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Due to the ongoing concerns of COVID-19, the NRA Summer Courses for this summer 2020, have been CANCELLED. 

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. 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.

Pending rulemaking, including amendments to ITARS, is restricting access to firearms by non-citizens in the United States, therefore, applicant must be a citizen born in the United States to apply to the program. 

Application Requirements:

  • MSC Online Application


  • 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)

  • Citizen born in the United States due to pending rulemaking and amendments to ITARS

Applications for the Gunsmithing Program are accepted year round, however, applications turned in after February 8, 2021 will be considered for the following fall of 2022. Starting Novemeber 2020, we will begin the interviewing process for the fall 2021 school year.

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

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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! Range fees: $5 per person, per visit OR $40 yearly membership.

Hours are:

Monday-Thurs: 5:30pm-8pm
Friday: 3pm-8pm
Saturday: 7am-2pm
Monday night is trap night from 6pm-8pm. Cost is $5 per round (25 clays) PLUS range fee.