Gunsmiths modify and repair metal fabricated firearms for special costumer specifications. They use machines and hand tools such as planers, grinders and millers to alter and restore guns, and they may also apply engravings, carvings and other decorative finishing touches to the otherwise finished product.

Alternative label

  • gun engraver

  • custom gun builder

  • firearm constructor

  • gun-smith

  • rifle engraver

  • metal worker

  • custom rifle designer

  • gun maker

  • pistol smith

  • pistol-smith

  • custom gun designer

  • firearm builder

  • shotgun builder

Regulatory aspect

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Essential skills and competences

Essential Knowledge

Optional skills and competences

Optional Knowledge



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