Basic Gunsmithing

Description: This course introduces students to full disassembly, reassembly, and functions of a variety of firearm types. We will cover action/trigger jobs, alterations not requiring machine work and familiarization with basic gunsmithing techniques. Students will learn how to handle firearms safely and professionally. Students will perform action jobs on their personal firearms while learning what each part does. Students will be taught how to diagnose common malfunctions and how to repair them. Student must possess either a pistol purchase permit from the local Sheriff’s office or a state issued concealed carry permit.

Course Meeting Information
90 Hours (Students must attend all 90 hours to receive certificate of completion for the course)

Course Cost: Tuition: $200.00

Advanced Gunsmithing

Description: This course is a continuation of the basic Gunsmithing class.

Students will build off their previously acquired knowledge in the basic class and learn to perform more advanced repairs and alternatives. Students will learn how to precisely measure and make machine parts for the customization of their personal firearms. We will cover Cerakote and other metal finishes. Students will have the opportunity to refinish and customize wood and composite stocks. We will have ample time for students to bring in their personal projects to learn on.

Course Meeting Information
90 Hours (Students must attend all 90 hours to receive certificate of completion for the course)

Course Cost: Tuition: $200.00

Course Meeting Location(s)
CAM (Center for Advanced Manufacturing), 870 Gastonia Technology Parkway, Dallas Campus) Dallas Campus Map 

Estimated Course Costs for Basic and Advanced:
$300.00 – 400.00 (a list of required tools and resources for ordering will be given to you on the first day of class)

* Screwdriver Kit
* Needle file
* Punch set
* Stone kit
* 8 oz. Ballpeen hammer
* Cleaning brush set (nylon, steel, and bronze)
* Non-marring hammer (required for projects)
* Cleaning kit with preferred 1-piece cleaning rod

Endmills, taps and other machining related tooling will be provided by Computer-Integrated Machining/Welding Technology. 

Resources for ordering tools:
Brownells –
Midway USA –
Midwest Gun Works –

Student tools should be on order to be received by second week of class.

What to bring – No live ammunition is allowed – Do not bring a gun on the first day of class.

* Gun for projects you’ll be working on
* Lockable gun case
* Safety glasses
* Closed toe shoes
* Flash drive (for copies of information shared by instructor)
* Pen and paper


* Must be age 18 or older
* Student must provide proof of eligibility to possess a firearm (see below)
* A background or skills in machining is helpful but not required.
* Books are optional – as indicated by instructor Matthew Bowen
* Student must be eligible to possess a firearm in North Carolina and maintain that eligibility throughout enrollment in the class.
* Student must provide proof of eligibility to possess a firearm with the following acceptable documentation:

** Any current, valid State-issued permit to purchase a firearm (must be issued within 60 days of enrollment) – if student doesn’t have or can’t get permit within 60 days a gun shop can do a NICS (National Instant Criminal Background Check) OR
** current, valid State-issued conceal carry permit from North Carolina OR
** A current, valid State-issued conceal carry permit from a reciprocal conceal carry agreement with North Carolina OR
** A background check from an approved agency to determine eligibility to possess a firearm in North Carolina

If documentation is not provided to the instructor on the first day of class, acceptance into the class will be denied. 

Pre-registration and pre-payment are required to attend this course.
Registration Options:
Go to Gaston College WebAdvisor, select Continuing Education. Under the gold Registration bar click Register and Pay for Continuing Education Classes, then in Search for (Key Word) textbox type in “GUN” and click Submit at the bottom of the webpage. Select the class you wish to take using the check box on the left side of the table, click Submit, and complete the requested information.

Notes when using Online registration:

* If you have an address change, name change, etc., we will need this updated information so we can contact you in case of a class change/cancellation or refund. Entering different information on the registration form will not update any existing records. If your information has changed, please call or email the Registration Department at 704-922-6232 or
* Online registration is not an option for all classes, or if the course fee will be waived. Credit card payments will only be accepted with Online and Walk In registration.
* You cannot DROP/WITHDRAW from classes using Web Advisor. If you need to drop or withdraw prior to the class start date, please contact the Registration Department at 704.922.6232 or


Walk-in (payment is due at the time of registration)
CE Registration Department
MYERS CENTER – 2nd floor
201 Highway 321 South, Dallas, NC 28034
Monday-Thursday 8am-5pm, Friday 8am-11am
Dallas Campus Map

Refund Policy

If a student officially drops from a class or classes before the 10 percent date of the class(es), a 75 percent tuition refund will be given for the class(es) dropped. A 100% refund will be made if the student drops from the class prior to the class start date. No refunds will be given after the 10 percent date. If a course fails to materialize, refunds are automatically processed. (The refund policy is subject to change. Refunds of tuition will be issued in accordance with the current state and college policy.) To request a refund or transfer, please email or call 704-922-6232.

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