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Old 10-19-2017, 12:59 PM
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Hello, I turned 16 and got my license earlier this year and I was wondering if I would be able to work as a gunsmith apprentice legally. Once I get out of high school my plan is to go to one of the several gunsmith schools in the country and it would help a lot if I can get some experience and knowledge before I go to college. If anybody knows any federal and or state laws please let me know and thank you for any help I can get.
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Why don't you start by getting a job in a paintball gun shop. Once you become the legal age to own a firearm you can move up the ranks .


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Hello, I turned 16 and got my license earlier this year and I was wondering if I would be able to work as a gunsmith apprentice legally. Once I get out of high school my plan is to go to one of the several gunsmith schools in the country and it would help a lot if I can get some experience and knowledge before I go to college. If anybody knows any federal and or state laws please let me know and thank you for any help I can get.
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Why don't you start by getting a job in a paintball gun shop. Once you become the legal age to own a firearm you can move up the ranks .
Uh, NO to that.
Start working with a gunsmith NOW, if you are successful in that endeavor.
My daughter started working in a LGS when she became seventeen, one of the best life experiences she could have.
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okay how am i a troll? i asked a simple question and i am not asking to do anything illegal so whats the problem?
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okay how am i a troll? i asked a simple question and i am not asking to do anything illegal so whats the problem?
Don't let it bother you. I thought about responding to his toll post but then concluded that it was not worth a response.
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Why don't you start by getting a job in a paintball gun shop. Once you become the legal age to own a firearm you can move up the ranks .
Can you cite the legal age to own a firearm? ?
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They don't believe it's possible, but then Alison didn't believe there'd be 350K - 400K OLLs in CA either.
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Can you cite the legal age to own a firearm? ?
Before 2014 you could interfamily transfer long guns to minors. For long guns there isn't a set age you can own firearms as far as I know.
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Don't let it bother you. I thought about responding to his toll post but then concluded that it was not worth a response.
Thanks man I won't let it bother me.
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Before 2014 you could interfamily transfer long guns to minors. For long guns there isn't a set age you can own firearms as far as I know.
Exactly my point
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Hopefully an FFL comes on here so you can get a definitive answer.

First off, I think an apprenticeship is a good thing and your willingness to do that and interest in a trade, any trade, is admirable. My career started out of me being willing to work for free for a computer company in the 90's for a couple of months until they had taught me enough to make me worth paying. I know that short time, but when they did start paying me it wasn't much, but after two years when I went elsewhere I doubled my hourly and it really is what got me where I am now (middle management actually, long story, suffice it to say, stay in the trenches management ain't all it's cracked up to be)

To your question, I have never heard of any law, federal or state, that prohibits a minor from handling or shooting a firearm. How would we have junior competition in Trap, USPSA etc if it were illegal. If you were working as a gunsmith apprentice you wouldn't own any of the guns. They would be on the FFLs book and your just handling them.

There may be other laws business wise that affect this, maybe insurance? I don't know, I just don't see it as being impossible for you to do though.

If you can't find a spot with a gunsmith think hard what aspect you want to be in. Do you just love guns and want to do general repair work? You want to build custom rifles or pistols? Stocks or metal work preference? There is a lot you can do to get the skills without working on guns!

1. See if any machinists are willing to take you on. Learning to run a mill and a lathe in exchange for cleaning the shop and doing grunt work would be fantastic. I can't imagine a shop that just does basic repairs getting by without a lathe.

2. You can get a stock blank and use it to practice finishing and checkering if you want to mess with wood. At the very least learn to install butt pads. I haven't asked but I'd gamble money that's one of the most common jobs a regular shop takes on. I've installed half a dozen at least just on my own rifles and shotguns and those of family members. Access to a disc and or belt sander is all you need. You don't even need good wood. Don't buy nice pads, put out a request for take off pads. I probably have 3-4 sitting around that came off. I don't know why I keep em but I'm sure there's a lot of us that do.

3. You can get ahold of steel (maybe someone like mosin could point you towards the right type) and practice filing, polishing, checkering, rust bluing. Lots of stuff that would carry over to guns. Learning tool control, holding a file flat and keeping contact even. If you need to enlarge a dovetail, do some custom work then you'll need skills

And remember, not everything is a "firearm". Depending on your finances you could buy the parts and go through the entire build of a 1911 upper. You could get an 80% frame and not finish it into a 100 but use it to practice checkering front and rear straps, undercutting the trigger guard. So many possibilities.

Good luck. I went through a few years where I wanted to switch to gunsmithing. A bad back pit that to bed, at least as a career. But maybe when I retire....

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