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More Gunsmithing Research

Got an idea of tuition at Trinidad State Junior College. It’s (on the surface) roughly 9,000-11,000 bucks cheaper than the Colorado School of Trades. There may be hidden fees for books, tools, project pieces and liability insurance. I’m waiting to hear back from the school about those.

Here’s an article I found about the school, http://www.denverpost.com/education/ci_6866275 It sounds like it’s highly regarded by weapon manufacturers, to the point that one donated 50k in equipment to the school. If that’s not a glowing reference, I don’t know what is. The head instructor, ‘Speedy’ Gonzalez has a serious rep in the business.

Cons: 3 hours south of my friend Jamie’s place, which leaves me bereft of contacts again.
It’s further from major cities, so there’s less work available. A quick search on careerbuilder (gawd I hate that site) turned up only 10 jobs within 30 miles of Trinidad.
Their program reportedly takes two years to complete instead of the other school’s 14 months.

EDIT: Well, lookie here. A gunsmithing school student is blogging about his experience, complete with photos. http://willsworkbench.blogspot.com He’s at the Pennsylvania school instead of either of the ones I’ve been considering.


I’ve idly thought once or twice about what it would be like to be a gunsmith. Today I actually looked around online to see what it would entail. For once, I’m actually encouraged.

There’s a gunsmithing trade school in Colorado, even in the same area where I have both friends and relatives. The school’s claim that their program can be completed in 14 months is probably unrealistic, but it’s not going to be a life-sapping span of time.

Because of the training I’d receive on shop equipment, the skills carry over into plenty of other (quite employable) fields. If I end up getting serious about making movie props, the training would plug right into that.

It’s a field that lets me work with my hands, offers room for creativity, rewards attention to detail and craftsmanship, and work will never dry up in my lifetime.

Paired with my English degree, it would also qualify me (I would assume) to write/edit books and manuals.

I’m not seeing many cons to this, to be honest. Well, other than helping perpetuate objects designed solely to kill. Part of the problem, not the solution and all that.