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  1. #16
    Join Date
    Dec 2010


    One of the most talented - if eccentric - machinists I've ever come across, he's even had mention in books, got put in the slammer last year for doing a bit of unauthorised work...not a prospect to relish in your late 60s I expect! A mate, who's father worked at Lithgow, to avoid any possibility of being involved in that clusterf, has turned down jobs when the guys couldn't explain what they intended for the end product too.

    I did recently see some blueprints for a pistol somewhere, doubt there's a buck to be made, never looked, would have thought that stuff would be all over the internet. I remember NSW cops getting their knickers twisted about the 3d printed plans a little while back though...a little bit thought police to moi...seems a good way to thin the herd.

  2. #17
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Athelstone, SA 5076


    Quote Originally Posted by Michael G View Post
    His skill seem to be in demand though...

    there are a lot of us out there Michael who want a gun which can shoot 10's. A good gunsmith can build this...hence why they are in has to be the gun if one cant shoot 10's and needs to be fixed (until the shooter learns or it sinks in, that he needs to focus at that front sight).

  3. #18
    Join Date
    Sep 2016
    Lancashire England


    Conkers !!! and I thought we were hard done by in Blighty [UK] an engineer by trade I've been working as a gunsmith for over 40 years [retired now] and once you are an RFD -- Registered Firearms Dealer you can repair or manufacture guns that are not prohibited without any further permissions, you do have to register any guns manufactured of course. Even so those in power are constantly chipping at the block and tightening controls - why are they frightened of law abiding citizens ? Getting an RFD license is not difficult but you must be of good character and provide the security required for your works etc.

    Quote Originally Posted by Hornetb View Post
    Works as a gunsmith, doing gunsmithing jobs or actually manufacturing new firearms? I know the law varies from state to state, but in Tasmania at least, you need to be a licensed firearms dealer to perform any gunsmithing work (and this isn't manufacturing). This could be drilling and tapping an action, disassembling for cleaning or replacing a broken part, installing a scope, or threading a barrel and rebarreling an action. I know that sounds ridiculous, but that is actually the way it is worded in the legislation and its the law.

    The manufacturing aspect, means starting from a non-registered piece of steel and creating a new firearm or assembling the parts to create a working firearm. I'm forgetful on the details but this manufacturing component requires an additional licence, which specifically allows for the production of firearms and it is this licence that is particularly difficult, nigh on impossible to get, at least in Tas. There are only one or two licenses of this class held in Tas that allow someone to do this, one was Alex Beer, a custom gun maker in the north of the state who builds high end custom double rifles and pistols.

    I have a friend (a licensed dealer) who explored the possibility of designing and building custom competition guns. They presented the business plan and were looking for the necessary licenses to look at producing a CNC built action but they were denied the license by the firearms registry for a number of reasons, but mostly that they wanted to limit the number of those licenses available.

    Anyway. It would certainly be fun to be able to pursue this aspect of the machining hobby like those in more liberal countries, but this is Australia. The nanny state.

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