Our students learn Gunsmithing through the repair of customer firearms in the largest Gunsmithing shop in the U.S. In our gunsmithing courses we use hands-on teaching methods refined over nearly 70 years.
|Drill Press Operation
Hand Tools & Uses
The “Bluing” Process
Recoil Pad Fitting
Blue Print Reading
Grinding, Sanding, Polishing
Cycle of Operations
|Tool Bit Grinding
Use of Firearms
Course Objective: This course is the crux of the program comprising 44% of the total program hours. Design and Function refers to diagnostics and repair of customer firearms. The classroom segment includes conversions of military to civilian firearms, specialty tool development, and trigger assemblies. During this course students learn the practical application of Gunsmithing skills. Students are required to troubleshoot, diagnose, and repair per customer order 30 firearms from the gun shop (students can bring up to 8 of their own guns in to count toward the 30).
Students are also required to do a specialization project of a minimum of 100 hours. This is an opportunity for students to specialize in their particular area of interest. The student can choose their project as long as it is gun related, legal, safe, and school supported. The cost of the project(s) is the student's responsibility.
CNC MACHINING (Lab fee $800)
This 90-hour (three-week) course is a specialization elective and covers basic CNC machining practices on common, industry-type CNC machines. The student will learn programing on CNC mills and lathes. Set-up, fixtures, job planning, advanced machine practices including expanded understanding of speeds and feeds, and machine operations are covered. The student will be introduced to Mastercam Cad Cam software and be required to complete a project from the design stage to final machining and assembly. The objective of the course is to acquaint students with CNC practices they will be exposed to in the firearms industry.
Not all students will qualify to take Introduction to CNC Machining. Students must have a minimum of 100 hours of specialization time available. Preference is then given based on attendance, overall GPA and machine shop GPA. There are six seats available per three-week course.
TIG WELDING (No lab fee)
This 60-hour (two-week) project is a specialization elective. The student will learn basic techniques for welding steel, stainless steel and aluminum, with an emphasis on welding gun parts.
|Design and Function
|Special Hand Tools
|Shop and Lab Hours
Total Program Hours
Associate of Occupational Studies Degree in Gunsmithing
The AOS Degree is not designed for credits to transfer to another college. It is up to an individual college what credits they will accept.