Professional Gunsmithing Level I

Instruction Hours: 175

Length in Months: 32 (Self-Paced)

Course Description

Making Glocks Rock

In this course, we cover all the types of trigger modifications available by switching parts, using aftermarket parts, and even by modifying the factory originals. We review all the sights available for Glocks, detailing the differences between competition and combat-style sights. We show dozens of sighting options explained and honestly evaluated along with the installation of several sights, including laser and night sights.

We show you how to install extended magazine releases and slide stops and make them work even more effectively. We cover all aftermarket recoil springs and guide rod combinations while explaining why and when to use them. After reviewing a myriad of different magazine and grip accessories, we show you how to combine them to tailor the pistol and then cover aftermarket barrels and barrel fitting with great detail.

We show you how to convert your Glock pistol to another caliber or enhance the accuracy. We cover step-by-step how to get the most accuracy out of your Glock, as well as showing you several caliber conversions including a .22 caliber conversion, and even how to make your Glock into a rifle using the kit from Mech Tech. (3.5 hours.)

Custom Barreling Bolt Action Rifles

Using a Remington 700 action, Darrell Holland takes you through the complete process of custom re-barreling. After watching this course, you will understand everything you need to know to complete your re-barreling project from lathe set-up to final installation and fitting (even how to install a muzzle brake).

We start with choosing the right type of barrel for your application, and then we show you how to use the lathe to true the receiver and machine the lugs to create maximum contact for smooth but tight lock-up. We de-mystify the simple process of how to put a proper crown on a barrel and show you how to size, select and install a muzzle brake. Throughout the course, we also discuss safety issues so you understand the tolerances required as you build a safe, reliable, and barreled action. (2 hours.)

Glass Bedding Rifle Stocks for Accuracy

This is a definitive how-to instructional course on step-by-step glass bedding. By following our methods, you will greatly enhance the performance of your rifle. We cover all types of stocks including wood, composite, or plastic. The secrets of accuracy are explained along with tips on strengthening your stock. (2 hours.)

Selecting, Understanding and Buying Pistol and Rifle Scopes

More than 100 minutes of fast-moving detailed information will help you make an informed choice and save money by getting the most for your dollar. Numerous questions are answered such as: What is the best reticule type for you? What do you look for in construction and optics? How do you distinguish quality from junk – regardless of price? Dozens of models and types from various manufacturers are featured and explained. And, it includes proper mounting techniques. (1.5 hours.)

Building the Ultimate 1911 Pistol – A 3-Volume Course on 4 DVDs

The “Building the Ultimate 1911 .45 Auto” series in a three-volume set, with each one covering how to build a different purpose pistol and each expanding on the previous volume.

➢ Volume 1 gives you the information you need to convert your pistol into the Ultimate “Carry Gun” and covers tuning, barrels, accurizing, trigger jobs, sights, and installation of numerous custom features.

➢ Volume 2 takes you through the entire process of building a custom pistol from a frame and slide kit.

➢ Volume 3 provides you with everything you need to know to build a $2,500 HiCapacity Competition pistol from the ground up for pennies on the dollar.

The entire three-volume set contains more than 12.5 hours of insider information and is taught by Master Pistolsmith and competitive shooter Gene Shuey.

Super Tuning the Factory Rifle

In this course, Darrell Holland will show you how to cut your group sizes in half or more by improving the rifle’s function using existing parts and by employing the techniques of custom gun makers that you can do yourself. Save big bucks by saving your existing barrel by re-crowning, setting back, and re-throating the chamber. When to do cryo work and stress relieving of the barrel and when to avoid it is explained. Also, how to add a heavy pinned recoil lug, blueprinting the action and lapping the lugs, bedding for 100% contact, and all the details of perfect stock fit. Everything that you need to know to tune up your factory rifle is covered in this course. Although most applicable to the Remington 700 and Winchester Model 70 rifles, which are covered in detail, many of the techniques can be applied to numerous other models as well. (3.5 hours.)

Building the Custom Mauser Rifle

American Gunsmithing Institute’s Master Gunsmith Gene Shuey shows you each step, from removing old parts to installing and head spacing a new barrel. You will see a solid old military Mauser Ǯ98 transformed into a classic hunting rifle. We provide you with a thorough discussion and identification of Mauser actions, and then we teach you each of the following steps:

Selecting actions:

• Removing the old hardware and barrel from the action using a barrel vise

• Selecting barrels, considerations

• Installing, reaming, and head spacing a barrel

• Muzzle brake installation

• Custom floor plate installation

• Bolt handle modifications

• Installing sights and soldering

• Selecting a stock in-letting and contouring the stock

• Basic checkering concepts

• Stock refinishing concepts

• Triggers

• Slings

• Custom accessories

FFL Gunsmithing Starter Kit

You’ll receive the vital information you need to become a Federal Firearm License (FFL). This will give you access to restricted parts, and you can even offer extra services like buying and reselling firearms. The kit also comes with gunsmith logs, 50 repair tags and a repair invoice book, along with sources to order more supplies as needed. We also include a CD with a recording from an earlier teleseminar answering many questions about getting your FFL.

A Fully Indexed Video Reference Guide

With this guide, you can instantly access needed information anywhere in the video course. This will not only help you with the course but will also be extremely valuable to you when you need to make a specific repair. You will be able to locate any part of the training, specific repair or troubleshooting on more than 136 makes and models of firearms almost instantly.

Technical Reference Manuals

These manuals contain detailed exploded drawings, diagrams, and parts lists of hundreds of different makes and models of firearms. You will use these manuals daily as you make repairs, order parts, and run your business.

American Gunsmithing Institute’s Oil Mat

This oil mat is specially constructed for the American Gunsmithing Institute and treated to prevent oils and solvents from penetrating through and ruining your table or shop bench. You’ll find it extremely useful in your day-to-day gunsmithing activities.

Testing and Certificate Requirements

When you complete each of the 5 segments in the Professional Gunsmithing Level I Course (Introduction to Gunsmithing, Pistolsmithing, Shotguns, .22 Rimfire Rifles and Centerfire Rifles), 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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