Millions of hunters, collectors and sportsmen in the United States spend billions of dollars annually on their guns and accessories. These firearms enthusiasts regularly require the services of experienced gunsmiths to customise, clean, repair and otherwise keep their guns and rifles in prime condition. There is a demand for skilled gunsmiths, and it is a skill that you can learn and practice in the comfort and privacy of your own home. These home study courses will teach you the skills necessary to become a professional gunsmith as well as give you information on how to successfully start your own gunsmithing business.
The Foley-Belsaw Institute
Founded in 1926, The Foley-Belsaw Institute is certified by the State of Missouri and offers a comprehensive homestudy gunsmithing course. The course is presented in eight separate "SkillPaks" containing a total of 30 lessons. Students complete each SkillPak at their own pace; there is no time limitation. In addition to the fully illustrated, easy to understand lesson plans and guides, students receive all required tools, as well as four bonus videos to supplement the SkillPaks.
Program cost begins at £454, if paid in full upon enrolment. Payment instalment plans are available and Foley-Belsaw offers a 30-day money back guarantee if you are not satisfied with their program.
The Foley-Belsaw Institute 6300 Equitable Road Kansas City, MO 64120-1395 (800) 821-3452 http://www.gunsmithingschool.com/index.html>
The Modern Gun School
The Modern Gun School is a division of Distance Learning International, which is a nationally recognised educational organisation that provides quality home study courses. The Modern Gun School offers two levels of gunsmith training: basic gun repair, which is for the gun enthusiast, and advanced gun repair, which is for the serious gun professional. Students enrolling in the basic gun repair course receive 31 lessons and teaching aids as well as all required tools of the trade. Those who enrol in the advanced course receive all of the basic course lessons and tools, plus 34 additional lessons as well as instruction and materials to start and market a gunsmithing business.
Course pricing is not available on their website, but interested students can request online a no-obligation enrolment packet, which contains the financial information.
The Modern Gun School 80 North Main Street P.O. Box 846 St. Albans, VT 05478 (800) 493-4114 http://www.dlilearn.com/mgs.htm>
Penn Foster Career School
The Penn Foster Career School offers a fully accredited gunsmith home study program. This program is divided into five "Instruction Sets." As each set is completed, an exam must be taken before progressing to the next set. The program fee includes all books, lessons, equipment, learning guides, industry charts and guides, instructions for obtaining a federal firearms license, and online, phone and mail support.
Course cost is £518.70 and there are discounts available depending upon when you enrol. Zero per cent financing and monthly payment plans are also available.
Penn Foster Career School 925 Oak Street Scranton, PA 18515 (800) 275-4410 http://www.pennfoster.edu/index.html>
Ashworth College offers a fully accredited gunsmithing career diploma home study course. This program is divided into 19 lessons. At the end of each lesson, the student must take an online, open book exam before progressing to the next lesson. Upon successful completion of the course, the student is awarded a career diploma in gunsmithing. The program fee includes textbooks and study materials, a supply catalogue, career and business supplements, course guides and exams, and online support.
Cost for the program is £766, but if enrolled before March 31, /2010, the cost is only £516. Ashworth offers financial assistance and monthly payment options and the program cost is fully refundable if cancelled within 5 business days of enrolling.
Ashworth University 430 Technology Parkway Norcross, GA 30092 (800) 957-5412 http://www.ashworthcollege.edu>
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