Gunsmithing Schools

Gunsmithing Schools Reviewed

Online Colleges, Technical Schools and Community Colleges offering Gunsmithing Courses


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We review a multitude of gunsmithing schools  to provide detailed comparisons to help you decide on your education options.  Whether you are looking for a technical college for ultimate hands on experience, or you are looking for legitimate online gunsmithing school information.  We have compiled all of the info to help you make your decision on the right choice for you.





Take a look at your options for Gunsmithing Schools  in this comparison table:

Gunsmithing Schools

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AGI Gunsmithing Institute no Full Scope including Machining specific armorers courses High Medium 9 Distance/DVD Based The Gunsmithing School my dad attended
Penn Foster Career School Yes Full Scope including Machining Low Short 7 Internet Based
Yavapai College Yes Focus on Small Repairs High Long 6 Colorado Website says: If your goal is to be a firearm repairman this may not be the best school for you.
Wabash Valley College Yes Full Scope High Long 10 Illinois
Colorado School of Trades Yes Full Scope including Machining High Long 10 Colorado
Lassen Community College Yes Full Scope Associates Degrees High Long 10 California Perhaps the best gunsmithing school option
Modern Gun School Yes Two Tracks Low Short 4 Distance/Home Study A gunsmith school option to test your interest in this as a career
Murray State College Yes 6 week and 2 year High Summer 10 Oklahoma
Pennsylvania Gunsmith School Yes Full Scope Machining High Long 10 Pennsylvania
Piedmont Community College Yes Not Specified High Long 5 North Carolina
Pine Technical Institute Yes Full Scope with 4 year BS transfer opportunities High Long 10 Minnesota
Sonoran Desert Institute Yes Associates degree or Certificat High Long 7 Internet Based an online gunsmithing school option
Trinidad State Jr. College Yes Associates Degree and NRA Summer Courses High Long 10 Colorado
Montgomery Community College Maybe for some Classes Short and Long Term Classes low-high Medium 10 North Carolina


Considerations for a career as a Gunsmith

Gunsmiths can take many forms from hobbyists, or amateurs who want to know how to fix and repair their own equipment, to professionals that will go on to own their own manufacturing company.   A quality gunsmithing school program can help in any of these roles and there are a number of education options.   It is important for you to understand where in this continuum that you would like to be and find the gunsmith school option for you.   Whether you want to be the best gunsmith you can be, or just repair your own firearms finding the right gunsmithing school program is important.  Think of your education as an investment and plan accordingly .    Any School is a significant investment in time and money and like all education, it is important to understand your end-game to know what you want to get out of your schooling before going to look at your options.

Beyond the these broad based decisions, you will also need to know that gunsmithing is very detailed and tedious work.   You often work for hours on getting fitment of parts just right, just to find out that you removed .001 of an inch too much material, and then you have to start all over again.   Additionally, you will need to learn machining on a metal lathe and a vertical mill as well.    You will also learn many chemical processed including gun bluing (very dangerous process), heat treating, welding, brazing, and many other metal working techniques.   All of this will be used to work on family heirlooms, or tools that Police, SWAT and other professionals rely upon with their life, and to protect yours.  Failure is not an option, increasing the stress levels significantly!


Gunsmithing Schools will help hobbyists, professionals and amateurs alike!

We will discuss many things in our gunsmithing articles section, but one of the most important things to remember as a paid gunsmith you really have two options.  Working for another person or company, which will allow you to be hands on the majority of your time, but be paid a salary.  Or you can own your own business.  If you choose this option you will spend only about 1/4th or 25% of your time actually working as a gunsmith.  The rest of the time you will be working as a sales person, a parts orderer, a secretary filing all of the necessary paperwork, and likely an accountant or bookkeeper as well.   Either of these paths will require a significant amount of time invested into the trade aspect of this profession which requires significant investment into education.


You will need an FFL or Federal Firearms License

Before going any further on your quest for your gunsmithing career, you need to understand that you will need to have an FFL or work for someone who has an FFL, which will require you to meet all of the requirements of being able to deal in firearms.    This is important as I have worked as a career counselor and have had to coach many people out of a situation in which they are half way through school and realize that they will not be able to get their license since they have had felonies that will preclude them from passing the background requirements.    You can find more information about FFLs here:

We also have information on Gunsmithing Tools, Resources, Books and more

Beyond our careful review of schooling options we will provide insight into the tools of the gunsmith trade, including valuable resources, books and much more.    We will also be offering our own video series for the amateur and professional gunsmiths.

Please take a look around and feel free to contact us to help us provide great reviews of the Best Gunsmithing Schools.