American Gunsmithing Institute Brings Training Courses In Fort Smith, AR Into Your Home

American Gunsmithing Institute Fort Smith Arkansas AR

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

Gunsmithing Programs Offered Across the Country

Prior to AGI’s founding, gunsmithing programs were only offered in Fort Smith, AR 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 Fort Smith, AR 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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Fort Smith, AR, Greetings from the Mayor. Fort Smith continues to be a city on the move forward. While our past is a key part of our culture, especially as it attracts tourists from all over the world, we have a vibrant present, and look toward an outstanding future.

Our quality of place amenities continue to expand, with a growing trails system, excellent city parks, an outstanding symphony orchestra, Regional Art Museum and the Unexpected project which has provided wonderful outdoor art.

Our neighborhoods range from the historic to new, with a vibrant downtown. Our people are friendly and have a great willingness to volunteer time and funding for a wide variety of non-profit organizations. We have church community with a wide variety of denominations.

City services include a marvelous water supply, with a 50-year availability, and a sanitary landfill with at least 60 years of continued use. Our library system has a beautiful main library and three branch locations. Travelers frequently compliment the Fort Smith Regional Airport.

We are a city of education, medicine and industry. We are home to nationally recognized retail, food and lodging partners. We are home to national and international companies, including home office facilities. Fort Smith is home to the University of Arkansas Fort Smith, the Arkansas Colleges of Health Education and UAMS-West. And, we are a regional provider of excellent health care with two hospitals and a number of clinics located throughout the city.

A woman is assaulted in a robbery, she was unarmed. Police are investigating a robbery that took place at Mr. Jiff’s convenience store. When police arrived the store clerk was on the floor complaining of an injured hip. The victim told police she started to sweep around the store when a white male pushed her to the floor from behind.

That’s when the suspect repeatedly asked her how to open the closed cash drawer. Once she told the suspect, he the opened the drawer and took off with an unknown amount of money.

Fort Smith, AR, Fort Smith is the second-largest city in Arkansas and one of the two county seats of Sebastian County. As of the 2010 Census, the population was 86,209. With an estimated population of 87,443 in 2012, it is the principal city of the Fort Smith, Arkansas-Oklahoma Metropolitan Statistical Area, a region of 298,592 residents that encompasses the Arkansas counties of Crawford, Franklin, and Sebastian and the Oklahoma counties Le Flore and Sequoyah.

Fort Smith has a sister city relationship with Cisterna, Italy, site of the World War II Battle of Cisterna, fought by United States Army Rangers commanded by Fort Smith native William O. Darby.

Fort Smith lies on the Arkansas-Oklahoma state border, situated at the junction of the Arkansas and Poteau Rivers, also known as Belle Point. The city began as a western frontier military post in 1817 and would later become well known for its role in the settling of the "Wild West" and its law enforcement heritage.

In 2007, Fort Smith was selected by the United States Department of the Interior to be the location of the new United States Marshals Service National Museum.

Armed robberies are on the rise in the city, citizens should consider having a concealed weapons permit for self-defense. Police responded to an armed robbery at Jenny Lind Mart around 9 a.m. Monday morning.  

Dispatchers said a man with a handgun came into the store demanding money. When police arrived, the suspect ran off. Authorities said luckily no one was injured.  Police are searching for the suspect.