To Be or Not To Be!

Determining when your part-time gunsmithing is ready for full time.

by Bill Smith

No, I am not going to quote Shakespeare. Hell, I don’t even understand him let alone quote him much – guess that makes me a peasant or something.

To open a full-time shop or not to, that is the question. More than likely you started gunsmithing part-time. After spending so many nights and weekends your business has grown and your wife is threatening divorce. If the later is true, let her do it before you do open a shop and get into a six or seven figure annual income bracket (ha!)

Many gunsmiths suffer from too much desire to be full time, be their own boss, or listen to the wrong people. To open a full-time shop one should realistically look at several things so that you don’t have to add a second line such as sharpening lawn mowers just to keep beans (let alone steak) on the table.

Read more in the September 2019 issue.

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Bob Marvel 1911 Pistol Build Class

Learn the method Bob Marvel uses to build world-class 1911 pistols from the one who developed it.

by Robert “Dale” Annis
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Inspecting Your Work

Once upon a time, there was a Glock G19 in my shop… Here’s the story and what I learned about inspecting and documenting my gunsmith work.

by Mark R. Hollensen
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Doug Koenig on Gunsmithing

A skilled gunsmith can customize any gun for improved performance but it takes first hand, higher-level shooting experience to fully appreciate what those customizations need to be. Here’s a champion shooter’s view on the craft.

by American Gunsmith Staff

Doug Koenig began shooting competitively in 1986 when he entered his first match at the age of 17. Since then, he has amassed more than 70 National and World shooting championships in a variety of action/practical disciplines. They include Steel Challenge, Sportsman’s Team Challenge, NRA World Shooting Championship, USPSA, and Precision Rifle Series. He is best known for his string of NRA Action Pistol wins at the Bianchi Cup as the first shooter to post a perfect 1920x, the highest score ever with an X count of 187, and the most overall tournament wins of 18 total.
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Mystique Means Money

Learning what make your business and services unique – and what to avoid – can prove profitable.

by Bill Smith
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The Country Doctor

Unless you’re running a big-time custom shop, run your gunsmith practice in the same way that an old fashioned doctor conducted his.

by Bill Smith
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Nostalgia Sold (and Spoken) Here!

Understanding what motivates many gunsmithing customers.

by Bill Smith
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