Yavapai, Lassen, or Other Gunsmith Degree Program?

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing' started by lv2hunt, Oct 17, 2013.

  1. lv2hunt

    lv2hunt Well-Known Member

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    Hello,

    I am interested in possibly attending Yavapai's, Lassen's, or another Gunsmith west-coast degree program starting next fall and would like any feedback on their programs from those that have attended or are knowledgeable on the subject. I searched the forum and read through most relative threads, but am still looking for more information. A little background on me, I have been working as a fighter jet mechanic for almost twenty years, owned an auto shop and am now in a position to pursue something different with my career. I am a Marine Corp Veteran, have an Associates Degree and an Airframes and Powerplants certificate. I am an avid outdoors man and enjoy hunting, fishing, shooting and reloading.

    Regards,
    Brandon, aka: lv2hunt
     
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  2. lv2hunt

    lv2hunt Well-Known Member

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    Hello,

    Just wanted to share here first, as this site has definitely helped me hone my passion for long range shooting and and hunting over the past few years. I received good news and am excited to start a new journey in life! I recently heard back from the Yavapai Gunsmithing College located in Prescott, AZ and they have accepted me into the 2-year degree program starting in the fall of 2014. Providing no major road blocks before now and then I will be there.

    Thanks,
    lv2hunt
     

  3. Barrelnut

    Barrelnut Well-Known Member

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    Congratulations. That sounds like a LOT of fun. When you are ready to take on some rifle work, let us know. :)
     
  4. Dosh

    Dosh Well-Known Member

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    Trinidad College in Trinidad, Co. Some of the sponsors are Brownells and Sierra Bullet. Not far from the Whittington Shooting Center.
     
  5. Hired Gun

    Hired Gun Well-Known Member

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    Come in early, stay late, do your best, do extra credit. Try not for an "A" but to blow them away. Perfection is the only thing. Keep in mind the precision rifle methods are not up to date. Actions are not trued with a tap kit from PTG and there is a lot more to fitting barrels than a go no go gauge. You will pick that up later. I would take all the extra machining, metallurgy and welding classes you can squeeze in on top of the gunsmith curriculum. Some extra woodshop classes that specialize in wood restoration and refinishing will be a big help. Stock guys probably are is the highest demand and command the highest prices. We have a stockmaker guy out here that gets $3500 plus for wood stocks and he is backed up for years. Metal engraving get huge money. There is good money in general gunsmith repair work too. Since you are going to the full program don't limit yourself. The school is like a giant intro class. It gets you familiar with most aspects. Getting good comes from practice and constant continuing education.
     
  6. lv2hunt

    lv2hunt Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the comments and advice!
     
  7. shortgrass

    shortgrass Well-Known Member

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    Simply put, you will get out of it what you put in to it. They'll be 'impressed' if you apply yourself, follow their instructions, and don't try to tell 'um how it's done one the internet.
     
  8. lv2hunt

    lv2hunt Well-Known Member

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    Update: Gunsmithing school is not going to work out after all, life got in the way. Unfortunately, I had to give up my seat for fall.
     
  9. Barrelnut

    Barrelnut Well-Known Member

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    Sorry to hear that, but there is always next year. Good Luck.