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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.

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

Reloading Classes

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.

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.

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