More and more people are turning to trade and technical schools as a practical and affordable alternative to the traditional four-year college degree program. Gunsmith schools are just one of these customized trade programs you might be considering, but what does one do with a degree in gunsmithing, exactly? You might be surprised to learn that the options are actually quite plentiful, and once you’ve completed the basic curriculum, you can customize your education to pursue a career which focuses primarily on the particular aspects of gunsmithing which interest you the most. So what are some of these options? How can you make a living as a gunsmith?
Gunsmithing schools teach students about the functions and components of rifles, handguns and usually collectible firearms, as well. With this comprehensive knowledge you will well qualified for employment with a firearms manufacturer. Depending upon how you customize your education beyond the basics, you may work anywhere within this industry from design to distribution.
Many people will utilize the education they receive from gunsmithing schools to open and run their own business. This often takes the form of a gun shop or sporting goods store, but your options don’t stop there. Pursue your interests…your dreams. Do you love working with antique and collectible firearms? Then specialize in antiques. Do you love hunting and competitive shooting? Then focus your business angle around those interests.
As more and more people choose to own and carry firearms, there is an ever growing need for gun safety education. You can use your expertise for education. This could take a couple of different forms; you may choose to host a gun safety course as a means to promote and introduce people to your business. Or you might decide to make gun education the core of your business. Gun safety courses and workshops are especially in demand for groups such as junior hunters, etc. Gun safety in the home is another popularly sought course you might consider offering.
If designing custom firearms is your passion, you can make a profitable business out of that. This will involve custom machining, of course. If you happen to be incorporating your gunsmithing expertise into your own machine shop, that’s great, but don’t be discouraged in custom machining isn’t something you happen to have ready access to. You can still take pride in designing custom firearms, and then contract out the actual manufacturing of your designs. Beware, however, that for some types of firearms there are special licensing requirements for the manufacturer as well as the designer.
Certifications from gunsmithing schools can qualify students to do much more than just working the counter at a gun shop. With the right customization of educational options combined with proper licensing, you can pursue all sorts of career paths with this highly specialized degree. Some of these career paths can help you generate a significant income, as well – much higher than many people realize when they are first considering pursuing gusmithing as a profession.