Originally Posted by skookhunter17954
I don't have to time unfortunately to go to a "school" and machining may help in the gunsmithing field but it's not going to teach me proper assembly and disassembly procedures and how to diagnose certain problems,but thank you for the information I will keep it in mind
Machining is the foundation of gunsmithing. If you can't machine you are not a gunsmith.
If your interested in learning proper assembly and dis-assembly procedures, save your time and money and invest in a book on exploded guns. All of this as well as diagnosing gun problems is simply something mechanical intuition can get you and is not the mark of any gunsmith. If you don't have this up front, its probably best you stay away from gunsmithing.
When my dad went through gunsmith school, diagnosing gun problems and dis-assembly were not even a part of the curriculum. The first 6 weeks were nothing but machine work and learning to use a file properly. The gunsmith school even recommended that every student take a machining class prior to applying. Each skill set afterwards built upon the previous skill set, with bluing, stock work and custom alteration to follow.
The most often used tools in my dad's shop are the mallet, file, lathe, vertical mill. In order to do a lot of assembly and dis-assembly, you need specialized tools that are not sold but have to be made on a mill or lathe.
Sorry if I sound a little harsh, but I've seen far too many guns come into the shop that were previously worked on by parts changers and so called gunsmiths. Its hard watching grown men's hearts break when you tell them that their gunsmith buddy ruined their gun.