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.
You are welcome to schedule a whole campus tour by contacting the MSC Outreach office at 580-387-7136 or drop by the Courtney Engineering Building to tour the Gunsmithing Department. If you do not wish to schedule a whole campus tour with the Outreach office, please call us at 580-387-7480 to let us know when you will be arriving in case of campus/office closure.
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)
Citizen born in the United States due to pending rulemaking and amendments to ITARS
Limit of 30 students are accepted every March.
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 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.
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.
**Please note: due to COVID-19, there is a limit of 10 people and, as with the rest of Murray State College campus, masks are required. Visitors, please bring your own mask.
Monday night is trap night. Cost is $5 per round (25 clays) PLUS range fee.
MSC Gunsmithing Department:
Office Hours – 8:00am-5:00pm Monday-Thursday, Fridays 8:00am-12:00pm
GS Program Director/GS Instructor: Chad Mercer: firstname.lastname@example.org
GS Instructor/NRA Coordinator: John Tremblay: email@example.com
GS Instructor: Steven Epple: firstname.lastname@example.org
GS Instructor: Raymond Self: email@example.com
GS Adjunct Instructor: Robert Webb: firstname.lastname@example.org
Administrative Office Assistant: Sandi Hopson: email@example.com
Murray State College
ATTN: Gunsmithing Dept.
One Murray Campus
Tishomingo, OK 73460