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Most of an armorer's time is spent inspecting, cleaning, repairing and rebuilding weapons. He makes sure weapons are in safe operating condition. He also manages, maintains and operates the firing range.
The armorer sometimes trains firearm users on safety issues, and gives advice in firearm usage. He also tests ammunition. Completing paperwork and maintaining logs are usually part of his job.
The armorer spends his days on a firing range, in a shop doing repairs, in ammunition storage facilities and at a desk. Protective gear, like gloves and goggles, need to be worn when he makes repairs, and he should take steps to protect his hearing when he is on the range and weapons are being fired.
A high school diploma or equivalent, along with law enforcement or military experience is needed to enter this field. Firearms proficiency is a must. Experience in firearm instruction, range operations and firearm repair are valuable.
Indeed.com reports the average annual salary for an armorer was $44,000 as of January 2010.
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