We were playing around with this idea at work, me and some of the other gunnies there. Coffee break, you know how it is.
If you could devote 10000 hours of your life to learning how to be a first class gunsmith, what would you specialize in?
I'm not talking being able to finely assemble the parts for a 1911, frame slide barrel and guts, and make an extraordinary pistol, fine tuned and well ballanced a joy to shoot. Beyond that. You have the training and the basement shop to forge the receiver, machine the slide from a bar, and bore and rifle the barrel... THEN assemble those parts to make that extraordinary pistol. And you are familiar enough with the all the details you could make a well functioning quarter sized 1911 that shot .22 BB caps.
That's one route. Super 1911 smith. Or what 10000 hours of excellent training would yield if you had the talent and gumption.
Another is to go Colonial Williamsburg Gunsmith. Make truly fine flintlock rifles.
Another that appealed to me is to make M14s from the ground up. Total control of the parts, and producing an exceptionally accurate semi-auto rifle, lock stock and barrel.
Of course just being able to assemble and fit from parts all the necessary to make a top shelf custom 1911, alone, is a win.
The Missus has a pretty nasty stomache bug - And by "pretty nasty" I'll just elide the details, if you don't mind. But she's up to the toast and seltzer stage, so *Excelsior!*
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