Classes in the Gunsmithing program for Fall 2014 are full

We are no longer accepting applications for Fall 2015 (as of 1/15/2015). WE ARE FULL

Gunsmithing Application Fall 2016 Process

Step Process Complete
1. Apply for Yavapai College Admissions and obtain student ID number (Y#) by going to*.
*Note you will not be registered in the Gunsmithing program after this step.
2. Email the following 3 items to
  1. Your Yavapai College student ID # (Y number)
  2. Copy of your Driver’s License
  3. Copy of your concealed carry permit (doesn’t matter which state it originates from) OR send copy of a current Federal Background check. (Call 866-987-3767 – Inquiries, Inc. They will email you the information you will need to request a “personal federal background check”. Background checks should not be done before December 11th, 2015.
3. Prior to filling out the online Gunsmithing application complete Steps #1 & #2
4. Complete the online Gunsmithing Program application and submit it.
Gunsmithing Application will open on January 11, 2016 at 8:00 a.m. Arizona Time.

The BEST Gunsmithing Program in the Nation! We have worked for years to make our Gunsmithing program the best in the nation. Once we achieved that, we worked to change the delivery structure so that people who wanted to get the best education available could get it. You can now achieve an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Gunsmithing if you are serious about working to be the best custom Gunsmith you can be.

Program Focus The focus of our program is to provide the graduating student with enough knowledge to acquire employment in some area of the custom gun trade, whether being an employee or a small business owner.

If your goal is to be a firearm repairman this may not be the best school for you.

  • header1
  • header2
  • Header3
  • Header4
  • Header5
  • header6
  • header7
  • Header8
  • Header9
  • Header10

Degrees & Certificates

The structure of this program pivots on custom firearms, stocks, rifles, handguns, and shotguns. This type of gunsmith requires the ability to competently operate machine tools, therefore a great deal of time will be spent in the machine shop acquiring these skills.

 AAS in Gunsmithing

Associate of Applied Science Degrees:

AAS - Gunsmithing

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




The Gunsmithing certificate prepares the student for direct employment as a gunsmith in an established shop.

Gunsmithing - Advanced

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.

 Gunsmithing School Application

Mark your calendar for January 2nd 2015 to turn in the following 3 items.

  • Yavapai College student ID#. (Go through the admissions process at )
  • Gunsmithing Application (You will find this application at beginning January 2nd, 2015 - It can be filled out and submitted online)
  • If you are 21 or older mail a copy of your concealed carry permit to please reference your student ID #.
    If you are 18-20 you will need to request a personal federal background check – Call Susie Check for instructions 928.717.7761


To schedule an appointment with an academic advisor for the Gunsmithing program, contact Jeremy Gray at 928.776.2127 or

Please call Susie Check 928.717.7761 if you have any questions or want to set up a tour of the facility.

Tours are done on the 1st and 3rd Fridays at 10am. (Except in the Summer then it would be the 1st and 3rd Thursday.)

 Gunsmithing School Instructors
Name and Title Bio............
Alan LohrAlan Lohr;
YC Lead Gunsmithing Instructor
30 years of machine shop experience. He is known for precision and attention to detail.
Rachel WellsRachel Wells;
Adjunct Faculty
Renowned engraver who has 32 years experience, 25 years teaching at YC. She was the first women to achieve professional status in the FEGA.
Bob SzwedaBob Szweda;
Adjunct Faculty
Has been the stock making instructor at YC for 15 years. He also owns a business stocking high-end rifles and shotguns.
Dan PedersenDan Pedersen;
Adjunct Faculty
Dan was the in-house barrel maker for the late Fred Wells of Wells Sports Store. Dan is a quiet, serious instructor who is proud of his work. He has been teaching his craft for 7 years.

Contact Information

Alan Lohr