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NRA Short Term Courses

Short-Term Gunsmithing, Knife Making, & Law Enforcement Armorer School

Welcome to Montgomery Community College's NRA Short Term Courses. Our courses are taught by nationally and internationally known gunsmiths, armorers and craftsmen who share their expertise in courses ranging from basic to advanced techniques. Most courses combine a hands-on and lecture format and range from three days to two weeks in length.

The college requires all students to complete and sign a registration form to take any class. You can access a registration form online by clicking the Registration Form icon on the right hand side of this page under the menu. You may either fax the form to (910) 576-5162 or mail it to Montgomery Community College Continuing Education Department, 1011 Page Street, Troy, NC  27371.

Questions or inquiries may be directed to the MCC Continuing Education Department (910) 576-6222, extension 255.


orangeRegistration for 2015 NRA Gunsmithing will begin on November 1, 2014.

Also, see information about our curriculum degree, diploma, and certificate Gunsmithing program.

Directions to MCC



Access tool lists by clicking on the link in the course description, or CLICK HERE for all tool lists. (Tool lists will be available as we receive them from the instructors.)

Due to the high demand for firearms and related products, we highly recommend you order supplies for your courses as soon as possible.


Suppressor 101: Ronnie Beal- FULL/WAITLISTED

Oct. 11-14 (Sat-Tues)

Cost $125 plus $60 supply fee

This class will provide students with the necessary steps to build their own legal suppressor.  A large portion of class time will be devoted to laws and regulations regarding suppressors and other NFA items.  Suppressor design theory will be explored in detail. Students will then build a legal suppressor.  Students MUST have an approved ATF form 1 prior to the class in order to legally build the suppressor! Lathe experience is required for this class.






Custom Folding Knives    FULL/WAITLISTED

Ed Van Hoy

August 28-31, 2014 (Th-Su)

Cost: $375

Design and craft a custom liner-lock folding knife. The instructor will show the basic principles and methods of construction required to make a folding knife. Design, machine work, drilling, tapping, grinding the blade and finishing will be covered. Each student will complete a knife using both machine shop and common hand tools.


Basic Knifemaking

Travis Daniel

September 18-21, 2014 (Th-Su)


October 30-November 2, 2014 (Th-Su)

Cost: $375

Learn knife-making by designing and making a knife under the guidance of the instructor. Each student will grind, heat and finish a knife using the stock removal method. This class is for beginners and intermediates who want to perfect their knifemaking talents. Each student will complete a knife.


Damascus Steel

Bill Wiggins

September 25-28, 2014 (Th-Su)

Cost: $375

In this course for beginners, students will learn the basics of making Damascus steel. This project-driven class will cover selecting steel that will make a good pattern, making a billet, using flux, welding by hand, pattern manipulation, and etching. Each student should complete at least one Damascus Blade, heat treat, etch, and final finish. If time allows more complex patterns and techniques can be demonstrated.


Forged Tomahawks

Tim Scholl

October 24-26, 2014 (Fri-Su)

Cost: $375

Learn to make adorned tomahawks using traditional forging, heat-treating, and handle finishing methods. Students will complete a tomahawk by the end of the course.


Introduction to Tactical Knife-Making

Barry and Phillip Jones

November 13-16, 2014 (Th-Su)

Cost $375

Learn fixed-blade design using the basic principles and methods of knife construction, including how to grind and heat-treat knife blades, as well as fitting and finishing handles.


Making Leather Sheathes

Travis Daniel

December 4-7, 2014 (Th-Su)

Cost $375

Every knife needs a good carry system. Design, cut out, and fit a leather sheath to an existing knife. Students should bring a finished knife for which the custom sheath will be designed.



The core area of concentration of this class will be primarily on the 6.5 Grendel and .300 Blackout. Students can expect to learn the steps necessary to achieve a professional rifle build, from conception through final assembly to the range. Basic machining skills are a must for this class; reamers, gauges and other necessary tools will be provided.

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