Proof Inspector

Fire small arms weapons to test loading, firing, and ejection mechanisms.
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Salary Range
$20,000 – $56,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Proof Inspectors do?

Fires small arms weapons to test loading, firing, and ejection mechanisms: Places gun in fixture of proof-shoot box, and loads it with ammunition. Fires gun specified number of times manually and by remote control to test its shock resistance and function of loading, firing, and extraction mechanisms. Examines gun and spent cartridges for indications of mechanical defects. Measures chamber and bore for conformance to specifications, using gauge. Records firing malfunctioning on tag, and routes gun to repair shop. May keep daily inspection records.


Should I be a Proof Inspector?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • 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: Proof Coins Inspector, Propeller Inspector

    How to become a Proof Inspector

    Most Proof Inspectors 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:9zcaaa&chl=no+college+%2869%25%29|certificate+%2828%25%29|associate%27s+%283%25%29|||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,69,69
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