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Many gunsmiths own a gun or hunting supply store in addition to their gunsmithing business. They may operate firing ranges and give courses in the handling and care of firearms. Some gunsmiths work on a contract basis with companies that use firearms, such as police departments, security firms, and banks. They do all of their repairs and modifications, clean firearms, and may serve as consultants for purchasing new equipment. Gunsmiths work for repair shops, firearm shops, sporting goods stores, or manufacturers and distributors of firearms and hunting products.

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