I was thinking about the term gunsmith and it seems that any bloke in Australia that is a tinkerer and can use a lathe can set himself up with a few tools and hang a "gunsmith" shingle out the front as there is no need to do any course/apprenticeship here.
To be a gunsmith in the UK is there a need to do a proper course in `smithing to be a gunsmith,is there a need to be registered etc
I have used a few blokes here and some are just lathe men with a gun interest without ever having to do an apprenticeship etc.(in gunsmithing)
I do go to a bloke that learned his trade as an armourer with the Aus army,he knows his stuff too.