Master Gunsmithing

Instruction Hours: 363

Length in Months: 38 (Self-Paced)

Course Description

How to Build a Semi-Auto G-3, HK-91 and CETME Rifle

International Firearms Expert John D. Bush takes you step-by-step through the process of building an ATFapproved G-3 semi-auto rifle using a new USA manufactured receiver and surplus parts. We include what parts you need to change to stay legal. Detailed coverage of the barreling process, head spacing, parts identification and inspection, and everything else you need to know. Both the stamped steel and forged aluminum receivers are shown and demonstrated. (1.5 hours.)

Build an AR-15 Rifle from a Parts Kit

Using parts from several of the top AR-15 manufacturers, Bob Dunlap takes you through the entire process of building up a rifle from parts. We include parts identification, installing and fitting all the parts, head spacing the barrel, final assembly, test firing and tuning. A number of aftermarket accessories are covered, along with examples and demonstrations of the tools required to make the job easy. (2 hours.)

How to do a Trigger Job on an AR-15

Improve your accuracy by modifying your trigger to break clean with a smooth light pull. Every detail is explained step by step. Improve your AR-15 with this straightforward course that teaches you the secrets of doing a professional trigger job for your specific model of firearm. Join American Gunsmithing Institute’s Master Gunsmith Robert Bob Dunlap as he shows how the trigger system works and why. Follow each step as he uses common tools to smooth the actions and shows how you can enhance the performance of your AR-15. (1 hour.)

Build your own M1 Garand from a Parts Kit

In this course, Master Armorer and International Firearms expert John D. Bush shows and demonstrates step-by-step: identifying, sorting, and selecting parts and receivers, checking parts for wear and fit, and a clear demonstration of the barreling and head spacing process. Along with total assembly and final fitting is a discussion on how to identify parts by manufacturer, interesting facts, and bits of history. This is the only complete course detailing everything you need to know to assemble an M-1 Garand from a parts kit. (2 hours.)

How to do a Trigger Job on an M1 Garand

Got a rough or heavy trigger pull? Improve your accuracy by modifying your trigger to break clean with a smooth light pull. Every detail is explained step by step. With the work shown in this course, your surplus or aftermarket Garand can have the same trigger pull that keeps this rifle competing on DCM ranges around the country. (1 hour.)

How to Rebarrel, "Blueprint" and Tune Military Mauser Rifle Actions

This course is designed to teach you how to super tune all the popular military bolt actions including Mauser’s, Enfield’s, Springfield’s, and Japanese Arisakas. We show you the hottest tuning and accurizing procedures. We tell you which models are safe to build up and which ones aren’t, including what works best with magnum cartridges. With this course, the focus is on tuning, strengthening, and accurizing the action so it performs to its maximum potential in both reliability and accuracy. In the typical American Gunsmithing Institute style, we show you how to perform each procedure and explain when and why you need to do them.

Here are just a few of the procedures we cover: weld up the firing pin hole, reshape the firing pin, machine the breech face, open the breech face for a magnum, super tune the extractor, make the extractor snap-over for reliability, lap the lugs – making the safety lug contact, extend the magazine box for longer cartridges, install recoil shoulders in the magazine box, open the rails to feed magnum cartridges, fit the magazine for reliable feeding, modify the front guard for bedding, and much more. There are dozens of custom modifications shown. Some are for reliability, others for accuracy, and many just for your personal taste. For example, we cover flaring the cocking piece runway, fitting the bolt stop and ejector, performing a trigger job, re-barreling, and head spacing. In addition, we show examples of many custom modifications you can perform, from customizing the bolt stop to how you can lighten the action to make a good mountain rifle without compromising strength. We walk you through each procedure step-by-step with the usual super-close-ups and simple explanations. We show you how and when you can perform procedures without expensive tooling and which tools are a must-have. We give you all the guidelines and techniques you need to follow in order to build an accurate, reliable, totally awesome customized military bolt-action rifle. (5 hours.)

The Business Success Tool Kit Series

Contained in this 12-audio CD set are the core secrets to operating ANY successful and profitable business. Hosted by American Gunsmithing Institute’s President and successful entrepreneur Gene Kelly, along with Professional Business Coach April Palmer, this course reveals:

• Step 1: Goal Setting that Works: The Designer Lifestyle and Business Vision You Always Wanted, but Didn’t Think You Could Have

• Step 2: Getting the Results You Want: Productivity and Profits Through a HighPerformance Environment

• Step 3: How to Survive an Economic Slump (or any business cycle change): Making Sound Financial Decisions in Difficult Times

• Step 4: How to Attract Business Like a Magnet: Creating the Promise That Sells!

• Step 5: Advertising and PR That Works!: Knocking Down the Door to Do Business With You

• Step 6: Turning Your Highest Sales per Customer: Giving Them Reasons to Buy, and Buy More!

• Step 7: Making Your Business Plan Come Alive!: Turning Great Ideas Into Action

The Information Package

6 CDs covering topics to advance your success even more…

• InterviewswithAmericanGunsmithingInstituteinstructors and, “how-to” information on shop set- up, flow, problem-solving, traps to avoid, and more.

• Exclusive gunsmithing first-ever Flat Rate Job Book (so you will immediately be the expert and know with confidence how much you should charge for your work).

• Tax Secrets that THEY Don’t Want You to Know About, audio cd. This video reveals what type of business structure you should consider having to protect yourself, what kinds of things can you write off, how many of your current expenses (rent, vehicle, gas, ammo, telephone, computer, travel, and more) could be deductible on your taxes.

Note: The Business Success Tool Kit Series and the Informational Package are bonus products included in the Master Gunsmithing Course and do not include certification testing. (11 hours.)

Testing and Certificate Requirements

When you complete each of the 8 segments in the Master Gunsmithing Course, (Introduction to Gunsmithing, Pistolsmithing, Shotguns,.22 Rimfire Rifles, Centerfire Rifles, Machine Shop Theory, Machine Shop Practical and Welding), you will take an examination to test your knowledge. When you pass each exam with a score of 80% or higher, you will pass that portion of the course and receive a Certificate of Completion.

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  • It is not a requirement in the state of California to obtain a Gunsmithing Certificate to practice gunsmithing. However, possessing a Gunsmithing Certificate will demonstrate a proven level of competence. A Federal Firearms License and State licenses are required to operate a gunsmithing business.
    The American Gunsmithing Institute’s approval to operate as a private postsecondary institution in the state of California is based on provisions of the California Private Postsecondary Education Act (CPPEA) of 2009 (California Education Code, Title 3, Division 10, Part 59, Chapter 8), which was effective January 1, 2010. The Bureau can be reached at 2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 400, Sacramento, CA 95833,, toll-free telephone number (888) 370-7589 or by fax (916) 263-1897.
    Professional Gunsmithing Courses not available to Oklahoma residents at this time.