The Master Gunsmithing Program™ at PGS is an all-encompassing program of study that has been developed by practicing gunsmiths and employers over a 68-year period. The program is constantly updated and revised content and will assist you to obtain an entry-level job in the gunsmithing field. No prior firearms or machining experience is necessary: however, those that do have prior experience can take their expertise to a higher level with our specialized training. For example, many experienced tool and die makers and machinists have taken the program and have acquired many new skill sets that were not previously known to them.

PGS does not offer individual subjects or courses because each skill and task builds upon the previously learned material.

A few of the many things you will learn are:

  • Proper layout, hacksawing, filing and gauging techniques
  • Gunsmith heat treatment, metallurgy and spring making
  • Firearm nomenclature, function and design and cycle of operations
  • A variety of polishing and bluing techniques, firearm disassembly and reassembly and trigger work
  • Stock design and fit, drop, pitch and cast off
  • Custom stock making, recoil pad installation, stock finishing and checkering and sling swivel installation
  • Stock bedding techniques
  • Gunsmith welding, soldering and brazing
  • Lathe, milling machine, drill press and grinding operations
  • Telescopic and fixed sight mounting
  • Barrel fitting, chambering and head spacing
  • Simple ballistics and hand loading
  • Repairing and customizing
  • Custom alterations for rifles, shotguns and handguns
  • Basic business practices, gunsmith operations and employment preparation

Students that successfully pass the program with a cummulative grade point average (GPA) of at least a 2.0, earn a Diploma for completing the Master Gunsmithing Program™ and  graduate as a Sporting Arms Ordinance Technician™. Students also have the opportunity to earn Honors and High Honors distinction for exemplary grade point averages.


PGS facilities undergo constant upgrades and improvements to assure students have the highest quality equipment to perform the highest quality work. Equipment used on a regular basis includes:

  • Individual student workbenches equipped with a utility vise and electricity
  • Gearhead lathes and attachments
  • Vertical knee milling machines with digital readouts and attachments
  • Drill presses
  • Bench grinders
  • Polishing buffers
  • Abrasive grinders
  • Multiple bluing tanks
  • Glass bead and abrasive blasters
  • Alternative finishes spray booth
  • Heat treating furnaces
  • Forges
  • Disc sanders
  • Jointers
  • Band saws
  • Stock drying rooms
  • Welders
  • Hand reloading work benches with presses, dies and associated equipment
  • Precision chambering reamers, gages and test equipment
  • Hundreds of tools, jigs and fixtures

There is a “formal” student classroom. It is uniquely equipped with various audiovisual equipment that includes a large screen TV monitor and equipment to view Gunsmithing videos. A student desktop computer and printer with high-speed computer internet access for research and employment search. The room is also utilized for short instructional presentations, guest speakers and graduation ceremonies. The library resource center includes hundreds of volumes of texts and has the latest in gunsmithing books and videos for student use.


All of the required tools, books and supplies necessary to complete the educational objectives of each course are available for purchase in the store. Hundreds of optional tools and related equipment are available as well. Due to discounted pricing, the store is only open to PGS Students and is not open to the general public.