How to learn gunsmithing online

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How to learn gunsmithing online
A gunsmith works with firearms. (gun image by dinostock from

A gunsmith is someone who works with and repairs firearms. You may choose to pursue a gunsmithing education for personal knowledge or to work at a firearms repair store. While many gunsmiths choose to pursue an education at a traditional college or trade school, others find that online learning best suits their personal situations. There are many opportunities to study gunsmithing online from the comfort of your home if you prefer to work at your own pace and on your own schedule.

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    Take an online gunsmithing course. Many Internet-based career schools, such as Phoenix State University or the Penn Foster Career School, offer gunsmithing courses for a fee, while other websites feature free gunsmithing classes. One of the primary benefits of choosing an organised gunsmithing course is that you will learn from a structured curriculum, so you won't miss any important information. All lessons taught are organised by professional gunsmiths and educators, so your education will be well-rounded.

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    Read an e-book about gunsmithing basics. E-books covering an assortment of gunsmithing topics are available for download. Select an e-book that matches your skill level and interests. Read slowly and review any areas you find difficult to understand. If available, take end-of-the-chapter self quizzes to ensure your absorption of the material.

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    Watch gunsmithing tutorial videos online. If you are a visual learner, select a variety of videos that walk you through the basics of cleaning, dissembling and repairing your gun. Watch videos that feature a variety of guns so that you become familiar with different types of firearms. Avoid limiting your education to only guns you think you will use, as gunsmiths encounter a variety of weapons.

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    Browse a gunsmithing forum, such as. Gunsmithing forums are free to read and are frequented by both novice and expert gunsmiths. While Internet forums are not always credible sources, they will provide you with a variety of common gunsmithing problems and solutions.

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