Gunsmithing, AAS

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Program Introduction

The Gunsmithing–A30200 curriculum is designed to provide the student with the required skills needed to refurbish metal and wood as applicable to firearms, to diagnose malfunctions for repair, and to accomplish more complex custom gunsmithing tasks. Course work includes manufacturing of tools used in the gunsmithing trade, restoration of firearms, stock making, barrel work, repair work, and custom work. The student will accomplish this work by performing actual gunsmithing tasks in a hands-on environment. Graduates should qualify as professional gunsmiths, able to complete any task in general gunsmithing.

Curriculum Preview


  • ACA 111- College Student Success
    This course introduces the college’s physical, academic, and social environment and promotes the personal development essential for success.
  • GSM 127 – General Repair
    This course introduces the design and function of firearms, sight mounting, and basic reloading of ammunition.


  • GSM 120 – Gunsmithing Tools
    This course covers the manufacture of tools used in the gunsmithing trade.
  • MEC 112 – Machine Processes II
    This course covers the advanced use of milling machines and lathes.


  • GSM 225 – Gunmetal Refinishing
    This course introduces gunmetal finishes.
  • PSY 118 – Interpersonal Psychology
    This course introduces the basic principles of psychology as they relate to personal and professional development.


  • GSM 227 – Adv Repair Technology
    This course covers advanced repair techniques and trigger designs on rifles and shotguns.
  • Humanities/Fine Arts Elective

Paying for College

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Who to Contact

For more information:
Michael Copley
Gunsmithing Program Chair/Instructor

Jones County Center (Bldg 011A)
Phone: (252)-527-6223, ext. 787
Fax: (252) 448-1424

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