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Old 05-27-2020, 09:35 PM
GTAW GTAW is offline
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Any thoughts about the American Gunsmithing Institue?

Is a certificate from AGI worth while?
For the price of a decent 1911 they offer certifications for a number of platforms.
I have no professional experience as an armorer and thought a certification from AGI could at least improve my odds of starting a new chapter in my career.
Any thoughts about this school and its credibility or a different approach to this type of certification/education?

Thanks in advance

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Old 05-27-2020, 11:21 PM
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The certificate should indicate some amount of knowledge. It may or may not demonstrate ability. I would expect you should built two or more guns while taking the course(s) (that me be a requirement for the certificate, but I don't know).

The full course was done to preserve the courses taught at one of the colleges, done by the instructor from that college when the course was ending.

The other tapes are done by knowledgeable people.
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Old 05-28-2020, 01:12 PM
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In my unsupported opinion, you can learn a lot from the AGI, and if you're a gunsmith, you can use all of it in your work.

But as far as turning a credential from them into more money working for someone else... we're pretty much down to big-box sporting goods stores as far as "gun shops" in my area, and they wouldn't have any place for a gunsmith.
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Old 05-28-2020, 04:10 PM
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To be clear, I do not intend to obtain an online certificate in hopes of landing a job as a pistol smith. I know better than that. I'm interested in the riflesmith certification pertaining to the AR platform to create a solid understanding before moving forward. There's an armorers job im looking at and thought a certificate could help.
I would like to know if AGI is worth the effort and if not is there another school that someone could recommend?
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Old 05-28-2020, 08:43 PM
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Being a class A machine builder I can fabricate and build anything on the planet.
Since I owned a few 1911’s that failed in the past I wanted to learn everything about how 1911’s tick. Before I did my norinco 1911a1 project I purchased every 1911a1 video I could get my hands on plus the jerry k book on 1911a1’s. I watched them every night to learn what I could. I should of done it sooner.

My point is I found the AGI one of the better 1911 dvd’s.
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Old 05-28-2020, 09:07 PM
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...I found the AGI one of the better 1911 dvd’s. [IMG class=inlineimg]https://forums.1911forum.com/images/smilies/rock.gif[/IMG]
Thanks for the feedback 5150. I'm going to have to look into what a class A machine builders do, I'm afraid its well beyond my depth lol
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