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Old 10-05-2013, 08:34 AM
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Thinking about starting a small side business repairing guns as it seems no one around here offers that service. Need to take some classes before I get anything going. Any recommendations? Looking for something online most likely just wondered if anyone knew of a company that offered these services?
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Looks like there is one close to you.

http://www.nragunsmithing.com
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I'd do a lot of research on this for sure. Here is one guy I have heard good things about

http://www.rodgerspistolsmithing.com/1911class.html
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Looks like there is one close to you.

http://www.nragunsmithing.com
yep saw that planning to give them a call Monday
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Don't know if you're interested in a brick & mortar school, but there is a good one in Golden, Colorado.
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Don't know if you're interested in a brick & mortar school, but there is a good one in Golden, Colorado.
ehhh not sure I want to or really have the time to travel
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http://academi.com/training-courses/...morer/overview

In Moyock

Ar15 armorer
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http://academi.com/training-courses/...morer/overview

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1911 armorer
seen this too but they are weapon specific I am looking for something broader than the 3 military platforms
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That's how I made beer money in college. Actually, I spent most of it buying more guns. Never went to school for it, but it was more of an apprenticeship back then.

Started with single action pistols, then double, and finally the obsession for the 1911. I'm not sure what the market is for repairs these days, but I did mostly reliability issues and custom jobs. Hot bluing, trigger jobs, custom part installs, race guns with comps. Don't recall seeing many truly broken guns. Taurus has a lifetime warranty, so they would pretty much all go back to the factory. No questions asked.

I still use the skills today for my own personal enjoyment. In the last few years, I built another custom race 1911, and a totally worked over AR with a geissele trigger, floated barrel, and nice glass.

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Originally Posted by cfarmd View Post
Thinking about starting a small side business repairing guns as it seems no one around here offers that service. Need to take some classes before I get anything going. Any recommendations? Looking for something online most likely just wondered if anyone knew of a company that offered these services?

I sort of did this. I started by buying project guns and tinkering. Over time, it built up and I stick to old Colt revolvers (99%). Locally, I help some fellow enthusiasts out, but more for barter than cash.

I have made more money flipping guns than I have through smithing for others. My advice is buy a project gun and go to town learning.

Be warned, buying specialty tools can and does get expensive. Also, for the record, I do not consider myself a gunsmith. A true gunsmith takes years to master the trade and can mill/lathe parts that I can't.
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Originally Posted by cfarmd View Post
seen this too but they are weapon specific I am looking for something broader than the 3 military platforms
People tend to specialize. I'm not taking my Ruger to a Glock armorer.
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cfarmd, it might help if you give us a better idea of what you plan on offering and or what you typically see a need for. Cleaning and changing parts can be fairly easy and a quick turn around, mounting scopes and bore sighting the same but some things like trigger jobs might have more liability associated with it than you care to accept. Do you plan on specializing on certain firearms?
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Originally Posted by bsmit24 View Post
cfarmd, it might help if you give us a better idea of what you plan on offering and or what you typically see a need for. Cleaning and changing parts can be fairly easy and a quick turn around, mounting scopes and bore sighting the same but some things like trigger jobs might have more liability associated with it than you care to accept. Do you plan on specializing on certain firearms?
well I wasn't planning on specializing but judging by the responses it may be best to look in to specializing. If so I would probably pick the 1911. I don't have a 1911 however so I would be starting from essentially nothing.
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Not sure where you live in NC but a good friend of mine took a course at Edgecombe Community College a few years ago and learned a lot from it. He now does gun work on the side.
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The Pennsylvania Gunsmith School here in Pittsburgh has an excellent reputation, but I think it is a 2-3 year committment. But you can make custom rifles and stocks after graduation. And you would have to stay in Pittsburgh for that time period. True gunsmiths are machinst/tool & die guys.
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Originally Posted by cfarmd View Post
well I wasn't planning on specializing but judging by the responses it may be best to look in to specializing. If so I would probably pick the 1911. I don't have a 1911 however so I would be starting from essentially nothing.
Not necessarily suggesting that you specialize as depending on your goals and reasons then it could really limit your potential customer base if as you say gunsmithing is limited in your area and not solve the issue you first mentioned.
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this isn't for a 9-5 job, just want something to do on the side to make some fishing/hunting money

ill check Edgecombe
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In the beginning I would not turn away customers until you decide that you want to concentrate on one thing and need all of your time for that. You will also need to quickly learn to identify and say no to projects that are lost causes as they will consume your time and very possibly end in a disappointed customer, neither which is good for business.

Do you plan on getting an FFL? Being able to order, ship, purchase might also be a service for your customers.
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In the beginning I would not turn away customers until you decide that you want to concentrate on one thing and need all of your time for that. You will also need to quickly learn to identify and say no to projects that are lost causes as they will consume your time and very possibly end in a disappointed customer, neither which is good for business.

Do you plan on getting an FFL? Being able to order, ship, purchase might also be a service for your customers.
yeah an FFL is an idea, not sure if cost will be an issue or not.
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Gunsmith or armorer? A lot of people call themselves gunsmith but most are glorified armorers who try to do more than they are qualified to do. I am a certified armorer (Glock, S&W, Remington). I have seen some God awful "gun smithing" work. Some just down right dangerous. You'd better look into liability insurance as well.
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