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. Only 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 Fall with students being chosen by the gunsmithing department committee the previous March. Acceptance is not automatic; each student is chosen on their own merit.
Cover Letter, short biography, and work history (See candidate checklist for more instructions)
Authority Release Form (for background check) must be notarized.
Transcripts from College or High School
Copy of DD-214 (Veterans only)
Attend in person Interview (by appointment)
Applications for the Gunsmithing Program are accepted year round, however, applications turned in after February 4, 2020 will be considered for the following fall of 2021. Starting Novemeber 2019, we will begin the interviewing process for the fall 2020 school year.
Gunsmithing Program applications must be completed and returned to the Gunsmithing office before an interview can be scheduled.
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! Range fees: $5 per person, per visit OR $40 yearly membership.
Monday night is trap night from 6pm-8pm. Cost is $5 per round (25 clays) PLUS range fee.