MGS makes it easy for you to learn from home, along with hands-on projects you’ll receive both printed and online access to your coursework. Our Advanced Gunsmithing program consists of 65 lessons (765 clock hours).  Our learning model is self-paced, open enrollment, allowing you up to 2 years to complete your program.

Program Outcomes

  • Explain the essential rules of safety and effective gunsmith handling
  • Identify the basic components of a gunsmith’s workshop.
  • Understand the provenance and special features of significant firearms throughout history.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of current gun laws, past legislation, and licensing conditions
  • Learn the fundamentals of starting a business, from bookkeeping to opening a storefront.
  • Identify guns based on parts, and make customized modifications efficiently and effectively
  • Correctly price your services as a firearms repairer and gunsmith
  • Reconstruct and modify gun barrels based on make and model.
  • Explain why common firearms malfunctions occur and how to repair them
  • Assemble and disassemble over 70 different principal firearms
  • Build a custom work bench
  • Differentiate between useful and unnecessary tools and materials
  • Bluing, jeweling, and checkering to develop your gunsmithing expertise
  • Understand how to fit and shape inletted stock
  • Correctly maintain Shotgun bores and barrel
  • Install and remove barrels of a variety of makes and models
  • Learn how to customize firearms through Parkerizing, Accessorizing, and custom Finishing and Plating techniques

Program Overview

MGS’s Advanced Gunsmithing program is designed for those interested in a career in the firearms industry or in opening their own gunsmith business. It is comprised of 65 lessons, and 7 hands-on bench projects, offering a comprehensive education on the firearm’s industry. It covers everything from the basics of gun repair to the business of professional gunsmithing.

Gunsmithing Certificate, Advanced Gunsmithing I Certificate
Advanced Gunsmithing I Certificate

Hands-On Projects

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


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

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


Our Advanced Courses are VA Approved

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GI Bill® Is a Registered Trademark of the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by the VA is available at the U.S. government website


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Advanced Gunsmithing I Certificate
MGS Graduate, Timothy Davenport

"It is with the sincerest appreciation that I thank Modern Gun School for helping us begin to write this new chapter."

“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

Advanced Gunsmithing I Certificate

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.

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.



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Graduate without debt


Certifying officials on site



Including videos


From MGS Master Gunsmith


Over $400 worth + FFL Kit


Superior team members available