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 gunsmith (audio) \ noun

Examples of gunsmith in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Triggers on bolt-actions can be rather easily tuned by a gunsmith (and sometimes even the gun owner) via simple screws. Ron Spomer, Outdoor Life, "How to Buy Your First Nice Hunting Rifle," 2 Nov. 2020 Niedner already had an interesting resume: Apache Indian fighter as a soldier in the U.S. Army, police officer, weaver (for a company that made linen socks), gunsmith, custom-rifle builder, and eventually mayor of Dowagiac. David E. Petzal, Field & Stream, "The 4 Best Wildcat Rifle Cartridges Ever," 26 Oct. 2020 In 1985 West Virginia gunsmith Melvin Forbes created the lightest, best-shooting bolt-action rifle ever made. Richard Mann, Field & Stream, "The 11 Best Pronghorn Rifles," 4 Sep. 2020 Bore-sighting is fairly simple, but first-timers should have a gunsmith do it. Joe Genzel, Outdoor Life, "How New Rifle Shooters Can Become More Accurate Inside 300 Yards," 20 Aug. 2020 The best place to get new screws is from a gunsmith. David E. Petzal, Field & Stream, "The 10 Rules of Rifle Maintenance," 29 July 2020 This innovative synthetic version has a buttstock design that allows a gunsmith to cut it down for a custom fit. Joseph Albanese, Field & Stream, "9 New and Used Shotguns for Hunting and Home Defense," 24 Apr. 2020 The two-lug floating bolt head can be spaced with a soon-to-come kit from Bergara, so shooters will be able to effectively headspace their rifle, something that normally requires barrel shims or custom gunsmith work with rimfires. Michael R. Shea, Field & Stream, "Best New Rimfire Rifles and Handguns of the 2020 SHOT Show," 21 Jan. 2020 The company’s gunsmith, a man in his 70s, has taken a month-long voluntary leave of absence to take care of himself and his mother. Jonathan Bullington, The Courier-Journal, "Kentuckians are going on a massive gun and ammo buying spree for 'fear of the unknown'," 19 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of gunsmith

1588, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of gunsmith was in 1588

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24 Dec 2020

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“Gunsmith.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of gunsmith

: a person who designs, makes, or repairs guns

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