I been interested in becoming a rifle smith for several years now. I been researching gunsmithing classes, seminars, workshops, and college programs for the same duration. Honestly, with four grade school daughters, I do not see myself going to one of the colleges, though I would love to attend the college programs, it just is not going to happen, anytime soon anyway. As far as weekend classes, seminars, workshops go, I am yet to find one locally. Houston, Texas seems to be hurting for gunsmithing schools. Gunsmiths I have used or been in contact with locally, all seem to be of the same situation being that the wife runs the business and knows whats actually going on and the husband does the hands on work. I have yet to find a class convenient for a full time dad in my area. So I have decided to research learning this on my own with gunsmithing books and a cheap rifle off of GunBroker, Texas gun Trader or a similar used gun market place. With this in mind, I thought of picking up a beat up Rem 700 and buying some gunsmithing books and just jumping in with both feet in my garage. Have any of the members learned gunsmithing this way? What skills gets a person employable at a gunsmith shop? I am already current in machining, Tig welding, CAD, CAM, and pushing brooms, sorting chips into metal recycle bins.