MGS Trade School provides quality education to students seeking to prepare themselves for a career in gun repair or entry level position in the gun-repair industry.

Master Gunsmith Skip Walters

⋅ No Deadlines for any course exams or projects

⋅ Hands-On Projects Included

⋅ VA Certifying Representatives available on site to help you

⋅ Instructor Posts, Feedback and Guidance

⋅ Project Video Instruction

⋅ FFL Kit Included

⋅ Over $300 of Tools and Materials Included

Hands-On Projects

Delivered via UPS right to your door

Online Video Instruction Included



Finishing Kit
10 Piece File Set
Reloading DVD

The objective of this project is to acquaint the student with the basic materials, tools and procedures required to achieve production quality finish on hardwood gunstock

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Project 1

Success at MGS!

MGS Graduate, Timothy Davenport

“The MGS team was always ready and eager to assist if I needed support. The best story was the one of my dog eating my stock finishing project, true story, I even sent pictures to prove it. Thank you for including FFL123 kit in the school, which has been invaluable in obtaining an FFL. I have started my business, The Labascus Armory, named after the area where we live. We are working on finishing out a garage area that was built a few years ago which joins my wife’s hair salon, once complete we will have a small sales floor with the remainder of the space being used for gunsmith shop. It is with the sincerest appreciation that I thank Modern Gun School for helping us begin to write this new chapter.” Continue Reading >

Training Gunsmiths since 1946

Zeke Stout


Zeke Stout is a certified firearms specialist with IFSA (International Firearms Specialist Academy). He has served as an executive at a large conglomerate of businesses in Nashville, TN where he honed many aspects of marketing to different demographics. He then started one of the most popular podcasts in the firearms industry, expanding his pre-existing gun knowledge. He then went on to help build one of the largest online gunsmithing schools in the nation as an Executive Vice President. In that role, he was certified as a Higher Education Professional in leadership through the DEAC and became an armorer in several platforms, including the 1911 and Penn arms grenade launcher. He was also the host and gunsmithing subject matter expert for the Discovery channel show Master Of Arms.

Harry “Skip” Walters III

Master Gunsmith/Instructor

A graduate of the Pennsylvania Gunsmith School, Skip has worked as an Engineer, Technician, Model-maker, and Gunsmith for over 30 years. In addition to his role at Modern Gun School, Skip works as a gunsmith for Sarco, Inc., one of the world’s largest suppliers of gun parts, kits and accessories.

With his extensive education and real-world experience, Skip provides MGS students with unique insights into what it takes to be a successful gunsmith. Have a question about your course work or the firearm’s industry? Skip’s expertise and experience in the firearm’s industry is an invaluable resource.

3 Payment Plan Options

Pay In Full – Plan A

$1,999 Total Tuition

When you pay in full you, all of the online units will automatically unlock as you complete the exams in order. All printed lessons are mailed upfront.

$89 Monthly Payments – Plan B

$2,099 Total Tuition

Pay just $99 down and 22 Low Monthly Payments of $89 with a final payment of $42

$69 Monthly Payments – Plan C

$2,199 Total Tuition

Pay just $99 down and 30 Low Monthly Payments of $69 with a final payment of $30