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

American Gunsmithing Institute Paicines California CA

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

Gunsmithing Programs Offered Across the Country

Prior to AGI’s founding, gunsmithing programs were only offered in Paicines, 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 Paicines, 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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Paicines, CA The unincorporated community of Paicines, formerly Tres Pinos, is located at 680 feet (207 m) above mean sea level (AMSL) in San Benito County, California along State Route 25. Guide signs along SR 25 say the community is 13 miles (21 km) south of Hollister. The community is at the intersection of Panoche Road and SR 25. Bolado County Park is just over three miles (5 km) north of the community and the site of the San Benito County Fair.

Hydrologic features in the area include Tres Pinos Creek, the San Benito River, and the Paicines Reservoir. The area is in the San Andreas Rift Zone area in proximity to the San Andreas Fault. Areas to the south and east are mountainous. The county line runs along the Gabilan Range.

The community is a gateway to Pinnacles National Park, a National Park straddling the mountains along the Monterey-San Benito County line.

Famous people associated with Paicines include Lieutenant General Janet C. Wolfenbarger, the highest-ranking woman in the United States Air Force; her parents Eldon and Shirley Libby reside in Paicines.[1] Charlie Root, the famous Chicago Cubs pitcher and coach, retired there to a ranch. Actress Judy Garland (born Frances Ethel Gumm; June 10, 1922 – June 22, 1969) married her third husband, Sid Luft, at what was then known as The Law Ranch, now called The Paicines Ranch. Tiburcio Vásquez, a bandido who was active in the area.

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Paicines, CA The historic Paicines Ranch produces 100% free range grass fed beef and hosts a variety of events, including weddings, corporate events, and training classes. The unique facility consists of restored ranch buildings dating from the 1860's to the present, including extensive horse facilities.

The ranch supports a wide variety of birds, plants, and animals as a result of its extensive grasslands and water features, including the Paicines Reservoir, the San Benito River, ponds, and cienegas.

Our intention is to preserve and enhance both the natural and man-made features of the ranch and make them accessible to visitors, while producing delicious pastured meats. Our pastures and row crop ground are all certified organic, and we manage the ranch using the principles of Holistic Management.

The Paicines Ranch (or Rancho Cienega de los Paicines), located in Paicines, California, has been a working ranch since the mid-1800's. Paicines is located in San Benito County (just south of Santa Clara County), approximately 10 miles south of Hollister, CA.

The original land grant in 1842 was to Angel Castro and Jose Rodriguez, who sold it to Francisco Villegas. By 1867 the ranch belonged to Alexander Grogan, an Irishman who settled in San Francisco and speculated in real estate and commodities. Grogan ran a dairy operation on the ranch from the 1860's until the late 1800's. He built many of the oldest buildings which stand on the ranch today including the Grogan house (1880s), the two large barns (1880s) and the Cheese House (1860s). Grogan died in 1886, and for the next 20 years the ranch was owned by his sister and two other owners.

In 1906, the ranch was purchased by Kingsley Macomber and George Sykes. Sykes took the land across highway 25 from the current location of the ranch, and Macomber took what is today the Paicines Ranch. During his ownership, many structures of Moorish design were built on the ranch, including stables, a water tank, a garage, and a new residence. Macomber raised horses on the ranch in addition to a large short horn cattle operation

1934 - The National Firearms Act of 1934 regulating only fully automatic firearms like sub-machine guns is approved by Congress.