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

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

4 Projects Total

MGS Trade School Project 4 PictureProject 1 MGS Trade School
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MGS Graduate, Cody Parker

“I would like to thank everyone at Modern Gun Repair for the course material and feedback during the course. I enjoyed the material and the experience in taking the Basic gun repair course. It has helped me further my position in my career. I would recommend this school to anyone who is looking to get in the gun repair career field or just for a hobby. This course is very helpful in bettering your knowledge of guns and how to get started in your diagnostics in repairing them successfully and safely. As for me, I’ve been employed at Nosler Bullets Inc. for the last 6 1/2 years.” 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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$1,690 Total Tuition

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