The four NRA-approved gunsmithing schools in the United States are Montgomery Community College, Trinidad State Junior College, Murray State College and Lassen Community College, as of October 2015. Other top-rated options include Colorado School of Trades, Yavapai College, Piedmont Technical College and Pine Technical College.
The schools included on the NRA-approved gunsmithing schools list hold endorsements and approvals to teach classes that meet the National Rifle Association's stringent requirements to conduct programs. Some of those requirements include having an existing gunsmithing program for a minimum of three years with full-time students currently enrolling in that program. Upon meeting the requirements, those schools must submit an application and become verified and vetted by NRA representatives.
Students enrolled in any gunsmithing program learn basic skills, such as how to repair, assemble and disassemble, modify and build firearms. Many programs also include classes on shooting various types of firearms and allow students to tour factories that make firearms.
Some schools require students enrolling in gunsmithing programs to undergo background checks, have a concealed carry permit or have a federal firearms license. Students must typically provide their own gunsmithing tools, which can range upwards of $3,000. Many programs require that students build their own firearm to pass their final gunsmithing courses.