Design & Function 2 Course

A gunsmith student applying his knowledge and skills to diagnose, troubleshoot and repair a handgun.

Design and Function 2 Course

Students apply the knowledge and skills obtained in past course work to complete customer firearm repairs in the Repairs 2 Lab. This course is the crux of the program. The lab segment includes specialty tool development and further diagnosis and repair of firearms from the Repair Department.  If a student so chooses, they may work on some of their own firearms as approved by the instructional staff.  The final part of Design & Function 2 (D&F) allows for the student to specialize in a certain aspect of the industry. Students are required to complete a specialization project scheduled for 150 hours.  This is an opportunity for students to specialize in their particular area of interest. The student can choose their project as long as it is gun related, legal, safe, and school supported. There may be additional costs depending upon what the student builds for a specialization project or projects depending on time available. The CNC Machining Lab is an option for a project completed during the specialization lab.


CNC MACHINING LAB (Additional lab fee – Optional)

Computer Numerically Controlled Machining is an optional lab available to students in specialization. It covers the basics of CNC machining practices in common industry-type CNC machines.  The student will learn programming on CNC mills and lathes. The objective of the course is to acquaint students with CNC practices they will be exposed to in the firearms industry.


Not all students will qualify to take the CNC Machining Lab.  Students must have a minimum of 90 hours of specialization time available.  Preference is then given based on attendance, overall GPA and machine shop GPA. There are six seats available per three-week course.

  • Repairs 2 Lab
  • Specialization
  • Final Exam
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