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

American Gunsmithing Institute Paradise California CA

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

Gunsmithing Programs Offered Across the Country

Prior to AGI’s founding, gunsmithing programs were only offered in Paradise, 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 Paradise, 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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Paradise, CA The Town of Paradise, incorporated in 1979 is nestled in the foothills of California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains.  Located on a ridge with elevations ranging from 2,000 to 2800 feet above sea level, Paradise is twelve miles east of Chico and ninety miles north of Sacramento.  With over 26,000 residents, the Town of Paradise is the second largest city in Butte County.  Residents and visitors enjoy tall pines and majestic oaks, cooler summertime temperatures, occasional winter snowfalls, and an engaging environment.  Rich in history, innate beauty, and friendly people, Paradise is a fantastic place to raise a family, build a business, or just relax for a weekend in the pines.

Discover why Californians continue to call Paradise home.  The charming foothills community welcomes newcomers with the charm and down-home spirit of days gone by.  Visitors and residents, alike, can explore the community's colorful Gold Rush history at the award-winning Gold Nugget Museum, stroll through town on our Memorial Trailway, or take in a show at the 700 seat Paradise Performing Arts Center.  Outdoor enthusiasts can soak up the ambiance of several local parks, or launch out from Paradise on breathtaking hiking, biking, fishing, and all around  fun adventures.

As the need for and uses of a community performing arts center expands, it is our intent to attract and provide high quality events to meet these needs; our vision is to expand cultural and social horizons and thereby enhance the quality of life in the greater Paradise area and surrounding communities. We seek to increase the culture of the community through theatrical experiences as well as community involvement in the performing arts.

To achieve this vision, one of the objectives of the management of the Paradise Performing Arts Center is to encourage and assist local businesses and government to work together in a three-way partnership to promote economic development in the area.

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Paradise, CA, The first post office was established at Paradise in 1877; it closed for a time in 1911, but was re-established later that year, when the post office at Orloff was closed. Paradise incorporated in 1979. For many years, the Butte County Railroad operated trains along the ridge, serving mines and sawmills.

A legend persists that the town was named because it was the home of the Pair o' Dice Saloon, an idea supported by the fact than an official 1900 railroad map referred to the town as "Paradice". However, according to folklorist Barbara Mikkelson of Snopes.com, there is no documentation of such an establishment, nor an explanation of how the map's spelling of the town originated.

Gene Sylva, a former mayor of the nearby town of Oroville, has stated that the saloon story is false, and that the true etymology of the town's name is traced to his great-great-grandfather, William Pierce Leonard, who named the town on a summer day in 1864, after a hot and dusty ride from the Sacramento Valley. Arriving at his sawmill while the staff were on break, Leonard "took a deep breath of the cool, clean air, and exclaimed, 'Boys, this is paradise.'" Mikkelson, however, suggests that Sylva's explanation may also be "pleasingly inventive historical fiction", but surmises that the town was probably named for it being a pleasant place to live.

1999 - August 24 The Los Angeles County, CA Board of Supervisors votes 3 - 2 to ban the the Great Western Gun Show, billed as the "world's largest gun show" from the Pomona, CA fairgrounds where the show had been held for the last 30 years.