Creating the next generation of gunsmiths since 1946.
Student of the Month
I am a medically retired army veteran. After looking at several school options, I decided to enroll at MGS because they offer open enrollment and participate with the Post 9/11 GI Bill. This was a very challenging and informative course. I enjoyed being able to study at my own pace. The projects in this course will make you more confident in getting started with your gunsmithing journey. The MGS staff were always helpful when I needed to contact them.
The online student center is easy to navigate and operate. I am currently working for a high end pawn shop in the gun department where I clean and function test all of our new incoming firearms and repair any issues that are found. I loved my overall experience with MGS, and the knowledge I gained I will use for a lifetime. I will continue to reference the abundant material provided with this course.
Thank you Modern Gun School for all you do.
-Retired U.S Army
SPC. Jeffrey Bradshaw
December Student Spotlight – N. Hartsell
I was a military weapons instructor and was also the unit armorer for 12+ years. I was working on a criminal justice degree but my service connected disability that prevents me from furthering a career in law enforcement. I was getting ready to lose my GI Bill benefits so I decided to enroll as MGS offers a VA approved gunsmith course.
My plan is to do gunsmithing as a side business. This course was very in depth and the materials were good. Overall, the experience was great, instructors were available when needed and helped resolve any issues that I had. All in all I would recommend this course to anyone.
November Student Spotlight – J.Stout
Having grown up around guns my entire life, being the proud son of a USAF Korea/ Vietnam War Veteran/ Master marksman (my mother as well) and doing my first restoration on a Marlin 22 when I was 16 years old, I found that I had amassed a ton of experience in gunsmithing as an advanced hobbyist but had nothing “official” to show for it after nearly 40 years.
I recently was given an opportunity to start doing gunsmith work for a number of large gun clubs in another country. This put me in a position of needing to formalize my skills and knowledge in an efficient time frame (8 months or less).
This eliminated the option to go to a full time trade school, so I researched online programs and chose Modern Gun School for some of the following reasons:
- The program is self- paced and accessible online. Many other places required participation at their convenience, MGS gives you total control. I was working on my curriculum while travelling between two countries.
- Cost versus value is excellent. The program offering is far better than the “watch a few videos and get a diploma” schools. I believe that MGS gave me much more value for my money.
- MGS will tell you right up front that nothing beats a full hands on education in a classroom / shop environment, but people in my position with lots of advanced hobby level experience in gun repair and restoration can benefit just as much with this program. If you know nothing about guns, metal working or woodworking, this course may be too challenging, it does require a bit of core hands on skill to efficiently work through it but make no mistake, MGS gives you resource guides to help as best as possible.
- This program is NOT a “gimmee” type deal, you will have to invest time and effort in order to excel. I learned a ton of brilliantly useful information. The projects for example, are deceptively simple at first glance, but you really have to work at them to achieve commercial perfection, i.e. quality work you could charge for.
- Course materials are massive for the offering. One thing that stood out to me is the technical information on many individual guns that is woven into the fabric of the printed material; it alone makes for a large library of reference booklets. I will definitely be referring back to the lessons for the rest of my life.
- Support has been excellent, in spite of the pandemic and other national insanities. My questions were answered quickly and clearly and they were few. The materials are really well written.
The list can go on, but suffice it to say that MGS provided me with a challenging program at the right price at the right time with the right format that perfectly fit my needs.
Overall, MGS allowed me to take a whole slew of jigsaw puzzle pieces of prior training, life experience and learning and pull them tighter into the puzzle of gunsmithing. l definitely have a feeling of accomplishment and satisfaction, and most importantly, improved confidence.
October Student Spotlight – T. Kent Sanderson
I recently completed my Advanced Gunsmithing course. My youngest brother enrolled a few months before I decided to enroll. I had been working in a gun shop and wanted to get some good training as a gunsmith. I researched and thought this would be the best way to pursue my ambition. I enrolled and kept up with it for a few months but stopped for a few months due to some life issues. I finally restarted and it took me only a couple months to complete. I enjoyed learning about the variety of firearms. The projects were really fun and interesting. I learned a few new skills I didn’t know before. I watched all the videos several times to be sure of what I was doing. I communicated with my brother in the student center and we talked a lot. I enjoyed looking at his projects when he would show me the before and after results. The online experience was outstanding and I really learned a great deal. I plan to supplement my retirement with my new skills and start a small shop so I can try to help other people with their gun problems. I really appreciate what I learned and really think MGS is the best way to go. My brother has started a small shop and we will work together with projects and sharing our experience.
Thank you, Modern Gun Repair for being the best!
– T. Kent Sanderson
September Student Spotlight – Jason Cooper
I have always enjoyed working with my hands, as a young man in my 20’s I was a journeyman electrician. During this time, I built a wood shop in my garage and made a variety of items including large pieces of furniture and small table top items. In my late 20’s I went to school to become a Paramedic for which I placed my full attention for the next 15 years. I returned to college in my 30’s and received my BSN in nursing. I’m currently a charge nurse for Interventional Radiology Dept. at a local hospital. In another 18 months I plan to retire. I will continue to work a few days a month at the hospital to help keep my skill and license up to date.
My father owned multiple business including a furniture store which is where I got my desire to work with wood. He had also owned a pawn store. He passed earlier this year and my brother has inherited the business. We are planning to get an FFL and start selling firearms at the pawn store. This will give me an opportunity to hone my craft as a gunsmith. My goal is to fix and improve the stock inventory which comes through the shop. When I feel that my skills have reached the level needed to offer my services to others, I will promote gunsmithing to the public at the pawn store.
I enjoyed the Modern Gun School (MGS) online program. The student center was easy to navigate around and find the courses and videos. One of the main reasons I chose MGS was because of the many hands-on projects which allowed for feedback on my skills. Other gunsmith courses either did not offer this or I would have to drive to another state to go to a vocational school. I found all of the courses to be informative and up-to-date including modern and historic gun design and repair.
In closing, I would like to say thank you to MGS for affording me the opportunity to open a new chapter in my life. I am sure it will bring many years of joy and satisfaction to me and others.
-Jason M. Cooper – BSN, RN.
July Student Spotlight – Rusty Braithwaite
I had recently graduated from another school with a degree in the same field, but I enrolled to build my knowledge base. Seeing the list of course material(s) was a deciding factor. I enjoyed the experience from MGS, it is a great way to learn without a huge expense. I really enjoyed the projects accompanying the content of lessons being taught throughout the curriculum. MGS has done a great job with this course and I would definitely take this course from Modern Gun School again. I am planning on opening my own gunsmithing business very soon. Thanks again MGS for your help and school being available to everyone!
May Student Spotlight – Jeff Brazeale
I recently completed the Advanced Gunsmith course from Modern Gun Repair. I retired in December 2019 and am looking forward to using the knowledge I obtained from this outstanding course. I grew up with guns all of my life and have been fascinated with them. At an early age I began tinkering with guns and started cleaning them for others as a way to make a little extra income in my early years. I moved into reloading and ballistics and expanded my knowledge and even took a gunsmith course from a competitor many years ago. I started mounting scopes and sights and repairing guns as a hobby but it seemed that the knowledge from the competitor’s course was lacking. I then befriended a local gunsmith and helped him for a number of years cleaning and doing minor repairs. It was a dream come true. Soon though I met the love of my life and was married and it seemed that the hobby had to take a back seat to the facts of life and providing for my family. I raised my two children to have respect for guns and to be proficient in their use. I am proud of the fact that they are teaching that to their children at an early age. Hunting has always been a passion of mine and I enjoyed those years of hunting together with my children and my wife. Fast forward to a couple of years ago and as I began to contemplate retirement, I wanted to stay in the gun repair business to maybe supplement my retirement income. As I was surfing the internet, I ran across the Modern Gun Repair website and I decided I would visit the site. I’m glad I did. As I mentioned having had a previous course, I was a bit skeptical but I thought I would inquire anyway and see what they had to offer. I decided that I would take the Basic course but soon found out that I wanted to move to the Advance course. With the first project I uncovered a passion that I didn’t know existed inside of me. I became engrossed in stock work and repair and wanted to learn more about that aspect. I immediately worked diligently on the stock they sent me as a project and couldn’t lay it down. I now am working to move more into stock repair and work such as checkering, carving, etc. The staff at MGS has been outstanding in assisting and answering my questions and offering their expert advice. The Online Student Center has allowed me to network enhance my love for this hobby. Thank you, Modern Gun Repair, for helping me discover a hidden passion and an opportunity to learn from the best. If you have ever considered gun repair as a hobby then look no further than Modern Gun Repair. They are the best.
April Student Spotlight – Brian Sites
I initially took the Advanced Gunsmithing course for hobby reasons, but since taking the course I have been working on transitioning into part time firearms work and hopefully in the future, full time. I have been around firearms all of my life and thoroughly enjoyed learning more, in depth, about them. The course was amazing. It was easily understandable and the staff were available for questions. The Online Student Center is a wealth of resources that helped me with this course. The materials were wonderful and I use the binders regularly when friends ask questions about certain firearms. I would recommend this course to anyone who has an interest in gunsmithing!
March Student Spotlight – Timothy Chad Davenport
I’ve always had an interest in firearms of all types, though my personal collection is not a lavish one. While the interest in a gunsmith course had been around in my mind for years, the last few months of 2018 were pretty tough on me. I knew that gunsmithing was something that I wanted to pursue but I didn’t know how to go about it or where to start. I commenced researching every gunsmith school I could find, not only MGS but any other online or distance learning school. I have a wife, two beautiful children, and leaving them for a traditional type of school was simply out of the question and I also have a full-time job. I can’t say for certain what made MGS stand out to me, but it just kept being my go-to when researching. I compared any other school to what MGS offered. One night, I told my wife I had found this gunsmith school and I really want to pursue it. I registered on my phone that night and the rest is as they say “history”. The next morning I started reading the material online, for a while I was finishing the written tests before the material came in the mail. I was definitely fired up and ready to go. The hands-on projects were fun. 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.
-Timothy Chad Davenport