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A proper gunsmith should be an expert machinist capable of precision work on a lathe and a knee mill.
He should be adequately trained in the disassembly and reassembly of weapons, be capable of trouble shooting problems with weapons, and be a source of expertise to others.
He may also be an FFL licensed person, and have a state issued permit to collect sales taxes, and have a library of all appropriate books necessary to the tasks he will tackle.
You also must have the prpoer tools, so that when you work on a customer's weapon, you don't "bugger" it up!!!
A gunsmith shop does not need to have the specialized machines, but the gunsmith shouold have access to the machines as necessary to do repair and maybe fabrication work.
Plus lots more!!!
 

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My comments are not made to dissuade you, just to get you thinking.
I believe that many folks that want to be gunsmiths, often find a "smith" that will hire them to work as an apprentice for one to 5 or more years.
The apprenticeship allows you to learn from a master while showing what you know and what you don't.
It also gives you a chance to accumulate tools and other items needed for the trade.

Bob Nisbet
 
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