Barrel Finisher

Smoothen and polish the outside surfaces of the shotgun barrels.
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Salary Range
$19,000 – $41,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Barrel Finishers do?

Smooths and polishes outside surfaces of shotgun barrels preparatory to bluing, using files, striker tools, and emery cloth: Positions and secures barrel in vise. Files off excess metal and surface blemishes, such as toolmarks, ripples, pits, and flat spots. Examines and feels surface of barrel to determine smoothness. Rubs barrel to obtain satin finish, using various grades of emery cloth. May secure barrel in filing jig and file with striker tool to taper breech end, using surface as guide. May remove excess solder from joints.


Should I be a Barrel Finisher?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • Also known as: Gun Barrel Finisher

    How to become a Barrel Finisher

    Most Barrel Finishers have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Bachelor's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9aaoaa&chl=no+college+%2881%25%29|||bachelor%27s+%2819%25%29||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,81,81
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