Firearms have been part of civilization for hundreds of years, continually advancing in accuracy, safety and reliability through the efforts of engineers and gunsmiths around the world. Gunsmiths have had a fundamental role in firearms design and manufacture from the very beginning. They design and build new weapons, modify existing designs and repair them. The trade requires deep and broad knowledge in mechanics, ballistics, chemistry and metalworking â€“ the gunsmith combines theory and practice in creating new and improved weapons
While you may think this is strictly an apprenticeship type of training, something that is handed down from older to younger generations, a quick consideration of the knowledge and skills required for a gunsmith makes it a perfect training opportunity for online learning. Mathematics and its application as ballistics, chemistry, metallurgy â€“ these are all topics that can be taught to students at any distance. Unlike most online learning programs, however, gunsmithing requires a significant amount of hands-on work, requiring the student to periodically either send in examples of work or deliver them in person. This is an enhancement that generally does require the student to be reasonably close to the school. However, the online component of the training allows the student to save significant time and to work at their own pace while completing the online courses.
So if you are good with your hands, and have an interest in mechanics and weaponry, consider a course in gunsmithing. The skills you learn have many applications throughout industry, making you a more valuable, more readily hired employee. If it is your dream to open your own gun shop, this is the logical place to start. Many trade schools offer this training. Do your research, ask about costs and the potential of online training for at least part of the course, and start getting your hands dirty.