Advanced Gunsmithing Certificate

Program: Gunsmithing

This certificate is designed for the students who have successfully completed the Introduction to Gunsmithing certificate. Stock making, checkering, design, function and repair of handguns, rifles and shotguns are the emphasis of this certificate. Safety in the shop environment and the completion of gunsmithing projects using schematics, specialized hand tools, machining and repair work are the crux of this certificate. Students should be capable of working on various firearms and understand the procedures required before attempting specialized work involved. Students will be finishing their major project, a bolt action rifle, in the first semester. The second and final semester students enter the repair shop portion of the program. Here students are issued firearms for repair, refinishing, re-bluing and custom work. Students are also required to perform a cost analysis on each firearm they are issued to substantiate profitability. Upon completion of these certificates, the student should have gained the knowledge and confidence to set up a gunsmithing shop or become employed by companies requiring these types of skills.

First Semester: is the stock portion of the program


  • History and design of stock making
  • History, design and lay-out of checkering
  • Industry standards for an American Sporting Classic (as per the American Custom Gunmakers Guild)
  • Custom fitting
  • Specialized tools, tooling, fixtures and products for stock making, finishing and repair


  • Carving, inletting, shaping and finishing a wood stock for the firearm the student customized in the Introduction to Gunsmithing machine shop section of the program. The stock will conform the American Custom Gunmakers Guild specifications for an ‘American Sporting Classic.’ All components for the stock are included in the project rifle kit. The stock will have;
    • An approved forend tip
    • An approved grip cap
    • A one-to-one fitting recoil pad
    • A custom hand-applied oil finish
  • Lay-out and checker a ‘flat’ and ‘round’ proof.

Second Semester: is the repair shop portion of the program

Lecture: Safety and special checks for the following action types;

  • Revolvers, single and double action
  • Semi-auto pistols
  • Break open shotguns and rifles
  • Pump action shotguns and rifles
  • Semi-auto shotguns and rifles
  • Bolt action rifles
  • Lever action rifles
  • Applying business practices to the lab projects

Lab: students will clean, repair, refinish, re-blue or customize firearms as per the customer’s request. Every firearm issued to a student will;

  • Have all safety and special checks performed per its action type
  • Each component of the firearm will be evaluated
  • Every firearm will be completely disassembled
  • All firearms will be checked for head-space
  • Every part will be cleaned, inspected and oiled
  • Student will perform all services requested by the customer
  • Student will do a cost analysis for each firearm
  • Specialization (Specs) Project: Students will be required to do a specialization project. This project is for the student to showcase their skills and abilities. All supplies/parts, etc., for this project are to be supplied by the student.
    • Rules for the Specs Project:
      • Firearm related
      • Safe
      • Legal
    • Past students specs projects have been but are not limited too:
      • A firearm
      • Gunsmith tools
      • Gunsmith tooling
      • Gunsmith fixtures
      • Restoration project
      • Display pieces

Students interested in this program will be required to undergo a criminal background check before enrolling.


Required Courses

Courses Credit Hours
GSM 103 Gunsmithing III 4.0
GSM 120 Basic Stockmaking 3.0
GSM 122 General Repair of Shotguns 3.0
GSM 220 Rifle Stockmaking 4.0
GSM 221 Advanced Repair Technology 3.0
GSM 222 Handgun Technology 3.0
GSM 223 Gunsmithing Techniques 3.0
MTT 141 Metals and Heat Treatment 3.0
Subtotal 26.0
Total Credit Hours 26.0


Program Student Learning Outcomes

Purpose Statement

This certificate is designed for students who have completed the Introduction to Gunsmithing Certificate. Stock making, refinishing, repair, checkering, advanced metal finishing, trigger and action mechanism modification, handgun, rifle and shotgun design-function and repair is the emphasis of this certificate. Safety in the shop environment is expected and required. Students should be capable of observing, analyzing and utilizing their skill sets to work on the various firearm types they will encounter in a shop environment. They must also understand the procedures required before attempting specialized work orders. Upon completion of the certificate(s), the student should have gained the knowledge and confidence to establish and maintain a gunsmithing shop or become employed by a company that requires these skills.

Program Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. Apply theoretical knowledge gained in class to complete metal working projects to blueprint requirements.

  2. Setup and safely operate all machine tools required for project completion.

  3. Maintain the personal discipline to complete projects on time.

  4. Use technology in the machine shop to model on-the-job requirements.

  5. Use applicable tooling correctly during various machining operations.

  6. Exhibit mastery of National Rifle Association’s safety procedures throughout the curriculum.

Advisement Information

Program Notes

  • Gunsmithing programs are not approved for international students.  Students must complete the Introduction to Gunsmithing Certificate before being eligible to sign up for the Advanced Gunsmithing Certificate program.
  • All courses for both certificates are co- and pre-requisite. This means no courses can be taken individually, and all courses in a semester must be passed before a student can enroll into the next semester or certificate.
  • Required notes for the Advanced Gunsmithing Certificate are available in the college bookstore: Advanced Gunsmithing GSM-A. Notes are covered by financial aid.
Graduation Plans

2020-2021 Semester-by-Semester Graduation Plan

Advanced Gunsmithing Certificate (GSMA) - Contact Jerry Capone about program start dates.

  • Note to New Student Advisors: please have interested students meet with the Gunsmithing Program Director, Jerry Capone.  New Student Advisors may place students in general education classes and classes that will count toward their secondary specialty requirements.  Students will be placed in GSM classes at the Gunsmithing Orientation.
  • You can find the name of your assigned academic advisor by reviewing Degree Works or your Class Schedule.  To learn more about advising visit the Advising webpage.
  • The Program Director for Gunsmithing is Jerry Capone.
  • Please e-mail to submit advising information updates and corrections.

Advisement Information updated/reviewed 4/2020