A gunsmith is a master craftsman capable of building, designing, modifying, and repairing firearms for private gun owners and public agencies. The expertise and proficiency of each gunsmith will vary and many will specialize in carving out a certain niche to differentiate themselves in the marketplace.
Like a dentist focused on general dentistry, one gunsmith may perform basic and rudimentary tasks relying on high volume business with little complexity. Others may become experts on a certain type of weapon or develop a following for a certain type of design or style thus commanding premium prices from fewer customers.
Gunsmiths may work directly with members of the public as an employee with a gun retailer or as a sole proprietor of their own shop. Other gunsmiths may work with in a military or law enforcement capacity and solely interact with members of the military or their police department. Other opportunities for employment can be found with gun manufacturers.
The innumerable types of guns, models, ammunition and design styles require a competent gunsmith to possess a diverse array of training and skills to meet these customer needs. Although specialization is common place, gunsmiths must have a basic understanding of woodworking, metal fabrication, have the mindset of a mechanic and the creativity of an artist.
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