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American Gunsmithing Institute Partners With Civilian Marksmanship Program

AGI increases CMP member skills and safety as exclusive, professional gunsmithing training provider.

American Gunsmithing Institute Partners With Civilian Marksmanship Program

The Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) has chosen American Gunsmithing Institute (AGI), as their exclusive Professional Gunsmithing Training Provider. Now, CMP Armorer trainees will undergo a unique program to become Certified Professional Gunsmiths.

“The AGI Gunsmithing Course is part of a new and unique, five-tier internal staff development program to increase the skill level of our members in Design, Function, and Repair of Pistols and Revolvers, Shotguns, Rimfires, and Centerfire Rifles,” states Greg Raines, CMP Chief Commercial Officer. “Now, our team members who come to work for us and become Certified Armorers, will also have the opportunity to become Certified Gunsmiths. This gives them a comprehensive understanding of firearms and firearms systems and enables them to be significantly better equipped to evaluate, maintain, repair, and/or customize firearms that are brought into the shops.”

The new partnership combines the skills of a Certified Armorer with those of a Certified Gunsmith. A Certified Armorer understands the overall design and function of specific models of firearms, has the ability to completely disassemble and reassemble them, and is qualified to replace worn, broken, or defective components with factory replacements. A Certified Gunsmith performs all of the functions of an Armorer and is also able to diagnose systems, fit, repair, heat-treat, and make replacement parts. 

“We are honored to partner with CMP, and this training will elevate their staff’s knowledge base and skill level. They will have a thorough understanding of firearms internal systems, operations and repairs,” states Gene Kelly, AGI Founder. “Currently, 17 CMP team members are students in the American Gunsmithing Institute’s Certified Professional Gunsmithing course.”

In the AGI training process, each student has a dedicated student portal, with access to video instruction and Master Gunsmith Instructor support and can progress through the course at their own pace, reviewing materials at any time. They are then tested on their knowledge of General Gunsmithing, Pistolsmithing, Shotguns, Rimfires, and Centerfire Rifles, Design, Function and Repair, with testing and certifications for each of the five core sections of the course.

“Since AGI has been training Gunsmiths for over 30 years and is known and respected in the industry, we knew it would be the perfect partnership,” states Raines. “AGI is the only school that teaches Design, Function, and Repair Gunsmithing to provide our team members with the necessary knowledge to work on firearms and better serve their customers. Plus, this training will help our members be better equipped to facilitate CMP Shooting matches, assist competitors with issues and ensure a safe environment.”

About The American Gunsmithing Institute

The American Gunsmithing Institute was founded by Gene Kelly in 1993, as a Virtual Trade School™, offering the most expansive library of Certified Gunsmithing courses in the world. Over 15,000 students have been trained in detailed Firearm Design, Function, and Repair (D, F, & R) along with Customizing of firearms taught step-by-step, via video instruction, by Master Gunsmiths. AGI students learn the skills necessary to begin new careers as Certified Professional Gunsmiths and create financial independence. AGI is a Postsecondary institution approved to operate by the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education. For more information, call 1-800-797-0867 or visit www.AmericanGunsmithingInstitute.com.

About The Civilian Marksmanship Program

The Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) is a national organization dedicated to training and educating U. S. citizens in responsible uses of firearms and airguns through gun safety training, marksmanship training and competitions. The CMP is a federally chartered 501(c)(3) corporation that places its highest priority on serving youth through gun safety and marksmanship activities that encourage personal growth and build life skills. Visit https://thecmp.org/ for more information.




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