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Program Contacts

Professor Alan Lohr (928) 776-2348
Instructional Specialist Susie Check (928) 717-7761
Dean John Morgan (928) 717-7721

Quick Facts


About the Gunsmithing - Advanced Certificate

The Advanced Gunsmithing certificate prepares students with highly specialized training in their choice in the areas of CNC machining, competition firearms, and guild firearms production.

Note: Special admission to this program is required. Students should contact an academic advisor or the program director for detailed information.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Gunsmithing - Advanced Certificate program, the learner will be able to:

  1. Safely operate hand and machine tools necessary for gun building. (GST 270, GST 280)
  2. Build traditional sporting firearms at a guild quality level. (GST 270)
  3. Build competition firearms that perform at or above accepted levels. (GST 280)
  4. Program and operate CNC machinery. (CNC 101, CNC 102, CNC 201, CNC 202)
  5. Operate CAM programs relevant to the firearms industry. (CNC 201, GST 280)
 

Program-Specific Requirements

Course Course Title Hours
Select Two of the Three Following Blocks:
Block 1 - Guild Firearms
GST270 Guild Firearms

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
GST 270. Guild Firearms (10). Assembly and construction of guild quality traditional sporting firearms. Preparation for application to a firearm guild. Prerequisite: GST 250. Three lecture. Twenty lab.

COURSE CONTENT:
1. Operation of hand and machine tools
2. Machining on rifled and smoothbore barrels
3. Custom stock alterations
4. Fitting and installation of custom firearm accessories
5. Tightening and tuning of rifle, shotgun and handgun mechanisms
6. Guild membership

LEARNING OUTCOMES:
1. Safely operate hand and machine tools needed to create guild quality firearms. (1)
2. Design and machine custom rifle, handgun and shotgun barrels. (2)
3. Oil bend, install skeleton buttplates and grip caps on a custom wood stock. (3)
4. Install adjustable comb and length of pull hardware. (4)
5. Fine tune feeding on rifles converted to a different cartridge. (5)
6. Tighten loose bolting on break action shotguns. (5)
7. Build a guild quality handgun or rifle worthy of guild acceptance. (6)

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Block 2 - Competition Firearms
GST280 Competition Firearms

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
GST 280. Competition Firearms (10). Maintenance, assembly and construction of competition firearms. Prerequisite: GST 270. Three lecture. Twenty lab.

COURSE CONTENT:
1. Operation of hand and machine tools
2. Machining on rifled and smoothbore barrels
3. Custom stock alterations
4. Fitting and installation of custom firearm accessories
5. Tightening and tuning of rifle, shotgun and handgun mechanisms
6. Application of metallic sights and optics
7. Operation of a custom firearms business

LEARNING OUTCOMES:
1. Safely operate hand and machine tools needed to build competitve firearms. (1)
2. Design and machine custom rifle, handgun and shotgun barrels. (2)
3. Modify a wood or fiberglass stock to meet customer specifications. (3)
4. Install adjustable comb and length of pull hardware. (4)
5. Modify, smooth and tune firearm mechanisms for reliable operation. (5)
6. Identify and choose the correct sights and mounts for a given application. (6)
7. Balance quality, speed and price in a custom gunshop. (7)

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Block 3 - CNC Machining
CNC101 CNC Machine Operator

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
CNC 101. CNC Machine Operator (2). Basic principles and operative skills in the operation of CNC milling machine and lathes. One lecture. Three lab.

COURSE CONTENT:
1. Shop safety
2. Measuring instruments and Micrometer reading
3. CNC Machine Operation

LEARNING OUTCOMES:
1. Apply machine shop safety principles. (1)
2. Use micro-measurement instruments. (2)
3. Read a micrometer (2)
4. Turn on, home the machine and determine the active program. (3)
5. Load CNC programs into the controller using at least 3 of the 4 accepted methods. (3)
6. Load the proper program into the“EDITOR" and confirm that listed tools in the program are those which correspond to the tools in the machine. (3)
7. Run a part program to completion. (3)
8. Check oil levels, coolant levels, and coolant concentration. (3)
9. Set tooling and record the appropriate tooling data into the controller. (3)
10. Set the work coordinate for a given part and input data into the work offset page of the controller (3)
11. Discern the difference between a graphical representation of a good tool path vs. a near net shape. (3)
12. Move, copy, delete, insert and find & replace data in a program. (3)
13. Operate the CNC milling machine in a manual mode and set the machine to specific operational settings. (3)
14. Restart the program at any tool change or at any point in the program. (3)
15. Touch off all the tools and record their offset data on the tool offset page. (3)
16. Measure the stock to determine the amount of excess length. (3)
17. Load work into the Chuck. (3)
18. Select a facing/turning tool to face the work piece off. (3)
19. Set CNC for appropriate RPM's. (3)
20. Face the part off using the hand wheel. (3)
21. Find all the feed rates concerning linear motion for a finish pass from .003 to .005. (3)

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CNC102 CNC Machine Set Up

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
CNC 102. CNC Machine Setup (2) (Fall). Basic principles and operative skills to setup and operate through 1st. article part CNC mills and lathes. Prerequisite: CNC 101. One lecture. Three lab.

COURSE CONTENT:
1. CNC Mill and lathe operation.
2. Speeds and feeds.
3. Blueprint reading.
4. Troubleshooting tooling problems.
5. Dimensioning.

LEARNING OUTCOMES:
1. Identify coordinate and primary machine axes. (1)
2. Define and describe absolute and incremental positioning. (1)
3. Show procedures in starting the CNC milling machine and for running a program in graphics mode.(1)
4. Identify the machine coordinate systems and how to use them. (1)
5. Identify CNC tooling and applications. (1,4)
6. Identify cutting tool collets and holding fixtures. (1,4)
7. Identify the proper use of fixtures, setups and gagging. (1)
8. Set work offsets. (1,4)
9. Load tools and set tool length offsets. (1,5)
10. Use proper cutter compensation and calculate cutting tool speeds and feeds. (1,4)
11. Read blue prints and interrupt job operation sheets. (3)
12. Identify geometric tolerance and how they are used. (5)
13. Define program format and definitions within. (1,2)
14. Identify and define machine default“G" codes and micellaneous "M" codes. (1,2,4)
15. Describe the program structure. (4,5)
16. Read, interrupt and edit machine programs. (1,2,4,5)
17. Identify alphabetical address codes. (1)
18. Determine solutions for twist drill and endmill problems. (4)
19. Determine how to maintain part reliability and dimensional specifications for multiple parts. (5)
20. Adjust for tool nose compensation and determine solutions for tooling problems. (4)

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CNC201 Comp Aided Program CNC Mach

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
CNC 201. Computer Aided Programming for CNC Machining (3) (Spring). Two-dimensional designing of machinery parts using Feature Cam software. Includes design and illustration of the part, tooling sequencing, starting a lathe using Feature Cam, part cutting simulation, and Numerical Control Code. Prerequisite: CNC 101 (may be taken concurrently). Two lecture. Two lab.

COURSE CONTENT:
1. Tooling for Machining Centers.
2. Using FeatureCam.
3. Introduction to 2.5D milling.
4. Introduction to Turning.

LEARNING OUTCOMES:
1. Describe tooling used in a CNC Mill Machine. (1)
2. Produce a CADD drawing for CNC machines using Feature Cam. (2)
3. Produce a 2.5 D milling part. (3)
4. Manage a CNC lathe and Mill after Feature Cam programming for production of parts.(4)

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CNC202 3-D Program & Rapid Prototype

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
CNC 202. 3-D Programming and Rapid Protyping for CNC (4). Basic principles of 3-D programming and rapid prototyping for modern manufacturing applications. Prerequisite: CNC 201.Three lecture. Three lab.

COURSE CONTENT:
1. Features and 3-D CAD models
2. 3-D milling
3. 3-D scanner and rapid prototyping

LEARNING OUTCOMES:
1. Create a 3-D CAD model and manipulate its alignment. (1)
2. Setup automatic feature recognition. (1)
3. Setup hole and pocket recognition features. (1)
4. Create a slot feature. (1)
5. Create a 3-D surface feature. (2)
6. Create a surface milling feature. (2)
7. Import a 3-D Part. (2)
8. Select tool path and tool type strategies. (2)
9. Discuss 3-D scanning strategies. (3)
10. Review 3-D printing in plastic. (3)
11. Review 3-D machining from 3-D scans. (3)

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