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Online Gunsmithing Degree and Certificate Programs

There are gunsmithing diploma, certificate and degree programs that can teach you about guns and firearm technology. Continue reading to learn more about gunsmithing programs, including online options, and the types of topics you'd study.

Can I Earn My Gunsmithing Degree or Certificate Online?

Online gunsmithing programs are rare due to the of hands-on nature of the field, but you can earn a diploma in gunsmithing through distance learning. Gunsmithing certificates and associate's degrees can only be earned through on-campus programs.

Online AvailabilityOnline diplomas are available but rare; certificates and associate's can only be completed on-campus
Key Diploma ConceptsCleaning, storing, and gun handling basics, firearm modification, reloading ammunition
Key Associate Program ConceptsRefinishing, rifle modification, barrel alterations, handgun technology
Work ExperienceSome associate programs may allow for an apprenticeship
Possible CareerGunsmith in sporting store, firearms manufacturing, business owner
Median Salary (2019) $39,699 (for all gunsmiths)*
Job Outlook (2016-2026) 2% growth (for all machinists)**

Sources: *PayScale.com, **U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

What Will I Learn in an Online Program?

Online gunsmithing diploma programs walk you through the basics of how to clean, store and handle firearms. You'll need to practice these tasks at home, according to instruction provided online. Some schools include the cost of gunsmithing tools and equipment in your tuition and ship them directly to you; others require you to acquire these materials on your own.

Through an online gunsmithing diploma program, you'll also learn about machine tooling, welding, engraving and stockmaking. Hands-on work will teach you to read from a schematic in order to repair firearms and modify firearm components, such as barrels, triggers, frames and firing pins. An online diploma program also will teach you about reloading ammunition and running your own gunsmithing business.

What Will I Learn in an Associate's Degree Program?

Associate of Applied Science programs in gunsmithing require that you complete general college education requirements, such as classes in writing, geometry, trigonometry, the humanities and physical science. Coursework specific to gunsmithing goes beyond a diploma program by teaching you about the following:

  • Advanced firearms modifications
  • Handgun technology
  • Refinishing
  • Barrel alterations
  • Rifle modification

Can I Acquire Work Experience While I Complete a Program?

While certificate and diploma programs in gunsmithing typically don't provide job experience, some Associate of Applied Science programs do. In a 2-year program, you might be able to complete a co-op experience with a gunsmith or firearms manufacturer.

What Can I Do with an Education in Gunsmithing?

After completing your training, you can start your own gunsmithing business or work as a gunsmith at a gun or sporting goods shop. You also might find work in firearms manufacturing.