Profession gunsmith

Gunsmiths make and repair custom made and specialised tools, sports guns, locks, dies, patterns machinery components and other metal articles using hand and machine tools to work metal to fine tolerances.

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Personality Type

  • Investigative / Conventional
  • Realistic / Investigative

Related professions smith

  • Coppersmith, tinsmith
  • Locksmith, safe repairer


  • 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.

  • Precision mechanics

    Precision or fine mechanics is a subdiscipline in engineering that focuses on the design and development of smaller precision machines.


  • Instruct customers on ammunition's usage

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

  • Maintain records of maintenance interventions

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

  • Repair firearms

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

  • 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.

  • Use firearms

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

  • Assemble guns

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

  • Apply technical communication skills

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

  • 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.

  • Customise guns

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

  • Provide customer information related to repairs

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

  • Apply safety measures

    Perform tasks and operations taking into account the safety regulations and standards and applying them in order to prevent incidents or hazards.

  • Apply company policies

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

  • 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.

  • Create smooth wood surface

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

  • Apply bluing techniques

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

  • Replace defect components

    Remove defective parts and replace them with functioning components.

  • 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.

  • Maintain equipment

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

Optional knowledge and skills

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

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