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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. 

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. There are not gunsmithing classes on Friday, but there may be general education 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 580-387-7136 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.

Gunsmithing Office Information:

Office Hours – 8:00am-5:00pm Monday-Friday 
Phone Number: 580-387-7480

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! 

For more information about the range and range hours, please contact Sam Holt at or 580-387-7311.

Social Media: 

Murray State College Gunsmithing Facebook Page

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