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
Modern Gun Trade School Materials

⋅ 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

CURRICULUM
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  • Course introduction
  • Glossary of Gunsmithing Terms
LESSON 1
  • Gunology
  • Where and How to Begin
  • .38 Smith & Wesson Chief Special
LESSON 2
  • Safety- First, Last and Always
  • .45 Colt M-1911
LESSON 3
  • Beginning Your First Project
  • .38 Smith & Wesson Military & Police
  • Gun Laws & Gun Repairmen
LESSON 4
  • Completing Your First Project
  • Ruger Bearcat
  • Sources of Supply
LESSON 5
  • Basics of Stock Finishing & Refinishing
  • Ruger Automatic
  • Your Workshop
LESSON 6
  • How to Get Professional Stock Finishing Results
  • Charter Revolver
  • Bookkeeping-Legal and Financial
Lesson 7
  • Fitting Custom Recoil Pads
  • Colt Single Action Revolver
  • Buying & Selling Firearms
Lesson 8
  • Butt Plates, Swivels and Pads
  • Hi-Standard Sentinel Revolver
  • Gun Laws & Legislation
Lesson 9
  • Checkering Fundamentals
  • Daisy Air Rifle
  • Your Federal Firearms Records
LESSON 10
  • Checkering Extras and Carving
  • Crosman 760
  • Public Relations and Advertising
LESSON 11
  • Setting Up Your Own Shop
  • Remington M-550
  • Firearm Service Records
LESSON 12
  • Setting Up Your Workbench
  • Remington M-572
  • Gunpowder and Ballistics

Project 1 – Stock Finishing

LESSON 13
  • Your Guide to Hand Tools
  • Remington Nylon 66
  • History and Development
LESSON 14
  • Your Guide to Measuring Tools
  • Remington M-514
  • National Rifle Association
LESSON 15
  • How to Choose the Right Power Tools
  • Marlin M-39A
  • Beretta M-92F
LESSON 16
  • More About Power Tools and Their Use
  • Remington M-580-581-582
  • Building Your Library

Project 2 – Precision Filing

LESSON 17
  • How to Choose Your Lathe
  • Savage M-88
  • How to Read Precision Instruments
LESSON 18
  • How to Use (Adjust) Your Lathe
  • Savage M-24 Combination
  • Sights: Repair and Installation
LESSON 19
  • Step-by-Step Soldering
  • Winchester M-290/200 Series
  • Telescope Sight Mounting

Project 3 – Silver Soldering

LESSON 20
  • Step-by-Step Welding
  • Marlin M-49 and 99 Series
  • Butt Stock Alterations, Recoil Pads and Refinishing Stocks
LESSON 21
  • All About Sights
  • Winchester M-94
  • Bluing Equipment, Tools, Polishing, Cleaning and Failures
LESSON 22
  • Sights and Scopes
  • Savage M-99
  • Advising Your Customers on Selecting Shotguns, Rifles & Handguns
LESSON 23
  • Keep It Clean – A Most Important Lesson
  • Remington M-700
  • Introduction to Hand Loading

 

LESSON 24
  • Cleaning Supplies, Equipment and Lubricants
  • Remington M-740-742
  • Pricing Your Service Work
LESSON 25
  • Basic Repair Methods Part 1
  • Remington M-760
  • Actions
LESSON 26
  • Basic Repair Methods Part 2
  • Remington M-788
  • Blowups and Cartridge Nomenclature
LESSON 27
  • Basic Barrel Repair
  • Browning Hi-power
  • SAAMI; Unsafe Arms and Ammo Combinations
LESSON 28
  • Barrel Rebuilding
  • Winchester M-88
  • Glock 17
LESSON 29
  • Learn Antique Restoration
  • Marlin M-336
  • Public Relations
LESSON 30
  • Antique Restoration in Depth
  • Mauser M-98
  • Table of Measurements
LESSON 31
  • The Fine Art of Polishing and Jeweling Part 1
  • Ithica M-37
  • Luger Pistol

Project 4 – Hand Tool Fabrication

LESSON 32
  • The Fine Art of Polishing and Jeweling Part 2
  • Remington M-11
  • Winchester M-61
LESSON 33
  • Learn Custom Finishing and Plating
  • Winchester M-12
  • Winchester M-62A
LESSON 34
  • All About Bluing
  • Remington M-1100
  • J.C. Higgins M-30
LESSON 35
  • Choosing Inletted Stock
  • Remington M-870
  • Remington M-141

Project 5 – Stone Polishing

Project 6 – Bluing Preparation

LESSON 36
  • Fitting and Shaping the Inletted Stock
  • Winchester M-1400
  • Remington M-8 and 81
LESSON 37
  • Customizing
  • Winchester M-1200
  • Winchester M-05-07 and 10
LESSON 38
  • Customizing and Sporterizing
  • Stevens M-311
  • Remington M-721-722
LESSON 39
  • Accessorizing
  • Mossberg M-500
  • Remington M-31

Project 7 – Micromeasurement

LESSON 40
  • Full or Part Time
  • Stevens M-94
  • Winchester M-97
LESSON 41
  • Business Administration
LESSON 42
  • Headspacing
LESSON 43
  • Shotgun Chambers
LESSON 44
  • Shotgun Bores, Chokes and Ribs
LESSON 45
  • Parker Double-Barrel Shotgun
LESSON 46
  • Savage Model 24 Combination
LESSON 47
  • Installing Rifle Barrels
LESSON 48
  • Installing Shotgun, Handgun and Rifle Barrels
LESSON 49
  • Ruger #1 Single Shot Rifle
  • Ruger .44 Magnum Carbine
LESSON 50
  • Ruger #3 Single Shot Carbine
  • Winchester Model 55
LESSON 51
  • Private Brand Names and Serial Numbers
LESSON 52
  • Tricks of the Trade
LESSON 53
  • Servicing and Building Muzzle Loaders
LESSON 54
  • Accurizing the Colt .45 Automatic
LESSON 55
  • U.S. M-1 Carbine
  • Ruger M-10/22 Carbine
  • Winchester M-100
LESSON 56
  • Noble Shotguns
LESSON 57
  • Crosman M-130 Pistol
  • Crosman M-140 Rifle
LESSON 58
  • Remington Pocket Pistol Model 51
  • Browning Model 1922 Pistol
LESSON 59
  • Savage M-110 Rifle (CF)
LESSON 60
  • Remington M-11/48
LESSON 61
  • Browning .22 LR Semi-Auto Rifle (RF)
LESSON 62
  • Remington M-552 Semi-Auto Rifle (RF)
LESSON 63
  • Beretta Semi-Auto Shotgun
LESSON 64
  • Springfield M-1903 Rifle
LESSON 65
  • Colt Frame Models “E” and “I” Revolvers
  • Colt Double Action Revolver
  • Colt Official Police Revolver
  • Colt Double Action New Army and New Navy Revolvers

Hands-On Projects

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PLUS! Receive both Federal Firearms License & Class 3 (SOT) FFL License Guides

Stock
Finishing

Gunstock
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

Our program is self-paced meaning you can complete these projects whenever works for you! Projects are released based on units completed.

1 – Stock Finishing – Unit 4
2 – Precision Filing – Unit 5
3 – Silver Soldering – Unit 6
4 – Hand Tool Fabrication – Unit 9
5 – Stone Polishing – Unit 10
6 – Bluing Preparation – Unit 10
7 – Micromeasurement – Unit 10

7 Projects Total

One of our Grads!
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

Director

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.

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