Military servicemen and women are highly trained in firearms usage, safety, and maintenance. Because of this training, many veterans are interested in gunsmithing as a post-service career. Below you will find a list of schools offering gunsmithing training as well as veterans' education assistance.
|School Name||Institution Type||Location||Tuition (in-state)* 2017-2018||Tuition Assistance/Military Benefits|
|Pennsylvania Gunsmith School||Private||Pittsburg, PA||$25,272||VA benefits|
|Montgomery Community College||Public||Troy, NC||$2,537||VA benefits assistance|
|Trinidad State Junior College||Public||Trinidad, CO||$5,027||VA benefits|
|Murray State College||Public||Tishomingo, OK||$5,050||VA benefits, National Guard Tuition Waiver, Non-resident tuition waiver|
|Lassen Community College||Public||Susanville, CA||$1,127||VA benefits, course credit for military service|
|Colorado School of Trades||Private||Lakewood, CO||$20,520||Veterans assistance programs|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics
Whether you are interested in just taking a few classes, earning a certificate or obtaining a degree in gunsmithing, these schools provide a variety of paths to chose from. Each of these schools is veteran friendly and offers assistance with VA Education benefits. Some of the schools even offer additional tuition assistance through waivers.
Pennsylvania Gunsmith School
The Pennsylvania Gunsmith School is approved by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for Veterans Education Benefits. According to the school website, the school was founded in 1949 to train World War II veterans. Students who complete the program earn a Sporting Arms Ordinance Technician diploma. Learning takes place in both a traditional classroom setting and a workshop setting.
Montgomery Community College
Montgomery Community College is a National Rifle Association affiliate. Classes at Montgomery Community College are offered in a variety of formats: individual classes, earn a gunsmithing certificate, earn a gunsmithing diploma, or earn a 2-year associate's degree in gunsmithing. Weekend class options are also available. They have a Veterans Certifying Official on staff to assist with any paperwork, VA benefits, or scholarships.
Trinidad State Junior College
As a Colorado State Approving Agency for Veterans Education approved school, Trinidad State Junior College has a Veteran Certifying Official on staff. Trinidad State Junior College is a National Rifle Association affiliate and offers an associate's degree in gunsmithing, certificate programs, as well as a summer training program. The school also hosts the Art of the Gun, a yearly firearm show for collectors to display and students to showcase their skills.
Murray State College
Murray State College is a National Rifle Association affiliate school that offers a 2-year associate's degree as well as a summer training program. Admittance to the program is limited to 20-30 students so as to give a more individualized approach. Murray State College has a Veterans Student Association as well as a Veteran's Coordinator and VA Certifying Officer on campus. This school offers Prior Learning Credit for previous work and life experiences, including military service.
Lassen Community College
According to the Lassen Community College website, they are the oldest gunsmithing school in the United States. They offer an associate's degree in general gunsmithing, as well as an associate's degree in firearm repair. Certificate programs are available as well. Lassen Community College is a National Rifle Association affiliate school and offers their summer training program. Lassen Community College will grant course credit for anyone who has served at least 6 months in active military duty.
Colorado School of Trades
Colorado School of Trades offers a gun shop in which gunsmithing students can learn in an apprentice-style setting and work hands-on with local police and military firearms. Colorado School of Trades offers an associate's degree path or individual classes. The school also offers a student organization called the CST Student Rifle and Pistol Club which hosts shooting events and networking cookouts. Colorado School of Trades requires all students to have National Rifle Association membership before the first day of class. The school is approved for multiple Veterans' Assistance Programs.