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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.

2022 NRA short-term gunsmithing class schedule is posted below. Classes are added throughout the semester so check back often.

2022 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 – 12 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

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

NRA Classes

NRA Classes

NRA 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.

AR-15 Armorer’s Course (SS)
This AR-15 armorer’s course is a two day comprehensive course covering the operation and maintenance of this popular platform. Topics of discussion will include 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. Instructor: Josh Needham or Len Fagan
AR-15 Armorer’s Course | 6/4-6/5 | SASU | 9AM-6PM |$205
AR-15 Armorer’s Course | 8/6-8/7 | SASU | 9AM-6PM |$205

Basic Gunsmithing: Pistol
This course provides instruction on mechanical function and theory of handgun operation, then apply this knowledge to real-world examples. Instruction will stress a comprehension of the basics of how pistols 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 practical look at the steps of diagnosis and repair under the supervision of a professional gunsmith. Students are encouraged to bring pistol repair projects. Instructor: Josh Needham
Basic Gunsmithing: Pistol | 5/13-5/15 | FSASU | 9AM-6PM | $201.60

Basic Gunsmithing: Rifle
This course provides instruction on the mechanical function of basic rifle systems. This knowledge will then be applied to practical repair examples. Instruction will stress a comprehension of the basics of how rifles function on a mechanical level. Students will 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
Basic Gunsmithing: Rifle | 6/24-6/26 | FSASU | 9AM-6PM | $201.60

Basic Gunsmith Tool Making
This course serves as an intermediate level machining class that improves student’s skills on lathes and mills, while also making useful gunsmithing tools and fixtures. Instruction will include lathe and mill techniques as well as tool uses. Students will be given access to MCC’s large tooling blue print collection as well as being able to reverse engineer some common tools and fixtures. Basic lathe and milling machine skills are required. Instructor: Jacob Porter
Basic Gunsmith Tool Making | 7/25-7/29 | MTWTHF | 9AM-6PM | $201.60

Restoration of Doublegun Stocks and Forends
This course includes instruction on the proper procedures to repair and refinish wooden stocks on double-barrel shotguns. Students will be guided through the 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 checkering, applying a hand-rubbed stock-oil finish, and refitting the metal parts into the wood. Photos of damaged stocks will be analyzed to highlight the appropriate repair processes for various projects. Demonstrations of repair techniques and repairs of specific student project firearms will be key practical exercises. Instructor: Steve Wesbrook
Restoration of Doublegun Stocks and Forends | 8/1-8/5 | MTWTHF | 9AM-6PM | $201.60

Basic Firearms Cleaning and Maintenance 
This 2 day 8 hour class will cover both the theory and practical application of basic firearms cleaning and maintenance. Students are encouraged to bring personal projects, but demonstration firearms will also be provided. Class will cover basic cleaning and maintenance of common systems including but not limited to; AR-15 type rifles, other semi auto rifles, bolt action rifles, semi Auto handguns, revolvers and shotguns. Students will however be expected to provide basic cleaning supplies such as: brushes/jags/etc, patches, solvents, oil, cleaning rod/pull-through bore snakes. Instructor: Josh Needham
Basic Firearms Cleaning and Maintenance | 8/13-8/14 | SASU | 9AM-6PM | $146.60

Basic Gunsmithing: Shotgun
This course provides instruction on mechanical function and theory of shotgun operation, then apply this knowledge to real-world examples. Instruction will stress a comprehension of the basics of shotgun 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 practical look at the steps of diagnosis and repair under the supervision of a professional gunsmith. Students are encouraged to bring shotgun repair projects. Instructor: Tim Sheffield
Basic Gunsmithing: Shotgun | 9/16-9/18 | THFSA | 9AM-6PM | $201.60

Basic Scope Mounting and Sight In
This class thoroughly covers scope and optics terminology and equipment, as well as multiple methods for accurately and consistently mounting optics to rifles or shotguns. No materials are required, however students are encouraged to bring in a rifle, with a scope mounted or a rifle with a scope, base and rings separate to practice mounting and setup of the optic. Once mounted, the rifles will be shot on the MCC range to establish proper sight-in. Instructor: Billy Athay
Basic Scope Mounting and Sight In | 10/1 | SA | 9AM-6PM | $146.60

Build Your Own: AR-15
This course supplies students with the tools, knowledge, and techniques necessary to assemble a match quality AR-15 from components. Instruction will cover 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
Build Your Own: AR-15 | 12/9-12/11 | FSASU | 9AM-6PM | $201.60

Firearms Finishing Classes

Basic Painted Finishes (SS)
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. In order to maximize the emphasis on the coating process, students are encouraged to choose firearms that allow simpler disassembly and reassembly. Glock pistols, AR-15 pattern rifles, and pump shotguns like the Remington 870 or Mossberg 500 are good examples. Instructor: Ian Byerly
Basic Painted Finishes | 6/25-6/26 | SASU | 9AM-6PM | $205

Restoration of Fluid-Steel and Demascus-Steel Shotgun Barrels
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. Damascus steel barrels will receive the traditional process of bluing (or browning) and etching. As time permits, the Belgian rust-blue process may also be taught. Instructor: Steve Wesbrook
Restoration Steel Shotgun Barrels | 7/25-7/29 | MTWTHF | 9AM-6PM | $201.60

Stencil Painted Finishes (SS)
Spend a weekend at MCC learning 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” finishes, and other techniques. Students will supply their own firearm and Cerakote colors. In order to maximize the emphasis on the coating process, students are encouraged to choose firearms that allow simpler disassembly and reassembly. Glock pistols, AR-15 pattern rifles, and pump shotguns like the Remington 870 or Mossberg 500 are good examples. Instructor: Ian Byerly
Stencil Painted Finishes | 9/17-9/18 | SASU | 9AM-6PM | $205

Reloading Classes

Rifle Load Development
This class offers an exhaustive coverage of rifle cartridge anatomy, terminology, and reloading practices. The ultimate goal of this course is to provide students the knowledge and ability to tailor accurately reloaded cartridges to their individual rifle. Multiple techniques will be utilized to produce accurate, safe, and consistent reloads. This class will also include range time and 100 yard accuracy testing; so please bring in a rifle with a scope, eye and ear protection, and any shooting accessories you will need. Please refer to course materials list for tools and component requirements. Instructor: Billy Athay
Rifle Load Development | 7/19-7/23 | TWTHFSA | 9AM-6PM | $201.60

NRA Shooting Instruction Classes

Pistol Shooting Fundamentals (SS)
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 include proper grip, stance, sight alignment, trigger control, drawing from a holster, performing magazine changes, and controlling recoil. Instructor: Gary Byerly
Pistol Shooting Fundamentals | 10/1 | SA | 9AM-6PM | $160

AR-15 Shooting fundamentals (SS)
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 include proper grip, stance, sight alignment, trigger control, rifle manipulation, performing magazine changes, and controlling recoil. Instructor: Gary Byerly
AR-15 Shooting fundamentals | 10/2 | SU | 9AM-6PM | $160

NRA Advanced Classes I

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

NRA Advanced Classes II

(Machining experience is required for the following classes.)

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

Bolt Action Precision Barreling (SS)
Learn how to build a precision bolt action 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, barreled actions will be shot for accuracy. Loaner chassis will be available for Remington 700 long and short action. Instructor: Len Fagan
*Please contact the Instructor for approval required on action types and rifle builds.
*Proficiency of the metal lathe and mill is required.
Bolt Action Precision Barreling | 8/3-8/7 | WTHFSASU | 9AM-6PM | $499

Custom 1911 Pistol Build Class (10 DAYS) (SS)
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 a FFL in their state of residence to receive and transfer the frame to them. The instructor will proved the kits at cost plus NC sales tax. Instructor: Tim Davis. Dates: Aug. 1-12 with Aug. 6-7 OFF
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Custom 1911 Pistol Build Class | 8/1-8/12 | MTWTHF | 9AM-6PM | $699

AR-15/ AR-10 Custom barreling (SS)
This course details small and large chassis (AR-15/ AR-10/ LR-308) rifle alternate caliber conversions such as 6mm ARC, 6.5 Grendel, .50 Beowulf, .458 SOCOM, .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. Instructor: Len Fagan
*Proficiency of the metal lathe and mill is required.
AR-15/ AR-10 Custom barreling | 8/8-8/12 | MTWTHF | 9AM-6PM | $449

Suppressor 101 (SS)
This class will guide 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. The remainder of the time will be devoted to machining the components for and assembling their own 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
Suppressor 101 | 10/7-10/11 | FSASUMT | 9AM-6PM | $399

*(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 ce-registration@montgomery.edu or call 910-898-9672.

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

Intermediate Knife Making 102 (SS)
This class covers all phases of fixed blade knife construction, students will finish one knife of their design, and designs will be approved with level of experience. All materials for class project are provided. Class will be open to all levels of experience but it is preferred that students have some knowledge of knife making or having taken the Basic Knife 101 course. Students will finish a completed knife. Instructor: Ed and Tanya VanHoy
Intermediate Knife Making 102 | 6/23-6/26 | THFSASU | 9AM-6PM | $346.60

Advanced Knife Making 103 (SS)
This class covers more advanced methods of custom fixed blade knife making to include advanced grinding techniques and handle installation including hidden tang. All materials for class project will be provided. Class is open to all levels of experience. Some knowledge of knife making or completion of Basic Knife Making 101 and Intermediate Knife Making 102 is recommended. Students will finish a completed knife. Instructor: Ed and Tanya VanHoy
Advanced Knife Making 103 | 8/25-8/28 | THFSASU | 9AM-6PM | $356.60

Basic Folding Knife Making (SS)
This class covers basic design and construction of a frame lock folding knife with exposed pivots. All materials for class will be provided. Class is open to all levels of experience. Some knowledge of knife making or completion of other classes in knife making is recommended but not required. Students will finish a completed folding knife. * Limited seating available* Basic knife grinding skills are highly suggested for this class. Instructor: Ed and Tanya VanHoy
Basic Folding Knife Making | 9/15-9/18 | THFSASU | 9AM-6PM | $356.60

Advanced Folding Knife Making (SS)
This class covers design and construction of knives, including advanced topics like the use of hidden pivot, bolsters and liners. Class will be open to all levels of experience. All materials will be provided for the class. Some knowledge of knife making is recommended but not required. Students will finish a completed folding knife. * Limited seating available* Basic knife grinding skills are required for this class. Instructor: Ed and Tanya VanHoy
Advanced Folding Knife Making | 10/20-10/23 | THFSASU | 9AM-6PM | $366.60

Tomahawk Forging (SS)
Forging a tomahawk is a great starter project for blacksmithing. Forging the head will introduce students to the basic practice of drawing & shaping steel as well as forge-welding and heat treating to harden the edge. Students will forge a traditional style “wrap-around” tomahawk head and will shape/ fit the handle form provided hardwood blanks. Then students will personalize and complete this “hawk” with traditional details and embellishments of their choosing. Open to all levels of experience. Instructor: John Hege
Tomahawk Forging| 10/28-10/30 | FSASU | 9AM-6PM | $316.60

D-Guard Bowie Knife (SS)
A “D-Guard” Bowie was the traditional short sword carried by many confederate troops during the American Civil War. So called because the closed hand guard 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
D-Guard Bowie Knife | 12/9-12/11 | FSASU | 9AM-6PM | $316.60

Intro to Damascus Knife Making (SS)
Who doesn’t love Damascus? The beauty of the two interwoven metals is mesmerizing! In this intermediate level class we will learn all about it. Students will forge out their own billet blanks and learn about forming patterning. Once the billet is formed the students will them learn to grind knives from the blanks. Basic knife grinding skills are required for this class. Instructor: Ed and Tanya VanHoy
Intro to Damascus Knife Making | 11/17-11/20 | THFSASU | 9AM-6PM | $356.60