Yavapai Gunsmithing School


Yavapai College

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

Program Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of the Gunsmithing Degree program, the learner will be able to:

  1. Safely operate hand and machine tools common to the gunsmithing trade.
  2. Use measuring tools such as micrometers, indicators, verniers and various gauges.
  3. Use a computer to develop ballistic data and to document research assignments.
  4. Completely disassemble firearms for metal refinishing and reassembly.
  5. Identify different rifle operating systems.
  6. Identify different shotgun operating systems including maintenance, repair and customization.
  7. Lay out, duplicate, inlet, fit, glass bed, install accessories, apply finish, and checker the Classic American rifle stock.
  8. Perform computer assisted drafting operations on a personal computer.
  9. Identify, repair and extensively modify pistols and revolvers.
  10. Install rifle barrels using proven methods to enhance accuracy.
  11. Plan, set-up, make, and install specialty accessories frequently encountered in the firearms industry.
  12. Communicate professionally with customers and vendors.
  13. Develop a business plan, complete with demographics, suitable for a small business loan application.
  14. Develop marketing tools such as brochures and ads.
  15. Develop an accurate price list for performing technical services.


Gunsmithing Program Schedule

General and Program-Specific Requirements:

Course Course Title Hours
I.  General Education
  A.  Foundation Studies (12 credits)
       1.  College Composition or Applied Communication – Select Option a, b, or c:
       a.  Writing (6 credits)
Choose from Approved List   [see all applied communication/writing courses]

       b.  Writing AND Communication (6 credits)
1.  Writing (3)   [see all applied communication/writing courses]

AND 2.  Communication (3)   [see all applied communication/comm. courses]

        c.  College Composition (6 credits)
ENG101 College Composition I 3
OR ENG103 College Composition I Honors 3
ENG102 College Composition II 3
OR ENG104 College Composition II Honors 3
       2.  Numeracy (3 credits)
Choose from Approved List   [see all quantitative literacy courses]

       3.  Critical Thinking (3 credits)
Choose from Approved List   [see all critical thinking courses]

    B.  Area Studies (7 credits)
       1.  Physical and Biological Science (4 credits)
Choose from Approved List   [see all physical & biological science courses]

        2.  Behavioral and Social Science (3 credits)
a,  Behavioral Science (3)    [see all behavioral science courses]

OR b.  Social Science (3)   [see all social science courses]

II.  Gunsmithing Requirements
GST100 Apprentice Gunsmithing 10
GST150 Journeyman Gunsmithing 10
GST200 Professional Gunsmithing 10
GST250 Master Gunsmithing 10
III.  Related Requirements 
BSA102 Career Search and Success 1

Yavapai College
1100 East Sheldon Street
Prescott, AZ 86301
Phone: 520-776-2150
Lakewood, CO 80215
Phone: 800-234-4594