Seems like these days every gun store, shooting range, and Rod & Gun club is putting up a shingle that says “gunsmith” on it. The problem with it is that anyone is able to make that claim. Unlike lawyers, who need a JD and take a bar exam, or doctors, who need an MD and board certification, there is no minimum standard. Many who claim to have a “gunsmith” on staff have, at best, an armorer – this is like calling an EMT a surgeon – or, at worst, a guy with a screwdriver and youtube. Many others don’t even do the work in-house, opting instead to outsource everything to various other gunsmiths, wherever they may be, and of whatever skill level they may possess. In either case, you, the gun owner, are better off knowing who is doing the work, and that he’s qualified to do it.
Take something as simple as installing a scope on your rifle. Someone who calls himself a gunsmith might just slap it on with a screwdriver from the local hardware store, get it hand tight, and call it good enough. A true master of the craft, on the other hand, will mount your rings to proper torque settings, ream them into perfect alignment with one another, and mount your optic perfectly level to the gun.
Seems like no big difference, right? But it can actually harm your scope if not done properly. With the rings not aligned, the scope’s main tube could be getting pinched.This could damage the inner workings of your optic. Without everything torqued correctly, the scope could shoot loose. At best, this will make you lose your zero. At worst, this could make the glass fly right off the rifle, especially with heavily recoiling calibers. Another issue is simple aesthetics. You paid good money for your rifle, glass, and mounting system. You don’t want all that brand new equipment to look second rate because of buggered up screw slots on your scope mount.
At WeShoot, every Gun Concierge is a school trained, full time, in-house gunsmith with years of experience, and each one is a dedicated craftsman who knows his skill and has it down to an art form.