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Unread 02-01-2011, 06:38 PM
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Re: Gunsmithing schools............

Well a tech course would be a good plan. Take the first semester courses, all of them. If your driven you will finish your required work and have time to make fixtures during the shop lab. When I went thru we spent 20 hours a week in the shop and I finished the required ciriculum in 8 weeks. the next 8 weeks the instructors let me make whatever I wanted, and if there was a machine I needed to use for a certain machining operation they took the time to give me a run thru on it. I would meet with an instructor before enrolling and get his feel for the attitude of the dept. when it comes to stuff like this.
I was lucky 3 of the 4 head instructors worked at one time in the arms and amunitions manf.

Doing this will put you way ahead on the gunsmithing courses as less time will be devoted to becoming proficent at running the machines.

and learning good basic machining practices carries over into all of rifle building.
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Unread 02-05-2011, 08:34 PM
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I agree with Coyboy. Get some machining knowledge/skills under your belt first. I am in my last semester at Yavapai, taking their gunsmithing course. They have topnotch instructors. I have almost 17yrs machining experience, and things have been a lot easier on me than some. Not only do I go to school full time, but I work 10-12 hrs a day. Having the machining background buys me time because I can get through the projects faster than some. This semester I am building a takedown mauser, action and all. I wouldn't even have attempted it without my background. Good luck.
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Unread 02-06-2011, 02:57 AM
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I taught a class at Trinidad State Junior College (NRA Short Course) last summer. I met Keith Gipson the head instructor, Dave Nolan, Speedy Gonzales and others. The school has been set up for traditional gunsmithing for many years. The staff and facility are first class. The new third year program gives the students a real time experience in gunshop operation. It is both gunsmithing and business.

I have an assorted education not related to gunsmithing but advanced degrees Criminal Justice and Accounting. I had 40 plus years of machining and welding experience before getting a degree in machine science. My degree was directed more to CNC machining. I consider myself more as a machinist than gunsmith.

I felt that Trinidad State Junior College gave its' student the basic knowledge to get them started. It teaches them were to look if the student does not have the experience or training. That is what all good schools do.

Nat Lambeth
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