Penn Foster Career School

Career Diploma: Gunsmith

Penn Foster Career School's Gunsmith Career Diploma Program is designed to give students hands-on training as they work towards becoming gunsmiths. Read more about this program here.

Official Program Name:


School Offering Program:

Penn Foster Career School

Program Level:

Career Diploma

Program Description:

The Gunsmith Career Diploma Program at Penn Foster Career School gives students the opportunity to learn how to accurize, repair, customize, fit and finish stocks, mount telescopic sights, restore antique firearms, design and install metallic rifle sights, and custom load ammunition. Students are given a chance to learn the history of handguns and rifles, and about how to break into the industry. This program is designed to be completed in as few as five months. However, students can choose to take more time to complete it.

Program Materials Supplied by Penn Foster Career School:

Penn Foster Career School provides students in its Gunsmith Career Diploma Program with the books, lessons, equipment, learning aids, industry charts, and guides needed to complete the program. Students also receive instruction for getting a Federal Firearms License.

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Financial Aid:

Penn Foster offers low tuition, 0% APR financing, and affordable monthly payments to be completed upon graduation.

Tuition, Financial Aid & Start Dates

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Required Courses for a Gunsmith Career Diploma:

Program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Penn Foster Career School to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

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

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Students who complete Penn Foster Career School's Gunsmith Career Diploma Program may be interested in pursuing an associate degree in gunsmithing. This might prepare them for advancement in the gunsmith field.

Career Paths:

Graduates of Penn Foster Career School's Gunsmith Career Diploma Program may be able to pursue entry-level positions as gunsmiths working for manufacturers or dealers. They might also be able to open their own gunsmith business.