Vocational
Gunsmithing

The field of gunsmithing deals with creating, designing, repairing and maintaining firearms. Gunsmiths can work in gunsmithing shops, for firearms manufacturers, sports good dealerships or at an armory.

Traditionally, training for gunsmiths was exclusive to manufacturers, but slowly vocational schools and colleges are opening up programs for students to become trained in gunsmithing. These programs typically take less than two years to complete, and include courses such as layout, hacksawing, filing and gauging techniques; polishing and bluing techniques; welding; barrel fitting; ballistics training; and repair and customization.

Gunsmiths are regulated by the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, which also issues certifications for all gunsmiths. This Federal Firearms License is acquired directly through the ATF, and lasts for three years at a time.

Gunsmiths may deal with gun owners on a daily basis, helping to troubleshoot and repair firearms, as well as ensure they are in proper working order. Gunsmiths adhere to a strict code of gun safety, and cannot legally take or repair a gun that is believed to be illegal held by the client.

Schools That Offer This Program:
Career Point College
Crimson Technical College
Blue Cliff College
Blue Cliff College
Medical Career Institute
Medical Career Institute
Strayer University
Strayer University
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Newbridge College
Southern Technical College
Southern Technical College
Trumbull Business College
National College of Business & Technology
National College of Business & Technology
Fortis College
Everglades University
Lincoln College of New England
Lincoln College of New England
Lincoln College of New England
Lincoln College of Technology
Lincoln College of Technology
Lincoln Technical Institute
Lincoln Technical Institute
Nashville Auto-Diesel College
Nashville Auto-Diesel College
Southwestern College
Southwestern College
Lincoln Culinary Institute
Lincoln Culinary Institute
Lincoln College Online
Grantham University
Carrington College
Carrington College
Carrington College California
Carrington College California
Brookline College
Florida Career College
National Massage Therapy Institute
New England Institute of Technology
Computer Systems Institute
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