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Old April 30th, 2017, 08:33 PM   #1
 
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I'm totally new to gunsmithing

But, I would love to get started. Other than the obvious things like tinkering around with the guns I have and stuff like that is there anything I should know to help me get started. My main building projects would be ARs, AKs, and pistols



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Old April 30th, 2017, 08:53 PM   #2
 
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Start reading, alot!
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Howdy,
You-Tube has assembly/disassembly videos for just about everything...

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Gather as much information as you can find and study it. If you can find an experienced gunsmith that will let you take an apprenticeship under them would be vital. True old school gunsmith's are hard to find anymore. Books link Gunsmith Kinks Volumes 1-4 have a lot of good information in them. By the way it's an expensive art, yes to do it right it is an art. Start small, don't take on more than you can handle, good luck.
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Ok very good. I'll be checking for reading material and the YouTube videos shortly
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Best way to start is to buy a gun and take it apart and put it back together. Figure out why the parts are what they are and where they are and how they work together. Buy a broken gun and fix it. Buy a junker and improve it. For ARs, buy the parts and assemble one. Then figure out why it sucks and make it better. Enough hands on work and you'll develop the skill, books and videos can only give you knowledge.

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An excellent set of books is the Gun Digest Book of Firearms Assembly/Disassembly , there are seven different volumes covering revolvers , pistols , shotguns , rifles etc.,
with cross references to similar firearms that use the same take down.
Authored by J. B. Wood , there are many warnings, tips and hints that are invaluable to easing the job and getting things back into their proper place.
I started buying them whenever I had a particular firearm that needed a total dissassembly and found them so much better than any other .....and having a printed page with clear photo's is a help. Utube video's are OK but these books are better
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If at all possible, attend a bona-fide gunsmithing school IN PERSON, if you really want to learn.
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Believe it or not California has a real informative, as well as actual gunsmithing school up in Susanville, it is called Lassen Junior College, I've got no idea what tuition fee is, but from personal experience I highly recommend it. The other is in Trinidad Junior College, up in Trinidad, Colorado, I can't personally recommend it but I've got a buddy that has gone thru it and states it too is very informative as far as hands on work is concerned, and it has an extremely knowledgeable curriculum.
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