1980. 😊If you knew me and Pat when we were younger and still partners we both were a lot skinner than now.