The Gunsmithing curriculum is designed to prepare the student to diagnose malfunctions, determine the best methods of repair, and develop skills in the repair of firearms. Students are taught: Machine shop – including tooling and blueprinting, metal finishing and refinishing,firearm diagnostics and repair, stock making and finishing, custom firearms manufacturing, and laws and regulations governing firearms and businesses.
More than two-thirds of class time is spent in the shops applying what is learned in the classroom.
Because of the school’s NRA affiliation, students can take advantage of NRA short-term gunsmithing courses taught by nationally-known experts. Firearms manufacturers such as Smith & Wesson, Sig Arms, Glock, Beretta USA and Sturm Ruger have all brought their armorers schools to MCC.
The gunsmithing labs and classrooms comprise 9,000 square feet of student workspace including:
- Two machine shops with 13 milling machines, 23 high-speed precision metal lathes, surface and pedestal grinders
- Metal refinishing room with buffers, sanders and immersion bluing, Parkerizing, nickel plating and color case hardening facilities
- State-of-the-art paint shop with two paint booths and large curing oven for applying Cerakote and other firearms finishes
- Three spacious classrooms with individual work stations, Kennedy roller cabinets, and locker facilities for each student
- Five-position, 100-yard outdoor firing range for use in test firing, chronographing, reloads and bench rest shooting
- The Midway USA Arms Room is endowed through a generous donation from Midway USA. The endowment provides funds for annual updates to the program’s firearms inventory, ensuring that students receive instruction on the most comprehensive, up-to-date firearms inventory possible. Recently, the Brownells Labs have been completely refit through donations provided by Brownells, Incorporated. In addition, the Brownells family provides a number of gunsmithing scholarships for the program.
- MCC’s Gunsmithing instructional staff has a combined total of over 60 years of gunsmithing teaching and professional experience. Students leave the program with 24 custom gunsmithing tools and 3 custom rifles they build themselves including a custom 1911. In addition, students annually travel to the SHOT Show held in Las Vegas to make career contacts and gather job prospects.
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|PROGRAM OPTIONS||REQUIRED HOURS||PROGRAM COSTS|
|Associate in Applied Science Degree||76 semester hours||Program Costs|
|Diploma||42 semester hours||Program Costs|
|Basic Gunsmithing Certificate||17 semester hours||Program Costs|
|Basic Gunsmithing Certificate Weekend Program||17 semester hours||Program Costs|
|Gunsmithing Design & Repair Certificate||16 semester hours||Program Costs|
|Gunsmithing Technology Certificate||18 semester hours||Program Costs|
|Gunsmithing Refinishing Certificate||12 Semester hours||Program Costs|