A Gunsmith is a multi-talented person that repairs, refurbishes, modifies, customizes and accurizes firearms that are “Traditional, Modern or Innovative™”. Their skill sets include but are not limited to the following:
An armorer is a maker, supplier, or parts changer of weapons or armor or an official in charge of the arms of a military unit. Based on the above definition of a Gunsmith, an armorer is not a Gunsmith, but a Gunsmith can do armorer duties.
If you enjoy technical work and firearms, the Gunsmithing profession is very rewarding. An estimated 7 million firearms are manufactured or imported into the U.S. every year, and the average firearm owner in the U.S. owns 8 guns. As the demand for firearms is quite high, so is the demand for experienced Gunsmiths to maintain and repair all of these guns each year.
There are many job options to consider after graduating from the Pennsylvania Gunsmith School®. Employment in a large firearms manufacturing plant or working as a Gunsmith in a sporting goods store are common paths of our graduates, but since our students are trained in many different technical aspects, jobs are also available in the military as an armorer, in related fields such as metal refinishing, model building, toolmaking, prototype making, and many others. Also, some of our graduates choose to become entrepreneurs and open their own gun shops.
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Gunsmiths typically perform:
Gunsmiths do not typically:
The Pennsylvania Gunsmith School® cultivates experienced gunsmiths who are prepared to handle the challenges that they will face in the industry. In addition to our focus on a quality Gunsmithing education, the Pennsylvania Gunsmith School® seeks to motivate students to:
The Master Gunsmithing Program™ covers rifles, shotguns, handguns, and muzzleloading firearms (typically called sporting firearms). Sporting Tactical and vintage and modern military firearms are also covered. The Pennsylvania Gunsmith School® does not allow any Federal Class III firearms (fully automatic firearms), nor are they covered in our Master Gunsmithing Program®.
The Master Gunsmithing Program® runs for 2496 clock hours, which takes approximately sixteen months to complete.
At the Pennsylvania Gunsmith School®, you will be challenged to achieve a high quality of workmanship and work ethic, while fulfilling your educational goals with like-minded people. You will be spending the entirety of your time on your gunsmithing courses, not general education requirements such as general English, math or history.
Within your 2496 clock hours at PGS you will learn all skills necessary in becoming a Master Gunsmithing Program® graduate.
At the end of your instruction, you will have created a portfolio of guns and special tools and fixtures to show future employers.
The Pennsylvania Gunsmith School® is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges, ACCSC. We are also a member of the Pennsylvania Association of Private School Administrators (PAPSA), which advocates for career schools in state and federal governing bodies, and the Better Business Bureau. Many of our staff members are either Benefactor, Patron, Endowment, or Life Members of the NRA.
For those who qualify, many types of financial aid are available, including Pell grants, direct student loans, PLUS loans, and others. The Pennsylvania Gunsmith School® has also been approved for both State Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) training benefits and various Veterans benefits. A dedicated staff is available to assist with financial aid needs.
The Pennsylvania Gunsmith School® is situated in the borough of Avalon, a small and close-knit suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The school is conveniently located near interstate routes for access from the north, south, east, and west, with easy access from the Pittsburgh International Airport. Apartment and housing options are nearby, many within walking distance. Public transportation is available for those who chose to live farther from school, and there are part-time employment opportunities available in the area. Local ranges and hunting and fishing areas are a short drive away. The city of Pittsburgh has major league baseball, football, and hockey teams, as well as many entertainment, dining, and cultural experiences.