A gunsmith creates and repairs firearms. Although they sometimes own their own shops, they usually work in police departments, military, or sporting goods stores. In addition to designing and building firearms, gunsmiths help owners maintain or fix their equipment.

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How much math does a gunsmith need?

Actually, quite a bit. A good gunsmith is usually a skilled machinist, who will use a lot of math.

Was there a gunsmith by the name of Jobsen or Tobsen working in the early 1800's?

I am not to certain about that, but I am sure there was a gunsmith by the name Thompson.

Can a felon be a gunsmith?

Generally speaking, no. A felon cannot legally own or have access to guns, so a felon would not be able to work as a gunsmith legally. If the person has had his rights restored, then yes, he could work as a gunsmith.

Where can you find a gunsmith who can repair a Tobin shotgun?

There is a fellow in Bozeman Montana, I believe his last name is Higgins

How much money does a gunsmith earn?


How much does it cost for one to go to gunsmith's school?

"Becoming a gunsmith varies from state to state on their lisecnsing requirements. From My research on ""become a gunsmith"" and ""shooters forum"" I have found that courses are required and is usually 2 years and anywhere between $2000-$10000 for classes alone, not including tools. This appears to be a long practice with an internship as a journeyman."

Does a gun smith need the Pythagorean Theorem?

Depends, is there any triangles involved? The Pythagorean Theorem is used for A2+B2=C2, which is a three sides figure, and where did you see thsi question?

What is the highest salary of a gunsmith?

That is truly a career that has no normal range. A gunsmith may make 8 or 10 an hour working for a small toen gun shop doing primarily sight-ins and parts replacement, to the higher end make 100k plus as a reputable master. Most in that top tier have a specific or "pet" model thay specialize in. say hi-powers, or 1911's etc. These are the guys that do amazing trigger work,action smoothing, and the like. Great gunsmiths can take any decent firearm, and turn it into a custom match grade weapon. Working for a manufacturer, I think you will find your median though, and it will be somewhere in the 30-40k.

What happened to Gander Mountain Gunsmiths?

It was a corporate decision to reorganize the gunsmith department, from having gunsmiths in all 119 stores to 17 regional services centers. What is the reasoning behind this decision? As with all corporations it's the bottom line, now that Gander Mtn is privately owned, cuts were made. Why did the gunsmith department seem to fail? Several reasons are the blame. Young kids fresh out of Gunsmith School, or ill trained, were put into an environment they were unaccustomed to, no business background, dealing with people, and inexperience takes years of experience to be able to diagnose gun malfunctions, and operate in a profitable way.

Gander Mtn lost some very good gunsmiths, and to be honest probably got rid of some that did not measure up. Gander Mtn did not support the gunsmith department with any advertising dollars, people would not even know they had gunsmiths unless they came to the store.

What tools materials do colonial gunsmiths need to make a gun?

Forge, hammers,chisels, anvil, hammer, draw files, draw plane, hand plane, hand files

Wood, iron, coal, brass

Who was john archer gunsmith?

John Archer was a gunsmith in Wheeling (West) Virginia. One gun is dated 1882. Noted in my book on W Va Gunsmiths (3 editions). Sellers, American Gunsmiths, lists him in Wellsburg, north of Wheeling, w/o date or citation (way to go Selles).

I don't know of an American John Archer, Gunsmith. However, there were guns made by a gunsmith named Archer in London, at the end of the 18th century. One flintlock pocket pistol is illustrated in Antique Pistol Collecting by Frith and Andrews, published in 1960. Another, similar weapon is presently (15 April 2008) on sale in New Zealand. Good luck with your search.

What tools were used by gunsmiths in the 1800s?

While researching the history of American gun culture, I spent quite a bit of time looking for evidence of gunsmiths -- both those who made guns, and those who repaired them. What was quite intriguing to me was how often gunsmithing was a craft that passed down from father to son.

I suppose that this should not have been a surprise. Until the federal government consciously transformed gun making from a craft to an industrial enterprise, starting in the 1790s, gunsmithing would have been like any other occupation of the time: your shop was in your home, or perhaps immediately adjacent to it. It would only be natural that your children would be pressed into service, learn the skills, and take over the family business when the father died, or became too old to perform the most physically demanding aspects, such as forging barrels.

Some families in the gun business stayed in it for generations. Richard Waters emigrated to Massachusetts from England about 1632. A descendant in 1878 observed that Waters "was by profession a gun manufacturer; married the daughter of a gun maker, and it is a noteworthy fact that the business of gun making has been hereditary in some branch of the Waters families almost continuously since."

Eltweed Pomeroy set up gunsmithing at Dorchester in Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1630. The colonial government granted him 1000 acres on the Connecticut River, on the condition that he carry on the business of gun making there. Seven generations of his family continued in that line of work until 1849.

Perhaps the best known of these families are the Henrys of Pennsylvania. An invoice shows that on January 26, 1765, the Lancaster, Pennsylvania gunsmith John Henry bought hundreds of gun parts: "93 Hamers... 77 Cocks... 81 Cock Pins... 90 Bridles... 79 Tumblers... 2 Groce Gun Bolts... 258 Fuzee Main Springs... 281 Hamer Springs... 263 Cocks... 278 Cock Pins... 305 Bridles... 271 Tumblers... 225 Forg'd Britches..." John Henry was making gunlocks, and complete guns-and not on a small scale. This was his primary occupation throughout the 1770s, with receipts for rifles made and money owed for a variety of repair services.

William Henry I, John Henry's brother, was also making guns before the Revolution in Lancaster. In 1766, he paid William Bradford for advertising, apparently for the gun business.5 During the Revolution, William Henry of Nazareth had a number of contracts to produce rifles for the Pennsylvania government6 (along with other military goods), as well a providing gun repair services to the state.7 Henry's contracts with the state and federal government continued after the Revolution.

William Henry I's descendants were making guns for at least five generations, ending with Granville Henry in the 1890s. We are fortunate that unlike many of the other early gunmaking families, for the Henrys, we have a surprisingly complete sets of documents. William Henry I's son, William Henry II, moved gun making operations to Nazareth around 1778, gradually expanding into a modern factory after 1792. The volume of surviving documents provides extensive evidence of the scale of the Henry family gun making business, and the business sophistication of its proprietors.

Throughout much of the period 1808 to 1825, J. Joseph Henry II (grandson of William Henry I) operated the Nazareth gun factory, while his brother William Henry III operated the Philadelphia based sales and parts procurement office. J. Joseph, the elder brother, appears to have received top billing; an undated business card lists his name, "Manufactures Rifles, Fowling pieces, Barels, Gun locks &c. of every description. No. 290 North third Street Philadelphia."

How much money does a gunsmith make?

They do some work on contract They can blue a gun pr parkerize a gun and make $300. Gunsmithing pays well. A good gunsmith could make $100,000 if they had a steady supply of guns to work on, but there would be slow times like the Summer. But they could also sell guns. I would say they could easily make $50,000 a year. But it's a lot easier work than being a mechanic and a mechanic needs a garage and tens of thousands in tools and equipment. Plus a mechanic gets greasy and there's a lot of labor involved.

What tools did a colonial gunsmith use?

Hammer, anvil, forge, axe, file also they used a chisel for carving out the gun

How do you disassemble a Davis Indusries 380 modelp380?

I had one of these once, so from memory...

Remove magazine.

Eject any rounds in the gun.

Sight through the barrel to confirm the gun is empty.

Locate a small mark/notch on the SLIDE and on the gun frame. I remember these as being on the left side of the gun.

If you don't find a notch on both SLIDE and frame, try to align to the finger grips on the side of the SLIDE.

Push SLIDE back until aligned and lift up on the rear of the SLIDE. Be very careful at this point or the spring and/or firing pin will likely shoot across the room an get lost if you lift the SLIDE too high. Instead release the spring pressure by moving the SLIDE toward the rear of the gun.

In case you're wondering...I remember it was easier to put together than come apart. I believe you simply lay the firing pin/spring assembly into position on the gun frame, then set the SLIDE on top; push forward toward the front of the gun while slightly pushing down on the rear of the SLIDE. Essentially, the reverse of taking it apart but nothing to line up.

Can a smooth bore barrel be rifled by a gunsmith?

anything can be done given enough money and time. Some older H&R shotguns in small gauges have enough steel surrounding the bore to be rifled to fire slugs. However, the equipment is specialized and expensive. It would be far cheaper to buy a rifle.

Who was the first sharpshooter?

Sharp shooting originated in Europe. In the American Civil War, the man who started the first sharpshooter regiment (1st United States Volunteer Sharpshooter Regiment) was Hiram C. Berdan.

How would you determine the value of a Model 94 serial 60877 if there is no local gunsmith or dealer to ask?

That serial number dates to 1896. Go to the Pre-1898 section under Ask Our Experts at the linked website and ask. Include a complete description of your gun or a link to several clear photos.

Can you remove the magazine locking pin spring on a Model 12 yourself or does it require a gunsmith's special tools?

Yes, you can remove it yourself. Just bend a large paper clip into an "L". use the short leg of the "L" like a punch and place over the hole on the outside of the pin, not in the grove. Tap with a small hammer. Pin will come right out.

How do guns apply to our daily life?

For many people, they do not. For law enforcement officers and members of the military, they are tools used in their job. For some people (merchants) they may be a tool of defense from violent crime. For others (hunters, marksmen) they are used as recreation.