I’m what you might call a “firearms micro manufacturer”. I’m in the process of renewing my FFL/07 and NFA stamp as I let them lapse due to health reasons last year (2018).
This endeavor has led me down a path of constant and intensive self-study and hands-on projects and exercises since 2013. In addition to my previous years of Gunsmithing and Reloading experience; I’m now a proficient Machinist, CNC Programmer/Operator, CAD/CAM parts designer/programmer, TIG Welder and a bundle of supporting skills, procedures and functions (e.g. reading/producing drawings and blueprints). My prior 25 years of computer experience was extremely helpful in my continuing education (not to mention all the mathematics which is a big part of that). And I learn something new every single day…
I’ve been a gun enthusiast all my life starting with that first BB Rifle I had to sneak into the house and hide when I was child :-). Bought my first firearm when I turned 18, a Dan Wesson .44 Magnum Stainless wheelgun with 6” barrel. I started using this gun in NRA / IHMSA competitions a few years later. And of course, I had to learn how to disassemble / reassemble every new gun I acquired.
So here I am now, nearly ready to undertake a project to design and manufacture a small line of Suppressors after building 2 AR-10 pattern and 8 AR-15 pattern rifles all in different calibers.
Man, I could sure use some help!