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Gunsmith Schools
« on: April 02, 2011, 11:33:36 pm »
These are the Gunsmithing schools I know of thus far:

Pennsylvania Gunsmith School

Colorado School of Trades

Yavapai Gunsmithing School

 I believe there may be others, at least some short term programs elsewhere. Would any members know of others out there? Any input on the ones I listed? Are they worth the time, money, and effort? Figured I'd pose this question as I've never seen it brought up before (with the exception of a forum member who is currently attending one). In addition, I'm interested. Not looking to be rich or anything of the kind. Just thinking of doing something that makes me happy while making a career out of it. I've done my own little projects on the side, and would love to fully learn the craft if possible. Sure, things are changing. But in my neck of the woods, good smiths seem to be very few and there's a lot of people who are in need of one.
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    Re: Gunsmith Schools
    « Reply #1 on: April 03, 2011, 12:22:07 am »
    There is a school in Troy, NC and there is also one somewhere along the NC/VA border.  Gunsmithing is a dying trade and a good number of "gunsmiths" are nothing more than people who *think* they can fix things but end up doing more harm than good.  Passion is needed, but it isn't enough.  You must have a certain aptitude, dexderity and natural mechanical ability to do the job right.  I've seen many who have the passion, but just don't have the ability no matter what you try to teach them.
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    Re: Gunsmith Schools
    « Reply #2 on: April 03, 2011, 12:26:39 am »
    There is a school in Troy, NC and there is also one somewhere along the NC/VA border.  Gunsmithing is a dying trade and a good number of "gunsmiths" are nothing more than people who *think* they can fix things but end up doing more harm than good.  Passion is needed, but it isn't enough.  You must have a certain aptitude, dexderity and natural mechanical ability to do the job right.  I've seen many who have the passion, but just don't have the ability no matter what you try to teach them.

    Ahh, didn't know that. Thanks. I agree on the latter, so many so-called "smiths" here. When in reality, they're just monkeys with tools. I think there's two real ones here and a couple of "eh" ones.

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    Re: Gunsmith Schools
    « Reply #3 on: April 03, 2011, 02:29:48 am »
    I did a lot of research before deciding on where to do mine

    http://www.trinidadstate.edu/index.php/gunsmithing

    They seem to have the best rep and a very impressive list of former instructors and students.
    I'll be starting the NRA summer course next May, was planning on this year but I started a new job in February, Already cleared 4 weeks of leave, have I mentioned that I love my new job!

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    Re: Gunsmith Schools
    « Reply #4 on: April 03, 2011, 03:30:36 am »
    I did a lot of research before deciding on where to do mine

    http://www.trinidadstate.edu/index.php/gunsmithing

    They seem to have the best rep and a very impressive list of former instructors and students.
    I'll be starting the NRA summer course next May, was planning on this year but I started a new job in February, Already cleared 4 weeks of leave, have I mentioned that I love my new job!



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    * Edited for poor grammar.  :facepalm
    « Last Edit: April 03, 2011, 07:29:54 pm by JD »

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    Re: Gunsmith Schools
    « Reply #5 on: April 03, 2011, 09:08:15 am »
    Midway has a list of 9 schools from several years ago.

    http://www.midwayusa.com/Content/pdf/Legacy/Gunsmithing_Schools.pdf
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