gun·​smith | \ ˈgən-ˌsmith How to pronounce gunsmith (audio) \

Definition of gunsmith

: one who designs, makes, or repairs small firearms

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gunsmithing \ ˈgən-​ˌsmi-​thiŋ How to pronounce gunsmithing (audio) \ noun

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Born in January 1746, Rush was 5 when his father, a Pennsylvanian farmer and gunsmith, died. Stephen Brumwell, WSJ, "‘Rush’ and ‘Dr. Benjamin Rush’ Review: American Hippocrates," 20 Sep. 2018 An English gunsmith with a shop on London's Haymarket Street, Wogdon made pistols that were world-renowned for being plain, practical, and balanced. Matt Blitz, Popular Mechanics, "Duels, Blood, And Politics: The Little-Known History of the Gun That Killed Alexander Hamilton," 6 June 2018 Though enforcement has been rare against anyone less vocal and visible than Wilson, many online gunsmiths have nonetheless obscured their identities for that reason. Adam Fisher, WIRED, "A Landmark Legal Shift Opens Pandora’s Box for DIY Guns," 10 July 2018 In 1795, Wogdon partnered with another English gunsmith, John Barton, to ensure his pistols would remain in production after his retirement. Matt Blitz, Popular Mechanics, "Duels, Blood, And Politics: The Little-Known History of the Gun That Killed Alexander Hamilton," 6 June 2018 Doug Hansen said a tense eight-hour standoff with a 40-year-old man described in a news release as a gunsmith with mental health problems and access to other firearms. Rachel Lerman, The Seattle Times, "Man arrested after standoff with Mountlake Terrace SWAT team," 24 Dec. 2017 Some shotguns are available without auto ejectors, which is even better, and a gunsmith versed in the process can de-activate the auto ejectors. Steve Meyer, Anchorage Daily News, "2 shots at a time: In praise of the classic over/under Browning shotgun," 13 Dec. 2017 Jonathon Speece, a gunsmith at Guns Alaska Dispatch News, "Las Vegas shooting motive remains elusive as new details emerge about attack," 6 Oct. 2017 The news that the statue showed a weapon developed by a Nazi gunsmith (and particularly a model that possibly inspired the AK-47) had created a scandal. Andrew Roth, Washington Post, "Moscow just put up a statue to Kalashnikov, of AK-47 fame. Meet the sculptor.," 2 Oct. 2017

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1588, in the meaning defined above

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: a person who designs, makes, or repairs guns

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