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Why Join the School of Firearms Technology?

You have lots of choices for your education, and we’re glad you’re considering SDI’s School of Firearms Technology to help you hone your skills and advance your career.

A History of Success

Sonoran Desert Institute can trace its roots to 1921, making it one of the nation’s oldest distance gunsmithing schools, and one of today’s most established online education options.

Partnerships and Perks

Along with a comprehensive program and one-on-one instruction, being an SDI student gets you some major networking opportunities (and awesome discounts!) with our strategic business partners.

Learn From the Best

SDI’s elite faculty and staff include celebrated military personnel, nearly 75 years’ worth of combined higher education experience, nationally recognized firearms experts and more.

CATALOG and ACCREDITATION

Sonoran Desert Institute has been accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (deac.org) since 2004. Being accredited means we are held to very rigorous standards.

FEATURED PROGRAMS

View our most popular programs currently offered.

 Associate Firearms Technology Degree
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Associate of Science in Firearms Technology Degree

As our most advanced program, this 60-credit hour Associate Degree covers gunsmithing, history, shooting sports management, general education and much more!

Advanced Gunsmithing Certificate
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Advanced Gunsmithing Certificate

This 32-credit program offers an in-depth look into troubleshooting, modifications, hydrographic and other coatings, ballistics, and more… plus a complete build project of your choice (choose from AR-10 or AR-15)!

Ballistics and Reloading Certificate
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Ballistics and Reloading Certificate

This non-credit program, developed in partnership with Gun Digest, offers a targeted look at course topics including ballistics, reloading, bullet swaging, casting, and more! Hornady Lock n Load (TM) Press included with program.

Advanced Armorer Courses
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Advanced Armorer Courses

Our Advanced Armorer courses cover the history, accessories, ammo and build process of the most popular rifle platforms. These Advanced Armorer Courses include instructions on milling out an 80% lower receiver and completing your build.

SIGNATURE COURSES

View some of our signature courses.

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AR-10 Advanced Armorer Course

History, ammo, and more. Plus, every student will mill out an 80% lower receiver and complete the full build project.

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AR-15 Advanced Armorer Course

Now available in two build options: standard AR-15 or 300 AAC Blackout, 7.62 x 35mm caliber.

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Ballistics and Reloading Certificate

Learn reloading, ballistics, casing and swaging. Course comes with a Hornady press plus other tools and resources.

1911
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1911 Advanced Armorer Course

Buys vs. Build, Accessories and more. Plus, every student will mill out an 80% lower receiver and complete the full build project.


TOP FREE E-BOOK DOWNLOADS

Download our Free Ebooks to help you get started!

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Scar Rifles e-book
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Gun Myths ebook

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