The first gunsmithing courses were designed and offered at Trinidad State in 1947 by P.O. Ackley. Since that time the program has developed into a two year Gunsmithing Degree Program that is designed to train individuals with the basic concepts and skills needed by the professional gunsmith. Course work at the basic and advanced level includes: bench metal, machining operations, gun repair and stockmaking. A wide variety of specialized courses such as checkering, revolversmithing, competitive rifles, shotgunsmithing and pistolsmithing are also offered. All persons enrolled in the Gunsmithing Program must be able to legally own firearms.
Acceptance into the Gunsmithing School is determined on a point system criterion. If there are more applicants than space available, the applicants with the highest scores will be admitted first. If a space becomes available due to a student declining admission, the applicant with the next highest score will be contacted. Unsuccessful applicants will be notified and can reapply the next semester. Students who have been accepted but decline admissions must reapply if they would like to attend at a later date.
Students seeking admission into the Gunsmithing School must complete the following requirements. All required documents should be mailed (unless otherwise noted) to the Gunsmithing department at:
Trinidad State Junior College
600 Prospect St., Campus Box 331
Trinidad, CO 81082
- AAS - Gunsmithing
- Brownell's Am Firearms Tech Instructor
- Custom Pistolsmithing (1911) Certificate
- Gunsmithing Fine Arts
- Gunsmithing Technician
- NRA Firearms Safety Instructor
- Small Arms Level I Certificate
- Gunsmithing School Application Form
- Smart Path Required Courses - Gunsmithing AAS
- Smart Path Required Courses - Gunsmithing Certificate
- Smart Path Required Courses - Gunsmithing Technician Certificate
- Smart Path Required Courses - Gunsmithing Fine Arts Certificate
- Smart Path Required Courses - NRA Firearms Safety Instructor Certificate
- Smart Path Required Courses - Small Arms Level I Certificate
- Smart Path Required Courses - Custom Pistolsmithing (1911) Certificate
- Required Background Check
- Plan of Study Sheet
- Printable GUS AAS Degree - Certificate - Tuition/Fees - Course Descriptions - Required Supplies
- Transfer Information
- Student Success Center, Trinidad Campus
Random drug testing of Gunsmithing students may be required as permitted by college policy.
Colorado law forbids any person under the age of 18 to possess a handgun. Students must be 18 years or older before the Gunsmithing courses they are enrolled in begin.