4 Tips for Beginning Gun Refurbishment as a Hobby

Posted by GunBroker.com on February 12th, 2021

There are a whole lot of reasons to decide to dip your toes into the deep waters of gun refurbishing, gun repair, and gunsmithing. Sometimes it is the desire to learn more about the mechanics and operation of firearms. You may want to save money on gun repair. You may want to make money on gun repair. Whatever the reason, getting into the refurbishing, restoration, and repair of guns can prove to be an eminently fun, satisfying, and perhaps lucrative hobby. Consider the following tips for making it happen.

Start with Manageable, Inexpensive Guns

First things first, when you begin your gun refurbishing odyssey, start small. That does not mean you should start on 22 LR or 25 ACP mouse guns and work your way up. Whether you begin with a 25 ACP vest pistol or a 10 gauge shotgun, start with an inexpensive one that it will not break your heart to make a few mistakes with. Once you have some experience under your belt, you can give yourself a challenge with new or antique Browning rifles.

Prepare for Research

This is probably not going to come as a great shock, but gun refurbishment as a hobby requires a prodigious level of research. It is not at all uncommon for gunsmiths and gun restorers who have been practicing their craft for decades to find themselves baffled by some gun’s quirks or odd mechanisms. Specializing in a single area like single-action revolvers, or even just Colt single-action revolvers will reduce the burden of research, but it will still be considerable.

Find a Good Source for Gun Parts

You need a trustworthy source for gun parts that can accommodate a variety of needs. Your local gun shop may not stock the exact guide rod and recoil spring for the pistol you are refurbishing. While you may have some luck at gun shows, they can be unreliable and few and far between without a whole lot of travel. Your best bet by far is to buy guns online and buy parts online from online gun auction sites and specialty sites.

Be Meticulous

Particularly when you start refurbishing, be extremely meticulous. The first gun you work on, record its make, model, caliber, year, value, and condition as best you can. If you do not know how to take it apart entirely and put it back together successfully, learn how. Once you have a complete takedown and reassembly mastered, catalog every piece and its condition. Becoming intimately familiar with just one firearm can prove very helpful for firearms in the future. And do not be shy about joining an online gunsmithing or refurbishing community and asking a lot of questions. Generally, fellow enthusiasts will be happy to answer.

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