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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.

2023 NRA short-term gunsmithing class schedule is posted below. Classes are added throughout the semester so check back often.

2023 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.

Basic Gunsmithing: Pistol
This course will provide students 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 | 3/10-3/12 | FSASU | 9AM-6PM | $146.60

Basic Stock Checkering
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. Instructor: Tim Carrick
Basic Stock Checkering | 5/8-5/12 | MTWTHF | 9AM-6PM | $201.60

Basic Lathe Operation
This class will provide students with an introduction to the operation of the most common machine tool found in gunsmithing shops, the lathe. Students will perform standard operations such as turning, facing, drilling, reaming, and cutting precision threads. Emphasis will be on safety and on operations that are relevant to the gunsmithing trade. Instructor: Chris Jackson
Basic Lathe Operation | 5/8-5/12 | MTWTHF | 9AM-6PM | $201.60

Ruger Single Action Revolver
Basic tuning theory, troubleshooting, simple custom modifications, and related metal working 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
Ruger Single Action Revolver | 5/15-5/19 | MTWTHF | 9AM-6PM | $399

Adjustable Comb
An adjustable comb makes shooting your shotgun amazing! This course will cover the intricacies of installing an adjustable comb to your shotgun. Students will learn placement, cutting techniques, hardware installation and finishing. Student will complete an adjustable comb installation on their own wooden buttstock. Instructor: Tom Hostetler
Adjustable Comb | 5/18-5/21 | THFSASU | 9AM-6PM | $201.60

Machine Gun 101
This course will introduce students to the design, function, and history of machine guns. Several historically significant fully-automatic firearms will be presented, disassembled, and discussed. Function theory and mechanics will be the main focus of the class. Several of the classroom examples will be test fired on the MCC range on the last day of class. Cost includes a class lab fee for ammunition. Instructor: Ronnie Beal
Machine Gun 101 | 5/19-5/21 | FSASU | 9AM-6PM | $420

AR-15 Armorers Course
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
AR-15 Armorers Course | 5/20-5/21 | SASU | 9AM-6PM | $205
AR-15 Armorers Course | 7/21-7/22 | FSA | 9AM-6PM | $205
AR-15 Armorers Course | 8/5-8/6 | SASU | 9AM-6PM | $205

Basic Gunsmithing: Rifle
This course will provide 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 | 6/2-6/4 | FSASU | 9AM-6PM | $146.60

Metal Engraving 101
This will be an introductory course to the art of hand engraving on guns. In this course we will cover the basics of engraving with a hammer and chisel, graver angles and sharpening. We will also cover the basics of design for gun engraving. Instructor: Samantha Cherry
Metal Engraving 101 | 7/24-7/28 | MTWTHF | 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 blueprint 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 | 7/31-8/4 | MTWTHF | 9AM-6PM | $201.60

Basic Gunsmithing: Shotgun
This course will provide students 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 | 9/15-9/17 | FSASU | 9AM-6PM | $146.60

Long Rifle Kit Build
Who doesn’t love a flint lock or cap lock rifle? This class will be taught by a 6th generation gunsmith whose family made many of our countries original rifles. In the class students will take his years of experience to complete their kit. Students will learn fitting, function, historical accuracy and correct finishing techniques. Instructor: Jacob Porter
Long Rifle Kit Build | 9/25-9/29 | MTWTHF | 9AM-6PM | $201.60

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 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 | 12/8-12/10 | FSASU | 9AM-6PM | $201.60

Firearms Finishing Classes

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. 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 | 4/29-4/30 | SASU | 9AM-6PM | $205
Basic Painted Finishes | 6/3-6/4 | SASU | 9AM-6PM | $205

Stencil Painted Finishes
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 | 9/16-9/17 | SASU | 9AM-6PM | $205

Reloading Classes

Basic Reloading
This is an extended version of the NRA Basic Metallic Cartridge Reloading course that will provide the basic knowledge, and skills, necessary for safely reloading metallic cartridges. Reloading experience is not necessary. Students will learn the fundamentals of metallic cartridge loading for both pistols and rifles on a single-stage press, with each step being covered in detail. Students will have the opportunity to load 50-100 rounds of ammunition. Instructor: Frank Stephenson
Basic Reloading | 3/25-3/26 | SASU | 9AM-6PM | $185

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
Pistol Shooting fundamentals | 3/25 | SA | 9AM-6PM | $160
Pistol Shooting fundamentals | 6/24 | SA | 9AM-6PM | $160
Pistol Shooting fundamentals | 9/16 | SA | 9AM-6PM | $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
AR-15 Shooting fundamentals | 3/26 | SU | 9AM-6PM | $160
AR-15 Shooting fundamentals | 6/25 | SU | 9AM-6PM | $160
AR-15 Shooting fundamentals | 9/17 | SU | 9AM-6PM | $160

Hunting Rifle Techniques
The goal of this course is to prepare students for basic rifle shooting in situations common to hunting. Topics will include: equipment, sighting in with scopes and iron sights, marksmanship fundamentals, and shooting positions. Rather than only shooting from a bench or from traditional positions, students will shoot from a tree stand, from ground blinds, conventional shooting positions, as well as improvised field positions. While most of the course will focus on executing basic fundamentals on a 100 yard range, some discussion will be devoted to longer shots and related topics. Instructor: Mark Dye
Hunting Rifle Techniques | 9/16 | SA | 9AM-6PM | $160

NRA Advanced Classes I

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

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
M1A/M1 Garand Accurizing | 3/7-3/11 | TWTHFSA | 9AM-6PM | $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
Smith and Wesson Double Action Revolver | 3/7-3/11 | TWTHFSA | 9AM-6PM | $201.60

Precision Pistol Barreling
This course will offer students an opportunity to learn precision fitting of barrels from one of the premier makers of pistol barrels in the firearms industry.  Theory and methodology will be covered for precision fitting of barrels for Glocks, S&W M&Ps, Sig, Berretta, Springfield XD pistols. The course will also cover fitting of 1911 style barrels, particularly bull barrels and ramp cuts. Practice barrels are provided by the instructor so that students can gain experience in fitting multiple barrels during the class. Students may also choose to purchase and fit barrels to their own pistols. Instructor: Irv Stone III of Bar-Sto Barrels
Precision Pistol Barreling | 5/5-5/7 | FSASU | 9AM-6PM | $495

1911 Essentials
This class will focus on the most 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
1911 Essentials | 5/8-5/12 | MTWTHF | 9AM-6PM | $201.60

AK47 Build
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! Instructor: Dennis Pendry

**AK parts kits will be purchased separately from the instructor. Students will have several options they may purchase from the instructor. Students must have a serialized receiver and be able to pass an ATF 4473. Instructor will have these for purchase as well.**
AK47 Build | 5/15-5/19 | MTWTHF | 9AM-6PM | $201.60

NRA Advanced Classes II

(Machining experience is required for the following classes.)

10/22 Accurization
This class will focus on modifying the extremely popular factory Ruger 10/22 rifle for improved accuracy and function. These modifications would be suitable for both Appleseed events and NRL 22 events. This is a machining intensive course that will utilize the vertical milling machine, surface grinder and engine lathe to complete the chosen modifications. These modifications will include bolt head spacing, firing pin mods, chamfering the rear of the bolt, factory barrel setback, muzzle crowning, machining the receiver for a clean out hole, drilling/tapping for 8-40 scope base holes, bolt release mods and trigger work. The student will use the covered techniques and procedures to produce a reliable and accurate 10/22 that will be test fired on the MCC range. NOTE: This class will be limited to 10/22’s chambered for .22LR only. Instructor: Len Fagan
10/22 Accurization | 4/28-4/30 | FSASU | 9AM-6PM | $226.60

Bolt Action Precision Barreling
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 | 5/8-5/12 | MTWTHF | 9AM-6PM | $499

Suppressor 101
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 | 10/13-10/17 | FSASUMT | 9AM-6PM | $399

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

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

Knife Making

× Knife making classes for 2023 will be announced in the spring.

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.

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