Ballistics Laboratory Gunsmith

Operate metalworking machines that repair or alter guns and gun parts.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$21,000 – $48,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Ballistics Laboratory Gunsmiths do?

Sets up and operates variety of metalworking machines to repair and alter guns and gun parts, and develops designs for special devices used in testing small arms ammunition: Develops designs and fabricates gauges, reamers, holding fixtures, and testing equipment, such as gun-holding and target-changing devices, cartridge-slicing fixtures, and special test barrels. May measure velocity of projectiles [CHRONOGRAPH OPERATOR].

Should I be a Ballistics Laboratory Gunsmith?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Persistent: You keep pushing through, even when faced with tough obstacles.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • Also known as: Gunsmith, Ballistics Laboratory

    How to Become a
    Ballistics Laboratory Gunsmith

    Most Ballistics Laboratory Gunsmiths have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:a9scaa&chl=|no+college+%2875%25%29|certificate+%2822%25%29|associate%27s+%283%25%29||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,0,75
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