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Gunsmithing Technology

We are currently taking applications for the 2022-2023 school year! Please see below for all the details!

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 April. 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. 

You are welcome to schedule a campus tour by contacting the MSC Outreach office at 580-387-7136 or 

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 and High School

  • Copy of DD-214 (Veterans only, must be discharged from active duty by start of fall semester)

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

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

Limit of 30 students are accepted every April.

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

Applications for the Gunsmithing Program are accepted year round, however, applications turned in after March 28, 2022 will be considered for the following fall of 2023-2024. Starting Novemeber 2021, we will begin the interviewing process for the fall 2022 school year.

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:

Due to summer break, these hours are subject to change. We will update the hours if need be when the fall semester starts in August. 

Monday&Wednesday: 5:00pm-8pm
Friday: 2:00pm-6pm
Saturday: 7:00am-2pm
Monday night is trap night. Cost is $5 per round (25 clays) PLUS range fee.

More Information

MSC Gunsmithing Department:

Office Hours – 8:00am-5:00pm Monday-Thursday, Fridays 8:00am-12:00pm

GS Program Director/GS Instructor: Chad Mercer:

GS Instructor/NRA Coordinator: John Tremblay:

GS Instructor: Steven Epple:

GS Instructor: Raymond Self:

GS Adjunct Instructor: Robert Webb:

Administrative Office Assistant: Sandi Hopson:

Mailing Address: 

Murray State College

ATTN: Gunsmithing Dept.

One Murray Campus

Tishomingo, OK 73460

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