The trade of gunsmithing has been passed on for generations and the people who practice this trade come from all walks of life. For many, the art of gunsmithing creates a deep familiarity and connection with their firearms. However, if you make a mistake it can easily turn from a fun, quick task to a very expensive project. In order to avoid these costly mistakes, take a look at the tips below.
- Always read the manual. Understanding every part of your firearm will require some time to read through the manual. Not every gun is put together in the same way, and will have different requirements. These manuals are a great reference source, and will help the gunsmith disassemble and assemble the firearm. If you can not find the manual, many manufacturers have manuals available online.
- Keep it simple, at first. Until you have logged many hours researching and practicing on a variety of guns from a master, stick to simple repairs and cleaning. By keeping it simple, you will perfect your skill level without incurring other costly repairs because you bit off more than you can chew.
- Clear your workspace. In order to properly complete repairs or modifications you will need to have a well lit, clean and clear work space. Trying to locate a small spring or a pin on a dark , cluttered table is incredibly difficult. Be sure to set aside a space and drape a white cloth over a table before you being the modifications.
- Use the right tools. We have all heard the phrase, a man is only as good as the tools he has. This is true for gunsmithing as well. Using the wrong tool can cause damage to the screws or finish on the gunsmithing. Invest in a proper gunsmithing tool kit.
- Do not use too much muscle. Most gun modifications should not require much force. Never force it. Take the time to make sure everything is lined up correctly, if you become frustrated take a break. Many times the part will click together after you are rested and relaxed.
- Be mindful of what you are replacing. Compare the new gun parts with the old will help you take notice of any changes between manufactures. This can help you avoid installing a poorly fitted or wrong part can cause the gun to malfunction, which is extremely dangerous.
- Leave it to the professionals. Finally, know your limits. While cleaning, fixing loose parts and replacing worn pins are relatively easy DIY projects, others are better left to the professionals.
Keeping these tips in mind will save you both money and countless hours of frustration.