If you’re interested in finding a way to make a little side money (that could turn into a full-time business), that offers flexibility and the opportunity to work with one of your passions, gunsmithing might be worth looking into.
You probably already know this, but a gunsmith is (from Wikipedia):
…a person who repairs, modifies, designs, or builds guns. This occupation differs from an armorer. A gunsmith does factory level repairs, renovation (such as applying metal finishes), and makes modifications and alterations for special uses. Gunsmiths may also apply carvings, engravings and other decorative features to an otherwise finished gun.
Gunsmithing has a long and rich history in the United States, dating back to before the Revolutionary War when making a gun was a very labor-intensive process that could take as much as 400 hours of work.
Today, a gunsmith may be an employee of a business (large or small) or may work independently – repairing, modifying or even manufacturing firearms themselves.
What we think is appealing about learning the gunsmith trade is that it’s a skill that you can earn money with now which will only become more valuable in a post-SHTF world. Having the ability to repair firearms – when guns become important tools of daily survival – will make the gunsmith a very critical part of that society.
If you’re interested in learning more about becoming a gunsmith, we recommend you review the NRA’s information. They operate four gunsmith schools, but there are also many other ways to learn this trade, including online options.
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