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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 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. 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 CNC milling machines and lathes. One lecture. Three lab.

COURSE CONTENT:
1. Introduction to CNC machining
2. Shop math skills
3. Introduction to CNC milling
4. Introduction to CNC lathe

LEARNING OUTCOMES:
1. Apply machine shop safety principles. (1)
2. Describe the common types of injuries in material handling. (1)
3. Identify personal protective equipment to be used. (1)
4. Use proper lifting techniques. (1)
5. Clean and perform general housekeeping of lab equipment. (1)
6. Apply shop math fractions and decimals. (2)
7. Convert English to Metric units. (2)
8. Measure dimensional sizes with the correct machining language. (2)
9. Interpret a micrometer scale. (2)
10. Anaylyze basic lines and line characteristics. (2)
11. Identify the geometric symbols on a drawing and explain what they are. (2)
12. Use a coordinate graph or Cartesian coordinate system. (2)
13. Calculate speeds and feeds for a CNC mill. (2)
14. Turn on and home a CNC milling machine. (3)
15. Set up work offsets and tool offsets on CNC mill machine. (3)
16. Load mill programs and run in graphics mode. (3)
17. Identify machine codes. (3)
18. Identify and set tools in correct tool holders. (3,4)
19. Turn on and home a CNC lathe machine. (4)
20. Determine tool and work offset settings on CNC lathe. (4)
21. Load lathe programs and run in graphics mode. (4)

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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 miscellaneous "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 end mill 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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