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Old 03-14-2008, 07:16 AM
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I posted about this in an established thread, but upon doing a search I found nothing about the PSU Gunsmithing online course and certification specifically, and was wondering if anyone here has any experience with it.

It sounds almost too good to be true. It's inexpensive and claims to give you a gunsmith certification as well as a home FFL.

The way I see it, even if you only got a smattering of practical gunsmithing knowledge but still got the FFL, it could only be a good thing.

But, if it is too good to be true, I'd like to hear about whatever pitfalls may be associated with it.
Patrick G.
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Old 03-14-2008, 07:56 AM
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Accredited by who? Their are several on line schools that offer accreditation from themselves, I have been a professional gunsmith for more then 35+ years you don't learn anything close to enough from these courses. They can only help you apply for the FFL but it is a simple process and you get the forms for free from the ATF just for asking.
Right now their is only one place that is working with the U.S. Department of Labor and which will be accepted by all 50 state apprenticeship agencies. and that is TAOGART, The Association of Gunsmiths and Related Trades. Which offers several gunsmith apprenticeships and also programs for barrel and stock making and firearms engraving. TAOGART charges $100 dollars a year for apprentices which pays for the apprentices work books and testing, They don't sell anything else. They also help set up programs through community collages for related study. The program was put together after consulting with and impute from literally hundreds of professional gunsmiths, stock and barrel makers and engravers in the U.S. and from other countries.
You can find more info at and on the gunsmith forum at I looked at the PSU web site and the Smith Tactical web site and also at who accredited PSU, I would be very careful I don't think it is a legit program at least from what I see.
Good luck in becoming a gunsmith I know I have never woke up not wanting to come to work.
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Old 03-14-2008, 08:08 AM
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Thanks koginam, I appreciate the post.

The issue I have at the moment is that it doesn't appear there are any gunsmiths in my area I can work with - good because if I can manage to learn the trade I live in an area high enough in population that I think I could have as much or as little work as I wanted, but bad because I don't see a way to get any hands-on apprentiship experience. There is ONE GUY in my area that I know of and I spoke with him about apprenticing, but he already has an apprentice and really doesn't have a desire or need for another.

The reasons for my desire to become a gunsmith are multi-faceted. The main reason is that I really like guns and want to learn more about how they work and how to fix them. A secondary reason is that my father was a small-time gunsmith and I would like to carry that on and continue that tradition. A third reason is that I'm looking for a way to replace the income I currently make moonlighting as a musician (about $8K a year) by doing something in the home. My kids are at ages (14 and 11) where they still want me around and I'm getting tired of giving up my Saturday nights to go out and sing and play my trumpet.

Thanks for the information. I'll look into the links you posted.
Patrick G.
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Old 03-14-2008, 09:22 AM
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I hope it works out for you but I would look around some more before giving these guys your money, they make some very far out claims in their ad.
do you have a community collage near you that offers machine training? if so let me know I will send you some stuff for making fixtures and tools that will help you in the trade. Contact TAOGART and see if they can help you set up a program through the school, even if you don't have a sponsor you will get credit for the training and some day you might be able to go the apprenticeship route and you will be farther ahead. One thing I can't emphasize enough is if your going to do this as a business get business classes and fill out all paper work every day, keep your logs in order.
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Old 03-16-2008, 01:42 PM
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One thing I can't emphasize enough is if your going to do this as a business get business classes and fill out all paper work every day, keep your logs in order.
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