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Posted: 8/26/2004 9:05:01 PM EDT
I'm kind of interested in this as a possible career choice.

So, what do you all know about gunsmithing schools? Is there very much money in it? Is the work hard to find, or how hard would it be to get a smithing business started? What are the good schools? Do any of you have any experience going to one?

Whatever information you all can give me is appreciated. It's something I've been considering lately.
Link Posted: 8/26/2004 9:07:41 PM EDT
Here's me, wishing I had 20 bucks to give to Goatboy so I could get this topic tagged, because I, too, have been considering this.

I guess I'll just have to settle for bookmarking it.
Link Posted: 8/26/2004 9:15:54 PM EDT
Colorado School of Mines is thre oldest Smithing school in US and top -notch!

Running the Biz is a feed or famine game it seems, probably need to get with a store till you build a reputation.

Semper Fi
Link Posted: 8/26/2004 9:42:18 PM EDT
I was thinking the same thing about a year ago. There are schools in Pittsburg, Denver, Colorado Springs.....

Q:What is the diffrence between a gunsmith and a large pizza?
A: A large pizza can feed a family of four!

Seriously though, I have great respect for gunsmiths. From what I could gather making good money is the exception rather than the norm. People do it because they love it, not to get rich. I say go for it.
Link Posted: 8/27/2004 9:22:52 AM EDT
My local gunsmith is always covered up in work. A *good* 'smith can make a nice living, IMO.

As the others said, the CO School of Trades (I don't think the mine school has it) is the one to go to.
Link Posted: 8/27/2004 9:35:55 AM EDT
There is a very good school in at Lassen College in Lassen county California. I believe it is one of the top rated in the Country.

As far as work, the good gunsmiths always have more work than they can do and you must wait.
As for the bad ones they usualy still have work.
Link Posted: 8/27/2004 9:42:02 AM EDT
Don't do it. Seriously. Your clients are douche bags.
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