Veterans Program



The American Gunsmithing Institute works closely with the Veterans Administration through their Chapter 31 Program (Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment). Veterans with a service-connected disability rating of 30% or more often qualify for assistance (assuming the Veteran’s allowance has not already been used for other programs). Cheri Manny, American Gunsmithing Institute’s Senior Student Advisor, has worked with the Veterans Administration for over 7 years, and together they have helped hundreds of well-deserving Veterans from all over the United States earn their Professional Gunsmithing Certificate.


If you are a disabled Veteran and would like to explore the possibilities we can offer you in Gunsmithing, please call Cheri at 800-797-0867.


For those Veterans who may not qualify for Chapter 31 assistance, the dream of becoming a Gunsmith can still be supported with some funding. A successful gunsmithing operation requires not only gunsmithing skills but also business management skills. Veterans use Post 911 or GI Bill funds to take business management courses to help them organize their gunsmithing enterprise, and they use their own funds to get the educational and technical gunsmithing training they need through the American Gunsmithing Institute. If you would like some additional information on our Professional Gunsmithing Course, please order our Intro Kit.


Thanks from all the American Gunsmithing Institute Team for the commitment you made to serve our country. We are in your debt, and we would like to have the privilege of helping you develop a career in Gunsmithing.

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What level of gunsmithing education are you seeking?

I am a Hobbyist and only want to work with my own guns.

I want to be a Professional Certified Gunsmith Part-Time / Full Time.

I want a retirement income within 3-5 years.

I am an FFL dealer / Gunsmithing is a potential add-on business opportunity.
Are you a veteran?
Check here if you are a veteran.
Disabled Veteran / Vocational Rehabilitation
Please only check this box if you are a Veteran with a Disability Rating or you will you be working with Vocational Rehabilitation or Workers Compensation to enroll in our program.

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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.