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NRA Information

Welcome to Trinidad State College's Summer NRA Program. These short-term summer courses are designed for anyone interested in learning Gunsmithing or art forms that have been associated with Gunsmithing as a hobby or a vocation. Courses are available for the novice, the current student, or the professional. Each course is organized individually for those who wish to learn a new skill, refine a technique, or study new technical information. Students may sign up for one course or multiple courses depending on their goals; however, because courses last from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, you may only sign up for one course per week.

If you plan to pursue Gunsmithing as a career, our summer classes may give you a good start on needed skills; however, we highly recommend you attend a full-time Gunsmithing program if this is your goal.

Students must bring firearms to work on, and any supplies or parts necessary to complete their project. See course descriptions and tool lists for details. Please keep in mind that the tools suggested for each class are the minimum tools you should bring. Please feel free to bring any additional tools you feel you may need. All participants must comply with all local, state, and federal laws regarding firearms. All persons enrolled in Gunsmithing courses must be able to legally own and possess firearms. NO WORKING FIREARMS or ammunition are allowed in the residence halls with the exception of firearms checked into the gun vault located in O'Connor Hall. You must be staying in TSC housing to use the vault. Ask your RA about firearms check in when you arrive. You may check your firearms into the tool room gun vault on Monday morning. All firearms brought into the classroom will need to have a day tag. Further information will be provided at orientation.

Some courses list prerequisites. If you are unsure as to whether or not your education/training/life experience meets the stated prerequisites, please contact the course instructor.

Most classes are conducted from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Some classes may run on a weekend or for extended hours each day – please be sure to read any notes associated with the course description throughout this document. TSC/NRA certificates of completion are awarded for each course completed. TSC has a longstanding affiliation with the National Rifle Association. The NRA, however, is not an accreditation agency. Trinidad State College is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. You will find all of our courses professional, thoughtfully constructed, and well, fun.

All classes must be paid at the time of registration.  It is important to register for courses at least 5 weeks in advance to allow adequate time for the school to purchase supplies and equipment. 
NOTE:  Some actions and other gun parts may take up to 2 months for delivery so please allow adequate time to purchase your parts.

Trinidad State is happy to welcome students from our neighbor, Canada; however, we are not able to enroll students from other countries at this time. Canadian students attending classes for credit toward a certificate will be required to obtain a student visa. This does not apply to students taking courses for non-credit for personal enrichment.