About the Seminar


Western Kentucky University, Department of Architectural and Manufacturing Sciences, has hosted the National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association Gunsmithing Seminar for the past 36 years. The purpose of the seminar is to learn the technology and ways of crafting muzzle loading firearms and long rifles.  It provides classes on related crafts such as engraving, stock carving, wire inlay, brass casting, quill work, barrel rifling, forging gun mounts and other skills.  In 1981, Wallace Gusler and Dr. Terry Leeper started the NMLRA/WKU event to preserver the art and craft of making the American Longrifle.  Since then, hundreds of gunmakers and craftsmen have taken classes and workshops on the making of the American Longrifle.  Dr. Leeper said "We have an exceptional instructional team that has made the seminar a tremendous success."  Indeed, the instructors are the top craftsmen in their field and are well known both domesticaly and internationally.  Classes are offered in 3, 6, & 9 day increments.