Katrin Frye of Montana Public Radio reported on both the NRA Short Term Gunsmith program and the new full time college credit certificate available at FVCC in Kalispell, MT. The link below will take you direct to the audio file.
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With a history of supporting gunsmiths spanning almost 70 years, Brownells has partnered with Gradient Lens Corporation to provide a Hawkeye Borescope and complete video system to Trinidad State Junior College’s gunsmithing program.
The borescope and viewing system allow the students and instructors to examine the interior of a barrel for corrosion and imperfections.
“With the borescope, the students can examine a firearm bore for defects, fouling and erosion that affect accuracy,” said Ken Harrington, Gradient Lens market manager for shooting. “As the technology in the field continues to improve, the students have an ever-increasing need for experience with instruments like the Hawkeye Borescope.”
The video system included in the donation is digital and works through a computer based system. Students can view the images on a larger screen and capture the video or still images digitally. This allows users to e-mail or set up live, streaming video to a gun’s owner.
“It’s important that students have all the tools necessary to prepare them for successful gunsmithing careers,” stated company Chairman and CEO Frank Brownell. “The borescope lets students build experience on equipment they’ll be using following graduation.”
The donation came in conjunction with Brownells’ annual gunsmithing job fair in Newton, Iowa.
“The skills they’ll develop working with the borescope will make the students more marketable to future employers,” Pete Brownell, company president, said. “The employers who participated in last year’s job fair stated the importance of developing both depth and breadth of abilities. The Hawkeye Borescope will help the students mature as gunsmiths.”
Trinidad State Junior College gunsmithing students Chris Lewis, John Cowell and Penny Bell inspect a factory barrel in class, as Instructor Speedy Gonzalez explains to the class what they are seeing via the Hawkeye’s Borescope live video projections capabilities.