Thank you for visiting our site on this most interesting form of visual electronic communication. I feel privileged that you have taken the time to explore via the Internet your interest in PGS and Gunsmithing. Many exciting things have happened in the career field of Gunsmithing since our site was developed in 1996. It has been my hope that someone in the Sporting Goods retail field would recognize the need to service the firearms that they sell.
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For too many years only the factories offered service to the public on their firearms. I would compare this to buying a car from a dealer then having to drive to Detroit to have it serviced. Gander Mountain has pioneered the concept of placing Gunsmiths in each of their stores along with sales associates who are familiar with the firearms they sell. PGS graduates staff many of Gander Mountain stores that are expanding throughout the Northeast and Midwestern United States.
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The Master Gunsmithing Program at PGS is a comprehensive program of study that has been developed by practicing Gunsmiths and employers over a 68-year period. The program is updated and revised in both content and machinery and will assist you to obtain an entry-level job in the Gunsmithing career. No prior firearms or machining experience is necessary. Those that do have prior experience can take their expertise to a higher level with the training. For example, many experienced tool and die makers and machinists have taken the program and built many new skill sets that were not previously known to them. 

PGS does not offer individual subjects or courses because each skill and task builds upon previously learned material. 

A few of the many things you will learn are:

  • Proper layout, hack sawing, filing and gauging techniques
  • Gunsmith heat treatment, metallurgy, and spring making
  • Firearm nomenclature, function and design and cycle of operation
  • A variety of polishing and bluing techniques, firearm disassemble and reassembly, trigger work
  • Stock design and fit, drop, pitch and cast off
  • Custom stockmaking, recoil pad installation, stock finishing and checkering, sling swivel installation
  • Stock bedding techniques
  • Gunsmith welding, soldering and brazing
  • Lathe, milling machine, drill press and grinding operations
  • Telescopic and fixed sight mounting
  • Barrel fitting, chambering and head spacing
  • Simple ballistics and hand loading
  • Repairing and customizing
  • Custom alterations for rifles, shotguns and handguns
  • Basic business practices, Gunsmith operations and employment preparation



PGS facilities undergo regular upgrades and improvements to provide students with the equipment necssasry to perform quality work. Equipment used on a regular basis includes:

  • Individual student work benches equipped with a utility vise and electricity
  • Gear head lathes and attachments
  • Vertical knee milling machines with digital read outs and attachments
  • Drill presses
  • Bench grinders
  • Polishing buffers
  • Abrasive grinders
  • Multiple bluing tanks
  • Glass bead and abrasive blasters
  • Heat treating furnaces
  • Forge
  • Disc sanders
  • Jointers
  • Band saws
  • Stock drying rooms
  • Welders
  • Hand reloading work benches with presses, dies and associated equipment
  • Precision chambering reamers, gages and test equipment
  • Hundreds of tools, jigs and fixtures

There are two "formal" student class rooms. Each are equipped with various audio visuals equipment that includes a large screen TV monitor and equipment to view Gunsmithing videos. These rooms are also utilized for short instructional presentations, guest speakers and graduation ceremonies

The library resource center includes volumes of texts, Gunsmithing books and videos along computer internet access for research and employment search.


All of the required tools, books and supplies necessary to complete the educational objectives of each course are available for purchase in the store. Many optional tools are available as well. The store is only open to PGS Students and is not open to the general public.


Click here for interesting FACTS ABOUT PGS and how to make an informed choice about attending Pennsylvania Gunsmith School.

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Gainful Emploment Template (The Gunsmith earnings data that is reported on this form has been determined by the US Department of Education; based on hourly earnings reported by graduate employers this year, PGS estimates the annual salary amount to be higher.)


Do you have Questions about our Gunsmith Training Program?  Here are some of the answers that will help you choose PGS as the school for your future career in Gunsmithing.

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Please contact us and we will send you our PGS information packet.

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