American Gunsmithing Institute Brings Training Courses In Anchorage, AK Into Your Home

American Gunsmithing Institute Anchorage Alaska AK

During its twenty year tenure, AGI realized that something was missing. While there were various gunsmiths and gun enthusiasts in Anchorage, AK 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 Anchorage, AK 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 Anchorage, AK 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 Anchorage, AK 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 Anchorage, AK is growing. 

Gunsmithing Programs Offered Across the Country

Prior to AGI’s founding, gunsmithing programs were only offered in Anchorage, AK 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 Anchorage, AK 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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Anchorage, AK,  As of the 2000 census, there were 260,283 people, 94,822 households, and 64,099 families residing in the municipality; in all, the Anchorage Municipality is home to almost two-fifths of Alaska's population. 

By area, Alaska holds more than half of America’s national park lands. With 17 national park units and 16 national wildlife refuges, the options may seem limitless.

Luckily, Anchorage is in the center of it all and offers many ways to enjoy the parks. There’s exceptional access to five parks in particular. They hold tremendous glaciers, wildlife like moose, bear, wolves and caribou in stunning abundance, and outdoor opportunities unlike those anywhere else.

Alaska national parks are show-stopping. Whales feed and otters bob in the glacier-filled Kenai Fjords National Park. Denali National Park is home to North America’s tallest peak and amazing wildlife. Take off for bear viewing, hiking or fishing in Lake Clark National Park and Katmai National Park. Mighty Wrangell-Saint Elias has glaciers larger than Rhode Island, and a gold history runs deep.

Ready to start a visit to the parks? The Alaska Public Lands Information Center in Anchorage is the perfect beginning for an exploration of Alaska parks. The office has informative displays, educational films, helpful rangers and loads of information.

Only in Anchorage can you meet a moose, walk on a glacier and explore a vast, natural park all in a single day. Between mountains and an inlet, surrounded by national parks and filled with Alaska wildlife, Anchorage combines the best of Alaska in a city that has the comforts of home and the hospitality of the Last Frontier.

Anchorage’s first-class network of parks and paved trails are perfect for a run, leisurely walk or bike ride. With 223 municipal parks and 250 miles of trails inside the city, there’s no need to leave town to enjoy the outdoors.

On foot or by bike, in wooded seclusion or speeding along the blacktop, exploring every Anchorage park and every mile of trail could last a lifetime. But wildlife views, wilderness access, and unrivaled recreational opportunities put a handful of trails and parks above the rest.

The Coastal Trail stretches along Cook Inlet from downtown to Kincaid Park, linking up with other trails. Explore a favorite hangout for Alaska wildlife, discover the power of quakes on the Anchorage landscape, or sit in the sun steps away from the bustling city.

Anchorage, AK, The Chamber of Commerce celebrates 100 years of Connections & Community For the last century, the Anchorage Chamber has played key role in Anchorage’s economic growth, and our centennial celebration will recognize the modernization of our economy. This historical milestone will be shared with the City of Anchorage, who will also be celebrating its one hundred year anniversary at the same time.

Alaska became a United States territory in 1912. Anchorage, unlike every other large town in Alaska south of the Brooks Range, was neither a fishing nor mining camp. The area surrounding Anchorage lacks significant economic metal minerals. A number of Dena'ina settlements existed along Knik Arm for years. By 1911 the families of J. D. "Bud" Whitney and Jim St. Clair lived at the mouth of Ship Creek and were joined there by a young forest ranger, Jack Brown, and his bride, Nellie, in 1912.

The city grew from its happenstance choice as the site, in 1914, under the direction of Frederick Mears, of a railroad-constructionport for the Alaska Engineering Commission. The area near the mouth of Ship Creek, where the railroad headquarters was located, quickly became a tent city. A town site was mapped out on higher ground to the south of the tent city, greatly noted in the years since for its order and rigidity compared with other Alaska town sites. In 1915, territorial governor John Franklin Alexander Strongencouraged residents to change the city's name to one that had "more significance and local associations". In the summer of that year, residents held a vote to change the city's name; a plurality of residents favored changing the city's name to "Alaska City. However, the territorial government ultimately declined to change the city's name. Anchorage was incorporated on November 23, 1920