Gunsmith Career Diploma

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If you want to learn how to repair and care for guns, then Penn Foster's Gunsmith Career Diploma program may be right for you. Read on to learn more about Penn Foster's Gunsmith Career Diploma program here.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

When you enroll in Penn Foster's Gunsmith Career Diploma program, you have an opportunity to learn about the restoration of antique firearms, how to fit and finish stocks and mount custom telescopic lights, the design and installation of metallic rifle sights, and the customization of loading ammunition. All of the materials needed to complete the diploma program are provided by Penn Foster, and you have the ability to work through the materials at a self-directed pace in the comfort of your own home.

What are the Prerequisites?

If you apply to Penn Foster's Gunsmith Career Diploma program, you should have a passion for firearms and want to learn how guns are repaired, maintained, and customized. Applicants to Penn Foster Career School's programs should be at least 18 years old.

What are the Course Requirements?

Penn Foster's Gunsmith Career Diploma program is divided into six instruction sets. Many of the instructional sets include practical exercises. A Windows-based PC is required to access online materials.

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Instruction Set Lessons
Instruction Set 1 Learning Strategies
Getting Started in the Firearms Industry
Instruction Set 2 Identifying and Evaluating Firearms
Gun Stocks
Customizing Gun Stocks
Instruction Set 3 Rifles
Modern Sporting Rifles
Gunsights
Instruction Set 4 Shotguns
Muzzleloaders
Instruction Set 5 Handguns
Ammunition, Reloading, and Basic Ballistics
Instruction Set 6 Basic Metalwork and Machine Tool Operation
Metal Finishing
Starting Your Own Business

What are my Career Opportunities?

Career Opportunities

Once you have finished Penn Foster's Gunsmith Career Diploma program, you have an opportunity to pursue a career as a gunsmith. As a prospective gunsmith, you could work for a gun shop or start up your own business that specializes in the customization and repair of guns and antique firearms.

Advanced Degrees

When you have finished Penn Foster's Gunsmith Career Diploma program, you have an opportunity to pursue an associate's degree in a related field. An associate's degree in gunsmithing may include courses such as handgun technology, general repair, current gunsmithing technology, machine shop basics, and gunmetal refinishing. As with most associate's degree programs, general education courses are also required. Some possible degree programs could include:

  • Associate of Applied Science in Gunsmithing
  • Associate of Science in Gunsmithing
  • Associate of Science in Firearms Technology
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