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

American Gunsmithing Institute Crockett California CA

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

Gunsmithing Programs Offered Across the Country

Prior to AGI’s founding, gunsmithing programs were only offered in Crockett, 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 Crockett, 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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Crockett, CA, Crockett and Port Costa Community Demographics, The unincorporated towns of Crockett and Port Costa, separated by the grassy hills of the East Bay Regional Park District, are located in the northwest corner of Contra Costa County and are bound together by their location along the Carquinez Strait and their history during the late 19th century and turn of the 20th century when wheat, and later sugar production, dominated the area. To this day the C&H Sugar Company continues to refine cane sugar in Crockett.

Crockett Facts

Population: 3,094

Number of Households: 1,044

Port Costa Facts

Population: 190

Number of Households: 99

Crockett was first laid out as a town in 1881 along the south shore of the Carquinez Strait. The town of Valona was laid out in 1883 just to the west of Crockett, and the two towns eventually merged into the Crockett of today. Port Costa was also founded in the late 1800's and became the primary point of shipment for wheat in the San Francisco Bay area.

The Crockett Swimming Pool, built in 1966, has been serving the communities of Crockett and Port Costa for almost 50 years. Completely renovated in 2011, our beautiful swimming pool facility provides modern pool plumbing, filters, pumps and lighting that meet all of the latest state requirements. Our swimming pool is ADA compliant.

Our facility features two poolside patio areas with umbrella covered tables, a lush green lawn area for sitting and a raised sun deck for enjoying the warm summer sunshine. We also have a 1' wading pool for the little ones.

As of 2013, the 1911 pistol is made under license instead of copying with Colt manufacturing machinery, due to an agreement between Norinco and Colt in order to stop Norinco from producing the Norinco CQrifle.

Crockett, CA,Crockett is bordered to the south and the east by two regional parks operated by the East Bay Regional Park District.

Crockett Hills Regional Park lies south of Crockett. The 1,939 acre park ranges in elevation from 150–800 feet, offering views of San Pablo Bay, the Delta, Mount Tamalpais, and Mount Diablo. Trails include a 4.5-mile segment of the Bay Area Ridge Trail. Crockett Hills is an excellent mountain biking park.

Carquinez Strait Regional Shoreline comprises 1,415 acres of bluffs and shoreline along Carquinez Scenic Drive between the town of Crockett and the hillsides overlooking Martinez.

The topography of Crockett Ranch Regional Park and the adjoining Carquinez Regional Shoreline consists of open, rolling grasslands, wooded ravines, eucalyptus-shaded meadows, and river shoreline. Multi-purpose trails provide access to canyon views and ridgetop vistas.

In 1906, an agricultural cooperative of Hawaiian sugar cane growers built a sugar factory in Crockett, eventually turning it into a company town for the California and Hawaiian Sugar Company, (better known as C&H). The cane was grown in Hawaii and delivered by ship to Crockett, where the C&H refinery turned it into a variety of finished products.

C & H soon became a dominant force in Crockett, which has been called a "company town." By the 1920s, the company employed about 95 percent of the residents. Employment peaked at 2,500 just before WWII broke out. C & H helped its employees obtain land and bank loans, so that they could build houses. Company architects even worked on designing the houses. The company even funded many school and civic programs.

 The 1911 Semiautomatic .45 caliber handgun develpoed by John M. Browning, and manufactured by theColtFirearms company. Adopted by the U.S. Military in1911, and replaced by theBerettaM92F in the 80s.