Feb 25, 2016

FVCC Accepting Applications for Firearms Technologies Program

Flathead Valley Community College is accepting applications for its Firearms Technologies Certificate Program until 4 p.m. on April 29 pending available space.

Now in its third year, this two-semester certificate program is designed to provide a solid foundation in theory, design and function of firearms. Students who successfully complete the program will be prepared for entry-level positions in the firearms industry and will have a better understanding and knowledge base for owning a gunsmith business. The program contains both lecture and significant hands-on training designed to instill an understanding of the design and function of today’s firearms. Courses will begin in the fall.

Course topics will include firearms introduction and safety, mill and lathe systems, bench metal techniques, firearms repair, machine tools for gunsmiths and precision rifle building.

“FVCC has the only Firearms Technologies Certificate Program of its kind in the country,” said FVCC Firearms Technologies Coordinator Fred Zeglin. “Students are challenged to develop skills that are not part of any other program.”

Applicants must be at least 18 years old and able to legally own and possess firearms. A background check is required for all students who are accepted into the program.

The program was developed to build upon a foundational machining background, which is provided through the college’s Tier I Machining Certificate Program. Tier 1 Machining courses will be offered at FVCC this summer. Firearms Technologies Program applicants with industry experience may opt to bypass the Tier 1 Machining Certificate Program by requesting testing and/or instructor consent.

Prospective students must apply both to the Firearms Technologies Program and for admission to FVCC. Firearms Technologies Program applications are available online at or in the Admissions Office in Blake Hall on the FVCC Kalispell campus. For more information, contact Will Richards at 756-4862 or