Has anyone ever told you about online gunsmith training but you are confused how that is even possible? How do you learn how to be a gunsmith by going on the internet? Can you really learn it? Well friends, let me tell you that it is possible to get some of your training through one of the online gunsmith schools.
On this page we will take a closer look at online gunsmith training. We will discuss both the good and bad of distance learning for those looking to train in gunsmithing. We will also give you a better understanding of what you should expect to learn and what to look for when searching for online gunsmith training.
We can readily say online training is not for everyone. If you want to find out more about what it takes to be successful in online classes, check out our article “How to Be Successful in Online Classes”. If you have any other questions or thoughts about this website or about online gunsmith training, please feel free to drop us a line at any time. If you need more information about online gunsmith training, just click on the tabs below to answer any of your questions.
Is Online Gunsmith Training a Real Thing?
We know you may be shocked to even think that there are even online gunsmith training available. You may be even scratching your head trying to figure out how it even works. Rest assured that it is very possible to get some darned good training through online classes, but there is more to it than just that.
Typically the types of classes that are offered through online gunsmith training are on par with the quality of education you would get sitting in a classroom. The big difference, of course, is that you are doing this on the computer and not physically going to a school. And for those who are currently working full time jobs or have other scheduling conflicts, this makes learning a new trade a bit easier.
While we do sing praises for online gunsmith training we must point out that we mainly recommend the classroom portion of the program. We still believe that is critically important that you work with a master gunsmith to learn the finer points and techniques of the hands-on portion of gunsmithing. In fact, when someone asks us about online gunsmith training we suggest that they take these classes while doing an apprenticeship or working with an experienced gunsmith.
With all of that said, a growing number of online gunsmith training schools have started to offer a way to get the hands-on training. You would have to go to the campus to work with the school’s tools and in their labs under the guidance of an instructor. This is incredible since it solves a number of reservations that some people have for online gunsmith training.
We also recommend online gunsmith training to those who are not entirely sure they want to do this or they are absolute beginners. The education and training you can get in these online classes can produce a solid foundation of knowledge to help you along the way.
Where Can I Find Online Gunsmithing Schools?
As you probably have already figured out, gunsmithing schools are not on every block. There are relatively few training programs throughout the country, but don’t let that discourage you. You do have an alternative to campus based schools through online gunsmith training programs.
The beauty of online training is that you can study from anywhere in the country or even the world as long as you have an internet connection and a computer. So even though the closest physical gunsmithing school may be 100 or so miles away, you can still get at least the classroom part of the training accomplished from your living room. Not too bad, eh?
Probably easiest methods for finding accredited online gunsmith training programs is by doing any of the following:
- Type in your zip code in the search box on the upper right hand sider of this website
- Go to the Gunsmith Schools By State in the menu in the top part of this page and find your state
- Open your browser and type “online gunsmith training” in your search engine
What Should I Look For in an Online Gunsmith School?
In a previous article, we discussed a number of areas you should look in to before you enroll in one of the gunsmithing schools around the country. These rules are slightly different when you are considering enrolling in online gunsmith training since you cannot physically visit the campus to get a feel for the experience.
Below is a checklist of things you should look in to before enrolling in any online school.
- Experience: Find out how long the online gunsmith training program has been around
- Curriculum: Compare the topics covered in the online classes as compared to traditional schools
- Overall Reputation: Talk to some gunsmiths or go to a gunsmith chat board and find out what they think of any of the online programs you are thinking about attending
- Tech Requirements: Make sure your computer or electronic device is able to handle the software used in the online classes
- Technical Support: Any reputable online school will have technical support 24 hours a day and 7 days a week – this is a must have!
- Ease of Use: Look around the website or see if you can download one of the programs to get a feel for the type of software and programs they are using so you know if it is user intuitive
- Hands-on Training: Most of these online programs will include “hands-on” practice with your own tools and firearms, however some online schools are offering you the ability to get the hands-on training (see section above)
- Review of Classes: Google search for reviews of online gunsmith training programs or check with websites like the Better Business Bureau or government sites
- Communication: Since you won’t be sitting in a class where you can talk to the instructor at any given moment, you may want to look in to how easy it is to get in touch with your instructors via email or Skype
- Success Rate: See if you can find out what the success rate for graduation or completion of any of the online gunsmith training programs you are interested in
- Accreditation: This is a biggie! Any online gunsmith training program you are interested should be accredited by a major organization – the school rep should tell you if you ask (see tab below for list of organizations)
- Financial Aid: When talking with the school representative make sure you ask about financial aid, scholarships, grants or if they have an installment plan for paying for your education, unless you don’t need it
- Audit a Class: Ask if it is possible to sit through a class to get a feel for it – yes, you won’t get a grade and you won’t have to take the tests
- Job Placement: Some online schools have job placement services to help you find employment when you are done, ask the school rep if they do
- Administrative Support: Another thing to ask the school representative is how easy is it to get in touch with their administrative team if you are having issues
- Extras: Ask what is included in your tuition such as books, tools, memberships, access to the lab, etc…
- Cost of Training: Compare the cost of tuition and class expenses as compared to other online gunsmith training programs or traditional gunsmithing schools to see if the price is out of whack
- Length of Training: Even though online students typically study at their own pace, find out how long it takes the average online student to complete the training program
Who Provides Accreditation for Online Schools?
When you are looking at online gunsmith training programs you will want to make sure that the school has been accredited. Accreditation means that the school has met the quality standards of education of an outside non-governmental agency. In other words, you should get a fairly good education from one of these schools.
Any school (online or not) that has accreditation will include that information on their website. If you can’t find it, you can call and ask them for their accreditation status and even call the accrediting agency to find out what is the history of the school you are interested in. That way you can be assured you have covered your bases on this subject.
We hate to break it to you but even if one of the online gunsmith training programs says it is accredited, check to see which agency did it. There are a few fake or non-legit accrediting agencies out there that have not been approved the by U.S. Department of Education. So here is a list of legit accreditation agencies that you can definitely rely on.
National Accreditation Agencies
Regional Accreditation Agencies
Covering Delaware, Washington DC, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands
Covering Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont
Covering New York
Covering Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming
Covering Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington
Covering Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, Tennessee, and Virginia
Covering Christian post-secondary institutions
Covering California, Hawaii, Guam, Samoa, Republic of Palau, Micronesia, Northern Mariana Islands, and the Republic of Marshall Islands
Are There Any Enrollment Requirements?
Online gunsmith training programs typically require the same type of requirements as you would in a traditional campus based school. We’ve covered this in other parts on this website. But just in case you missed it or need a refresher, here are the most common requirements of gunsmithing schools.
- No criminal record involving a felony or being served a restraining order or convicted of domestic violence
- Must be able to pass a drug screening including possible random drug tests during training
- Should not have a history of mental illness or be declared mentally incompetent
- Provide proof of a high school diploma or having earned the GED
- Most schools require you to be at least 21 years old, some other say 18 or older
- You may have to provide proof you can pass a metal fitting test
What is Taught in Online Gunsmith Classes?
Most online gunsmith training schools offer the same basic classes that you would find in a traditional campus school. With that said, you should check in to how the curriculum stacks up against other programs to make sure you are getting the education you deserve. Some of the classes you will most likely take in online school may include:
- Firearms Safety
- Gun Sights
- Gun Stocks
- Customization of Stocks
- Basic Ballistics
- Metal Finishing (Bluing)
- Machine Tool Operation
- Hand Tool Operation
- Gun Repair
- Custom Gun Trade
- Proper Checkering Techniques
- Basic Welding
- Mathematics and Algebra
- Polishing, Sanding and Grinding
- Disassembly and Assembly of Firearms
- Firearms Design and Function
- Business Classes
- Pad Fitting
- Blue Print Reading and Creation
- Identification of Firearms
So What Do You Think?
Even though it may seem that going to an online gunsmith training program might seem strange, you can get a fairly good education from it. As more accredited online schools add the capability to get your hands-on practice with one of their instructors, there is less reason to not consider enrolling. There are so many things going for it, it is hard to pass up on.
One of the best things about online gunsmith training is location. Instead of sitting in a classroom listening to the instructor, you could be sitting anywhere watching the videos or reading the material at your own leisurely pace. This can be a bonus for a lot of people looking to go back to school. So if you want to go learn to become a gunsmith, don’t hesitate in considering enrolling in one of the online gunsmith training programs, you won’t regret it!