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Gunsmithing Program AAS Degrees

The first Gunsmithing Program began in 1979 at Murray State College.

The Gunsmithing Technology program teaches all aspects of building and repairing firearms.

The Gunsmithing Technology program is a full time, two-year (4 semesters) Associate of Applied Science degree program. There are general education classes that must be taken along with the gunsmithing classes in order to receive the degree. There are gunsmithing classes basically 8am-5pm Monday-Thursday every week, but not on Friday. We do not offer any gunsmithing classes online at this time. This is an in-person, hands-on program. We only accept students for the GS program in each fall semester. 

Most of the general education classes can be taken online or transferred from another institution. They do not have to be done before you apply to the program. They can be taken along with the gunsmithing classes; however, it does help course-load wise if some are already completed. Even if the classes transfer from another institution, it is still 4 full semesters to finish the GS program. 

All students must complete 51 credit hours of Gunsmithing courses plus the 18 or 19 credit hours of General Education courses required to graduate with an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Gunsmithing. There are electives available, but they do not count toward the degre. The degree sheet is in the info and app packet listed on the "Gunsmithing Technology" page under "Application Requirements". 

There is the option to continue your education for one more year after successful completion of the Gunsmithing Technology program. The Custom Gunmaking program requries 23 additional credit hours in Gunsmithing courses to achieve a second Associate of Applied Science degree. This focuses more on custom work of dangerous game rifles and five or six-shot revolvers. There is a separate application process to be accepted into the Custom Gunmkaking program, but no additional paperwork is needed, unless otherwise stated. The degree sheet is in the info and app packet listed on the "Gunsmithing Technology" page under "Application Requirements". 

You can request a copy of the Gunsmithing information and application packet by emailing shopson@mscok.edu or cmercer@mscok.edu or by calling our office at 580-387-7480.

Applications are accepted year round; however a limit of 30 students are accepted for the freshman class beginging in the fall of each year (August start). We will begin interviews for the 2023 school year in Novemeber 2022! The students will be made aware of acceptance or rejection by April/May of 2023. Acceptance is not automatic, each student is chosen on their own merit. 

Applications received after March 31, 2023 will be considered for the following school year.