To pursue the entirety of this trade, a gunsmith must possess skills as a mechanic , a metalworker , a woodworker , and an artisan ; be knowledgeable in shop mathematics , ballistics , and chemistry ; and be capable of working accurately and precisely. Those who are (self-)employed in small gunsmith shops must also possess skills as small business operators; work effectively with a wide variety of customers; and remain abreast of, and comply with federal , state, and local laws , ordinances, and requirements. Due to the great breadth of subject matter to be mastered, many gunsmiths specialize in only a few of the skills required of the general gunsmith (see Specializations section below). Alternatively, some gunsmiths learn many of the skills of the trade, but only apply them to a few weapon types (only pistols, or only shotguns, or only (pre-1964) Model '94 Winchester Lever-Action Rifles; for instance).
Wheel Lock Barrel, Cannon, The Bayonet Rifle, Shotgun, and the Gatling Gun. Guns from Colonial Times
Gatling gun refers to a gun with multiple firing pins and breeches connected to multiple rotating barrels. Each barrel fires a single shot as it reaches a certain point in the cycle after witch ejects it’s cartridge, loads a new round, and in the process, cools down somewhat
A gunsmith’s Common Task is to
parts Disassemble, clean, inspect, lubricate & reassemble.
Remove corrosion and touch-up finish.
Keep records of all customers, firearms, and transactions to satisfy ATF requirements.
Repair burred or damaged parts with files & stones.
Replace defective parts with factory-made replacements, hand-fitting as necessary.
Add after-market customizations:
Repair and re-finish wooden stock also…
Repair and re-finish wooden stock parts. Checker or re-checker grip areas. Deepen or clean up worn or damaged engravings & markings. Re-crown damaged muzzles on a lathe. Repair dented shotgun barrels. Install (solder) or repair rib on shotgun barrels, or repair double-barrel assemblies. Measure & correct headspace dimensions. Check for excessive bore erosion. Troubleshoot and repair feeding, ejecting & firing problems. Test-fire firearms with conventional loads to ensure proper operation. Fabricate wooden stocks to customer specifications and body dimensions. Fit same to existing receiver and barrel .