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A gunsmith is a person who repairs, modifies, designs, or builds guns. The occupation differs from an armorer, who usually replaces only worn parts in standard firearms. Gunsmiths do modifications and changes to a firearm that may require a very high level of craftsmanship, requiring the skills of a top-level machinist, a very skilled woodworker, and even an engineer. Gunsmiths perform factory-level repairs and renovations to restore a well-used or deteriorated firearms to new condition. They may make alterations to adapt sporting guns to better fit the individual shooter that may require extensive modifications to the firearm's stocks and metal parts. Repairs and redesigns may require fabrication and fitting of unavailable parts and assemblies constructed by smiths themselves. Gunsmiths may also renew metal finishes or apply decorative carvings or engravings to guns. Many gun shops offer gunsmithing service on the premises.

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  1. AME Firearms

    Hello all! New account but not a new member

    Hey guys! Some of you may remember me under the account name "Freshman". I operated a small Type 1 FFL out of my apartment in Forest Grove from 2015-2019. A lot has changed since then. I lost my license when I moved in with my girlfriend at the time (wife as of this past Saturday!). We bought a...
  2. Lemon Man

    New gunsmithing apprentice here, wanting advice for a certain dire situation.

    I am a new gunsmithing apprentice, trying to learn at this place for the last 4 months or close to that, Things are getting dire and I'm not sure if I'm just paranoid or overthinking things but I feel like the people I'm learning from not only dislike me but are against seriously teaching me and...
  3. dondoo1315

    Ez-9 broke easily. But will it still fire?

    So 2019 Christmas I got a smith and Wesson ez 9 and was shooting some self defensive ammo threw it and this happened. (see pictures below). I Called the smith and Wesson number tried to get parts ordered for it on three separate occasions. all three times they sent me the wrong part finally...
  4. RobMa

    Ak barrel re-populate/sight straighten (new barrel if needed)

    I am working on two Yugo M70 rifles and both sights (rear/front) are pretty badly canted. I would like to have someone straighten them up so I can have them refinished. New barrel (start from scratch) ? Anyone know of a reputable/honest gunsmith in Wa that is up to the task? I really like these...
  5. Hueco

    2011 Frame Kits...worthwhile?

    I've found that I am really, really enjoying gunsmithing work, having just fit a bunch of parts for a Vaquero. For the next project, I'm thinking about a 2011. Looks like there are some options on the table from STI and Caspian. Are there others? What advice or feedback do you have about...
  6. ScottInPDX

    Looking for gunsmith recommendations for an L.C. Smith Hammerless SxS

    Hi everyone - I've been looking for a classic American made SxS on a tight budget, and finally found one: an L.C. Smith Hammerless Field Grade in 12GA, with mismatched serial numbers and just enough wrong with it to make it affordable for me. It has a forend so loose it will drop fall off if...
  7. M

    No.4 Lee Enfield barrel replacement.

    I have a new production barrel (original mil spec in pattern) to replace a torn up and worn out throated barrel. But the gunsmith I've been trying to get into contact with hasn't been responding. Does anyone know of any smiths that are good with .303 work in the general Seattle Tacoma area? I'm...
  8. Tahner45

    Tig welder needed

    I have a 14.5 ar barrel that need to have the break welded on. Not looking for a long lead time. If you know any places or anyone please let me know.
  9. Gunnerboy

    Anyone looking to get into gunsmithing?

    Anyone looking to get a start? Pm me
  10. thedudeabides

    Cut and Thread Sten MKII Barrel

    Im doing a Sten MK build and want to have the barrel cut and threaded. I'd like to have it cut an inch and a half and threaded in 1/2 28 for a three lug adapter. Im in the Camas area but someone in the portland area would be fine too. Any recommendations?
  11. CountryGent

    Gunsmithing as a retirement career?

    So recent events has gotten me back into "planning mode", which I've found is always fruitful. An idea that I have kicked around on and off was, after retirement from my occupation, training to be a gunsmith and working as such. Knowing myself, there is no way I am going to just sit around in...
  12. jon321

    Question on Silencershop kiosk at Brimstone Gunsmithing

    I just got my Form 1 all filled out and also purchased the tax stamp while I was at it but I was wondering has anybody ever used the kiosk at Brimstone in Camas and is there a charge to use the kiosk? I just purchased everything off of silencer shop. Thanks!
  13. CountryGent

    Gunsmithing Bibliography?

    An idea I am working on got me to thinking about this. I have a few books on gunsmith (general and specific to a type), but I would be interested in reading more on the subject. So what books would you recommend on the topic? It can be on any aspect of the trade and any firearm type, as long...
  14. asbtg

    Chamber/leade casting help?

    Does anyone near Seattle have a bit of CerroSafe and a little expertise to help me cast and measure my leade/chamber? There is beer in it for you; just would rather get a pro to help than fill my action full of metal. Full disclosure: Lever Action Henry, so a funnel of some sort would be...
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