Starting a Gunsmith Shop

Do you love tinkering with guns and firearms? Do you think you have the required skill to start your own gunsmith shop? Are you prepared to spend money to get the training as a gunsmith?

If you are then may be you can start your own gunsmith shop. To help you get started, we have compiled some tips in starting a gunsmith shop.

The gunsmith business is probably one of the most difficult industries to break. The gunsmith market is not very large and the level of expertise needed to really earn big bucks and be a famous gunsmith expert takes time, may be even years of experience. The gunsmith business is not for the faint hearted and it is certainly not for those people looking to earn big money really fast. Being a gunsmith requires time, training and money. It will require you to work without pay and to spend on real courses in real schools. There will be little profit in the first few years of your gunsmith shop but the job can be very rewarding especially if you have earned for yourself the recognition of being a reputable gunsmith. Now that you know the hard truth, you are in a better position to assess if you really want to open a gunsmith shop. If you are still interested then here are the things that you have to do.

Required Training to open a Gunsmith Shop

The first thing you have to do is to get the necessary training to be a gunsmith. It is, after all, your gunsmith expertise that you are selling in a gunsmith shop. You have two choices in getting the necessary education. One, you can go cheap and buy the books, CDs and enroll in online courses. This may cost less but the training you will get will sorely be inadequate to get you noticed by the people that you want to work with. Two, this is more recommended; you can go to an actual school and earn an actual diploma. Once you get the education you can apprentice yourself in a good reputable firm. This can be popular gun makers, government agency, armorer for the police department or any other firm that will get you the actual training and client contact that you need. During this time it would also be a good idea to join national and international gunsmith associations as well as other organizations that are involved in gunsmithing.

The business part of a Gunsmith Shop

When you get the recognition and training that you need from these organizations you are ready to start your gunsmith shop. It is recommended that you do not quit your regular job first. Take in a few orders at a time, work part-time and may be even from home. In this way you get to feel the market in your area and earn your reputation as a gunsmith in your area. It is also at this time that you get to try out the business side of gunsmithing. Running a gunsmith shop is not just having good gunsmith skills; you need to be a businessman as well.


  • bilal ahmad said on March 18, 2010
    i have a arms shop in Moradabad U.P in india. india arms co. & Iqbal gun house
  • I.Logeshwaran said on February 12, 2011
    I would like to undergo gunsmith training . I would like to own a arms shop in Tambaram , Chennai ,Tamilnadu,india. where can i get the training for gun smith , how to get license for arms shop .Please Guide me
  • Corey Washington said on April 1, 2012
    I'm interested in gunsmith training and would eventually love to open my own shop. I am located in Fort Worth, Texas, 76133.
  • Raghuvir said on July 15, 2012
    I want to have a career in gunsmithing and designing. I have a bachelors degree in mechanical engineering. What should i do fulfill my ambition? I am located in Sembakkam, Tambaram, Chennai, India.
  • Brian Vought said on August 12, 2012
    I'm currently undergoing gunsmith training and would love to start my own shop one day. I'm located in Saltsburg, Pennsylvania, 15681
  • RAYMUND JUDE T. CENAL said on September 18, 2012
    I'm currently opening my own gunsmith shop in the Philippines, RJTC Eight Brown Gunsmith located in Pototan, Iloilo, and would like to acquire more training about the business and to enhance my skills in gunsmithing.
  • Angelo Petines said on September 24, 2012
    i live here in the philippines and have been looking for a gunsmithing school so i could start my own shop and gun store. Can you help me find one here in my country or neighboring countries?
  • changfu said on January 6, 2013
    I like to start my gunshop in india, tamilnadu, karur
  • Donkor Acheampong said on March 16, 2013
    I have practically learned how to manufacture guns and I want go through the training and establish my own shop, how can you help me. I am in Kumasi Ghana West Africa
  • kevin w. whitney said on May 31, 2013
    I grow up around all sorts of firearms have been moding guns since my teens just got a business license to start a small business in smallarms mods to make money while getting hands on training for gunsmithing school. although I do not yet have formal gunsmithing training i have done countless mods from recoating firearms to trigger jobs, stock swaps, etc... and will be posting those pic. I live in Canton, Ga.
  • jack said on February 21, 2014
    i need help to learn.
  • ikbal khan said on April 3, 2015
    I am living in rajsamand rajasthan, i want to open gunsmith shop, so please you mail me and help me
  • Dominick said on January 23, 2016
    I am a former US Marine. I was a gunsmith by trade and I would like to take what the service has taught me and continue my passion. Please help me with the steps needed. Thank you. Ny state.
  • Mon Obuyes said on August 27, 2022
    How to be skilled as a gunsmith shop owner.


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