Trinidad State Junior College Gunsmithing program added a third year to their program with the assistance of grants from Brownells. This program created a retail gunshop where students operate the store for the purpose of building real world skills in operating all facets of a store, from customer service, to inventory, to gunsmithing, you name it.
Recently Pete Brownell received a rifle built in this unique gunshop just for him. Below is a picture of Pete on a successful hunt with this rifle built by the staff of Brownells-Trinidad American Firearms Gunshop. 719-846-5000
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.
Brownells is the world’s largest supplier of firearm parts, tools, equipment and accessories. Stocking more than 30,000 items, the company services gunsmiths, armorers and shooters worldwide. For more information or to place an order, call (800) 741-0015, Dept. #PE9, or visit http://www.brownells.com.