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Gunsmithing Training Program in Grand Prairie, TX


What is a Gunsmith?

Gunsmiths clean, repair, fabricate, assemble, and disassemble firearms. They use machinery or design their own tools. Gunsmiths typically specialize in one particular area. A gunsmith needs a license to customize, engrave, and work on guns. More importantly, gunsmiths are teachers to their customers and students as they are the most knowledgeable about firearms.

44 Week Gunsmithing Program Overview | 62 Week Gunsmithing Program Overview

Admission Requirements

Applicants must be at least 18 years old or honorably discharged from the military. In addition, applicants must:

  • Possess a high school diploma, G.E.D. equivalent, or must be able to pass Wonderlic Basic Skills Test (Ability to Benefit Admission Test)
  • Read and write English.
  • Be physically and mentally capable of performing the projects and the classwork required for the Gunsmithing program.
  • Be able to pass a background check.
    • Felony Conviction: You must not have been convicted of a felony.
    • Current/pending charges: You must not be currently charged with the commission of a felony, a Class A or Class B misdemeanor, or equivalent offense, or an offense under Section 42.01 of the Penal Code (Disorderly Conduct) or equivalent offense.
    • Fugitive from Justice: You must not be a fugitive from justice for a felony, Class A or Class B misdemeanor or equivalent offense. (This could apply to a person who has skipped a court date, or to a person who has failed to comply with the terms of a court order).
    • Chemical Dependency: A person with two (2) convictions, within the preceding 10-year period preceding the date of application, for offenses (Class B or greater) involving the use of alcohol or a controlled substance, is ineligible as a chemically dependent person.
    • Sound Judgement: You must not be incapable of exercising

The applicant must schedule an interview with the admissions office and submit a completed application. The applicant will be notified concerning his/her acceptance after review by the Admissions Department. Once the student has been accepted they will be subject to the school’s refund and cancellation policy. Class size is limited based upon space availability.

The MT Training Center is open to all candidates without regard to race, color, nationality, national origin, religion, creed. age, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, disability, or marital status. The admission standards are in complete compliance with the Texas Workforce Career School and Colleges Regulatory Board, the Texas Veterans Commission, and the U.S. Department of Education’s regulations.

Registration Fee: $100.00

Tuition: $26,550.00

Total Cost: $26,650.00

Day classes are scheduled Monday through Friday, as indicated below. Upon completion of the program and successfully completing passing written and practical examinations, the student will be issued a CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION. Enrollment into the program begins every Monday of every month.

Day Schedule Monday – Friday

Period 1 07:30 a.m. – 08:50 a.m. Break 08:50 a.m. – 09:00 a.m.

Period 2 09:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Break 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Period 3 11:30 a.m. – 12:50 p.m. Break 12:50 a.m. – 01:00 p.m.

Period 4 01:00 p.m. – 02:45 p.m.

Evening Schedule Monday – Friday

Period 1 04:00 p.m. – 05:50 p.m. Break 05:50 p.m. – 06:00 p.m.

Period 2 06:00 p.m. – 07:50 p.m. Break 07:50 p.m. – 08:00 p.m.

Period 3 08:00 p.m. – 09:00 p.m.

Total Clock Hours: 1540

Length: 44 Weeks – Day, 62 Weeks – Evening

Ratios: 10:1 (students/instructor)

The graduating student must posess a knowledge of gun and machine shop safety, firearms safety, basic gunsmithing essentials, the functions of various CNC and manual mills, lathes, bandsaws, drill presses, knife belt sander, TIG welding, fundamentals of stock making, design and function of a variety of firearms, ballistics and handloading as well as have knowledge of firearms shop management.

The Gunsmithing program is designed to provide the student with entry level skills and competencies necessary to perform entry-level Gunsmithing duties. Through classroom training, as well as hands-on experience the student will be able to safely operate a CNC mill, gunsmithing lathe, and other related equipment by the end of the course. Students will also learn basic programming for the CNC machinery and will be able to complete necessary paperwork and adhere to all firearms safety rules and regulations required of gunsmiths. The graduate will qualify for employment as a gunsmith, CNC operator, machinist, lathe operator, mill operator for various manufacturing and firearms companies.

Subject Number Course Name Lecture Hours Lab Hours Credit Hours
GE-100 Gunsmith Essentials 40 240 16.0
MS-100 Machine Shop 20 250 15.0
TIG-100 Tig Welding 10 80 5.0
SM-100 Stock Making 30 180 12.0
DF-100 Design and Function 140 450 37.0
BH-100 Ballistics and Handloading 10 25 2.0
MGT-100 Shop Management 10 25 2.0
EP-100 Employment Preparation 10 20 2.0
Total Hours: 270 1270 91

GE-100 Gunsmith Essentials: The student will learn the different types of files used in gunsmith shop as well as the various techniques that ensure their proper use. The student will also learn metal polishing skills that have both a general use purpose and the application of these techniques to small firearms parts.  Additionally, the student will master the set-up and safe use of an oxyacetylene torch and bluing and Parkerizing techniques of metals.  The student will be able to properly utilize hand tools such as files and hacksaws safely in a gunsmith shop setting.

Prerequisite(s): None
Lecture/Lab Contact Hours: 40/240/0
Quarter Credit Hours: 16.0

MS-100 Machine Shop: The student will be able to identify the major machines utilized in the gunsmithing profession and categorize their main function.  The student will be conversant in the main working parts and controls for each of the individual machines.  Further, they will be able to demonstrate the function of each of the parts and will display safe handling techniques during the operation of the machines. Additionally, the student will be able to troubleshoot each of the machines in the event of a malfunction.

Prerequisite(s): GE-100
Lecture/Lab Contact Hours: 20/250/0
Quarter Credit Hours: 15.0

TIG-100 Tig Welding: The student will learn the design, function and safe operating procedures of welding equipment commonly utilized in the gunsmithing profession.  They will master metal basics and will be taught the fundamentals of heat control.  The student will become proficient at metal cleaning and preparation (e.g., sanding, filing, drill press, etc.) prior to beginning the welding process.  The student will demonstrate the necessary skills to correctly utilize an oxy/acetylene torch.

Prerequisite(s): GE-100
Lecture/Lab Contact Hours: 10/80/0
Quarter Credit Hours: 5.0

SM-100 Stock Making: The student will master stockmaking techniques for bolt action rifles from semi-inletted stock blanks.  The student will learn to inlet the stock for barreled actions and trigger guards as well as the installation of grip caps, recoil pads, fore-end tips and swivel studs. The student will also learn stockmaking shaping, sanding and finishing.

Prerequisite(s): GE-100, MS-100, TIG-100
Lecture/Lab Contact Hours: 30/180/0
Quarter Credit Hours: 12.0

DF-100 Design and Function: The student will explore firearms repair in both theory and practical application.  The student will utilize the skills acquired in previous courses and apply those techniques to the design and function of a variety of firearms.  Each student will learn the disassembly and re-assembly of the major firearms actions (e.g, bolt action, lever action, pump-action, revolvers and semi-automatic) as well as ways to trouble shoot these actions when malfunction of the firearms occur.  The student will learn how to fabricate and repair either missing or damaged gun parts, change calibers and understand malfunction-cause-cure scenarios.

Prerequisite(s): GE-100, MS-100, TIG-100, SM-100
Lecture/Lab Contact Hours: 140/450/0
Quarter Credit Hours: 37.0

BH-100 Ballistics and Handloading: The student will master the art of hand-loading ammunition using of a single stagepress.  The student will gain knowledge of the modern metallic cartridge, the four components of the cartridge (e.g., case, primer, powder and projectile) and the steps necessary to hand-load a safe and effectively charged cartridge (e.g., decapping, sizing, priming, powder charge, bullet seating, and bullet crimping).  Additionally, the student will learn to select a variety of bullet weights, the safe minimum and maximum powder weight for the selected projectile and how the choices affect the muzzle velocity of the projectile when fired.

Prerequisite(s): GE-100, MS-100, TIG-100, SM-100, DF-100
Lecture/Lab Contact Hours: 10/25/0
Quarter Credit Hours: 2.0

MGT-100 Shop Management: The student will learn practical experience of owning and operating a retail gunsmith or firearms business. The student will learn how to legally establish a “Doing Business As” (D.B.A.) certificate, develop inventory controls with Merchant Magic software, point of sales, developing pricing strategies and ensure city, state and federal compliance.

Prerequisite(s): GE-100, MS-100, TIG-100, SM-100, DF-100, BH-100
Lecture/Lab Contact Hours: 10/25/0
Quarter Credit Hours: 2.0

EP-100 Employment Preparation: The student will learn the proper attire for working in various shop and welding environments such as heavy-duty clothes, leather boots, gauntlet gloves, leather welding jacket, burning glasses, helmets, and ear plugs. The student will also learn which tools are necessary to obtain to successfully work in a welding environment such as small tools, pliers, rulers, tip cleaners, igniters, slag hammers, and tool boxes. The students will master resume writing, cover letter writing, salary requirements, as well as acquire basic interviewing skills and proper interviewing attire.

Prerequisite(s): GE-100, MS-100, TIG-100, SM-100, BH-100, DF-100
Lecture/Lab Contact Hours: 10/20/0
Quarter Credit Hours: 2.0

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