A Brief History of Gunsmithing

History of Gunsmithing,

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Wonder how gunsmithing started as a trade? Here is a brief history of gunsmithing.

Origins of the Gunsmith and Gunsmithing

Gunsmiths have been around much longer than the US has existed as a country. The word gunsmith dates back as far as the 1580s.

Firearms can be traced even farther back than that. The first firearms were invented in China in the 1200s. From there, guns found their way to Europe.

In the 1400s in Europe, gunsmithing was recognized as a skill and a career. The first gunsmithing guilds were formed. In those days, it took up to 400 hours of work for a gunsmith to produce a single gun!

Gunsmithing in the USA

England produced handguns, so originally, most of the firearms arriving from England to Colonial America were British handguns. As gunsmiths increased in Colonial America, American gunsmiths crafted a unique firearm which came to be known as the rifle, or the long arm rifle. The most in-demand firearms in Colonial America were rifles.

During the War for Independence, gunsmiths were in high demand. American gunsmiths needed to craft firearms and provide ammunition.

Up until the Confederate war, the need for firearms production and repair kept gunsmiths in America in high demand. The demand reached new heights during the Civil War.

Gunsmiths in the 1800s and 1900s

New types of firearms were invented in the late 1800s and the 1900s. By the 1890s, automatic handguns were invented.

Throughout the years, many gun owners continued to prefer handmade guns. Gunsmiths remained in demand because they could provide customized handguns and other firearms to customers.

Who Are Some Well-Known Gunsmiths Throughout History?

  • Samuel Colt

If you’ve heard of the Colt .45, you already know a little bit about the gunsmith Samuel Colt. He was an excellent businessman whose assembly-line manufacturing of his firearms made the revolver available commercially. Colt also improved the design of the revolver.

  • Eliphalet Remington

Eliphalet Remington was a blacksmith by trade. He made a flintlock rifle by hand when he was only 23 years old. Remington is credited with creating the first cast-steel rifle barrel in the US. The company Remington founded still exists today, known for rifles such as the Remington Model 700.

  • John Browning

John Browning was a gunsmith with 120 patents. His gun designs are still used today, including the Browning Automatic Rifle and the M2, a heavy machine gun used by many armies.

  • Eugene Stone

Eugene Stone is recognized as one of the most successful gunsmiths of the 20th century. His rifle design was modified into the M16, used by the US Army.

  • Mikhail Kalashnikov

Mikhail Kalashnikov was not a gunsmith in the traditional sense. While recovering from battle injuries during World War II, the Soviet designed a rifle the Soviet army could use against the Nazis. The AK47 became the most used firearm worldwide.

Today many manufacturers produce firearms in large factories. Demand still exists for independent gunsmith businesses to meet the needs of gun owners wanting handmade guns with personalized features.

Most customers also prefer developing a relationship with local gunsmiths. Jacksonville Gunsmith serves the Jacksonville, FL area. Visit our website at Jacksonville Gunsmith today. We look forward to seeing you!