Former Prison Guard Finds Happiness, Success and Profit in Gunsmithing


Jan-Steven Merson is a successful example of an individual with a passion for firearms wanting to make a change. After retiring from a career in Law Enforcement with the Department of Corrections, Jan wanted to do something that he enjoyed and still make money. With an interest in firearms and firearms safety, he began searching online to find a gunsmith program. What he found was that most Gunsmithing schools required a large commitment of time and expense. They also extensively relied on textbooks as their teaching method. Jan preferred to learn by doing and didn’t want to travel to classes or spend the time reading volumes of information. Then he discovered the American Gunsmith Institute. The step-by-step DVD courses they offered were just the answer for his style of learning.

The American Gunsmithing Institute (AGI) is the world’s premier Gunsmithing school and through its exclusive systematic method of DVD instruction has educated more Working Gunsmiths than all other Gunsmithing Schools combined. Instruction is provided in the comfort of the students own home, on their own time schedule and at a greatly reduced cost from traditional classroom settings. AGI has been transforming people and their careers for over 17 years.

Within three months, Jan had set up his business, American Firearms & Gunsmith in Fullerton, California and began to offer a variety of gunsmith services. Word got out and now, four years later, Jan is a very, very busy gunsmith. He credits the AGI gunsmith program for his competitive edge. He can reference the DVD’s again and again while in his shop and he believes that the up-to-date information provided in the AGI DVD’s give him the knowledge and skill set customers demand today. It keeps his clients coming back for more and more services from his shop. Because the firearms industry is ever changing, Jan continues to advance his Gunsmithing education by investing in new AGI courses as they become available.

With the addition of his website, word-of-mouth, and a talent for gun repair, he is now earning over $100,000.00 annually.

Jan summed up his American Gunsmithing Institute experience by saying, “Do it. You may say I really don’t have the money to lay out. Well, look at it as a short investment. You can make money almost instantly while taking the course and start paying yourself back. Think of it like this; if you put your money away in a CD, you have to wait for a year in order to get it back – with little interest! With AGI, you can start getting it back almost instantly. So, you can wait a year to make a profit or start now with AGI!”

Unlike most trade schools, the AGI program allows you to complete the program in as little as three months, studying from home, through DVD instruction which is packed with current information on the design, function and repair of firearms. With over 108 hours of DVD instruction in pistols and revolvers, rifles, shotguns, .22’s and more.

You will also receive instruction on what tools to purchase, how to set up a shop with just a small investment and run a successful business. Students also receive written and practical application testing during the program and when completed, receive their certification ready to hang on the wall and announce they are open for business.

Just as Jan Merson found out, you can make a good living at something you love to do.

Visit American Gunsmithing Institute at SHOT Show, Booth 2110 and learn what AGI is doing to keep gunsmithing alive and well.

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