Thinking of taking Gunsmithing courses.

ghostsniper1ghostsniper1 BannedPosts: 2,645 Senior Member
Well fellas, besides being ASE certified, certified welder, I-CAR specialist, Ordained Minister and a Certified Locksmith, I thought maybe it would be not only nice, but beneficial to look into one of the "AT Home" gunsmithing courses. Apparently they are legitimate courses which are processed by a certified gunsmith school that processes your work, teaching and progress but through the mail over a course of time. Does anybody here have any experience with such a course? Through the mail and all? And if so, is it truly beneficial and worth the money?


  • tennmiketennmike Senior Member Posts: 25,801 Senior Member
    I'd pass on the correspondence courses for gunsmithing. You need an instructor to teach lathe and mill work, and setup for operations. The correspondence courses won't do that. You need time on the machines to learn. You need an instructor to teach you how, show you how, and watch you as you work to help you get it right when working on firearms. The correspondence courses will only set you up as a parts changer-outer and accessory mounter, IMO.
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  • ghostsniper1ghostsniper1 Banned Posts: 2,645 Senior Member
    So how might I go about doing it the proper way? I have some experience with a lathe and milling machine, but not with firearms being involved. I take it there are hands on schools somewhere then?
  • tennmiketennmike Senior Member Posts: 25,801 Senior Member
    These three should get you started:

    And this is a source for more schools that teach gunsmithing:

    Google gunsmithing schools for more information. The first three links are really good schools for learning from the ground up.
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  • TeachTeach Senior Member Posts: 18,266 Senior Member
    Ditto to Tennmike's comments. The first thing to buy before you send any money to a gunsmithing correspondence school is about a quart of Vaseline- - - - -you'll need it! If you can do basic lathe operations such as turning, boring, and threading, there's not much gun-related work you won't be able to do. You might need to practice a little with a tool post grinder to true-up a receiver ring, or something similar. Basic milling machine operation is a good thing to know, but unless you're doing really one-off custom fixture building, you won't be doing a great deal of milling machine work. Definitely work on your hand tool skills, working both metal and wood.

    A couple of books helped me learn some basic gunsmithing skills - - - - -"Do It Yourself Gunsmithing" by Jim Carmichael, and "Gunsmithing At Home- - - -Lock, Stock And Barrel" by John Traister. Being able to weld, and having basic mechanical skills will take you a LONG way along the path to doing professional-level gun work. It's not brain surgery, but you absolutely MUST pay attention to detail. Guns are terribly unforgiving of stupid mistakes or not being on the ball all the time. Never, ever do any work in the gun shop of you're tired, distracted, or under the influence of anything mind-altering - - - - -legal or otherwise!
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  • tennmiketennmike Senior Member Posts: 25,801 Senior Member
    +1 What Teach said. And those books are top notch, too. Another book that just came out that you may be interested in is "Gunsmithing Projects" from Shotgun News. It's got lots of information in it from the gunsmiths that write articles for Shotgun News, and covers the tools, welding, woodworking, finishing, and has lots of gunsmithing projects in it. I ordered it; should be here in the next day or three.
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  • bhl2506bhl2506 Senior Member Posts: 1,847 Senior Member
    Along with what Teach and Tennmike said,you also want to look up American Gunsmithing Institute videos. These are really good and have just about anything gunsmithing you would consider. Also look up NRA summer courses. These you will have to travel to but are worth it.
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  • ghostsniper1ghostsniper1 Banned Posts: 2,645 Senior Member
    Cool. Thanks guys. I appreciate the info. I am pretty familiar with alot of lathe and mill operation, but as I said before, not so much when it comes to chucking a barrel or milling an action, etc.... I do alot of problem solving at work as a mechanic and welder/fabricator so I think that will help me out alot too. I just think it would be pretty nice to have that particular skillset being that firearms are one of my major hobbies. And I have to say, reading along about the .257 Scooter was a bit of a nudge in deciding I want to do this.
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