American Gunsmithing Institute Brings Training Courses In Alpine, CA Into Your Home

American Gunsmithing Institute Alpine California CA

During its twenty year tenure, AGI realized that something was missing. While there were various gunsmiths and gun enthusiasts in Alpine, CA and throughout the U.S., they were missing an outlet to come together, share ideas, stories and most importantly, have some fun together! So AGI created The Gun Club of America (GCA). It stands upon four pillars: education, fun, savings and fellowship.  

AGI Teaches Basic and Advanced Firearms Maintenance, Customizing, and Gunsmithing Repair for hobbyist and Professional. Study at home and get Certified as a Gunsmith.

AGI American Gunsmithing Institute In Alpine, CA Has Over Two Decades Of Experience

Two decades ago, American Gunsmithing Institute (AGI) Founder and President Gene Kelly saw an increased demand for gunsmiths in the firearms industry in Alpine, CA and realized  that there was a growing need to train new gunsmiths on a faster and more efficient basis.

Gun Club Of America,  LogoKelly made it a goal to preserve the art of gunsmithing for future generations and to provide a way for gun enthusiasts in Alpine, CA to pursue their hobbies from the comfort of their own homes through AGI’s course load. 

With over 330 million firearms in this country, at any given time 10 to 20 percent of those are in some need of cleaning, repair or customizing. After WWII, a large crop of new gunsmiths appeared, but now they are retiring or passing away and demand for new,Gene Kelley, Founder AGI young blood in the gunsmith world in Alpine, CA is growing. 

Gunsmithing Programs Offered Across the Country

Prior to AGI’s founding, gunsmithing programs were only offered in Alpine, CA at a couple of campus based schools and most people could not afford to attend them so the number of gunsmiths continued to decline.

This gave Kelly the idea to found AGI. Using Master Gunsmith Bob Dunlap’s teaching methodology, combined with the video techniques developed by AGI, Kelly was able to create a unique teaching method that allowed students to learn at home in Alpine, CA at their own pace. And thus, AGI was born. Since its inception in 1993, AGI has gone on to use this same method to teach people welding, machining, locksmithing and other trade skills. 

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Alpine, CA,  The community of Alpine California is only a half hour drive from San Diego and the Pacific Ocean. Located just off Highway 8 on the way to the Viejas Casino, Alpine provides a welcome stop-over for food, services, gas and shopping.

All About the Alpine Chamber of Commerce

The Alpine Chamber is a progressive proactive professional organization dedicated to serving the business community and the community-at-large. It relies on an energetic group of volunteers and professional staff to help direct and influence business activities. The Chamber is membership driven with 320 members comprised of businesses, individuals and service organizations.
Alpine Chamber programs include economic development, community development, governmental affairs, political action and member benefits. The Alpine Chamber continues to take a leadership roll in advancing the recognition of Alpine and the East County region as the best place to live, work and play.

The Alpine Chamber office receives local, visitor and relocation inquiries daily, which translate into hundreds of referrals to member businesses each year. Our businesses appreciate the community's effort to "shop local."


To advance the commercial,
industrial, civic, agricultural and general interest and prosperity of the community of Alpine and the East County region Community Development

Economic Development
Governmental Affairs
Political Action
Member Benefits

Our Customer Service Pledge

• You will receive a friendly greeting when you contact the Chamber by phone or when you walk through the office door.

• The Chamber staff will strive to get to know you as an individual, become familiar with your business, and seek ways to help you succeed.

• When dealing with customers who have a complaint or inquiry about your business, and when referring customers to Chamber member businesses, the Chamber staff will follow a strict policy of integrity, confidentiality and fairness.

• The Chamber staff will respond in a speedy and appropriate manner to any requests you may have, using all resources available, and exhibit a professional knowledge of business issues which may affect Chamber members.

• The Chamber will work to provide the best possible services to benefit your business, whether it be through group insurance programs, networking meetings, publications, promotions, business seminars, festivals, trade shows, community wide celebrations, or other projects or special events.

• The Chamber will strive to encourage your positive participating and support of Chamber programs, committees and events.

• At least once each year, a Chamber staff member or volunteer leader will personally visit you in your place of business to gather your input and ensure that the Chamber is living up to your expectations.

While it is generally believed to be extremely difficult to obtain a license to carry a concealed weapon (CCW) in California, the difficulty varies greatly by city and county of residence. In some rural counties, qualified applicants are usually successful in obtaining a license, while some cities and counties, such as San Francisco and Los Angeles, are extremely restrictive in what they perceive to be "good cause"

Alpine, CA, The community's name was suggested by a resident of the area in the 1880s who believed that the environment was similar to her native home in Switzerland.

The small commercial district along Alpine Blvd. has lead to some suburban development in recent decades, surrounded by large stretches of somewhat less densely populated rural areas initially developed in the late 19th and first half of the 20th century. Horse ranches and small farms are common, along with wide open chaparral hillsides and riparian canyons.

Before European settlement, this region was one small part of the home of the Kumeyaay Native Americans, whose ancestors initially settled the area as far back as 12,000 years ago.

Purchasers of handguns are also required to provide proof of California residency, such as a utility bill, residential lease, property deed, or government-issued identification (other than a drivers license or other DMV-issued identification).