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About the Associate of Applied Science - Gunsmithing

The Gunsmithing degree program prepares students for employment in entry-level positions in firearm and metal industries.

Note: Since there is a special admission process for this program, prospective students should contact the Advising Center or visit our website at www.gunsmithing.org for detailed information.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Gunsmithing Degree program, the learner will be able to:

 

  1. Safely operate hand and machine tools common to the gunsmithing trade.
  2. Use measuring tools such as micrometers, indicators, verniers and various gauges.
  3. Use a computer to develop ballistic data and to document research assignments.
  4. Completely disassemble firearms for metal refinishing and reassembly.
  5. Identify different rifle operating systems.
  6. Identify different shotgun operating systems including maintenance, repair and customization.
  7. Lay out, duplicate, inlet, fit, glass bed, install accessories, apply finish, and checker the Classic American rifle stock.
  8. Perform computer assisted drafting operations on a personal computer.
  9. Identify, repair and extensively modify pistols and revolvers.
  10. Install rifle barrels using proven methods to enhance accuracy.
  11. Plan, set-up, make, and install specialty accessories frequently encountered in the firearms industry.
  12. Communicate professionally with customers and vendors.
  13. Develop a business plan, complete with demographics, suitable for a small business loan application.
  14. Develop marketing tools such as brochures and ads.
  15. Develop an accurate price list for performing technical services.
 

General and Program-Specific Requirements

Course Course Title Hours
I.  General Education
  A.  Foundation Studies (12 credits)
       1.  College Composition or Applied Communication - Select Option a or b:
          a.  Writing (6 credits)
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          b.  Writing AND Communication (6 credits)
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       2.  Numeracy (3 credits)
 
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       3.  Critical Thinking (3 credits)
 
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    B.  Area Studies (7 credits)
       1.  Physical and Biological Science (4 credits)
 
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        2.  Behavioral OR Social Science (3 credits)
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II.  Gunsmithing Requirements
GST100 Apprentice Gunsmithing

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
GST 100. Apprentice Gunsmithing (10). Basic gunsmithing skills including shop and general firearms safety, machine tool skills, stockmaking, metal refinishing, shotgun design, application and function. Rifle systems and ballistics. Integration of computer applications. Prerequisite: Application required with the following documentation: Yavapai College Student Number (Y#), current concealed carry weapon (CCW) permit or federal background check. Students under the age of 21 must contact ID Vetting (866.987.3767) for security check if their state does not issue CCW permits for applicants under the age of 21, and gunsmithing disclosure statement. Four lecture. Eighteen lab.

COURSE CONTENT:
1. Safety standards and liability
2. History, design, function and repair of rifle systems
3. Design, function and repair of shotguns
4. Measuring instruments, hand and power tool operation
5. Metal finishes used on firearms
6. Computer Ballistics Software Application

LEARNING OUTCOMES:
1. Operate firearms, machine shop and bluing equipment safely. (1)
2. Identify and repair various rifle designs. (2)
3. Maintain, repair and customize a variety of shotguns. (3)
4. Fabricate to specifications various projects using hand and power tools. (3,4)
5. Disassemble firearms, identify different metals, prepare parts, apply finishes, and reassemble firearms. (5)
6. Use Ballistics Software Application to develop ballistics data and research information. (6)

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GST150 Journeyman Gunsmithing

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
GST 150. Journeyman Gunsmithing (10). Intermediate study of machine tool use and firearms applications. Milling, turning, precision grinding, break action shotguns, stockmaking. Pistol and revolver design and function. Shotgun design, application and function. Prerequisite: GST 100. Four lecture. Eighteen lab.

COURSE CONTENT:
1. Turning, vertical milling, indexing and precision grinding
2. Modification and tuning of break action shotguns
3. Design, function and repair of pistols and revolvers
4. Stockmaking repairs and techniques
5. Orientation to trap, skeet and sporting clays

LEARNING OUTCOMES:
1. Operate various machine tools including the engine lathe vertical mill, precision grinder and dividing head. (1)
2. Maintain, repair and extensively modify break action shotguns. (2)
3. Maintain, repair and diagnose a variety of handguns. (3)
4. Repair, install accessories, refinish, and epoxy bed an existing wood stock. (4)
6. Identify firearms associated with trap, skeet and sporting clays. (5)

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GST200 Professional Gunsmithing

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
GST 200. Professional Gunsmithing (10). Advanced gunsmithing techniques and applications of existing skills. Studies in precision barreling of rifles. Major pistol and revolver modifications. Advanced stockmaking procedures and machining of major firearm components. Prerequisite: GST 150. Four lecture. Eighteen lab.

COURSE CONTENT:
1. Action modifications and compensator theory
2. Assembly, fitting and tuning of aftermarket handgun components
3. Stockmaking from a semi-inlet stock bank
4. Advanced tooling operations for precision barreling and accurizing
5. Rules and regulations set by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms

LEARNING OUTCOMES:
1. Set up and operate various machine tools including the engine lathe and manual milling machine. (1,2,4)
2. Extensively customize pistols and revolvers. (1,2)
3. Complete a classic wood rifle stock from semi-inlet to a finished product. (3)
4. Safely install barrels on a variety of rifles using advanced methods. (1,4)
5. Identify Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Violations. (5)

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GST250 Master Gunsmithing

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
GST 250. Master Gunsmithing (10). Mastery of Gunsmithing skills and metal skills. Capstone course to build the student portfolio. Construction of a business plan. Prerequisite: GST 200. One lecture. Twenty-seven lab.

COURSE CONTENT:
1. Industry standards
2. Demographics
3. Workplace ethics and performance standards
4. Presentation techniques including photographs and resumes
5. Value of work
6. Advertising
7. Communication techniques and processes
8. Portfolio building
9. Documentation for business

LEARNING OUTCOMES:
1. Perform a broad variety of Gunsmithing tasks at or beyond levels or competency accepted in the industry.
2. Communicate professionally with customer and vendors.
3. Develop a business plan, complete with demographics, suitable for a small business loan application.
4. Develop an accurate price list for performing technical services.
5. Develop marketing tools such as brochures and ads.
6. Present a portfolio including a resume, photos and finished work.

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III.  Related Requirements 
BSA102 Career Search and Success

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
BSA 102. Career Search and Success: Skills for Entering and Succeeding in the Workplace (1). Techniques to enhance and emphasize the relationship between resume development and job search skills. Includes a strong focus on human relations in the workplace. One lecture.

COURSE CONTENT:
1. Job search skills and employability packet including: labor market analysis; networking and job lead development; application, resume and cover letter preparation; the interview process
2. Personal financial management
3. Workplace communication and teamwork skills
4. Workplace ethics, attitudes, absenteeism, stress management skills
5. Elements of critical thinking and decision-making including setting career and educational goals

LEARNING OUTCOMES:
1. Identify employment opportunities for a field of study. (1)
2. Produce an employability packet (i.e. application, resume, cover letter, work sample, reference letter). (1)
3. Prepare for and participate in employment interview activities. (1)
4. Assess various types of communication and teamwork skills in the workplace. (3)
5. Discuss workplace ethics, attitudes, absenteeism, stress management. (4)
6. Describe the strategies involved in decision making in a job search. (5)
7. Evaluate job search efforts. (1)
8. Develop a career/educational plan. (5)
9. Identify importance of money management and budgeting. (2)

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