Meet Master Gunsmith Instructor - Robert 'Bob' Dunlap

Bob’s forgotten more about Gunsmithing than most people will ever know!

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AGI Senior Instructor, Master Gunsmith Robert “Bob” Dunlap is recognized nationally as the top instructor in his field. Before he retired, Bob often lectured at other gunsmithing schools and is an expert witness in firearms court cases.


Throughout his career as professional gunsmithing instructor, Bob also ran a fully staffed gunsmithing shop which has done warranty work for Colt, Smith & Wesson, Charter Arms, Hi-Standard, Remington, Browning, Winchester and numerous other well-known manufacturers. He’s been a state accredited college gunsmithing instructor for over 35 years. Believe it or not, Bob has been personally responsible for the repair of over 250,000 guns!


Learning from Bob is like being taught by the “Yoda” character on Star Wars … When it comes to guns, he is wise and all knowing.


At AGI we’ve been able to compress Bob’s entire college-level Design, Function and Repair course into 108 hours of instruction, without leaving out any details.


Bob’s Teaching Style: Making Complex Concepts Easy to Understand


Bob’s teaching method is unique. It is Bob’s belief that you can’t fix a firearm properly unless you really understand how it is designed to work. That is why our course is a Complete Design, Function and Repair course. The way he shows and describes how the firearms mechanisms work, totally illuminates the subject and the fog and mystery is removed. You will possess the “How and Why” of firearm design and function and THEN you are able to understand how to make the appropriate repair. No other Gunsmithing Course provides this teaching method and with AGI’s Professional Gunsmithing Course on DVD it is available for you to watch again and again, whenever you want.


Learn Gunsmithing in Less Time


This unique teaching style Greatly Compresses the Time it takes to become a Professional Gunsmith. Bob’s Teaching System uses one section to build on the next. For example in the Pistolsmithing Section, we spend 27 plus hours teaching you how all the various models and systems work. You begin by learning in comprehensive detail about “locked breech single action automatic pistols that use a Link System” (Like the 1911 .45 Auto).


Once you fully understand how those type of mechanisms work, we then focus on teaching you the differences between that and the cam lock system (Browning Hi-Power) and so on. Thus providing new information on each model or major variation of firearm, building on a foundation and saving you time by not repeating every detail where they are the same. Therefore we are able to cover many times the number of guns and systems than any other course ever offered.


Specialized “Cutaway Guns” – See the Firearm from the Inside


Bob has helped to design cutaway guns to use as teaching aids for many of the models we cover. This provides you with a unique look inside the firearm, to clearly understand how everything works together. This same Building Block teaching method is continued throughout the Shotgun, .22 Rimfire and Centerfire Rifles Sections of the course. You will also learn many important elements of Gunsmithing including:


  • How to properly head space a firearm and why
  • Firing Pin shape and design
  • Sear, Hammer & Trigger systems
  • Balancing & Adjusting Springs
  • Accuracizing, Barrel Replacement & Alignment
  • Frame Repairs and Straightening
  • Timing
  • Feed Systems 
    And much more…


You Can’t Fix It Unless You Understand How It Works


Bob has helped thousands of aspiring gunsmiths get the skills, knowledge and expertise it takes to become competent in this rewarding field. Bob’s unique, systematic teaching style gives you the tools, know-how and confidence to fix and maintain any type of firearm.

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Ken Brooks


A graduate of and former instructor at the renowned gunsmithing program at Lassen College, Ken works full time with Bob Dunlap at their shop in Coquille Oregon. Ken also hosts online bi-weekly webcast technical classes for our gunsmithing students. When Bob retires from gunsmithing, he plans on turning his entire operation over to Ken because he has developed into such a great design, function and repair gunsmith.

Gene Kelly, President, AGI


Gene graduated from the renowned Gunsmithing program at Lassen College, where Bob Dunlap was his instructor. Gene worked as a professional gunsmith and saw a need for gunsmithing DVD courses to preserve this vital information. He contacted Mr. Dunlap who was retiring from Lassen College and the American Gunsmithing Institute was born. Tens of thousands of gun owners and professional gunsmiths have benefited from this effort.

John Bush


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Mark Foster


Mark graduated from the Lassen College Gunsmithing program where he studied with Gene Kelly and Darrell Holland under Bob Dunlap. Sgt. Foster has over 30 years of gunsmithing experience and is a 20 year veteran of a California county Sheriff ’s Dept. where he is the Chief Armorer and Training Officer.

Jack Landis


Has been building, repairing, and modifying guns for over 50 years.  A graduate of 20 consecutive summers at the NRA Summer Gunsmithing Programs at Lassen and Yavapai Colleges, he saved up so many projects to do there each year that Lassen created a new course called “Special Projects”.

After 30 years in the security industry, he went to work for the American Gunsmithing Institute in 2005 where his broad knowledge and logical problem solving abilities resulted in his becoming the Tech Services Manager and “Go To” person for student and customer technical questions on the courses, content, and test questions. He has watched every minute of all of AGI’s videos and does the final proof on all new material. He does instructional videos, firearm and product evaluations, and answers Gunsmithing questions from our AGI students and Gun Club of America on our monthly webcasts.

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It is not a requirement in the state of California to obtain a Gunsmithing Certificate to practice gunsmithing. However, possessing a Gunsmithing Certificate will demonstrate a proven level of competence. A Federal Firearms License and State licenses are required to operate a gunsmithing business.
The American Gunsmithing Institute’s approval to operate as a private postsecondary institution in the state of California is based on provisions of the California Private Postsecondary Education Act (CPPEA) of 2009 (California Education Code, Title 3, Division 10, Part 59, Chapter 8), which was effective January 1, 2010. The Bureau can be reached at 2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 400, Sacramento, CA 95833,, toll-free telephone number (888) 370-7589 or by fax (916) 263-1897.
Professional Gunsmithing Courses not available to Oklahoma residents at this time.