Discussion in 'Advanced Gunsmithing & Engineering' started by 7stwhunter, Jan 25, 2008.
Take a NRA Summer Gunsmithing class.
This is true.
I think a lot of guys would recommend going to a machinist school.
Lassen College in Susanville, Ca has a very good gunsmithing class. Many that have gone through it, have started and maintain their own gunsmithing business's. i.e. Mike Alvin ( the gun shop, Susanville, Ca. Buck ?, Susanville, Ca. the two men at Ragged Hole Barrels in Sparks, NV. you might contact them via phone or email and ask them a few questions Re: the college class. Check out Alvin and Ragged hole websites.
If you want to build rifles its way better to take a machining class at a local community college than learn how to make a spring for a ruger single six at a gunsmith school. The school would be best if you want to do general gunsmithing
Like Dusty posted, a good start would be Community College classes and maybe you'd luck out with an instructor who's done rifles and gunsmithing work. Just don't bring AR and AK parts to class.
In Northern VA, the community colleges don’t have machining courses. Best I could find was a 6-day course from a continuing adult education program. Better than nothing I suppose
Sort of an odd workaround but if the CCs have engineering program, it may include shop time. A six day course isn't going to accomplish much.
Usually I/we recommend the machining classes as being necessary to pursuing gunsmithing, so you're ahead of that curve already. The easiest place to get machine shop requirements is the local or nearly local Community College, often referred to as a 'junior college'. These two year colleges are a stepping stone to degrees from 4-year colleges but allow students to take individualized selections of classes such as machining. It might still be possible to find a high school offering night classes in machining. This is getting more rare as schools are suffering through budget cuts and program cuts.
Gordy Gritters does offer a class in rifle making as does Robert Gradous, I think, but you need to ask him or visit his website:
The other less obvious one is to find a reasonably local but talented gunsmith who will take you on to work for free while he teaches you. It is surprising the number of folks who got their start this way.
That is what is great about Lassen College, they do teach all that and the instructors have and do teach making parts needed for a gull fledged repair, rebuild or making of firearms.
Speedy offers some type of training in San Antonio. Not sure of any of the details.
Murray State College offer a one week ‘machining for Gunsmith’s’ followed by a one week ‘rifle rebarreling’. That’s the way I’d go if I were you.
All the accredited gunsmithing schools teach that. Machine tool proficiency is a big plus before enrolling in a gunsmithing school.
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