Time is running out to register for the 2020 NMLRA/WKU Gunsmith Seminar!  We currently have openings in the 6-Day classes and just a few in some of the 3 & 9-Day classes - Deadline to register is February 19, 2020.   As we have very talented and dedicated Instructors, this is an event you do not want to miss!

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Be a part of the World's Premier Gunsmithing and Related Arts Seminar! 

Why Gunsmithing at WKU?

2020 will be the 39th year of the NMLRA Gunsmithing Seminar, which is hosted at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green Kentucky.  Beginning with the first gunsmithing seminar in 1981, the quality of the instructional team has been superior in every aspect of the gun building trade. The instructional team members are seasoned artisans who are recognized for their skill level as well as their ability to deliver quality instruction and best practices of the gun making trade. Seminar participants have offered the following comments regarding the quality of the seminar: "more can be learned in nine days than in a year of trial and error; one learns to perfect skills before learning bad habits; instructors allow for the divergent skill levels of participants (beginning to advanced) in each class; troubleshooting skills are developed and enhanced; and participants learn that fixing mistakes is as important as avoiding them!"

Most participants have attended the seminar for more than 3 years and several have attended more than 20 years. What has resulted among the participants at WKU is a family atmosphere where lifelong friendships have developed where they continue to collaborate on ongoing gun making projects outside the seminar.


You should consider attending the seminar because the teaching faculty to student ratio at WKU is low, the University is centrally located for ease of travel, and participants have the opportunity to visit each of the other classes taking place in order to enhance their overall learning experience. It goes without saying, you will not be disappointed with what you have learned in a short period of time at the NMLRA Gunsmithing Seminar at WKU.  Classes are offered in 3, 6, & 9 day increments.


Click here or select "2021 Classes" on the menu for 2021 Seminar offerings

Previous Seminar Instructors


  • John Bivens

  • Jack Brooks

  • Gary Brumfield

  • Jim Chambers

  • Art Decamp

  • Ron Ehlert

  • Bob Elka

  • Wallace Gusler

  • Ed Wenger



  • Jim Kibler

  • Lally House

  • Hershel, Frank and John House

  • Lynton McKenzie

  • Ron Scott

  • Mark Silver

  • George Suiter

  • Joe Valentin



"It was by far, the most informative (and fun) experience I've had to date on anything related to Longrifles.  It was like Longrifle University"  - Ed Wenger