Montgomery Community College's Gunsmithing Program is in booth #3505 here at the NRA's 139th Annual Meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina. NRAblog happened to run into a few of their representatives at the Thursday night at the NRA Foundation's National Banquet.
The students and instructors combined their efforts to design and build the custom rifle pictured above. Wayne Bernauer, the NRA Gunsmithing School Coordinator at the College, above left, poses with the rifle and students Nathan Talley, center, and Mike Acosta, right.
All the supplies were donated to the College's Gunsmithing Program, so when the Program donated the finished firearm to the NRA Foundation, all it cost them was their time. Why sacrifice valuable classroom time to such a task? "Because the NRA cares about us, and they support everything we do," Talley, also pictured at right displaying the custom engraving, told us. Talley recently graduated from the program, and he will soon be employed as a fulltime gunsmith.
The College's program also supports Friends of NRA events in North Carolina. Stop by booth #3505 if you're here in Charlotte and thank these folks for their dedication to the NRA – and bring your gunsmithing questions! "These partners to the NRA's Education and Training gunsmithing schools bring so much knowledge to the table," Steve Hoback told NRAblog.