A Gunsmith’s Job Is Never Done In Gun-Hungry America

A Gunsmith’s Job Is Never Done In Gun-Hungry America

Aaron Smith (KL)GUNSMITH04-Don Stallman, age 53, from Trinidad, Colorado, makes a mandrel tool on a metal lathe … [+] in his first semester course as a gunsmithing student at Trinidad State Junior College in Trinidad, Colorado. The two year course in gunsmithing at this junior college is the oldest gunsmithing courses in the United States. Lyn Alweis/The Denver Post (Photo By Lyn Alweis/The Denver Post via Getty Images) Denver Post via Getty Images Guns have been selling with unparalleled zeal since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, and gunsmiths are in demand. “I’ve been looking for one for three years,” said Hillary Dube, co-owner of HNR Gunworks in Inverness, Florida, when asked what she would do if a gunsmith applied for a job. “I would grab them by the ankles and pull them in.” Americans have been buying more guns than ever , fearing for their self-protection, and fearing the threat of more restrictive gun control measures from President Joseph Biden, a Democrat who plans to crack down on assault weapons . America is now awash in firearms, which are durable goods, built to last for years. Rifles, shotguns and pistols are often handed down, from one generation to the next, as family heirlooms. But guns won’t work forever without maintenance. Much of that maintenance is beyond the skills of the average gun owner. Somebody’s going to have to fix all those guns, and that somebody is the gunsmith. In a country where employment was upended by the deadly […]

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