I guess "easy" is relative. My point is, there is no voodoo involved. While some gunsmiths try to pretend there is some kind of mysticism involved in gunsmithing, perhaps to artificially enhance their own importance or to dissuade a potential customer from doing something themselves that they may have paid to have done, I emphatically insist there is not - a gun is simply a mechanical object and not a very high tolerance one at that. It has parts that move, springs that provide tension, and levers and what have you. It is no more complicated than motorcycle or automobile componants. Most are far less complicated than the electronic transmissions autos use today. Most of a gunsmith's work comes from improving the degree of finish where the factory compromised for cost. If you can stone a surface flat and smooth, and have the ability to A&D without damaging parts, there are few guns that the do-it yourselfer cannot do a fine job with, providing a basic mechanical aptitude that could well have come from another trade.
The value of a gunsmiths experience is in the number of guns he's seen of a particular make, so when there is something "not right" its glaringly obvious, while one with less experience may not know something was wrong. Individual guns have their quirks, which is where experience comes in, but don't tell an aerospace machinist how tight gun tolerences are - he's used to dealing with a few more decimal point. And don't tell a jeweler/diamond cutter about degrees of polish - a master gunsmith is still an ametuer in his book.
The facinating thing to me about gunsmithing is how it brings together so many forms of mechanics and art. There is wood work, welding, polishing, chemistry, leather work, optics, engraving, you name it. The gun, as art, brings so many of the guilds together. But please - rocket science it is NOT.
I produce several how-to videos - the FAL being my most popular - (still working on the BHP one) and hundreds of folks have built excellent rifles with the instructions.
For what its worth, the greatest leap in my abilities came from reading a 20 page pamphlet written by Lin "Trapper" Alexiou. It was nothing more than "cut x to .020, and y to .045". Polish here, debur there, install this weight spring here. And you know what - it worked. By the numbers, almost every time. My writings follow the same format and do not require microscopes (although an 10x loupe is nice for my tired eyes)