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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.

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

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.

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 | 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

Basic Gunsmith Tool Making
The purpose of this class is to help students advance their lathe and mill skills while building useful gunsmithing tools and jigs. Instruction will help with new lathe and mill techniques as well as tool uses. Students will be given access to MCC’s large tooling blueprint collection as well as being able to reverse engineer our tooling and fixtures. Basic lathe and mill skills required. Instructor: Jacob Porter. Tool List
Basic Gunsmith Tool Making | 7/27-7/31 | 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: Pistol
This course will provide students a unique opportunity for students to learn to apply basic knowledge of pistol function to actual repair projects. 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 real-world look at the steps of diagnosis and repair under the supervision of a professional gunsmith. Students are encouraged to bring pistol repair projects. Instructor: Mark Dye. Tool List
Basic Gunsmithing: Pistol | 8/14-8/16 | FSASU | 9A-6P | $146.60

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

Firearms Finishing Classes

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. Tool List
Metal Engraving | 7/27-8/7 with 8/1-8/2 OFF | MTWTHF | 9A-6P | $256.60

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

Reloading Classes

Basic Rifle Reloading 
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. Instructor: Billy Athay. Tool List
Basic Rifle Reloading | 7/21-7/24 | TWTHF | 9A-6P | $201.60

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

NRA Shooting Instruction Classes

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

NRA Advanced Classes I

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

Clay Target Shotgun
This class will cover custom gunsmithing work commonly performed on shotguns for competition skeet, trap, and sporting clays. Topics include installation of fixed and adjustable recoil pads, cutting stocks for adjustable combs, forcing cone lengthening, installation of recoil reducers, and fitting a shotgun to the individual shooter. Also included will be a detailed analysis of trigger, ejector, and safety systems used on over/under shotguns. Instructor: Wayne Coley. Tool List
Clay Target Shotgun | 6/22-6/25 | MTWTH | 9A-6P | $201.60

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

NRA Advanced Classes II

(Machining experience is required for the following classes.)

Mil-Serp Sporterization
From WWII through the 80’s the golden age of modern gunsmithing could be described simply as Mil-Serp Sporterization. Gunsmiths faced the challenge of streamlining battle purpose bolt rifles to elegant classics. Take 3 days and work on the beginning or completing a sporter project. Caliber conversion, barrel shortening/ crowning of existing barrels, safety modifications, aftermarket trigger installation, scope mounting, action alterations, and bolt modifications. Approved models include: large and small ring Mausers, p-14/17 Enfield, Arisaka and Springfield 1903. Other Models may qualify. Instructor: Jacob Porter *(SS) Self-supporting. Tool List
Mil-Serp Sporterization | 7/17-7/19 | FSASU | 9A-6P | $146.60

Remington 700 Precision Barreling 
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 *(SS) Self-supporting. Tool List
Remington 700 Precision Barreling | 7/27-7/31 | MTWTHF | 9A-6P | $499

AR-15/ AR-10 Custom barreling
This course details small and large chassis (AR-15/ AR-10/ LR-308) rifle alternate caliber conversions such as 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. *Working knowledge of the metal lathe and mill is required. Instructor: Len Fagan *(SS) Self-supporting. Tool List
AR-15/ AR-10 Custom barreling | 8/3-8/7 | MTWTHF | 9A-6P | $449

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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Factory Bolt Action Accurization
This course will explore procedures that can be used to improve the accuracy of the 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. Instructor: Ryan Flynn *(SS) Self-supporting. Tool List
Factory Bolt Action Accurization | 8/10-8/14 | MTWTHF | 9A-6P | $326.60

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.

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