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GUNSMITHING

BACHELOR OF APPLIED TECHNOLOGY

ASSOCIATE OF APPLIED SCIENCE

Murray State College’s Gunsmithing program was started in 1979 and provides training in custom gunsmithing and gun repair. We are the home of the first and only Bachelor of Applied Technology (BAT) degree in Gunsmithing in the nation. Students develop the basic knowledge and skills needed to become professional gunsmiths. The two-year and four-year program teaches all aspects of building and repairing firearms. 

Gunsmithing - Program Overview

Murray State College’s Gunsmithing program mission is to prepare a diverse Gunsmithing student population for a successful and productive career in the field of Gunsmithing.

Gunsmithing is a very popular program nationwide and abroad. The Gunsmithing Program teaches all aspects of building and repairing firearms. Each student will build three firearms while attending the two-year program and students get to keep what they build.Murray State College Gunsmithing students will have the opportunity to gain special skills and professionalism that will provide them with numerous fields of gunsmithing. Successful gunsmiths will be able to practice in many different areas from basic repair to specialty custom work.


Students will have the opportunity to attend various gun shows such as Vegas Shot Show, NRA Convention and the American Custom Gunmaker’s Guild Show in Dallas, Texas just to name a few.Gunsmithing classes are hands-on and in-person. No online gunsmithing classes are offered at this time. Gunsmithing classes are held 8am-5pm Monday-Thursday every week. There are not gunsmithing classes on Friday. There are general education classes that are needed to fulfill both the AAS degree and the BAT degree, along with the gunsmithing classes. Most of the general education classes can be taken online or transferred from another accredited institution.

The entire AAS degree in Gunsmithing Technology is two, full years (4 semesters). The BAT degree is four, full years (8 semesters). Even if the classes transfer from another institution, it is still 4 - 8 full semesters to finish the GS program, because you must take and pass classes in the fall to continue with classes in the spring. If you have taken gunsmithing classes elsewhere, some may transfer and some may not. The general education classes are similar for both degrees; however, there are eight additional general education classes (26 credit hours) for the BAT degree.

Please reference the degree sheets for the general education classes that are needed. 

 

Areas of Study

  • Stockmaking & Stock Repair
  • Rebarreling
  • Metal Re-finishing (various finishes)
  • Repair of Firearms
  • Specialty Classes
  • CNC (Computer Numerical Control)
  • AutoCAD (Computer Aided Design)
  • Machine Shop (Lathe and Mill)
  • Reloading & Ballistics
  • Tig Welding
  • Accurizing
  • Pistolsmithing & Repair
  • Riflesmithing & Repair

Monday - Thursday

  • 8AM - 12PM
  • 1PM - 5PM

Friday

  • 8AM - 12PM

 

 

Applying to the Gunsmithing Program

Thank you for your interest in the Gunsmithing program! We have specific application procedures that are outlined below. 

Apply to Murray State College

  • 18 years of age or older with a high school diploma or GED; 18 by the start of classes in late Aug, so if applicant turns 18 in July or early Aug, they can still apply!

  • 2 page MAXIMUM cover letter/short biography and work history from the past 3-5 years (See candidate checklist for more instructions and turn in to GS Department) 

  • Authority Release Form for background check that must be notarized. (turn in to GS Department)

  • ACT/SAT/Placement Scores, Official Transcripts from all Colleges and High Schools and Immunization Records (please send these to MSC's Registrar's office first, then request a copy be sent to GS Department)

    • ACT/SAT is not required, however a placement test must be taken if no ACT/SAT scores. If the composite ACT score is below 19, a placement test must be taken as well. Placement tests may be taken here at MSC or another designated location such as a local college. For more information regarding this, please call 580-387-7304 or email: testingcenter@mscok.edu
  • Copy of DD-214 (Veterans only, must be discharged from active duty by start of fall semester and turn in to GS Department)

  • Attend in person Interview (applicant will be notified with interview date after all paperwork is turned in)

  • Background check *please do not complete this until notification to do so; 

  • Research Assignment - BAT ONLY (See "BAT Gunsmithing Candidate Checklist" ) 

Applications are accepted year round; however, a maximum of 30 students are accepted for the AAS freshman class and 20 for the BAT class beginning in the fall of each year (August start). We will begin interviews for the AAS 2024 school year in November 2023! The students will be made aware of acceptance or rejection by April/May (June if necessary) of 2024. Acceptance is not automatic, each student is chosen on their own merit. 

Applications received after May 30, 2024 will be considered for the following school year. 

International Student Checklist

International Applicants: please call the office for more information.

  • If you are an international student, you may need to be accepted to the Gunsmithing Technology program first and then continue with the application process to Murray State College. 

*Applying does not guarantee acceptance.

Gunsmithing (A.A.S.) - Semester Breakdown

*Note: This is a possible schedule. Most gen eds can be switched around and taken whenever the student can fit it in their schedule. There are only a few that are set in certain semesters: COL 1211 is fall only (or summer before the first full fall semester), BM 1403 is spring only, MTH 1123 is fall only and ENG 1333 is usually fall only.

Required General Education Classes: 6 total credit hours of ENG/COM, 3 credit hours MTH, 3 credit hours BM, 3 credit hours HST, 3 credit hours GVT, and 1 credit hour COL (if needed) = 18 (OR) 19 total credit hours of general education classes

 

*Gunsmithing Elective Classes are Available as Schedule Allows

*Eight Week General Education Classes are Available, Except for Business Math

Fall Semester Spring Semester 
GS 1001 Basic Firearm Maintenance  GS 2122 Intro to Firearms Repair II
GS 1012 Gun bluing GS 2223 General Metals
GS 1113 Intro to Firearms Repair I GS 2324 Machine Metal Work I
GS 1213 Bench Metal GS 1911 Technician Development 
GS 1313 Machine Tool Practices  GS 2613 Riflesmithing
GS 1512 Blueprint Reading  GS 1372 Riflesmithing 1 Auxiliary 
GS 1362 Machine Tool Auxiliary  BM 1403 Business Math
COL 1211 Success Strategies (if needed, summer before option)  
ENG 1113 (OR) ENG 1333 (OR) SPC 1113 (OR) COM 1233  
(OR) MTH 1123, MTH 1513  

Required General Education Classes As Needed to Complete Degree

*Eight Week General Education Classes are Available

Fall Semester Spring Semester
GS 2023 Metal Finishing GS 2142 Firerams Repair IV
GS 2133 Firearms Repair III GS 2163 Applied Repair Techniques 
GS 2623 Stockmaking I GS 2333 Machine Metal Work II
GS 2653 Shotgunsmithing  GS 2521 Gun Store Management 
GS 2382 Repair Auxiliary GS 2633 Pistolsmithing 
HST 1483 (OR) HST 1493 GS 2392 Machine Shop Auxiliary  
ENG 1213 (OR) ENG 1333 (OR) SPC 1113 (OR) COM 1233 (OR) BC 2133 (Prereq ENG 1113) GVT 1113 American Federal Government 
(OR) MTH 1123, MTH 1513  

Gunsmithing (B.A.T.) - Semester Breakdown

*Note: This is a possible schedule. Most gen ed courses can be switched around and taken whenever the student can fit it in their schedule. There are only a few that are set in certain semesters: COL 1211 is fall only (or summer before the first full fall semester), BM 1403 is spring only, MTH 1123 is fall only and ENG 1333 is usually fall only.

Required General Education Classes: 9 total credit hours of ENG/COM, 3 credit hours MTH, 8 total credit hours of Lab Science, 3 credit hours of Liberal Arts, 3 credit hours of Arts& Science, 6 total credit hours of Humanities, 3 credit hours HST, 3 credit hours GVT, 3 credit hours of CIS, and 1 credit hour COL (if needed) = 41 (OR) 42 total credit hours of general education classes

 

*Gunsmithing Elective Classes are Available as Schedule Allows

*Eight Week General Education Classes are Available, Except for Business Math

Fall Semester  Spring Semester 
Lab Science  Lab Science 
GS 1001 Basic Firearm Maintenance  GS 1112 Firearm Theory 2
GS 1102 Firearm Theory 1  GS 1602 Muzzleloader Rifle
ENG 1113 Comp 1/ENG 1333 Applied Tech Writing ENG 1213 Comp 2/SPC 1113
COL 1211 Success Strategies (if needed)  GS 1911 Technician Development 
Humanities Elective  Humanities Elective 
CIS 1113 Computer Applications   

 

Required General Education Classes As Needed to Complete Degree

*Eight Week General Education Classes are Available

Fall Semester  Spring Semester 
GS 1012 Gunbluing GS 2122 Intro to Firearms Repair 2 
GS 1113 Intro to Firearms Repair 1 GS 2223 General Metals
GS 1213 Bench Metal GS 2324 Machine Metal Work 1
GS 1313 Machine Tool Practices GS 2613 Riflesmithing
GS 1512 Bluepring Reading SPC 1113/COM 1233
MTH 1123 Tech Math/MTH 1513  

Required General Education Classes As Needed to Complete Degree

*Eight Week General Education Classes are Available

Fall Semester   Spring Semester 
GS 2023 Metal Finishing GS 4142 Advanced Firearms Repair 2
GS 3133 Advanced Firearms Repair 1 GS 4163 Applied firearms repair
GS 2623 Stockmaking I GS 3333 Precision Machining
GS 3653 Assessment and Improvements for the modern Shotgun GS 2521 Gun Store Management 
HST 1483 (OR) HST 1493  GS 3633 Custom Pistolsmithing 

 

Required General Education Classes As Needed to Complete Degree

*Eight Week General Education Classes are Available

Fall Semester    Spring Semester  
GS 4033 Tools fixtures and Processes for Gunsmithing GS 4042 Firearms Restoration
GS 4696 Custom Metalsmithing Capstone GS 4683 Design and Development of Custom Revolvers
GS 4983 Industry Leadership Development GS 4686 Stockmaking Capstone
Arts and Sciences Elective  GVT 1113 American Federal Government 
Liberal Arts Elective   

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