Gunsmithing

The first gunsmithing courses were designed and offered at TSJC in 1947 by P.O. Ackley. Since that time the program has developed into a two year Gunsmithing Degree Program that is designed to train individuals with the basic concepts and skills needed by the professional gunsmith. Course work at the basic and advanced level includes: bench metal, machining operations, gun repair and stockmaking. A wide variety of specialized courses such as checkering, revolversmithing, competitive rifles, shotgunsmithing and pistolsmithing are also offered. All persons enrolled in the Gunsmithing Program must be able to legally own firearms.

Mission Statement
The Gunsmithing program prepares students for employment as a gunsmithing, providing them with a broad based educational experience, which includes as broad spectrum curriculum and practical hands on education in the use of gunsmithing hand tools, gunsmithing machine tools, firearms repair, stockmaking, and customizing firearms.

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Degrees/Certificates:

  • AAS - Gunsmithing
  • Certificate - Brownell's Am Firearms Tech Instructor
  • Certificate - Gunsmithing Fine Arts
  • Certificate - Gunsmithing Technician

Note:
The application deadline for the Fall 2016 semester is TBD.


TSJC Gunsmithing Site Map


Gainful Employment Information


Plan of Study




 IMPORTANT:

Acceptance into the Gunsmithing School is determined on a point system criterion. If there are more applicants than space available, the applicants with the highest scores will be admitted first. If a space becomes available due to a student declining admission, the applicant with the next highest score will be contacted. Unsuccessful applicants will be notified and can reapply the next semester. Students who have been accepted but decline admissions must reapply if they would like to attend at a later date.
 
Students seeking admission into the Gunsmithing School must complete the following requirements. All required documents should be mailed (unless otherwise noted) to the Career and Technical Education (CTE) department at:
 
Trinidad State Junior College
CTE Department
600 Prospect St., Campus Box 331
Trinidad, CO 81082




Program Learning Outcomes
Students graduating with a certificate or Associate of Applied Science degree in Gunsmithing will be prepared to:

  • Demonstrate proficiency in gunsmithing bench skills including hand tools, metallurgy, tool design, part manufacturing and fitting, soldering, and custom work.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the use of machine tools including barrel fitting, part manufacturing, tools and fixtures, and customization of firearms.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in basic gunstock making skills including gunstock design, gunstock furniture, inletting, shaping and stock finishing.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in firearms repair including firearms operation, troubleshooting, disassembly and reassembly, parts fitting, and firearms maintenance.



Gunsmithing AAS Degree  73 credit hours

Required General Education courses
Math 107 or above - 3
English 115, or 121 - 3
Nine credit hours from the following:
    Science, Social & Behavior Science, Business, Accounting or Speech                     
TOTAL General Education requirements - 15

Required Gunsmithing Elective courses     
Approved GUS elective courses to be selected from those courses marked * on attached Gunsmithing Program Course Catalog Descriptions.
TOTAL Gunsmithing Elective requirements - 3

GUS AAS Degree - Certificate - Tuition/Fees - Course Descriptions - Required Supplies




Gunsmithing AAS Degree  73 credit hours

Required General Education courses

Math 107 or above 3
English 115, or 121 3
Nine credit hours from the following:
 Science, Social & Behavior Science, Business, Accounting or Speech                     
TOTAL General Education requirements 15

Required Gunsmithing Elective courses

Approved GUS elective courses to be selected from those courses marked * on Gunsmithing Program Course Catalog Descriptions.

TOTAL Gunsmithing Elective requirements 3




If you have questions about the Gunsmithing admissions process, please contact:
800-621-8752




Notes:
Random drug testing of Gunsmithing students may be required as permitted by college policy.
Colorado law forbids any person under the age of 18 to possess a handgun. Students must be 18 years or older before the Gunsmithing courses they are enrolled in begin.