The Sonoran Desert Institute (SDI), one of the nation’s premier distance learning schools for gunsmithing and firearms technology, is proud to announce a new strategic partnership with the Texas State Rifle Association, the largest firearms and shooting sports organization in the Lone Star State.

As part of the agreement, SDI will establish an annual scholarship for an Associate of Science degree in Firearms Technology program, available exclusively to TSRA members. SDI and TSRA will share advertising and editorial content to promote firearms technology education and to protect the rights of citizens to enjoy and own firearms as guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution. SDI will also provide a one-year TSRA membership to any of its graduates who reside in Texas.

“The Texas State Rifle Association has defended the Second Amendment rights of Texans for nearly 100 years, and we’re very excited to establish a comprehensive partnership with them to help educate people about the firearms industry, promote youth participation in shooting sports and build awareness for the organization,” says Pam Rogers, director of the Sonoran Desert Institute.

The largest gun rights organization in the Lone Star State, the Texas State Rifle Association champions the rights of law-abiding Texans to own, enjoy and use firearms as guaranteed by the Constitutions of the State of Texas and the United States of America. The TSRA is dedicated to protecting the inalienable rights of individuals to own and enjoy the lawful use of firearms. For more information on the Texas State Rifle Association, visit

Sonoran Desert Institute is an accredited distance learning school providing undergraduate degree and certificate programs in allied health, real estate and construction and firearms technology.

Sonoran Desert Institute School of Gunsmithing offers a 40 semester-credit certificate course and is the most complete training program of its kind. The Associate of Science degree in Firearms Technology program prepares students for personal development and/or employment in the custom gun trade, from entry-level employees to small business owners. Students learn about custom firearms, stocks, rifles, handguns, shotguns, metal refinishing, ballistics, metal work and engraving, and business principles. The Firearms Technology program requires 60 semester credit hours.

Sonoran Desert Institute offers high quality, rigorous educational programs with the convenience and flexibility of 100 percent online delivery; or other learning modalities. The school has been an innovator since its inception and is accredited by the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC). SDI educational programs are designed predominantly for adult learners, based on principles and practices of active self-learning, and feature one-on-one faculty class facilitation.

To learn more about on the highly acclaimed distance learning programs at Sonoran Desert Institute, visit or call 480.314.2102.

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