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Only a few accredited U.S. community and technical colleges offer gunsmithing education and training programs. Among the best of these schools, Yavapai College and Piedmont Technical College offer certificate and associate's degree programs in the field. Enrolling in gunsmithing programs typically requires meeting a range of requirements, including background checks. Students must also provide their own gunsmithing tools, which can cost around $3,000. Read on for more information about program requirements and classes.
Yavapai College in Prescott, Arizona
|School highlight: Students must have either a concealed carry license or a current federal background check.|
Yavapai College is a public, 2-year college that offers certificates, advanced certificates and associate's degrees in gunsmithing. To enroll in one of these programs, students must be 21 years old or have had military service. Students take classes that cover concepts in machining, rifle theory, metal refinishing, stockmaking, entrepreneurship and rebarreling, and they work with specialized tools, including lathes, engravers, heat treat ovens, mills and stock duplicators.
Piedmont Technical College in Greenwood, South Carolina
|School highlight: Advanced certificate students get to build a pistol, rifle, or shotgun for their final project.|
Piedmont Technical College offers introductory and advanced certificates in gunsmithing. Classes are held during the day and in the evening and include classes in tool use, blueprint reading, gunsmithing techniques, handgun technology, rifle stockmaking, barrel fitting, and gunmetal finishing. Both certificate programs require students to complete final projects.
Top Gunsmithing Schools
|Colorado School of Trades||Students can join student-run CST Rifle & Pistol Club||Lakewood, CO|
|Lenoir Community College||Has three workshops dedicated to gunsmithing and construction trades||Kinston, NC|
|Montgomery Community College||This school offers short-term National Rifle Association gunsmithing courses in addition to the school's gunsmithing program||Troy, NC|
|Murray State College||Gunsmithing students go on field trips and attend professional conferences||Tishomingo, OK|
|Piedmont Community College||Recognized for 'exceptional institutional performance' in 2010 by North Carolina Community Colleges||Roxboro, NC|
|Pine Technical College||Since the program's inception in 1980, the average job placement rate has held between 96 and 100 percent.||Pine City, MN|
|Trinidad State Junior College||Has the oldest gunsmithing program in the United States||Trinidad, CO|