NRA Gunsmithing

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Montgomery Community College is one of four schools in the nation to offer NRA approved, affiliated short-term gunsmithing courses. Classes are taught by nationally and internationally known gunsmiths and craftsmen who share their expertise in courses from basic to advanced techniques. Most classes combine a hands-on and lecture format and range from three days to two weeks in length. MCC also offers a two-year associate degree program in Gunsmithing. Discover more about our quality facilities, experienced instructors, and comprehensive curriculum by clicking here.

2019 NRA short-term gunsmithing class schedule will be released December 10, 2018, and classes are often added if there is enough demand.

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2018 NRA Short-Term Gunsmithing Registration

 

The 2019 schedule will be posted Monday, December 10, 2018 at 8:00 AM.

Registration by credit card may be made online (click for instructions)

Or download and complete a registration form and

  • Call 910-898-9672 with your complete registration and credit card information OR
  • Email completed registration form and credit card information to nra-registration@montgomery.edu OR
  • Fax completed registration form and credit card information to 910-576-5162 OR
  • Mail completed registration form with payment to: MCC, Attn: ConEd Registration, 1011 Page Street, Troy, NC 27371 OR
  • Visit us in the NC Works Career Center / Workforce Development Center located adjacent to Blair Hall (Bldg. 100) Monday through Thursday, 8 AM - 5 PM or Friday, 8 AM - 3 PM.

Refunds: No refunds will be made for classes with a self-supporing (SS) designation. Self-supporting classes are non-refundable except in the case of cancellation by Montgomery Community College. Classes without a self-supporting designation are eligible for a full refund if the registrant withdraws prior to the class start date. Partial refunds may be made up to the 10% point of class meeting hours. Please click here to view Montgomery Community College's Continuing Education Refund Policy.

NRA Classes

NRA GUNSMITHING

For information about the NRA short-term gunsmithing classes please contact Alex Williams at 910-898-9744 or email williamsa4158@montgomery.edu.

SHOOTING INSTRUCTION:

Pistol Shooting Fundamentals with Gary Byerly (SS)*
Capacity: 12
This course, taught by a nationally-known IDPA and USPSA champion, will focus on the fundamental techniques necessary for fast and accurate handgun shooting. Topics will include proper grip, stance, sight alignment, and trigger control. Other topics such as drawing from a holster, performing magazine changes, and controlling recoil will be discussed at length.
Pistol Shooting Fundamentals | 7/12, or 10/11 | F | 9 AM - 6 PM | $149
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Carbine Shooting Fundamentals with Gary Byerly (SS)*
Capacity: 12
This course, taught by a nationally known IDPA and USPSA champion, will focus on the fundamental techniques necessary for fast and accurate carbine shooting. The firearms platforms that will be focused on will be AR-15, AR-10, AK-47 and AK-74 style carbines. Topics will include proper grip, stance, sight alignment, and trigger control. Other topics such as rifle manipulation, performing magazine changes, and controlling recoil will be discussed at length.
Carbine Shooting Fundamentals | 7/13, or 10/12 | SA | 9 AM - 6 PM | $149
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*(SS) Self supporting classes are non-refundable except in the case of cancellation by the college.

INTRODUCTORY LEVEL CLASSES:

 AR-15 Armorer Course with Jacob Porter (SS)*
Capacity: 16
Our AR-15 armorer course is a comprehensive course covering the assembly/disassembly, cycle of operations, nomenclature, gas system, barrel twist and length, barrel replacement, aftermarket parts and modifications, ballistic issues, brands, cleaning and maintenance, sights/optics, headspace, firing pin protrusion, along with service and repair of the AR15 platform.
AR-15 Armorer Course | 9/7-9/8 | SASU | 9 AM - 6 PM | $205
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Basic Stock Checkering with Tim Carrick
Capacity: 12
Learn layout and hand-cutting of a standard point pattern stock checkering. Topics will include layout and hand-cutting of a fleur-de-lis pattern and recutting of existing patterns including stamped checkering. Repair of damaged checkering, as well as staining and finishing of completed checkering, will be examined.
Basic Stock Checkering | 7/22-7/26 | MTWTHF | 9 AM - 6 PM | $201.60
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Basic Gunsmithing Tool Making | 7/22-7/26 | MTWTHF | 9 AM - 6 PM | $201.60

AK-47 Build with Mark Krebs (SS)*
Capacity: 12
The focus of this course is the most popular and widespread rifle in the world; The AK pattern rifle. Students will build, Modify and Accurize an AK47 rifle. Theory and common malfunctions will be expounded upon. Learn tips and tricks to build the best AK you can from one of the most prominent AK builders in America! AK parts kits will be provided with the price of the class. Students must provide an FFL to ship the receiver to and be able to pass an ATF 4473.
AK47 Build | 8/5-8/9 | MTWTHF | 9 AM - 6 PM | $1200

Ruger Single Action Revolver with Hamilton Bowen (SS)*
Capacity: 12
Basic tuning theory, troubleshooting, simple custom modifications, and related metalworking techniques will be demonstrated and performed. This class is geared toward popular Ruger single-action revolvers. While the course is based on revolvers for field use, some alterations for other uses will be discussed as well.
Ruger Single Action Revolver | 8/12-8/16 | TWTHFSA | 9 AM - 6 PM | $399
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Restoration of Doublegun Stocks and Forends with Steve Wesbrook
Capacity: 12
This course teaches the proper procedures to repair and refinish the wood on double-barrel shotguns. The instructor will guide the students through the complete process of disassembly of the gun into major components, removing old finish, drawing out damaging petroleum-based oils, sanding and steaming out dents and scratches, making necessary repairs, cleaning out old checking, applying a hand-rubbed stock-oil finish, and refitting the metal parts into the wood. The instructor will demonstrate the process at each step and assist the students on their individual projects. Using pictures of damaged stocks and forends, the instructor will show students the repair process for the most common problems encountered with the wood on vintage double shotguns. He will thereafter assist students in the repair of the specific problems with their guns.
Restoration of Doublegun Stocks and Forends | 8/12-8/16 | MTWTHF | 9 AM - 6 PM | $201.60
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Custom Polymer Grip Stippling with Olivia Clark
Capacity: 12
Learn how to professionally stipple polymer framed handguns. Instruction will include creating features like hard borders, undercuts, polishing, engraving and developing your own patterns. You will learn how to properly stipple by learning how to remove old texture, cutting in lines (hard borders), removing material on the trigger guard and polishing it beyond factory smooth to a mirrored finish. Everything that separates a novice stippler from a professional will be addressed in this 2-day class. Students will get to feel and see the difference between factory offerings, and custom professional quality work.
Custom Polymer Grip Stippling | 10/11-10/15 | TWTHFSA  | 9 AM - 6 PM | $201.60
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*(SS) Self supporting classes are non-refundable except in the case of cancellation by the college.

RELOADING CLASSES:

 Bullet Casting with Pat Weaver (SS)*
Capacity: 12
This course will provide an in-depth look at the processes of casting lead bullets. Selection of molds and alloys, bullet styles, safety practices, and casting procedures will be covered exhaustively. Students will learn to cast their own lead bullets in a safe, professional manner in a controlled environment.
Bullet Casting | 10/11-10/13 | FSASU | 9 AM - 6 PM | $230
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Basic Rifle Reloading with Billy Athay
Capacity: 12
The basis of this class will be to expound upon the reloading curriculum included within the Gunsmithing Program at MCC. In simple terms, this class will serve as instruction and practice in developing and perfecting a “load” catered specifically to each student’s individual rifle. The class will include a basic understanding of reloading terminology and practices, as well as the more intricate details and tooling associated with creating ammunition and perfecting a specific cartridge/projectile combination to best suit the student’s rifle.
Basic Rifle Reloading | 7/29 - 8/2 | MTWTHF | 9 AM - 6 PM | $201.60
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*(SS) Self supporting classes are non-refundable except in the case of cancellation by the college.

FIREARMS FINISHING:

 Metal Engraving with Jesse Houser
Capacity: 12
This class is designed for beginning, intermediate and advanced engravers using traditional hammer and chisel, bruin, and power assist tools. Students will be exposed to a variety of current engraving tools and techniques. This ten-day class will be taught at an individual level. Students are supplied with an engraving vice and workbench but are required to bring additional tools, supplies, and projects.
Metal Engraving | 7/22-8/2 | MTWTHF | 9 AM - 6 PM | $256.60
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Restoration of Fluid-steel and Damascus-steel Shotgun Barrels with Steve Wesbrook
Capacity: 12
This course teaches the proper procedures to recondition barrels of side-by-side shotguns, including fluid steel and Damascus steel barrels.  Approximately half the time would be spent on metal preparation, including correct procedures for filing and sanding to base metal; raising dents; removing pits from the exterior of barrels; honing bores; and, as desired, opening chokes. The remainder of the course time would be focused on using the slow-rust-blue process to refinish fluid steel barrels, and for Damascus steel barrels the traditional process of bluing (or browning) and etching.  As time permits, the Belgian rust-blue process may also be taught.
Restoration of Fluid-steel and Demascus-steel Shotgun Barrels | 8/5-8/9 | MTWTHF | 9 AM - 6 PM | $201.60

Water Transfer Printing "Hydrographics” with Jay Byrum
Capacity: 12
This course will cover all the basics and techniques necessary to produce professional quality hydrographic coatings on firearms. Topics will include an introduction to the water transfer process, sample exercises, surface preparation. Further instruction will cover the actual dipping process, top coatings, and finishing options. Advanced techniques such as masking, touch-up, and double dipping will also be covered. Students will provide projects for coating.
Water Transfer Printing "Hydrographics” | 8/5-8/9 | MTWTHF | 9 AM - 6 PM | $201.60
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*(SS) Self supporting classes are non-refundable except in the case of cancellation by the college.

ADVANCED CLASSES I:

(Machining experience not required for these classes but a working knowledge of the subject matter is helpful.)

M1A/M1 Garand Accurizing with Isaac McCaskill
Capacity: 12
This class will provide the information necessary to build a national match grade M1A or M1 Garand. Re-barreling, trigger jobs, stock bedding, as well as gas system and sight modifications will all be examined in detail.
M1A/M1 Garand Accurizing | 8/12-8/16 | MTWTHF | 9 AM - 6 PM | $201.60
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ADVANCED CLASSES II:

(Machining experience is required for the following classes.)

Factory Bolt Action Accurization with Ryan Flynn (SS)*
Capacity: 12
This course will explore procedures that can be used to improve the accuracy of factory Remington Model 700 rifles.  Students’ factory rifles will be shot to establish a basis of accuracy.  The rifles will then be subjected to a battery of accurizing techniques and re-shot to measure improvement. Topics will include setting back and re-chambering of factory barrels, action truing, crowning, bedding, scope mounting, and trigger tuning.
Lathe experience is required for this class.
Factory Bolt Action Accurization | 7/22-7/26 | MTWTHF | 9 AM - 6 PM | $399
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Remington 700 Precision Barreling with Len Fagan (SS)*
Capacity: 9
Learn how to build a precision Remington 700 (or 700 clone) barreled action. Receiver truing, bolt truing, barrel chambering, barrel fitting, and muzzle crowning will be fully covered. The student will chamber their match barrel utilizing the “through the lathe headstock” method. Upon completion, their barreled action will be shot for accuracy. Loaner chassis will be available.
Working knowledge of the metal lathe and mill are required.
Remington 700 Precision Barreling | 7/29-8/2 | MTWTHF | 9 AM - 6 PM | $499 
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Alternate Caliber AR Large Chassis with Len Fagan (SS)*
Capacity: 10
This course details large chassis AR-10/LR-308 rifle alternate caliber conversions such as .243, 6.5 Creedmoor and .358 Winchester. Precision barrel chambering, proper assembly and gas tuning will be fully covered. Upon completion, the student will have fully machined their barrel and assembled a functioning rifle that has been range tested.
Working knowledge of the metal lathe and mill are required.
Alternate Caliber AR Large Chassis | 8/5-8/9 | MTWTHF | 9 AM - 6 PM | $449 
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Custom 1911 Pistol Build Class with Tim Davis (SS)*
Capacity: 12
In this 10-day class, students will be guided through the entire process of building their own precision 1911 type pistol. Students will receive instruction in techniques, procedures, proper use of tools/jigs and theory required to build an exceptionally reliable and accurate 1911 pistol.  They will then apply these methods, under supervision, to build their pistol. Class lectures will cover troubling shooting and in-depth discussions on the function and the why of specific methods and modifications of the 1911 pistol.  At the end of the course, each student will have built and test fired their 1911 pistol and will have been provided various informational papers and a build checklist.  Students will be required to purchase a “kit” provided by the instructor.  This kit will provide all the parts required, less sights and grips, in order to keep the class instruction standardize and to prevent excessive time spent fixing and modifying substandard parts.  The parts in the kit will be sourced from several quality manufacturers and will include a Nighthawk frame, slide, and Kart Precision barrel. Students will receive a letter which details options and procedures for ordering and payment for their kit.  Out-of-state residents will be required to coordinate with an FFL in their state of residence to receive and transfer the frame to them.  The instructor will provide the kits at cost plus NC sales tax.
Custom 1911 Pistol Build | 8/5-9 & 8/12-16 | MTWTHF | 9 AM - 6 PM | $699 
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Suppressor 101 with Ronnie Beal (SS)*
Capacity: 12
This class will take students through the necessary steps to build their own legal suppressor. A 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 have the opportunity to build a legal suppressor.
IMPORTANT: Students must have an approved ATF Form 1 in order to register for this class.
Lathe experience is required.
Suppressor 101 | 10/11-10/15 | FSASUMT | 9 AM - 6 PM | $399
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*(SS) Self supporting classes are non-refundable except in the case of cancellation by the college.

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