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« on: October 12, 2009, 07:38:48 AM »

Hello to all, I have been looking around the forum for a little bit now and its a great place!  Full of information and advice.  My question is were can one find schooling or training or more information on Air GunSmithing and such?  I am very interested in this and have not been able to find much information on it.  Do you find someone and become a assistant and learn that way or is there formal training?  I would like to find more out I would love to work in this field.  Thanks for you time in advance!  Kevin
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« Reply #1 on: October 12, 2009, 10:37:43 AM »

welcome kevin ,airgunsmithing is something u learn on your own buy having them .i have bought a few and have done some things on my own but somethings require a professional with expensive tools its a trade thats one of the oldest i know besides prositition just tring to be honest .the best way to learn is by having airguns and bying them cheap like 100.00 dollar rifles and if anything goes wrong try workin it on your own u seem very interested and i know u could do it but as far as a school they might have them but they might be far from u and costly .my advice is to stick around and read and purchase at least two airrifles under 100.00 or about 100.00 its very competitive and there r many repairist  and tunners around the us its more likke a sport than a buissness unless u live in a place that need gunsmiths hopefully someone may have a school or a better alternative for u to turn to but for me i just stick around and learn or pay to get it done but here we help each other out exchanging information...good luck and stick around ,dont forget buy an airgun even a used one will be good to start on ,later on kevin hope u stick around so u could learn from many pros here at this forum....jorge ....GOD bless u and your family brother ...
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« Reply #2 on: October 12, 2009, 11:35:15 AM »

There are no schools around that I'm aware of. Your certainly not going to really learn much in a 3-4-day school session as far as really learning tuning goes.

 It does help if you have someone around that has some real pro-tuning experience that can teach you. Gene worked by my side for a little over two years before he went out on his own and I turned my business over to him.
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« Reply #3 on: October 12, 2009, 11:52:43 AM »

Jorge, hey thanks for the reply!  Well, I will take the advice and definitely stick around I like the forum!  Guns are not in shortage in our home.  I am a welder and we have our own shop (notice the we have to included the wife).  I also have quite a few years in custom furniture building therefore tools not being an issue here!  I have been tinkering with gun and there working for about the last ten years as a hobby.  I was just seeing if there was a way of learning more.  I think you answered that so I will stick around like you said and read and learn from fellow enthusiast!  Thanks!  I definitely am looking for some more projects to tinker with.  Currently I am looking to pick up the Archer Airguns CAR78a  and a Hunter Pro by Gamo to play around with.  Once again thanks for the honesty!
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« Reply #4 on: October 12, 2009, 11:56:08 AM »

That's the advice I am looking for straight from the hip!  Thanks allot!  I think I have found my school right here on the forum!  I wish I was fortunate enough to find someone to work under however I don't know of anything in the Houston area!  So let the study's begin!  Once again Thanks!
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« Reply #5 on: October 12, 2009, 01:09:10 PM »



Try here>> old forum post but has contact info at bottom of text.. -- ---------------------------- There are two classes this year-- 8-12 June Subject: CO2 Guns @ Lassen Community College, Susanville, CA 13-17 July Subject: Multi-pump and Single Stroke Sporting Guns @ Trinidad State Junior College, Trinidad, CO If you have any questions please ask.  >>> barrelbender@sbcglobal.net<<<



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« Reply #6 on: October 12, 2009, 02:47:16 PM »

It depends on how in depth you want to get, are you wanting to work on spring guns, multi-pump, and or PCP and is it going to be something you do for yourself or are you going to try to make a business out of it (and profit from it). If it's something you want to try at home and tinker with your own guns here's what you can do. Search the internet and all the forums. There is a mountain of information out there. Read up and copy files and print things off for reference. Then (what I would suggest) is buy some cheap or second hand guns (don't learn on expensive guns)and tear em apart and try rebuilding them. Try getting more in depth with your rebuilding and tuning, learning as you go and from your mistakes (you'll make 'em, everybody does) and get better each time.  Now trying to crack into the tuning business will require that not only are you good enough (tuning and repair wise) but getting your foot in the door as they say. Tuning some guns for paying customers so you can get some word of mouth reviews and recommendations. A decent website would really be a help too. Most airgunners nowdays have and use the internet. There's not a lot of tuners doing it as a business and there's reasons for it. It's a niche market and it can be a tough place to make it if you know what I mean.
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« Reply #7 on: October 12, 2009, 03:20:24 PM »

Hey Nathan,   that's is some excellent advice! Your advice will be looked into quite a bit further!  Thanks!  I have to say in the last month I have logged countless hours on the net, trying to further this idea!
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« Reply #8 on: October 13, 2009, 12:10:07 AM »

This will help you save time searching >>  http://cid-be8972970cf46281.skydrive.live.com/browse.aspx/Airgun%20Information
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« Reply #9 on: October 13, 2009, 12:41:23 AM »

Check your local library. I've seen some good books on regular gunsmithing that can be applied to airguns. Trigger function, metal work, wood work, stuff like that.
Like has been mentioned, get a cheap gun or two and take them apart to see what makes them tick. Of the cheap airguns, Crosman seems to have the best parts support. Crosman's website has a page where you can download parts manuals. I find these very helpful...
http://www.crosman.com/airguns/service/manuals

You might check this guy's blog...
http://anotherairgunblog.blogspot.com/2008/05/blog-index.html
He picks up old beater airguns at yard sales and tries to make them work and look like new.

If you have any mechanical ability at all and like to tinker, taking an airgun down for cleaning or maintenance is not too hard. And for the most part, once you've worked on one brand you can pretty much figure out another brand. Moding airguns is also fun to do!
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« Reply #10 on: October 13, 2009, 01:04:05 AM »

Hey Leo & Andy I really appreciate the great information, I am going to look into these further today!  Thanks!
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« Reply #11 on: October 13, 2009, 06:55:00 AM »

kevin with the tools u have plus the ones u will need u will accomplish your wish,cause u got skills already welding aint easy but very useful in this field of airguns.
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