The art of gunsmithing has been around for hundreds of years, although some feel the art is dying or restricted due to the continued meddling of government in the right to gun ownership.
In countries where gun ownership is highly restricted, such as Germany, graduates of gunsmithing schools typically spend their time creating custom, high-priced firearms that are carefully crafted to the owner’s specifications. They truly are a work of art and can take hundreds of hours of custom work to create.
In the United States, gun ownership is governed by local laws that can vary from city to city. Gunsmiths in the US are still highly regulated and require strict licensing, but the art of gunsmithing goes beyond expensive engravings and artistic detail. Gunsmiths may replace parts, repair damaged muzzles, re-metal parts, change the caliber of an existing barrel, and so on.
The art of gunsmithing has been around for a long time and gunsmiths are very proud of the work that they do. Although government regulations are impeding on their ability to do so around the world, the craft is still alive and well.