Travel to Oregon and spend a week learning from the master! 

These intimate, interactive, and intense five-day courses give students the chance to work with Ken directly, learn from other gunsmiths, and learn by doing.

Attending students rave about Ken’s instructional style which allows them to troubleshoot and come up with solutions as Ken guides them through assessment, diagnosis, and repairs. 

Hands-On Classes are an amazing way to further your career path and take your Gunsmithing skills and professional growth to another level.  

Hands-on Training with the master


A graduate of and former instructor at the renowned gunsmithing program at Lassen College, Ken worked with Bob Dunlap at their shop in Coquille Oregon. When Bob retired from gunsmithing, he turned his entire operation over to Ken because he has developed into such a great design, function, and repair gunsmith. Ken is the host of the Gunsmithing Club of America's monthly troubleshooting segment, "Over the Gunsmith's Shoulder" and has filmed over 180 "Disassembly and Reassembly" courses on various guns.


Students meeting the requirements and alumni of the American Gunsmithing Institute’s Professional Gunsmithing Course are eligible to attend the Hands On Classes. 

Class Price: $997. Includes 5 days of uninterrupted class time with Master Gunsmith Ken Brooks.    

Early Bird Registration is $797. (Reservations must be made 30 days before class begins). 

Some qualified students have received a voucher to attend the Hands-On Classes. 

Classes are limited in size, require prerequisites, and you will need to bring your firearms. 

Classes are a minimum of 5 students and no more than 8 students.  Classes without 5 students will be canceled.  

Travel, meals and accommodations extra. 


February 13-17, 2023

This course covers all phases of repair of any 1911.  Bring any and all 1911s to this class to learn design, function, and repair. 

The gun should function with 100% reliability when finished and have a crisp trigger let-off with no hammer follow-down.

Colt Revolvers

Mar 13-17, 2023

We will cover design, function, and repair of the Colt Double revolvers. Including timing, ranging, aligning crane, removal of ends-hake and so much more. Also a smooth and polish and target trigger job.


April 17-21, 2023

During the DF&R Extractors class, students will learn DF&R of extractors, as extractors are the problem and/or the cure for 90% of all feeding issues with repeating firearms of virtually any design. You will learn the relationship of the extractor to the ejector of the different designs and will fit extractors to the various designs and fabricate a .22 extractor.

“These Hands-On Classes are the main reason I chose AGI over other online Gunsmithing courses. having now taken a few, I can’t recommend them enough!  The more of these that are offered, the more I would take.  The videos prepare you to be a gunsmith, these classes will MAKE you a gunsmith!”   – Don Mahlke. 


May 15-19, 2023

We cover the design, function, and repair of multiple trigger systems to include handguns, rifles, and shotguns. Students will be performing trigger jobs and repairs on numerous firearms and upon completion of the class will have a strong foundation base of knowledge to diagnose and repair almost any trigger system.


June 12-16, 2023

For this class we will be going thru the design, function, and repair of the Browning A-5 Long recoil-operated shotgun, or clone thereof.  We will be covering all aspects of how this gun operates with an emphasis on how to repair the most common issues with the model.

We will also be covering the more unusual/difficult issues encountered from time to time…….and if the student’s firearm has one or more of these defects we will gladly address that.

Students will begin to see the importance of the A-5 design in the development of other makes and models of repeat shotguns, and how their understanding of the A-5 will help with repairs of other guns.

Students will be modifying their firearms to be reliable, safe, and to operate correctly.

sear pin installed

Troubleshooting and General Repair

September 11-15, 2023

This is a new class in which we will cover the troubleshooting and general repair of any firearm. We will Analyze, Evaluate and Cure/Repair defective or broken firearms.


“Master Gunsmith Brooks has a way of putting you at ease in his classes but still challenges you to find answers to questions on your own.  He promoted Design, Function, and Repair, ensuring that the student can look at the design determine how it functions, and then figure out how to repair it   The workshops help bring it all together! 

– Clatyon Roni 

“I learned more in five days at this workshop than I did in years of being a gun owner.”

– Jason Dubois

“AGI provides the home course studies as well as Hands On Taing that makes AGI a true value.  the Hands On Courses are extremely educational and make you happy you invested.”

– Dave Hansen

For questions regarding Hands-On Classes, please contact Jane Vandermyde at:

[email protected]