Gunsmithing

Gunsmithing

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

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: Machine shop - including tooling and blueprinting, metal finishing and refinishing,firearm diagnostics and repair, stock making and finishing, custom firearms manufacturing, and laws and regulations governing firearms and businesses.

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

Because of the school’s NRA affiliation, students can take advantage of NRA short-term gunsmithing 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 MCC.

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

  • Woodworking shop
  • Machine shops with 8 milling machines (one CNC and 7 Bridgeport type), 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 and professional 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 held in Las Vegas, and also attend the Brownells Career Fair in Montezuma, Iowa to make career contacts and gather job prospects.

Gunsmithing Tool Cost List

 

Select any Option below to see a step-by-step guide to program completion, admissions, costs, financial aid, and more.

ACHR Technology PROGRAM OPTIONS
PROGRAM OPTIONS REQUIRED HOURS GAINFUL EMPLOYMENT
Associate in Applied Science Degree 76 semester hours  N/A
Diploma 42 semester hours Gainful Employment
Basic Gunsmithing Certificate 17 semester hours N/A
Gunsmithing Design & Repair Certificate 16 semester hours N/A
Gunsmithing Technology Certificate 18 semester hours N/A
Gunsmithing Refinishing Certificate 12 Semester hours N/A
 

FACULTY

Dye, Mark
Dye, Mark

Director, Gunsmithing and
NRA Programs

Coley, Wayne
Coley, Wayne

Instructor, Gunsmithing

Fagan, Leonard
Fagan, Leonard

Instructor, Gunsmithing

Mutarelli, Matthew
Mutarelli, Matthew

Instructor, Gunsmithing