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What Are Some Popular Types of Gunsmithing Career Training Programs?

Gunsmithing training programs prepare students for entry-level positions in the industry. Students can train for a gunsmithing career through private apprenticeships and through programs offered at schools throughout the country. Keep reading to find out more about some popular types of gunsmithing programs.

Gunsmithing Apprenticeship Programs

Many aspiring gunsmiths enroll in gunsmithing training programs at a technical school or community college. Others may choose to learn this trade through on-the-job training or with an apprenticeship.

Important Facts about This Field of Study

Common Courses Gunsmith equipment, popular firearms, revolver and pistol repair, customizations for appearance and accuracy, sights, muzzleloaders
Degrees Certificate, associate's degree
Online Availability Some select schools
Possible Careers Firearm manufacturer, rifle club, dealership, hunting and sport shop gunsmith
Average Salary (2019) $60,000* (firearm manufacturing industry)
Job Outlook (2016-2026) 14% decline** (assemblers and fabricators)

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

Degree and Certificate Programs in Gunsmithing

Some colleges offer both certificates and associate degrees in gunsmithing. One such school, Trinidad State Junior College (TSJC) in Trinidad, CO, trains students to work with rifles, shotguns and handguns. According to TSJC, students can complete the associate degree program in four semesters. Yavapai College in Prescott, AZ, offers 2-year certificate and associate degree programs. Yavapai Gunsmithing School, reports that students who complete these 4-semester programs spend much of their time working in a machine shop. Below is a list of courses gunsmithing students often complete to earn a certificate or degree:

  • Bench metal
  • Stock design
  • Operating machinery
  • Firearm repair
  • Polishing and bluing
  • Basic workplace skills
  • Firearm safety
  • Firearm assembly and disassembly

Online Gunsmithing Training

Much like schools that provide on-site training, online gunsmithing career education programs teach students to troubleshoot, maintain, assemble and disassemble firearms. Online gunsmithing programs allow students to work at home at their own pace. Ashworth College's online gunsmithing course is composed of 19 lessons that focus on reading assignments, instruction and online examinations. Penn Foster Career School also offers an online program. This program is designed to teach a number of firearm customization, alteration and restoration techniques. Students also receive guidance in obtaining federal firearms licenses.