Apr 15, 2024  
2023-2024 Academic Catalog 
2023-2024 Academic Catalog

Firearms Technologies, CTS

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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.

Program Outcomes

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

First Semester Total: 14

Second Semester Total: 14

Total Credits: 28

*Indicates prerequisite and/or corequisite needed. Check course description.

1 FT 100  is mandatory and will be held the first three days of the semester.

Classes may be taken as stand-alone electives with instructor approval. However, FT 100  must be completed before taking any additional FT courses.

Admission Guidelines

Prior to acceptance into the program, applicants must

  • submit to and pass a background check to prove their eligibility to own and possess firearms;
  • complete the Firearms Technologies application and pay a $67 non-refundable application fee; and
  • complete the FVCC Math Placement.
  • Proof of 55 (Level 1) or higher in Intro/Beginning Algebra on the FVCC Math Placement or an official copy of a transcript proving “C” or better in M065, its equivalent, or higher math course.
  • Students who cannot come to the FVCC campus to take the Pearson MyMathTest math placement can either access this remotely, with a test proctor, or use high school math placement alternatives. (Contact the OT Advisor at 406-756-4862 for more information.)

**Please note, once your application has been reviewed, you can expect to be contacted by FVCC Firearms instructors to set up an interview. All applicants are interviewed before final acceptance into the program.

Program Information

  • Loaded firearms are not permitted on campus.
  • Students are expected to know and adhere to all firearms safety protocols as provided in required course FT 100 .
  • Working knowledge of blueprint reading and precision measuring is recommended prior to enrolling.

Additional Costs

  • Students are expected to provide firearms and tools. See details on program information website.

Opportunities after Graduation

  • Firearms technology employment opportunities vary from self-employment to working for established firearms manufacturers. The growth of the firearms industry indicates an increase in the need for people skilled in the operation, modification, repair, and manufacture of firearms. Employment opportunities may be enhanced by combining training in firearms technology with advanced machining training.

Advising Information:

For more information about this program, contact the advisor.

Academic Advisor
Laurie Berg
OT 131
(406) 756-4862


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