This certificate is designed for students who have completed the Introduction to Gunsmithing certificate. Advanced metal finishing, custom barrel fitting, modern stock refurbishing and manufacture, rifle and shotgun trigger and firing mechanisms, design and function of handguns will be the emphasis of this certificate.
Safety in the shop environment and the completion of Gunsmithing projects using schematics and specialized hand and machine tools will be required. Students should be capable of working on various firearms and understand the procedures required before attempting the specialized work involved. During the hands-on shop class, the student will also be working on a final project that will be completed in the second semester of the certificate program. Upon completion of the certificate, the student should have gained the knowledge and confidence to set up a Gunsmithing shop or become employed by a company that requires this type of skill.
Students interested in this program will be required to undergo a criminal background check before enrolling.
Program Location: Greenwood
Contact Information: David Berryhill
|FIRST SEMESTER||Credit Hours|
|GSM 103||Gunsmithing III||4.0|
|GSM 104||Advanced Gunmetal Finishing||4.0|
|GSM 121||Barrel Fitting/Alteration||3.0|
|GSM 220||Rifle Stockmaking||4.0|
|SECOND SEMESTER||Credit Hours|
|GSM 221||Advanced Repair Technology||3.0|
|GSM 223||Gunsmithing Techniques||3.0|
|GSM 230||Business for Gunsmiths||3.0|
|Total Credit Hours: 27.0|
Students may only enter the Advanced Gunsmithing certificate program in the Fall semester. Students must complete the Introduction to Gunsmithing certificate before being eligible to sign up for the Advanced Gunsmithing certificate program.
A SLED background check is required before taking the first GSM prefix course, GSM 101. The background check is done through the school and the current cost of this is $47.50 (7/2012). A concealed weapon permit (CWP) can be used in lieu of the background check if it is up to date and for the state of South Carolina.
Students are not required to take the placement test to enter this program if they have a high school diploma or GED. The placement test would be required for a student who wishes to continue for the Associate Degree in Occupational Technology with a major in General Technology.
The Gunsmithing student may be eligible to receive an Associate Degree in Occupational Technology with a major in General Technology if that student:
Completes both certificates in Gunsmithing
Completes 12 hrs. of Machine Tool courses
Completes the required 15 hrs. of General Education courses
Students should expect to purchase various types of gunsmith and machine shop tooling. Approximate cost would be $300.
For the Advanced Gunsmithing Certificate, students will need to provide either a Mauser or a modern rifle action (Remington 700, Winchester 70, Savage 10/110, etc.), a barrel and a semi-inlet wood or fiberglass rifle stock.
For the Advanced Gunsmithing Certificate, students will also complete a second gunsmithing project or several small projects of their choice. This project may require an additional firearm (or firearms) plus parts and supplies.
The student should also be able to provide as many of the other firearms covered in the courses as possible. The more “hands on” experience that the student has, the more they will learn from the program.
Contact the Gunsmithing Program Coordinator Dave Berryhill with any questions about the necessary tools and firearms.
Safety glasses are required in the shop areas at all times.
Note to Enrollment Advisors: please have the student meet with the Gunsmithing Program Coordinator Dave Berryhill during the initial enrollment process.
Advisement Information updated 12/11/2012