Herbert A. (Jim) Buskird, 58, a gunsmith at the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis since 1968, died of cancer Thursday at Anne Arundel General Hospital in Annapolis.

Mr. Buskirk was born in Saylorsburg, Pa. He served in the Marine Corps in the Pacific during World War II and moved to Washington in 1947.

He was a construction worker until about 1955, when he went to work for a printing company in Rockville. From about 1965 until he went to work at the Naval Academy, he worked for a gun shop in Silver Spring.

Mr. Buskirk learned to be a gunsmith by himself. Before he became a full-time professional, he did much work for friends and acquaintances at his home in Silver Spring, where he lived until moving to Annapolis about five years ago.

At the Naval Academy, his duties included attending major shooting competitions, such as the annual matches held at Camp Perry, Ohio, as a gunsmith.

He was a life member of the National Rifle Association and a member of the Izaak Walton League, the Piney Run Gun Club in Flintstone and the Anne Arundel Fish and Game Association.

His marriage to Ellen McDowell Buskirk ended in divorce.

Survivors include three sons, Dr. Eric V., of Columbia, Md., Daniel F., of Gaithersburg, and Donald J., of Annapolis; one daughter, Barbara E. Buskirk of Rockville; one brother, Victor F., of Allentown, Pa., and two grandchildren.