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    Default Gunsmithing schools

    I'm looking into taking a distance learning on gunsmithing and I was wondering if anyone had any recommendations on which school to use.

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    i attended Lassen Gunsmithing program located in susanville CA.
    i was there from 1990 to 1994. i took anywhere from 12 to 18 units a semester i did not take all the classes. they had a ton. then they had two and three year programs as well as enough classes to last 5 years if you wanted to. Great school. it encompasses machining, welding, as well as all aspects of design, funtion,& repair. from single shots to MGs.
    i would recommend it to anyone.
    you can never shoot fast enough to make up for a miss.
    col. J.C.

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    Cheezytwang just graduated. you may try hitting him up.
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    Default I am currently attending the Colorado School of Trades...

    in Lakewood Colorado. It is a 14 month program, Instructed my almost exclusively former military staff. I am only three months in so far, but I am enjoying it. I would be happy to answer any questions you may have here. just ask.

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    If you're looking for the "distance learning", as you say, I subscribed to the Professional Career Development Institute gunsmithing course. It's a study at your own pace kind of thing with tests and regular learning packets. It was okay but you really can't get the kind of learning you need that way, IMHO.

    Don't get me wrong, I learned a lot about guns and working on them but I sure would like to have had some "hands on" too...

    Still, it was better than trying to work my job and attend a school too.

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    honestly, your best bet is at a school like the one i'm about to graduate from (PA gunsmithing school), but if you want to go the distance route, i think AGI is the best bet. still no substitute for hands on tho!
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    Default The hands on schools are the way to go.

    Are you going to tell a customer... "well I think i can do that for you...I watched the video"? or would you rather say, "why yes, I have in fact done that before, I learned it from some of the best." How can you ever master any art, and it is that, without the ability to ask questions to a more qualified individual whilst in process?

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    agi is the best home school.but nothing beets hands on like lassen or colorado school of trade.
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    hands on makes remembering info easier for me.
    Most of the AGI videos are bob dunlap. He was the head instructor at Lassen when i attended there. we also watched the videos at night while attending the school. i got alot more out of the seat time in class and lab. ( no crude jokes in the videos)

    when i worked in a gun factory. i often hired graduates out of CST , trinadad & yavapi.
    it gives you a great head start in the industry. lots of schools also have summer classes
    sponsored by the NRA for LEOS the waters can be tested with.
    you might research to see where the instructor gained there knowlege. that made it easy for me.







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    Default I failed to add..

    the high availability factor of factory armorers courses. also a plus.

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