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Gunsmithing Technology

Murray State College’s gunsmithing program was started in 1979 and provides training in custom gunsmithing and gun repair. Students develop the basic knowledge and skills needed to become professional gunsmiths. The two-year program teaches all aspects of building and repairing firearms.

Students visit several different firearm manufacturers and various gun shows during their time at MSC. They also have the opportunity to receive on-campus training from firearm manufacturers to obtain additional certifications. Historically, MSC gunsmithing advisors and instructors receive up to three job requests for each student who graduates from the program. All graduates can be placed in employment if open to relocating.

Gunsmithing is a very popular program. A maximum of 30 students are chosen to enter the program each year and applications should be sent early specifying the year of entry. All classes start in the Fall (August start) with students being chosen by the gunsmithing department committee in April/May. Acceptance is not automatic; each student is chosen on their own merit.

Gunsmithing classes are hands-on and in-person. No online gunsmithing classes are offered at this time. Gunsmithing classes are held basically 8am-5pm Monday-Thursday every week. There are not gunsmithing classes on Friday. There are some general education classes that are needed to fulfill the AAS degree along with the gunsmithing classes. Most of the general education classes can be taken online. The entire AAS degree in Gunsmithing Technology is two, full years (4 semesters). This is the case even if general education classes transfer from another institution. Students must take and pass fall semester gunsmithing classes in order to move on to the spring semester gunsmithing classes. 

You are welcome to schedule a campus tour by contacting the MSC Outreach office at 580-387-7190 or If you wish to tour only gunsmithing, please call the office at 580-387-7480. 

Please click the link below to view the current degree sheet. 


Application Requirements:

  • MSC Online Application

  • (information & application packet that contains: estimated costs, degree sheets, tool list, background check instructions, and more PLUS application requirements!)

  • 18 years of age or older with a high school diploma or GED

  • 2 page MAXIMUM cover letter/short biography and work history from the past 3-5 years (See candidate checklist in packet for more instructions and turn in to GS Department) 

  • Authority Release Form for background check that must be notarized. (turn in to GS Department)

  • ACT/SAT/Placement Scores, Official Transcripts from all Colleges and High Schools and Immunization Records (please send these to MSC's Registrar's office first, then request a copy be sent to GS Department)

  • Copy of DD-214 (Veterans only, must be discharged from active duty by start of fall semester and turn in to GS Department)

  • Attend in person Interview (applicant will be notified with interview date after all paperwork is turned in)

  • Background check (please do not complete this until notification to do so; instructions are in packet

Applications are accepted year round; however, a maximum of 30 students are accepted for the freshman class beginging in the fall of each year (August start). We will begin interviews for the 2024 school year in Novemeber 2023! The students will be made aware of acceptance or rejection by April/May of 2024. Acceptance is not automatic, each student is chosen on their own merit. 

Applications received after May 30, 2024 will be considered for the following school year. 

Gunsmithing Program application must be completed and returned to the Gunsmithing office and the online application to MSC must be completed before an interview can be scheduled.

Gunsmithing Office Information:

Office Hours – 8:00am-12pm, 1:00pm-5:00pm CT Monday-Thursday 
Phone Number: 580-387-7480


or for those in MSC network ( email),

Mailing Address: 

Murray State College
ATTN: Gunsmithing Dept. 
One Murray Campus
Tishomingo, OK 73460

Firing Range:

We do have a gun/firing range on campus. It is not just for students; anyone is welcome and encouraged to come check it out! 

Eye and ear protection as well as targets can be purchased on site

For more information about the range or range hours, please contact 580-387-7320.

More Information:

Social Media: 

Murray State College Gunsmithing Facebook Page