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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- Precision mechanics
Precision or fine mechanics is a subdiscipline in engineering that focuses on the design and development of smaller precision machines.
- 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.
- Maintain equipment
Regularly inspect and perform all required activities to maintain the equipment in functional order prior or after its use.
- Customise guns
Make modifications or attach custom-made components on guns based on the wishes of a particular customer.
- 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.
- 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.
- Repair firearms
Identify problems or deviations on firearms, check for deterioration, disassemble parts, regulate, adjust, and replace deficient components.
- 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.
- 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.
- Apply bluing techniques
Use techniques to protect metals against rust, for instance with the use of salt baths.
- Provide customer information related to repairs
Inform customers about necessary repairs or replacements, discuss products, services and costs, include accurate technical information.
- Apply company policies
Apply the principles and rules that govern the activities and processes of an organisation.
- Replace defect components
Remove defective parts and replace them with functioning components.
- Apply technical communication skills
Explain technical details to non-technical customers, stakeholders, or any other interested parties in a clear and concise manner.
- 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.
- 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.
- Create smooth wood surface
Shave, plane and sand wood manually or automatically to produce a smooth surface.
Optional knowledge and skillsmanage a small-to-medium business assist customers tend metal polishing machine heat metals develop professional network manage schedule of tasks create solutions to problems maintain catalogue collection keep personal administration maintain professional administration issue sales invoices maintain relationship with suppliers sell weapons administer appointments optical engineering engrave patterns keep stock records ensure compliance with warranty contracts use repair manuals sell ammunition
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