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I would like to learn how to be a pistolsmith and am considering several correspondence gunsmith schools. Yes I understand the limitations of this type of education, but I can't afford to quit my job and attend a full time school. Does anyone have any first hand knowledge of these schools? Thanks.

1) Thomson Education Direct - http://www.educationdirect.com/gunsmith/
2) Foley-Belsaw Institute - http://www.gunsmithingschool.com/
3) Modern Gun School - http://www.dlilearn.com/mgs.htm
4) Professional Career Development Institute - http://www.pcdi.edu/courses/gg/?code=9942&kw=gunsmithing
 

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Hello;
Are you want to pistolmith for a living ?? or just be able to work on your own guns?? DO you just want to do 1911's??
I tried the Modern Gun School advanced class several years ago. It was ok but it touched on all types of firearms. So if you just want to pistolsmith most of it will be a bit of a waste. If I had it to do over I believe I would rather invest that money in tools, then buy all of the good books mentioned here and study. Buy a few guns and do some upgrades, accurizing etc.
There are also some places that offer some several day classes on certain aspects of pistolsmithing and that might be possible if you had some extra vacation to burn every now and then.

The best education I had was when I was fortunate enough to have a local gentleman who was a former match armorer for one of the military pistol teams in the 60's build me a bullseye gun. (Harold Johnson) He allowed me to sit there and watch, take notes and ask questions.

I certainly dont build guns for a living or even consider myself a pistolsmith but I can do an acceptable job on accurizing a 45 that is accurate and reliable.

Im sure it would have been more economical to just lay my money down and buy the gun I needed but Im just one of those guys that love working on stuff but I want to be able to do it right.

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Yes I do want to be a professional gunsmith specializing on handguns. I've already purchased several videos, which have only left me hungry for more info. Recently I purchased both volumes of Jerry Kuhnhausen's Colt .45 shop manuals. These two books contain a wealth of information, and I'm not buying any more videos. Also planning on attending a couple of armorers courses to get the ball rolling. Without sounding too cerebral, books and videos will give me a good understanding of the procedures, but the guidance of an experienced pistolsmith will provide me with the craftsmanship. I realize whatever course of study I choose it is going to take many many years to achieve my goal. Here's to a long journey ahead.:D
 
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