The craft of gunsmithing has come quite some way since the early days of firearms, but for all the progress made and sophistication gained, the core skills of a gunsmith have remained largely unchanged. Modern gunsmiths require more than a passing acquaintance with parts fabrication, metalworking or blacksmithing, and woodworking and artisan-level detailing. They also must be able to perform shop calculations and know the ins and outs of firearm-related chemistry, materials engineering, and ballistics. Mastery of the tools of the trade and an ability to handle them with pinpoint accuracy and precision is also necessary.
While the primary function of today’s gunsmith is ensuring the safe and proper operation of the firearms they service, their safety mandate doesn’t end there. At all times in and out of the shop, masters of the trade are expected to serve as role models for the safe handling of guns, from proper storage and handling to preserve the condition of the firearm to the correct safety protocols for the preservation of human life. Allowing a skilled gunsmith to inspect your firearms periodically can – and often does – prevent catastrophes. Among the things that can be identified during such an inspection are missing parts, incorrect assembly, cracks and obstructions, issues with headspace, timing, and safety mechanisms, and more.
Reach out to Jon today to find out how he can help ensure the safe operation of your guns and discuss customizations that can give you a one-of-a-kind firearm!