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Advanced Gunsmithing Certificate

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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: Jerry Capone

 

Required Courses

Additional Program Information

 

Day Program

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
MTT 141 Metals and Heat Treatment 3.0
Total Credit Hours: 27.0
 

Updated 4/28/2014

 

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Purpose Statement – 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.

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 machine shop related to on the job requirements.

  5. Use applicable tooling correctly during various machining operations. 

 

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ADVISEMENT INFORMATION

  • Students can only enter the Advanced Gunsmithing certificate program in the Fall semester. It is recommended that prospective students apply to the college as early as possible and meet with the Gunsmithing Program Coordinator, Jerry Capone, who is maintaining a waiting list of prospective students for the Introduction to Gunsmithing certificate. 

  • 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 required to take the placement test to enter this program unless they hold a college degree. All students must have a high school diploma or GED.  

  • 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 must attend the Gunsmithing Orientation which is held immediately after the College’s New Student Orientation.

  • Students must become and remain a member of the National Rifle Association (NRA) during their enrollment in the Gunsmithing Program. Enrollment into the NRA is offered at Orientation day at reduced membership rates. Students already members of the NRA must bring their membership Card to Orientation day.

  • Students must have all the tools, supplies, books and class notes prior to Orientation day. NOTE: Students who do not have all the required items will be dropped from enrollment and placed at the BOTTOM of the enrollment list- NO EXCEPTIONS.

  • Students must read and sign the Gunsmithing Programs policy on Safety and Security. This will be done on Orientation day.

  • Safety glasses are required in the shop areas at all times for all students. Students with prescription lenses must have shatter-proof lenses with side shields. 

  • Note to Enrollment Advisors: please have the student meet with the Gunsmithing Program Coordinator, Jerry Capone during the initial enrollment process.

Advisement Information updated 4/30/2014