Both long guns and handguns consist of three basic elements: the barrel, the stock, and the action or firing mechanism. The gunsmith assembles these parts according to blueprint orders or customer specifications. The pieces are usually made by parts manufacturers, although a gunsmith may make a piece for a special custom-made gun or for the restoration of an antique gun.

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