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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.

2020 NRA short-term gunsmithing class schedule is posted below. Classes are added throughout the semester so check back often.

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2020 NRA Short-Term Gunsmithing Registration

 

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
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 *(SS) Self-supporting. Tool List
Pistol Shooting Fundamentals | 9/19 | SA | 9A-6P | $160

AR-15 Shooting Fundamentals
This course, taught by a nationally known IDPA and USPSA champion, will focus on the fundamental techniques necessary for fast and accurate AR-15 shooting. The firearms platform that will be focused on will be the AR-15. 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. Instructor: Gary Byerly *(SS) Self-supporting. Tool List 
AR-15 Shooting Fundamentals | 9/20 | SU | 9A-6P | $160

USPSA for Beginners
This course, taught by a nationally known IDPA and USPSA champion, will focus on the fundamental techniques necessary for USPSA competition shooting. This course will be focused on the rules and techniques needed to shoot USPSA. We will discuss and shoot several stage layouts. 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 *(SS) Self-supporting. Tool List
USPSA for Beginners | 10/3 | SA | 9A-6P | $160

Precision Hunter shooting
This great two-day course will be focused on making that critical shot when it counts. Learn from a retired Marine Sniper and Professional deer tracker how best to make that shot. This course will cover basic shooting fundamentals as well as live shooting from many angles and positions. Come learn how to drop that deer every time. Instructor: Jesse Houser. Tool List
Precision Hunter shooting | 8/15-8/16 | SASU | 9A-6P | $146.60

INTRODUCTORY LEVEL CLASSES:

While these classes are listed as introductory, do not mistake the high level of instruction that will be given. This simply means that prior experience is not a requirement.

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 class. Students will get to feel and see the difference between factory offerings, and custom professional quality work. Instructor: Olivia Clark. Tool List
Custom Polymer Grip Stippling | 9/3-9/6 | THFSASU | 9A-6P | $201.60

AR-15 Armorers Course
Our AR15 armorer course is a two day 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 *(SS) Self-supporting. Tool List
AR-15 Armorers Course | 6/6-6/7 | SASU | 9A-6P | $205
AR-15 Armorers Course | 10/3-10/4 | SASU | 9A-6P | $205

Basic Gunsmithing: Shotgun
This course will provide students a unique opportunity for students to learn to apply basic knowledge of the Shotgun function to actual repair projects. Instruction will stress a comprehension of the basics of how Shotguns function on a mechanical level. Students will then be presented with broken firearms exhibiting common problems found within that particular model. This series of exercises will allow a real-world look at the steps of diagnosis and repair under the supervision of a professional gunsmith. Students are encouraged to bring Shotgun repair projects. Instructor: Wayne Coley. Tool List
Basic Gunsmithing: Shotgun | 6/26-6/28 | FSASU | 9A-6P | $146.60

Restoration of Doublegun Stocks and Forends
This course would teach 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. Instructor: Steve Wesbrook. Tool List
Restoration of Doublegun Stocks and Forends | 8/3-8/7 | MTWTHF | 9A-6P | $201.60

Ruger Single Action Revolver
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. Instructor: Hamilton Bowen *(SS) Self-supporting. Tool List
Ruger Single Action Revolver | 8/10-8/14 | MTWTHF | 9A-6P | $399

Basic Gunsmithing: Rifle
This course will provide students a unique opportunity for students to learn to apply basic knowledge of rifle function to actual repair projects. Instruction will stress a comprehension of the basics of how rifles function on a mechanical level. Students will then be presented with broken firearms exhibiting common problems found within that particular model. This series of exercises will allow a real-world look at the steps of diagnosis and repair under the supervision of a professional gunsmith. Students are encouraged to bring rifle repair projects. Instructor: Jacob Porter. Tool List
Basic Gunsmithing: Rifle | 9/4-9/6 | FSASU | 9A-6P | $146.60

Muzzleloader Pistol Build
In this five day class, the student will assemble a pistol from a kit and have a functioning pistol to shoot by the end of class. I recommend starting with one of the two kits offered by Jim Chambers Flitnlocks Ltd.( www.flintlocks.com) A long-barreled Kentucky style or an English style with a shorter barrel is offered for order.The student will learn to inlet the components into the stock, shape the stock and decorate the stock with relief carving. The metalwork will be polished and instruction will be given for bluing or browning the iron parts. Instruction will be given on engraving, relief carving, staining, and finishing to make your pistol truly unique. If the student has a current pistol project underway or a collection of parts they are encouraged to bring them to class for instruction. Instructor: George Suiter *(SS) Self-supporting. Tool List
Muzzleloader Pistol Build | 9/14-9/18 | MTWTH | 9A-6P | $495

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, the 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. A 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. Tool List
Build Your Own: AR-15 | 12/4-12/6 | FSASU | 9A-6P | $146.60

RELOADING CLASSES:

Handloading for Precision Rifle
This course will provide techniques for rifle reloading success, whether the goal is the production of more accurate hunting hand loads, long-range precision ammunition, or benchrest quality loads. Techniques and equipment will be discussed. Ammunition will be loaded, and then tested on the range. Results will be analyzed and changes applied to loads to be re-tested for improvements in accuracy and consistency. Instructor: Frank Stephenson. Tool List
Handloading for Precision Rifle | 10/26-10/30 | MTWTHF | 9A-6P | $201.60

Firearms Finishing:

Basic Painted Finishes
Spend a weekend at MCC learning the basics of the most popular firearms finish available in the industry, Cerakote. Topics will include surface preparation, application procedures, curing, and post-application treatment, as well as reassembly of the finished products. Students will supply their own firearm and Cerakote colors. Students are encouraged to choose firearms that are typically simpler for disassembly and reassembly like Glock pistols, AR-15 pattern rifles, and pump shotguns like the Remington 870 or Mossberg 500. Instructor: Jacob Porter *(SS) Self-supporting. Tool List
Basic Painted Finishes | 6/13-6/14 | SASU | 9A-6P | $205

Restoration of Fluid-Steel and Demascus-Steel Shotgun Barrels
This course would teach 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. Instructor: Steve Wesbrook. Tool List
Restoration of Fluid-Steel and Demascus-Steel Shotgun Barrels | 7/27-7/31 | MTWTHF | 9A-6P | $201.60

Stencil Painted Finishes
Spend a weekend at MCC learning the more advanced techniques of the most popular firearms finish available in the industry, Cerakote. Topics will include stencil application, Stencil creation, camouflage patterns, battle-worn and other techniques. Students will supply their own firearm and Cerakote colors. Students are encouraged to choose firearms that are typically simpler for disassembly and reassembly like Glock pistols, AR-15 pattern rifles, and pump shotguns like the Remington 870 or Mossberg 500. Instructor: Jacob Porter *(SS) Self-supporting. Tool List
Stencil Painted Finishes | 8/22-8/23 | SASU | 9A-6P | $205

Hydrographics: Water Transfer Printing
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 *(SS) Self-supporting. Tool List
Hydrographics: Water Transfer Printing | 10/2-10/4 | FSASU | 9A-6P | $146.60

Painted Finishes: Open Lab
The goal of this class is to give a student who has learned the basic skills access to the equipment needed to apply Cerakote. An experienced instructor will be present if a question arises or guidance is needed but no formal lectures will be held. Only good old fashioned shop time. Think of this class as a Cerkote play zone for the weekend. If you want to try it, take a shot at it. Students will supply their own firearms, stencils and Cerakote colors. To take this course students must have one of the following: Completed the basic painted finishes class, completed the Stencil painted finishes or be a student or recent alumni of the MCC Gunsmithing degree program. Instructor: Jacob Porter *(SS) Self-supporting. Tool List
Painted Finishes: Open Lab | 10/17-10/18 | SASU | 9A-6P | $205

ADVANCED CLASSES I:

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

Tactical Shotgun / 3 Gun Shotgun
Many people still appreciate the usefulness and flexibility a shotgun provides for tactical defense & 3-gun sporting competitions. Popular modifications for both overlap in many areas. Subjects will include: sight mods, opening up of the loading gate, barrel work to include lengthening forcing cone, back boring, choke installation and porting. Stock replacement, magazine extension, side saddle, match saver, & other accessories installation. Models focused on will be Rem 870, Versa Max, 1187, Mossberg 500/590, Mossberg 930, Benelli(s) and any others. Instructor: Jacob Porter. Tool List
Tactical Shotgun / 3 Gun Shotgun | 9/18-9/20 | FSASU | 9A-6P | $146.60

ADVANCED CLASSES II:

(Machining experience is required for the following classes.)

Custom 1911 Pistol Build Class (10 DAYS)
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 that 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. Instructor: Tim Davis *(SS) Self-supporting. Tool List
Custom 1911 Pistol Build Class (10 DAYS) | 8/3-8/14 | MTWTHF | 9A-6P | $699
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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 *(SS) Self-supporting. Tool List
Suppressor 101 | 10/9-10/13 | FSASUMT | 9A-6P | $399

Specific age restrictions apply. 

*(SS) Self supporting classes are non-refundable except in the case of cancellation by the college.

Knife Making:

Tommy McNabb Knifemaking Scholarship - This scholarship provides $200 per class for a student who enrolls in a knifemaking class with an expressed financial need. Recipients must demonstrate an interest in knifemaking by individual study to the point at which they are ready for formal training. Contact the Continuing Education Office for an application at masons@montgomery.edu or call 910-898-9672.

Basic Knife Sharpening
Learn how to properly sharpen and maintain your knife blades by hand using sharpening stones. This hands-on class will cover straight and serrated edges, honing and edge angles. There is no tool requirement for this class. Just bring your knives!!! Instructor: Jones Brothers *(SS) Self-supporting. Tool List
Basic Knife Sharpening | 9/19 | SA | 9A-6P | $140.60

Advanced Knife Making 103
This class will cover more advanced methods of custom fixed blade knife making to include advanced grinding techniques and advanced handle installation including hidden tang. All materials for the class project will be provided. Class open to all levels of experience. Some knowledge of knife making or having taken basic knife making 101 and intermediate knife making 102 helpful although not required. Students will finish a completed knife. Instructor: Ed and Tanya VanHoy *(SS) Self-supporting. Tool List
Advanced Knife Making 103 | 5/7-5/10 | THFSASU | 9A-6P | $356.60

Basic Folding Knife
This class will cover the basic design and construction of a frame lock folding knife with exposed pivots. All materials for the class will be provided. Class is open to all levels of experience. Some knowledge of knife making or other classes in knife making helpful but not required. Students will finish a completed folding knife. Instructor: Ed and Tanya VanHoy *(SS) Self-supporting. Tool List
Basic Folding Knife | 9/3-9/6 | THFSASU | 9A-6P | $356.60

D-Guard Bowie Knife
A “D Guard” Bowie was the traditional short sword carried by many confederate troops during the American Civil War. So-called because the closed handguard is shaped like a D, it is a large fighting Bowie featuring a blade about 16 or more inches long. While there are many manufactured versions, there are also many other versions made by local blacksmiths. Making a D Guard Bowie is a good project for someone new to bladesmithing. During the class, students will hammer out, harden and finish a blade and fashion and fit a steel guard and wooden handle. Instructor: John Hege *(SS) Self-supporting. Tool List
D-Guard Bowie Knife | 9/11-9/13 | FSASU | 9A-6P | $316.60

Advanced Folding Knife
This class will cover the design and construction of a knife consisting of more advanced parts including the use of hidden pivots, bolsters, and liners. The class will be open to all levels of experience. All materials will be provided for the class, some knowledge of knife making helpful but not required. Students will finish a completed folding knife. Instructor: Ed and Tanya VanHoy *(SS) Self-supporting. Tool List
Advanced Folding Knife | 10/1-10/4 | THFSASU | 9A-6P | $366.60

Mokume Gane: Precious Metal Damascus
Students will learn the ancient technique of Mokune Gane: Fusing together of layers of copper, silver, and nickel to create a billet of decorative Mokune. The Mokune is used for jewelry, knife guards and bolsters. Learn proper cleaning, fusing, and forge-welding techniques as well as patterning and design. Instructor: Jones Brothers *(SS) Self-supporting. Tool List
Mokume Gane: Precious Metal Damascus | 10/9-10/11 | FSASU | 9A-6P | $268.60

Viking Long Beard Axe
In this class I will demonstrate how to make a Viking Bearded Ax. Each student will forge weld their ax from mild steel with a steel cutting edge. Then they will forge the ax to shape, do the initial grind and heat treat. Finish grinding and fitting a handle will be the final steps to a finished ax. Instructor: Tim Scholl. Tool List
Viking Long Beard Axe | 11/13-11/15 | FSASU | 9A-6P | $286.60

Christmas Knife Making
Just in time for a great Christmas Gift! MCC is proud to present our annual tradition of the Christmas Knife class with the legendary Ed Vanhoy. In this class, you will learn how to complete a knife from scratch including how to make a custom leather sheath. Students will design, shape, heat treat, cut custom grips, hollow grind, polish, and sheath their own knives. Whether the class is a present for a loved one, a chance to make a present for a loved one, or just a present for yourself you can’t beat this annual tradition. All Materials will be provided. Instructor: Ed and Tanya VanHoy *(SS) Self-supporting. Tool List
Christmas Knife Making | 12/3-12/6 | THFSASU | 9A-6P | $375

Farrier Rasp Knife Making
In this class, I will demonstrate how to make a knife from a farrier’s rasp. I will discuss and demonstrate both methods (stock removal and forging) and let each student decide which method they prefer to make their knife. Grinding, heat treatment and handle finish will be covered and each student will leave with a finished knife. Instructor: Tim Scholl *(SS) Self-supporting. Tool List
Farrier Rasp Knife Making | 12/10-12/12 | THFSA | 9A-6P | $276.60

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