Aspiring gunsmiths may find postgraduate employment opportunities in areas where firearms are commonly bought, sold and repaired. Only a few community and state colleges around the country offer programs for aspiring gunsmiths.
10 Firearms Repair Schools
These institutions offer gunsmithing programs:
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Tuition (2015-2016)*|
|Piedmont Technical College||Greenwood, SC||2-year, Public||Certificate||$4,049 In-district; $4,601 In-state; $5,801Out-of-state|
|Pine Technical & Community College||Pine City, MN||2-year, Public||Certificate||$4,066 In-state; $7,742 Out-of-state|
|Marshalltown Community College||Marshalltown, IA||2-year, Public||Associate's||$4,416 In-state; $4,656 Out-of-state|
|Lenoir Community College||Kinston, NC||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||$2,423 In-state; $8,567 Out-of-state|
|Montgomery Community College||Troy, NC||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||$2,409 In-state; $8,553 Out-of-state|
|Murray State College||Tishomingo, OK||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||$4,340 In-state; $10,260 Out-of-state|
|Piedmont Community College||Roxboro, NC||2-year, Public||Certificate||$2,419 In-state; $8,563 Out-of-state|
|Trinidad State Junior College||Trinidad, CO||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||$4,530 In-state; $7,318 Out-of-state|
|Yavapai College||Prescott, AZ||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||$2,064 In-state; $8,688 Out-of-state|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
School Selection Criteria
Students may want to take the following into account when choosing a school that offers programs in gunsmithing:
- Students may want to consider the degree they want to pursue, from a certificate course that focuses on practical application, to an associate's degree that includes general education coursework and can be applied to a higher-level degree later.
- Coursework can cover anything from restoration techniques to regulations, so students should ensure that a program encompasses everything necessary for their desired field.
- Internship and licensing opportunities are available in many gunsmithing programs and can provide students with experience and a hands-on education.
- The lengths of programs can vary, as some certificates can be completed in less than a year or longer, while an associate's degree takes two years.
Certificate in Gunsmithing
Certificate programs in gunsmithing typically take 1-2 years to complete. Students learn to identify different types of handguns, rifles and shotguns, as well as operate necessary diagnostics, repair and restoration tools.
Associate in Science in Gunsmithing
These 2-year programs prepare students for building, assessing, repairing and selling firearms. Students earn academic credit that may later be used toward a bachelor's degree. Some programs offer hands-on experience through volunteer or paid internship opportunities.
Choosing a program in firearms repair begins with determining whether you want to pursue studies towards a certificate or associate's degree. As there are a limited number of programs from which to choose, school locations and costs may be important in deciding which program to pursue.