NRA Gunsmithing


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.

2018 NRA short-term gunsmithing class schedule will be released December 1 2017, and classes are often added if there is enough demand.




2018 NRA Short-Term Gunsmithing Registration


The 2019 schedule will be posted Friday, December 1, 2019 at 8:00 AM.
You may register 1 of 5 ways:

Call 910-898-9671, 910-898-9672, or 910-898-9673.
Requires payment with Visa, Mastercard, Discover, or American Express

Email us at to request a registration form or click here for online form*. Can also be found at
*Please save the form to your computer before completing.

Fax completed Continuing Education registration form with payment to: (910) 576-5162

Visit us in the Continuing Education department located in Blair Hall (Building 100).
Monday-Thursday 8:00 am-5:00 pm. Friday 8:00 am-3:00 pm.

Mail completed Continuing Education registration form with payment to:
Montgomery Community College, Continuing Education 1011 Page Street, Troy, NC 27371.

Refunds: 100% if student withdraws before course begins or if the course is cancelled; 75% if withdrawn after a course begins, but before 10% of the total class meetings.
*MCC reserves the right to cancel a class based on enrollment.

NRA Classes


Montgomery Community College is one of only four schools in the U.S. that are sanctioned by the National Rifle Association (NRA) to offer bonafide NRA Short-Term Gunsmithing classes. The classes are taught by some of the nation’s most celebrated gunsmiths from across the country and around the world. Classes offered range from highly specialized to general interest.



Shooting Fundamentals / Intro to Pistol Shooting
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. Instructor: Gary Byerly Click here for the tool list.
Shooting Fundamentals 10/6 SA 8A-6P $149



AR-15: An Essential Guide for Owners
Our AR15 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. Instructor: Jacob Porter. Click here for the tool list.
AR-15: Essential Guide 11/8-11/9 THF 8A-6P $101.60

Build Your Own: AR-15
This course will supply students with the tools, knowledge, and techniques necessary to assemble a match quality AR-15 from components. Instruction will cover the function of the firearm, steps for proper assembly, tooling necessary for these tasks, and troubleshooting help. Alternate calibers, detailed malfunction diagnosis, and modifications for top-level accuracy and reliability will be discussed at length. Detailed discussion will be devoted to the myriad of aftermarket components available for this platform. Students should take away a thorough understanding of this firearm system. Instructor: Jacob Porter. Click here for the tool list.
Build Your Own: AR-15 8/27-8/31 MTWTHF 8A-6P $201.60

Custom Polymer Grip Stippling
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 3-day class. Students will get to feel and see the difference between factory offerings, and custom professional quality work. Instructor: Olivia Clark. Click here for the tool list.
Custom Polymer Grip Stippling 10/12-10/14 FSASU 8A-6P $175

Introduction to Custom Kydex holsters
The goal of this course is to teach the basics of forming, sanding, shaping and riveting of Kydex thermoform plastic into a usable sheath or holster. Upon completion, students should have a completed Kydex sheath or holster fitted to their personal knife or handgun, and basic knowledge of the materials and techniques used to complete them. Discussion and examples will be provided on different forming presses for molding and recommended tools for at home holster making. Instructor: Sam Tate.
Introduction to Custom Kydex holsters 10/13-10/14 SASU 8A-6P $175




Metal Engraving
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. Instructor: Jesse Houser. Click here for the tool list.
Metal Engraving 7/30-8/10 8A-6P $201.60

Water Transfer Printing " Hydrographics”
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. Instructor: Jay Byrum. Click here for the tool list.
Water Transfer Printing " Hydrographics” 8/13-8/17 TWTHF 8A-6P $201.60



*Full / Waitlisted
This class will focus on the essential aspects of custom 1911 tuning. Tuning the pistol for absolute reliability will be the first priority. Modifications to permit reliable feeding, extraction, and ejection will be performed. Top quality custom trigger work will be examined in detail, and will include an extensive look into hammer and sear geometry. Professional quality sight installations and included machining will be another focal point of the course. Related 1911 topics such as barrel fitting, slide machining, and slide to frame fitting will be discussed if time permits, but will not be performed during the class. Students wishing to install sights should have basic milling machine experience. Instructor: Tim Davis. Click here for the tool list.
1911 Essentials 7/23-7/27 MTWTHF 8A-6P $201.60

Smith and Wesson Double Action Revolver
This course will provide an overview of custom work commonly performed on Smith and Wesson K, L, and N frame revolvers. Action tuning and timing of these revolvers for competition or field use will be examined in detail. Also included in the class is instruction on barrel installation, shortening, and various sight installations. Advanced topics such as caliber conversions and metal finishing theory will be discussed if time permits. Instructor: Mark Dye. Click here for the tool list.
Smith and Wesson Double Action Revolver 8/6-8/10 MTWTHF 8A-6P $201.60

M1A/M1 Garand Accurizing
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. Instructor: Isaac McCaskill. Click here for the tool list.
M1A/M1 Garand Accurizing 9/10-9/14 MTWTHF 8A-6P $201.60



Remington 700 Precision Barreling*Full / Waitlisted
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 is required. Instructor: Len Fagan. Click here for the tool list.
Remington 700 Precision Barreling 7/30-8/3 MTWTHF 8A-6P $399

Alternate Caliber AR Large Chassis*Full / Waitlisted
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 is required. Instructor: Len Fagan. Click here for the tool list.
Alternate Caliber AR Large Chassis 8/6-8/10 MTWTHF 8A-6P $299

Suppressor 101
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 be officially registered in the class.) Lathe experience is required for this class. Instructor: Ronnie Beal. Click here for the tool list.
Suppressor 101 10/12-10/15 FSASUM 8A-6P $201.60

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