As a military Veteran I recently enrolled in the AGI correspondence course due most of all to their popularity and availability, not to mention having personal physical problems moving around at home, forget about a classroom or public, that was my biggest reason. However after receiving their course I realize one of the biggest issues "I now have" is financial. Or in other words not having the necessary funds to purchase real firearms or training aid "breakaways" as there were none in my shipment for me to study or to work on. However when I received my shipment I was impressed to say the least with the quality, and I would like to add that the head instructor Mr Bob Dunlap is top notch and has over 35 years as a Master Gunsmith. The rest of the instructors of AGI are all just as capable and just as knowledgeable. The DVDs, books, tools are 1st rate quality for training and for getting started. I would also like to point out the benefits of both the home course and college courses. One with the home course you can go as fast or as slow as you like and you can watch the DVDs and read the books endlessly. The benefit of a Gunsmithing college course is you (hopefully) will have all you require on their site "or" you as the student will have to purchase the necessary related tools, books, and other material before you even begin the course, this I found out from my own personal research, obviously all colleges are not the same. I hope this helps you out Fat Sal good luck in your quest.