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

American Gunsmithing Institute Gridley California CA

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

Gunsmithing Programs Offered Across the Country

Prior to AGI’s founding, gunsmithing programs were only offered in Gridley, 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 Gridley, 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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Gridley, CA, Gridley is growing and changing, becoming livelier, more active, and more festive than ever before. You can see it in the historic buildings being restored to their former glory. You can see it in the new storefronts blossoming throughout the area.

Our Region is a place of natural beauty with countless opportunities for recreation in both rural and urban environments. Our Region is committed to protecting and enhancing agriculture as the backbone of the local economy, and for the open-spaces that make Butte County a beautiful place to live and work.

Located 60 miles north of Sacramento, from the Sacramento River, its western boundary, to the Sierra Nevada Mountains, its eastern perimeter, Butte County’s elevation spans from 90 to 7,800 feet above sea level making the County geographically diverse. The County encompasses 1,636 square miles of land with a population of 220,000 residents. Our Region is accessible by HWY 99 and HWY 70 with areas of the County just 20 minutes from I-5.

Our Region is proud to be the home of California State University, Chico (Chico State), Lake Oroville and the Sierra Nevada Brewery Co.

The City of Gridley and our regional partners have a culture of business innovation fostered by the entrepreneurial community and bolstered by Chico State and Butte Community College. Why do business in the Gridley area?

Ideal for small and medium-sized companies serving global markets
Easy market access due to central West Coast location
Available skilled labor
Innovative partnerships with higher education
Lower cost of doing business
High quality of life
Assistance in start-up, relocation and expansion

Butt: The end of the gun which does not include the bore. The Butt Stock is the rear piece of material used to control the firearm.

Gridley, CA, The City of Gridley was named after its founder and earliest landowner, George W. Gridley, a prosperous sheep rancher. Mr. Gridley's home ranch consisted of some 960 acres (3.9 km2) located West of Gridley. He married Helen Orcutt in 1846 in Illinois, and she joined him in California in 1855. The Gridleys had ten children. Mr. Gridley died at the home ranch on 9 March 1881, Mrs. Gridley twenty years later, 1 August 1901. Descendants of the Gridley family remain in the area.

With the decline of mining in California, agriculture became a more stable and attractive business in the 1860s. The Central Pacific Railroad laid tracks from Oregon to Chico in 1865. The railroad completed its path to Gridley in 1870, contributing significantly to the formation of the new community. The principal products from the Gridley area were wool and sheep. Orchards, field crops, and cattle would soon follow. In 1896, the Libby, McNeil & Libby Cannery was established and became one of the largest peach canning operations in the world. The first home and store in Gridley were built by L.C. Stone in 1874. Stone served as postmaster, the train depot and express agent, as well as a merchant. Wells Fargo & Co. opened its office in 1871 and soon other businesses followed suit.

Two large fires, one in 1884 and one in 1891, destroyed much of the original business district. The district rallied and rebuilt around 1900. Much of the historic downtown district remains. "Silk Stocking Row" the many well-preserved turn-of-the-century homes on Hazel Street, was so named because during the Depression the only women who could afford silk stockings lived in these large Hazel Street homes.

Gridley is the home of published photographer, model Hugo Rubio. Rapper Philly Slim wrote and produced one if his most popular rap singles based on Hugo Rubios life.

Bluing or blueing: A passivation process in which steel is partially protected against rust, and is named after the blue-black appearance of the resulting protective finish. True gun bluing is an electrochemical conversion coating resulting from an oxidizing chemical reaction with iron on the surface selectively forming magnetite (Fe3O4), the black oxide of iron, which occupies the same volume as metallic iron. Bluing is most commonly used by gun manufacturers, gunsmiths and gun owners to improve the cosmetic appearance of, and provide a measure of corrosion resistance to, their firearms.