Colorado School of Trades (Gunsmithing School)
The Colorado School of Trades is one of the top colorado gunsmithing schools. Below is a brief summary of their programs, study hours, tuition costs, and school graduation/employment history.
- Associate of Occupational Studies Degree in Gunsmithing
- Certificate of Gunsmithing
- Certificate of Advanced Gunsmithing
Associate of Occupational Studies Degree in Gunsmithing
A graduate of the Colorado School of Trade receiving the Associates of Occupational Studies in Gunsmithing will be well prepared to work as an entry level gunsmith. Students will be proficient in general repair, custom gun work, pistolsmithing, and preparation of firearms for shooting competitions.
Students gain hands on and real world experience repairing guns in the largest gun repair shop in America.
Colorado School of Trades Gunsmithing Project Details
Basic Gunsmithing Course
The core training consists of 250 hours dedicated to teaching students basic tool skills, gun safety, math, and introduction to several core gunsmithing concepts including stock refinishing, metal preparation, and the bluing process.
The machining training will teach using a gunsmith lathe, tool bit grinding, milling, oxy-acetylene welding, and grinding. At the end of this course, student gunsmiths will have threaded and chambered a rifle and test fired it on the shooting range.
The course teaches key concepts and techniques required for building customized firearms. You will learn about stockmaking materials, metal prep, sight adjustments, and ballistics. All students will have the opportunity to build a custom bolt action rifle during class time.
Design and Function Course
The capstone and most critical part of the program comprises nearly half of the total 1,800 hours of study. Students learn to diagnose and repair customer firearms gaining practical experience across a range of firearms including pistols, rifles, and shotguns. Students can also gain deeper knowledge of an area of interest by completing the 100 hour required special project.
Shop and Lab = 1,500
Classroom = 300
Total = 1,800
Program Cost = $7,500
Colorado School of Trades Location and Contact Information
1575 Hoyt St.
Lakewood, CO 80215
1-800-234-4595 Ext. 45
Program completion and job placement data:
- 115 of 129 students completed the program within the standard 14 month period.
- 75% of students were employed as gunsmithings within 6 months of completing the course. (source: 2013 disclosure report)