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Student of the Month
I’m almost 54 years old, and was a firefighter for my main career. I now work in the fire investigation field for an insurance company. I had tinkered with my own firearms in a very basic way; cleaning, and some customization, but didn’t have any exposure to much else in the gun world.
The reason I wanted to get into working as a gunsmith was the need for extra money. I was able to secure an apprenticeship at a neighborhood gun shop, but figured I needed more information and a broader knowledge base, which is why I signed up for Modern Gun School.
I was very pleased with the curriculum, and will be using exploded diagrams and other materials as reference material moving forward. I found the projects challenging and useful, and the tools provided by MGS will be very helpful in my future work. My overall experience with MGS was great, and I would recommend it to anybody wanting to get into the world of gunsmithing, or just expand their own knowledge for their personal gunsmithing. Thanks, MGS!
August Student Spotlight – Robert Miller
I retired from a 32-year career in law enforcement in 2017. At 61 years of age, I felt there had to be more to life than just leisurely passing the time. I treated myself to a new S&W 686, and soon realized that the timing was a bit off.
Rather than sending it back for repairs, I watch a few videos and not only did I sort out the timing issue, I made the revolver operate like a Swiss clock. I guess the bug bit me pretty hard, and soon enough, I was looking for a proper education to learn all the aspects of gunsmithing.
Due to my location, a hands-on school was out of the question. After reviewing the online choices, I settled on Modern Gun School for a few reasons. The tuition was certainly reasonable enough, but it was the vast library of instructional information that clinched my decision.
The amount of information is something that no one can fully absorb; having two giant binders with step by step instructions, exploded views, and interesting hacks at your fingertips is priceless in my opinion.
The school operates very efficiently. Calls placed during business hours are always answered by a person, test scores are entered immediately after completing an exam, and the projects are fun and challenging and are graded the day they arrive at the school. I plan to start a business purchasing rusted old firearms, getting them back in firing condition, and selling them online for profit. Tools and machines will be bought as needed, and when I’m confident in my abilities, I will get my FFL and open a full service gunsmith shop.
July Student Spotlight – Steve Miss
I have always had an interest on how things worked, trying to figure out how they were put together or taken apart. Since I always “tinkered” in my workshop, I developed quite a knack for being able to repair seemingly unrepairable items. My interest in knowing how firearms are designed, manufactured, serviced and repaired brought me to the realization that I needed something more than just an ability to tinker. After all, safety is a major concern!
I chose the MGS Advanced Gunsmithing course because I know it’ll lead to a career. It challenged me in both mental and practical skills, and it gave me a solid understanding of operating a gunsmithing business. The MGS Advanced Gunsmithing course has allowed me to develop specific skills in firearms servicing and repair, while also providing me with the opportunity to receive accreditation and to pursue my passion in becoming a Gunsmith. Moreover, I also believe the course has given me a great head start in establishing my new career by providing me with detailed technical information, which I have added to my firearms library for future use.
Each lesson provided step-by-step instructions on how and why, as well as dos and don’ts when handling a tool, component or accessory; even going as far to familiarize me with antique firearms. As a soon to be retired Locksmith, I am confident that my Gunsmith Career will be a perfect fit for me to stay busy and supplement my income! The Online Student Center contains many links to organizations that will give me the ability to keep up-to-date on new techniques or products, as well as continued training to enhance my skills or, even to further advance my career. By taking advantage of the student Discussion Board, I found it an easy way to connect with other MGS students. It gave me the opportunity to share information and resources or to work out “challenges”; after all two heads are better than one!
Overall, I found the MGS Advanced Gunsmithing course both engaging and challenging. My interactions with the staff were always informative, pleasant and professional. Through the Request for Consultation Form, I was able to effectively address my concerns to staff members. I found this to be a valuable student tool.
For anyone interested in developing a strong, solid understanding of Gunsmithing, I recommend the MGS Advanced Gunsmithing Course. My confidence in being a reputable Gunsmith in the future is certainly attributed the knowledge and resources provided to me by MGS.
– Steve Miss
June Student Spotlight – Aaron Barnes
I enrolled in the Modern Gun School’s Advanced Gunsmithing Course because I wanted to finally fulfill my desire to be in the firearms industry. I’ve been interested in guns since I was a kid and even tinkered with my own here and there, but I never really had the skills to be able to do any significant repairs.
Recently, I committed myself to starting my own business. Of course, I had to learn how to be a proper gunsmith. I chose MGS because of its structured coursework, self-paced learning, and hands-on projects, plus the cost was much better than any of the other options I could find for, in my opinion, a better curriculum.
My experience with MGS has been great from the start. Enrolling was easy and intuitive. The starter kit that was sent to me was very helpful and well put together. Once I got logged onto the student portal, the layout was organized and user friendly. I also loved the fact that there was a forum where students could ask questions and discuss issues to help each other out.
Overall, MGS has been a godsend to me and my ventures. I was able to gain invaluable skills and knowledge without having to put myself into crippling debt. Thank you so much!
May Student Spotlight – Eddward Jones
I enrolled in this course primarily for professional development. I am currently employed as a QC and Technical Support Manager for our Law Enforcement Sales Department, and this course provided me with additional knowledge and skill needed to perform my current position at a greater level.
Throughout the course, if I had a question or issue, the Student Service Center provided timely answers. I’ve had conversations with peers who have attended brick-and-mortar gunsmith schools similar to MGS’s course curriculum. They were impressed with MGS’s program, particularly the assigned projects.
This course exceeded my expectations.
April Student Spotlight – Hector Rivera
As a Retired Veteran and a Federal Firefighter with plans to retire in 8 years, I need to plan for a small part-time to keep my hands busy. MGS Trade School’s Advanced Gunsmithing courses will enable me to prep for my very own gunsmithing business.
I am not currently employed within the gunsmithing business, but I have always been a gun(s) enthusiast. This course allows me to retain the know-how and content well beyond the course itself. As a gunsmithing reference alone, it is worth the investment.
I learned a lot and am looking forward on continuing education with MGS. Excellent customer service, knowledgeable staff and online student services all produced an outstanding job mixing up theory, practical applications, and video demonstrations.
Great job MGS.
– Hector Rivera
March Student Spotlight – Frank Henry
Currently, I plan on retiring and I have already started establishing my own gunsmithing shop here in Texas. I needed an online school that was flexible to my schedule. Also, I wanted to find a school that had a practical means to actually practice the skills being taught. MGS was a perfect fit for me.
The MGS online center has been a great help and asset. I travel quite often, and I have been able to log in anywhere from my phone, tablet and laptop to keep a steady progress on my assignments and testing work. I also really like the availability of hard copies provided by MGS for quick reference to previous material that I needed to review periodically or use in completing projects.
The schematics and resource materials provided are a great addition to my library as well. I followed the instructions from MGS, to the letter, and my first soldering project attempt was perfect—it was such a confidence-builder finishing this project.
I really appreciate the MGS staff for their time and knowledge they have passed on to me. I would highly recommend MGS to anyone seriously interested in becoming a certified gunsmith.
February Student Spotlight – Rick Froggatt
After a lot of research and watching students’ videos posted on Youtube, I decided to enroll with MGS. I have taken several armorer courses since 1988 but realized I was not a certified gunsmith and wanted to complete an accredited course as I approach retirement age. I have been helping friends and family members with repairs, tuning, and coating a variety of firearms, but I have not worked in the professional gun repair field. On the contrary, I am an IT Security Professional by trade. I intend to turn gunsmithing into one of my options for a retirement job next to teaching SCUBA here in middle Tennessee.
Your online student center was above reproach. It was easy to use, download content, and take tests. I enjoyed the videos that discussed how to complete each project. This helped me get into the right mindset before beginning the projects.
The instant grade reports provided the feedback I needed as I stepped through the courses. My overall experience with the entire MSG course was excellent. I have recommended two of my personal friends to enroll in this outstanding school. Thank you for this wonderful experience.
January Student Spotlight – John Deems
I retired from the military about 12 years ago and knew my VA education benefits were soon going to expire. Since I have gotten back into the shooting sports over the last few years, my interest in firearms has rekindled strong.
I researched more about how to increase my knowledge of firearms, and MGS caught my eye since they are GI-Bill approved. I know that doing things hands-on is necessary to truly learn a skill, and I believe the gunsmithing projects required by MGS set them apart from the others. I figured it would be invaluable experience to finish a stock, silver solder with a torch, prep an object for bluing, and make my own tool; these are all things I had never done before.
The projects were challenging, but if you take your time, follow their guidance, and do the work diligently, you will gain confidence and experience that is invaluable.
Overall, the general gunsmithing concepts I learned from MGS are timeless and have provided me the knowledge and confidence I need to succeed in this field. The online student center is easy to use, and the staff answers questions submitted via email within a business day. Taking the lesson tests online was straightforward.
Although I am presently employed as a civilian test pilot, since retiring as one from the USAF, as I reach true retirement in the next few years, I hope to open up and operate a gunsmithing shop on my terms.
In the meantime, I’ll continue to further my learning in the field now that I have a solid foundation from MGS.
Thank you MGS!