South Florida gun smith school?
I am interested in becoming a gun smith and can not find a school in south florida, does anyone know of any or how i can atleast get my foot in the door to become a gunsmith?
yes i have seen that post but does not help me because i live in south florida and do not have the funds to leave the state
Then unless you can find a good Florida gunsmith who'll take on an apprentice, you're out of luck.
The mail order schools and video courses are still very expensive and WILL NOT prepare you to be a professional gunsmith.
The internet schools are little better than scams that are best at taking your money.
I'm pretty handy myself but realize that if you want to be respected as a good gunsmith you have go to school out of state like Colorado,Utah or the other top notch accredited schools.
i swear if i hit the lottery the first thing im doing is starting a gunsmith school down here
There are scads of self taught gunsmiths. Depending on exactly what you want to do, some skills are easy to learn, some go a lot better in a classroom.
The summer sessions sponsored by the NRA will get you pretty far down the road, albeit a week or two at a time.
I shoot with a guy that attended Murray two or three weeks every year for five years; he can pretty well do any work he wants, although I wouldn't hire him to make a stock for me, his are functional but lacking in artistry.
Start your search for books at www.archive.org
. You'll find gunsmithing, blacksmithing, and machinist books that can be downloaded. In particular look for "Modern Gunsmithing" by Vickery, this is an excellent text.
Here's a site where you can learn much about building firearms. Keep an open mind and you'll learn all sorts of skills that are transferable to any sort of firearm.
Web sites dedicated to the idea:
(the gunsmithing forum)
(the gunsmithing forum)
And several others. Mike Bryants site has some good tutorials. To learn about machine shop procedures, I recommend looking at the videos by mrpete222 on youtube.
There's a hell of lot that you can do without going to school.
thanks buddy thats alot of good info, YOUR THE MAN!
I did the Penn Foster course, for the most part there is some good information in it. But it's not a substitute for hands on training. I'm lucky enough to be able to work part time at one of our gunshops and the 'smith is patient enough to take me on as an apprentice. If you don't have the time to go to a actual Gunsmith school, an apprenticeship is the next best thing. Another guy that works at the range with me went the AGI route. He paid around 10k I think for the master gunsmith course. They shipped him a weilding kit, drill press, tools, etc...etc... and the majority of it looks like it came directly from Harbor Freight... i know it's not the best quality stuff, the majority of my tools have come from there also, but 10k...
. He also received every DVD they offer in the course. I've borrowed a few of them and while they contain a lot of information, if you don't have that actual model firearm in front of you, watching the video really doesn't help much without the hands on work.
ya i have seen the penn foster brochure... the only thing i need to learn is the metal working and i need to learn that hands on not threw a online course