What You'll Learn
The online gunsmith training program is comprised of 19 easy-to-follow lessons. Each lesson builds your skills starting with the fundamentals and quickly advances to more challenging, hands-on projects to help you succeed as a gunsmith. You’ll study essential topics such as…
- Cleaning procedures
- Semiautomatic shotguns
- Bolt action rifles
- Correcting accuracy problems
- Installing scopes
Lesson 1: Deciding on a Repair
Lesson 2: Work Area, Special Tools and Supplies
Basic inspections; head space checks; dummy cartridges; firing pin indent; stocks; barrel crown; knowing your capabilities and limits; safety precautions.
Lesson 3: Hand and Power Tools
Your work and storage areas; clamping vise; collimator; crosshair gauges; drill jigs; front sight pusher; head space gauges; broken case remover; plating kits; getting parts; thinking like a gunsmith.
Lesson 4: Routine Maintenance
Screwdrivers; loosening and tightening screws; hex wrenches; vises; hammers; mallets; punches; chisels; files; polishing stones; sanders; drill presses; grinding tools; lathes; polishing wheels; checkering tools.
Lesson 5: Lever Action Rifles
The importance of cleaning; solvents; cleaning procedures; strip cleaning; oiling; stocks; de-greasing; cold bluing; routine checks; replacing parts; power cleaning.
Lesson 6: Semiautomatic Rimfire Rifles
The operation cycle; buttstock; lower tang group; locking block; bolt assembly; lever, link, bolt and cartridge carrier; loading gate; carrier spring; magazine and barrel; common Winchester Model '94 problems.
Lesson 7: Pump-Action Shotguns
The operation cycle; stock; action; bolt; handle; action spring; trigger and trigger guard; common problems.
Lesson 8: Semiautomatic Shotguns
The operation cycle; barrel; fore-end unit; magazine; spring; retainer; follower; stock; triggerplate group; carrier group; breechbolt group; shell latches; reassembly and replacement; common problems.
Lesson 9: Bolt Action Rifles
The operation cycle; buttstock; triggerplate assembly; carrier and carrier latch assemblies; action-spring assembly; breechblock assembly; cartridge stop; magazine; common shotgun problems.
Lesson 10: Correcting Accuracy Problems
Firing mechanisms; bolt assembly movement; cartridge extraction and ejection; the safety; disassembly; characteristics of common bolt-action models.
Lesson 11: Installing Scopes
Accuracy defined; how actions and ammunition affect accuracy; bedding; fixing the crown; fouling; bore wear; trigger; buttplates; pads; sighting equipment.
Lesson 12: Bedding the Barrel and Action
Leveling the mount; removing plug screws; bases and rings; eye relief; aligning crosshairs; screw tightening; bore sighting.
Lesson 13: Triggers
Why bedding is important; stock inletting; barrel and action bedding; fitting and bedding synthetic stocks.
Lesson 14: Testing Repairs Safely
Safeties and Crowning Barrels. Safety testing the trigger assembly; trigger installation; how safeties work; trigger-pull weight; backlash adjustment; sear engagement; cautions.
Lesson 15: Repairing and Refinishing Stocks
Function testing; "absence of body" test firing; the importance of inspecting; trigger and safety tests; live vs. dummy ammunition; checks and safety precautions.
Lesson 16: Installing a Recoil Pad
Preparing the stock for bonding repairs; how to clamp; epoxy bonding; pinning for strength; contouring; finishing; restoring the checkering.
Lesson 17: Ammunition
Two workable approaches; separate shaping with a recoil pad jig; shaping a pad attached to the buttstock.
Lesson 18: Single- and Double-Action Revolvers
Ammunition and accuracy; shooting groups to gauge accuracy; limitations of factory loads and handloads; maintaining ammunition uniformity; shooting benches and gun rests.
Lesson 19: Semiautomatic Pistols
Function testing; mechanics of the revolver; disassembly; head space; barrel-to-cylinder gap; timing; cylinder alignment; troubleshooting and basic maintenance; single-action revolver problems; sights.
Semiautomatic pistol systems; smoothing for more reliability; adjusting trigger pull; customizing; sights; custom grips; disassembly; troubleshooting; care and maintenance; tuning for high-performance ammunition.
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What You Get
Complete our Gunsmithing school lessons on your terms. Start on your schedule, study on your terms and move ahead quickly. We’ve removed the obstacles so that you can easily succeed. Your tuition covers:
- Comprehensive textbook and study guides
- Open-book, online exams
- Brownell’s Supply Catalog
- Dedicated academic support and tutoring
- Career search and time management guides
- Participation in the Student Community
- Career Services powered by CareerBuilder®
- One-year Silver Membership in the Gun Club of America ($360 value). Benefits include a bi-monthly shooting magazine and Guntech, a two hour, monthly DVD magazine that provides valuable information for the gunsmith and the gun enthusiast alike.
At graduation you’ll receive a personalized diploma and you may attend our annual graduation ceremony. It’s an important step toward achieving your career goals.
We’ve cleared the way. Start your gunsmith training today. Speak with an Admissions Advisor at 1-800-957-5412 or enroll online now.