Sonoran Desert Institute

started in 2000

  • Distance-Learning
  • 1921 School of Gunsmithing opened in Scottsdale, Arizona
    – managed by the family of the founder of the Institute
  • 2001 approved by Arizona State Board
  • 2004 by the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC)
  • 2012 acquired by Trade Training Company, LLC
  • 2014 introduced armorer courses
  • 2018 become an employee-owned company (ESOP)

Sonoran Desert Institute
1555 W. University Dr.
Ste. 103, Tempe, AZ 85281


American Gunsmithing Institute

started in 1993

  • Started by Alumni of Lassen College Gunsmithing School
  • Master Gunsmith Robert “Bob” Dunlap was going to retire, so they video taped his gunsmithing lessons
  • he taught Design, Function and Repair, the theory being that you can’t fix something unless you truly understand how it works
  • Bob tought his entire method on video
    – took over 2 years. It ended up at 108 hours
  • the American Gunsmithing Institute was born
  •  There was nothing like it at the time and there hasn’t been anything like it since
  • preserve Gunsmithing Knowledge through the addition of new courses
  • Distance-Learning

American Gunsmithing Institute
351 Second Street
Napa, CA. 94559