Firearms Technologies, CTS

This certificate program is designed to provide a solid foundation in theory, design, and function of firearms and prepares students for entry-level positions in the firearms industry and provides a building block toward owning a business as a gunsmith. This program contains both lecture and significant hands-on training designed to instill an understanding of the design and function of today’s firearms. Practical application of knowledge in a safe and professional manner is stressed. Emphasis is placed upon the completion of several gunsmith projects from blueprints and schematics using a combination of both hand and machine tools. The student will acquire the basic knowledge to get started customizing guns. This program provides a clear understanding of firearms function, enabling graduates to assist with design or tolerance issues in a manufacturing environment. Students who complete the program leave with a collection of specialty tools for the repair or customization of firearms. Upon completion of this program, students will be able to

  • Use precision measuring tools such as micrometers, calipers, indicators, and various specialized gauges as they apply to firearms;
  • Operate manual lathe machines, including common work holding set-ups to perform gunsmithing services or custom work;
  • Prepare metal to a desired finished state;
  • Diagnose and troubleshoot a variety of firearms informed by the knowledge base of how to correct malfunctions, restoring the firearm to safe and reliable condition;
  • Recognize and understand the operation of various firearms systems; and
  • Understand firearm accuracy and the many variables that affect it.
Required Courses


Fall Semester


First Semester Total: 14


Spring Semester


Second Semester Total: 14


Total Credits: 28


*Indicates prerequisite and/or corequisite needed. Check course description.
1FT 100 is mandatory and will be held the first three days of the semester.
2Classes may be taken as stand-alone electives with instructor approval. However, FT 100 must be completed before taking any additional FT courses.

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