By Jay Chambers •
Have you felt the need to hold your tongue as the anti-gun conversations of today’s poorly informed politics steal center stage in every possible social setting? If you’re like most gun hobbyists, you’re probably there right now.
We’ve watched our sport be labeled as dangerous, villainous, and worthless by people who have never set foot in the gun section of a sporting good store, let alone visited a range or actually handled a weapon.
We know the effective safety measures and attention to detail practiced at every range, and we know the level of care that goes into everything we do. Too bad anti-gun Americans don’t think they should listen to “gun nuts.”
So here’s a Call to Arms for you:
Become a gunsmith.
Really! Think about it. Younger Americans are being brainwashed into the 4-year university track, so the number of gunsmiths around dwindles as they retire. There is absolutely a job open for you.
Plus, what would scare the left more: a “gun nut,” or a passionate and professionally trained gunsmith?
It isn’t the most glamorous profession, with the average gunsmith in the US making $36k per year, but you can turn your passion into a business and spend your time doing what you like, with people who think like you.
The recruiting webpages for the gunsmith programs at various trade schools will prattle off twenty or more reasons to become a gunsmith, and they’re not wrong. There are tons of great arguments for entering the profession.
These lists can really be streamlined into four compelling categories, so, without further ado, here they are.
Here are the top 4 reasons to become a Gunsmith
- You’ll Learn a Trade
Gunsmiths do not require four-year degrees or graduate school. Trade schools have been woefully underrated recently, which reflects in the market.
You can learn the trade in a short-term class (as little as two weeks) or more traditionally scheduled courses at local community colleges and trade schools.
You’ll get to contribute actual, valuable skills to the market with your actual hands. Maybe you’re already doing this in your current profession, but wouldn’t it be better to channel your expertise into your favorite hobby?
Plus, most courses emphasize hands-on learning, so you’ll improve your shot even before you finish training as you learn the intricacies of the weapons you build, repair, and ultimately use.
- Widely Applicable Skills
If you spend any amount of time at the range, out hunting, or at gun shows… In short, within “gun culture,” you probably know your way around some of the mechanical aspects of guns.
By formally learning the gunsmith trade, you’ll pick up machining, drawing, geometry, and physics just by sheer volume of practice. Rest assured, if this gunsmith thing isn’t full-time, there will be no shortage of jobs begging for someone with a brain like yours.
And here’s the silver lining to running a gunsmith business:
Every day, when you’re not working on guns, you’ll be working with customers. Most likely, they’ll be better educated in guns than your average citizen. The fact remains that you’ll be combining customer service politeness with the nuts and bolts of guns and shooting on a daily basis.
Your gunsmith business will turn you into an eloquent and powerful ally for the Second Amendment, and you’ll be able to turn around those infuriatingly misinformed anti-gun conversations like a pro (because you are literally a pro).
- Keep Up Your Hobby and Improve Your Shot
So you don’t get to spend every day out shooting, but you’ll finally have significant overlap between your job and your passion.
It goes without saying that knowing how to repair, modify, build, and rebuild guns will get you the best shot, but how will you know that your repair or rebuild worked?
You have to test it, of course!
As you fill orders or complete your own projects, you’ll get real-time feedback by testing your handiwork. And it’s probable that you’ll have to test a wide range of builds and calibers. With that, you not only strengthen your gunsmith talents but your skills as a shooter.
Have you seen those people who are able to calm nervous horses quickly? They’re so experienced and have such time-tested intuition that they can really get in the animals’ heads and ultimately control them. That’ll be you, but with guns.
- Improve Gun Culture
For lack of a less liberalized term that still encompasses the whole sphere, that’s what it is. By this, I mean you’ll improve guns for the people that use them, and you’ll put more knowledge on the playing board in the fight to protect the Second Amendment against many Americans’ misguided attempts to make the country safer by stigmatizing guns.
First and foremost, your job as a gunsmith is to create a safe and reliable product. The integrity of that imperative should attract any gun hobbyist, especially as the market is flooded with cheaply manufactured, mass-produced, and ultimately faulty firearms at a rate unlike any other time in history (at the same time as smiths of any type are facing mass extinction rates). We need skilled, local gunsmiths to ensure the quality of our guns and improve them beyond cookie cutter factory offerings.
As you learn about working on guns and with their owners, you’re bound to pick up more knowledge than you ever thought possible sitting in trade school (or sitting here reading this). It’ll only be natural that you pass along that knowledge, in everyday conversation or even by teaching aspiring gunsmiths the fun of building or repairing firearms and scopes like this model.
By learning to become a gunsmith, you’ll turn your hobby into a business, and you’ll have the knowledge to debunk rampant anti-gun claims. As a gunsmith, you will be able to exercise and protect the Second Amendment with professional expertise.