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Mobile gunsmithing, gun never leaves owners premise and back in their hands same day...............
Do not have to keep log book for ATF, as does not need to be recorded...............
Cleanings, light gun work..............
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I wouldn't advise painting the name of the company on your truck. I can see a problem with neighbors and unwanted attention.
 

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i like it. very few gunsmiths anymore. Always need new smittys that can work with current America and how life is. Used to have a lot of gunsmiths where i live, now only 2:(
 

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Sounds great! When can you come over?? I would kill for a gunsmith closer than 90 minutes away.
 

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A great idea........so long as they don't want to watch and annoy the pee out of you.
Yeah...25.00 per hour...75 if you want to watch.

Sounds like a fairly low overhead business to start up and so doesn't involve a lot of capital if it doesn't keep you busy after 6 months. Make a route to ranges and clubs and publicize your schedule.
 

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I am still wondering if I need an FFL, as I am not doing anything but repair on a firearm that is
not leaving the owners property?
 
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I had thought of doing this with small engine repair, but there's another guy in the area doing it and, well, I'm lazy. :D
 

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I know a feller has to do what he wants to do, but I'm thinking a good restaurant repair tech could probably make more money than most gun smiths.

If restaurant owners would pay us to teach preventive maintenance to management and help them get set up with that frame of mind, it would be a lot cheaper for them in the long run, but that will never happen. Most restaurant management I have been around do not want to spend a little to prevent a problem, but sure don't mind yelling and it becoming an emergency when a key piece of equipment breaks down.
 

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Just so you folks know, I am a Diploma carrying gunsmith, so, there, stick that in your pipe.............;)
 

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Work with clubs in your area and set up at matches.
 
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There always seems to be a market for on-site/mobile services. Though I try not to do it anymore, I still get requests for house calls for auto repairs, mostly they just want a diagnosis to see if it has to be towed or is even worth fixing. Years ago, a buddy of mine rigged-up a brake lathe in an old USPS jeep and started a mobile rotor and drum turning service. Of course, this was way back when it was still cost effective to turn them and the guy was always in demand. More recently, my wife and I plus several other folks we know regularly use a mobile dog grooming service in the area. My wife and I both work so scheduling certain services can be difficult. In my particular case, I go to work before most businesses are open and get off well after they're closed.

In a rural area, the travel time creates much of the problem. Like the dog grooming...the closest one to us is only about 12-15 miles away but it takes a good 40 minutes or so to get there. One simple appointment like that can easily kill half a day around here. It's not usually a huge problem to leave work an hour early or start an hour late but 2 to 3 hours, just isn't often feasible. One thing I've often thought would be convenient, is if someone operated a simple "gopher" (go-fer) service...:dunno:...just a random pick-up and delivery operation. I recently had to order parts for one of my plasma machines, its being down really had me in a bind. Thinking that on most any given day I could surely I could get away for the about 1 1/2 hours it'd take to go get it, I didn't have the dealer UPS it to me...:dry:...it was almost a month before I could get away long enough to get that thing and fix my machine. From what I've seen over the years, most mobile services have plenty of business. In this day and age, it's hard for them not to but business doesn't necessarily translate into profit. The key is having routes set up so travel time and expenses are minimal between jobs, which takes time for a new business to establish. It's the only way to operate at a profit while offering competitive pricing. What might be helpful, would be to set up an arrangement with dealerships that don't offer in-house service and repair...like a contractor. They could take in items for repair and when you're slow or happen to have other jobs out that way, you could hit them to fill out your day.
 
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Gunsmiths seem to be a vanishing breed. Your approach might be a good way to get started without all the expense of overhead. I wish you the best of success at your business. I know alot of pawn shops around here that use the services of an independent gunsmith to fix problem guns. The pawn shops are salesmen, not service oriented, so having an expert( like on Pawn Stars) is a real advantage to them. Setting up a table at gun shows can increase your exposure, Facebook, Pinterest, Craigslist, Armslist, and others can also be used to advertise.
We will always need gunsmiths. Best of luck to you.
 

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I don't think, unless you lived in the middle of some place that had lots of gun owning people, that you could turn enough profit to justify the time.
 

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Of course you should consult an attorney to be on the safe side but the answer lies in your question. As a "diploma carrying gunsmith", and I presume you worked in a repair shop, was the owner required to have an FFL just to repair firearms or was it to record transfers from and to customers? If you do the repair without accepting custody it would seem no FFL would be necessary. And this would apply whether you did the repair at the customer's home or your own or any place else. As long as the customer remained present there is no transfer of custody. Once the owner is physically removed from proximity to the weapon, custody has changed. At least according to my logic.
 

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In my way of thinking as a business owner, You would have to take some clients call, drive to his house (or wherever he stores his firearm) evaluate his firearms issue, repair it, write a bill and drive home. A minum service charge would be at the very least $55 plus parts and the time to repair the firearm.
 
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