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Students can choose from a Gunsmithing degree, diploma or certificate in a daytime or weekend program.

The Gunsmithing curriculum is designed to prepare the student to diagnose malfunctions, determine the best methods of repair, and develop skills in the repair of firearms. Students are taught:

More than two-thirds of class time is spent in the shops applying what you learn in the classroom.

Because of the school’s NRA affiliation, students can take advantage of NRA short-term gunsmithing, knife-making and armorers courses taught by nationally-known experts. Firearms manufacturers such as Smith & Wesson, Sig Arms, Glock, Beretta USA and Sturm Ruger have all brought their armorers schools to the MCC.

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Gunsmithing Diploma



The gunsmithing labs and classrooms comprise 5,400 square feet of student workspace including:

  • Woodworking shop with stock duplicator
  • Machine shops with 7 CNC milling machines (a new one to arrive January 2015), 12 metal lathes (most under 10 years old), surface and pedestal grinders
  • Metal refinishing room with buffers, sanders and immersion bluing, Parkerizing, nickel plating and color case hardening facilities
  • Two spacious classrooms with individual work stations and locker facilities
  • Welding Shop
  • Five-position, 100-yard outdoor firing range for use in test firing, chronographing, reloads and bench rest shooting

The Midway USA Arms Room is endowed through a generous donation from Midway USA. The endowment provides funds for annual updates to the program's firearms inventory, ensuring that students receive instruction on the most comprehensive, up-to-date firearms inventory possible. Recently, the Brownells Labs have been completely refit through donations provided by Brownells, Incorporated. In addition, the Brownells family provides a number of gunsmithing scholarships for the program.

MCC's Gunsmithing instructional staff has a combined total of over 60 years of gunsmithing teaching experience. Students leave the program with 24 custom gunsmithing tools and 3 custom rifles they build themselves including a custom 1911. In addition, students annually travel to the SHOT Show usually held in Las Vegas, and also attend the Brownells Career Fair in Montezuma, Iowa to make career contacts and gather job prospects.

Gunsmithing Department | (910) 576-6222

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Mark Dye

Director, Gunsmithing and NRA Programs

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Len Fagan

Instructor, Gunsmithing

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Matthew Mutarelli

Instructor, Gunsmithing

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MCC has a very good gunsmithing program, giving the students a well-rounded, very diverse knowledge of guns and gun repair. Students are recruited by top gun manufacturers and custom gunsmiths who know about the program.

~ Tim Carrick

Internationally-known Gunsmith


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