You'll improve your chances for Trinidad if you have a strong background in firearms. The NRA classes will help as it gives you some skills that will be applied at Trinidad. Go ahead and take them, including engraving, at Lassen.
Trinidad costs less and you can always find a gunsmithing roommate. It's cheaper than the dorms which require you to sign up for the meal plan. I only had the coffee there and I brown bag it for lunch (I eat at the workbench).
The firearms library is outstanding too.
Vigilantibus et non dormientibus jura subveniunt. Molon Labe!
Last edited by Vanya; March 17, 2013 at 10:48 AM.
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