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One of the best ways to investigate the field is to learn the proper use and care of firearms. Gun handling classes are offered by the National Rifle Association, YMCAs, 4-H Clubs, local hunting clubs, and sporting goods stores. Taking classes offered through the National Rifle Association's Short-Term Gunsmithing School Program ( is another way to discover whether you have an aptitude for gunsmithing before enrolling in a more extensive program. These courses range in length from several days to a week or two and are held at different community colleges and technical institutions. You must be at least age 18 to participate. 

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