Profession gunsmith

Gunsmiths modify and repair metal fabricated firearms for special costumer specifications. They use machines and hand tools such as planers, grinders and millers to alter and restore guns, and they may also apply engravings, carvings and other decorative finishing touches to the otherwise finished product.

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Personality Type

  • Investigative / Conventional
  • Realistic / Investigative


  • Precision engineering

    Engineering discipline related to the fields of electrical engineering, electronics engineering, software engineering, optical engineering, and mechanical engineering that deals with the development of apparatus with very low tolerances.


  • Read assembly drawings

    Read and interpret drawings listing all the parts and subassemblies of a certain product. The drawing identifies the different components and materials and provides instructions on how to assemble a product.

  • Maintain equipment

    Regularly inspect and perform all required activities to maintain the equipment in functional order prior or after its use.

  • Apply company policies

    Apply the principles and rules that govern the activities and processes of an organisation.

  • Maintain customer service

    Keep the highest possible customer service and make sure that the customer service is at all times performed in a professional way. Help customers or participants feel at ease and support special requirements.

  • Restore old guns

    Bring back old or dilapidated guns to their original condition by repairing or replacing defect components, cleaning and oiling parts and conserving them in that state.

  • Assemble guns

    Replace or attach firearm components such as optical sights, pistol grips, recoil pads and choking devices.

  • Use firearms

    Shoot one or several types of firearm being aware of safe handling techniques, aim of the firearm and the fire.

  • Apply technical communication skills

    Explain technical details to non-technical customers, stakeholders, or any other interested parties in a clear and concise manner.

  • Customise guns

    Make modifications or attach custom-made components on guns based on the wishes of a particular customer.

  • Create smooth wood surface

    Shave, plane and sand wood manually or automatically to produce a smooth surface.

  • Maintain records of maintenance interventions

    Keep written records of all repairs and maintenance interventions undertaken, including information on the parts and materials used, etc.

  • Replace defect components

    Remove defective parts and replace them with functioning components.

  • Provide customer information related to repairs

    Inform customers about necessary repairs or replacements, discuss products, services and costs, include accurate technical information.

  • Apply bluing techniques

    Use techniques to protect metals against rust, for instance with the use of salt baths.

  • Accurise guns

    Improve the accuracy of guns, by improving usability, tolerances, harmonics and projectile propulsion consistency and using techniques such as bedding, pressure bedding or free-floating.

  • Repair firearms

    Identify problems or deviations on firearms, check for deterioration, disassemble parts, regulate, adjust, and replace deficient components.

  • Instruct customers on ammunition's usage

    Explain the features of weapons, how to load and maintain them, and how to ensure maximum safety.

Optional knowledge and skills

keep personal administration sell ammunition maintain relationship with suppliers sell weapons ensure compliance with warranty contracts administer appointments use repair manuals optical engineering develop professional network issue sales invoices heat metals engrave patterns maintain professional administration keep stock records create solutions to problems manage a small-to-medium business manage schedule of tasks assist customers tend metal polishing machine maintain catalogue collection