GUNSMITHING CLASSES 

If you decide to take the Gunsmith classes, then you must start at the first class for the firearm indicated.  There have been too many situations where one student says he knows everything or understands everything or for whatever reason or excuse, we will hold up the entire class.  I can explain or spend a majority of the time explaining something covered in a previous class.  So if you wish to build a complete gun or want to know a little more, you must start at the beginning.  NO EXCEPTIONS!  Certificates will be issued upon completion of the courses. If you want to purchase your own tools or parts, I can give you a price or tell you what I recommend. This should be planned well in advance as sometimes parts and tools are not available. If you read my (Tom's) Bio, then you will see, I am more than qualified to teach these courses, most of which I was instructed while in the Marines or personally instructed by the manufacturer, either way I will give you more details of instruction than from any book or video. 

Classes can be scheduled for 8 hours on a Saturday/Sunday or 4 hours weekdays at night (ex: 6-10 PM). I’m flexible. Although I prefer if more than one person, we agree on times and stay together. I have a list below of common classes but not limited to just these firearms. For instance there are a lot of people interested in AK/SKS rifles. I have also done these in the past and will schedule classes for various other firearms. There are too many to list, so just ask!

 

1911A1 STYLE PISTOLS (COLT, SPRINGFIELD, CASPIAN, PARA ORDNANCE, KIMBER, ETC) CUSTOMIZE, NATIONAL MATCH, IPSC, IDPA

CLASS 1:  Basic disassembly/assembly, nomenclature, functioning, malfunctions and basic cleaning.

TIME:  8 HOURS                                         COST:  $75.00

 

CLASS 2: “BASIC UPGRADE PACKAGE” variations of sights, throat and polish chamber, tune extractor, install trigger, hammer, sear, disconnector, mainspring, sear spring, install extended/AMBI safety; install beavertail grip safety, ammunition and reloading.

TIME:  20 HOURS                                       COST:  $150.00

 

CLASS 3:  “MATCH GRADE PACKAGE” install/tune ejector, tighten slide to frame fit, lower/flare ejection port, install one/two piece guide rod and reverse plug, install match grade barrel and bushing or bull barrel, install barrel link, install slide stop, staking plunger tube, staking grip bushings, install/tune magazine release, tune magazines, install low mount sights.

TIME:  20 HOURS                                       COST:  $165.00

 

CLASS 4:  “CUSTOMIZE AND REFINISHING” detail disassembly, checker front strap, checker trigger guard, checker/serrate rear of slide, install S&A magazine funnel or similar, lightning cuts on slide for IPSC shooting, install grips, preparation for refinishing, bluing/Parkerizing, scope mounting, install compensator.

TIME:  16 HOURS                                       COST:  $150.00

 

SMITH AND WESSON/RUGER/COLT REVOLVERS

CLASS 1:  Basic disassembly/assembly, nomenclature, functioning, malfunctions and basic cleaning

TIME:  8 HOURS                                         COST:  $65.00

 

CLASS 2:  Adjusting sights, sight variations, check timing, chamfer cylinder, dehorn hammer, drill and tap for trigger screw, trigger job, Jewell trigger, hammer bolt slide, install match barrel, install under lug, install sight rib or scope mount.

TIME:  16 HOURS                                       COST:  $125.00

 

CLASS 3:  Install crane bearings, install cylinder release, checker/serrate back strap, prep for metal finishing, and types of metal finishes, ammunition, accuracy, reloading, assembly, care and cleaning.

TIME: 16 HOURS                                        COST:  $125.00

 

RUGER 10/22, 22LR, 22MAG, 17HMR RIFLE

Basic disassembly/assembly, nomenclature, functioning, malfunctions, installing after market parts – barrel, stocks, trigger, scopes, etc.

TIME:  4 HOURS                                         COST:  $65.00

 

BOLT ACTION RIFLES (MAUSER 96/98, REMINGTON 700, WINCHESTER 70

CLASS 1:  Basic disassembly/assembly, nomenclature, functioning, malfunctions, care and cleaning

TIME:  8 HOURS                                         COST:  $75.00

 

CLASS 2:  Tune/install Sako extractor, cut/weld/shape bolt handle, trigger job, lap bolt lugs/receiver, install new barrel or set back old barrel, install muzzle brake, drill and tap for scope mount.

TIME:  16 HOURS                                       COST:  $125.00

 

CLASS 3: Install/modify stock, checker/carving wood stock, glass bedding, stock finishing, metal finishing, bluing/Parkerizing, assembly and ammunition

TIME: 16 HOURS                                        COST:  $125.00

 

M14/M1A/M1 GARAND RIFLES (ALL MANUFACTURERS) CUSTOMIZED OR USMC MATCH GRADE

CLASS 1:  Basic disassembly/assembly, nomenclature, functioning, malfunctions, care and cleaning

TIME:  8 HOURS                                         COST:  $75.00

 

CLASS 2:  Detail disassemble, modify gas system, flash suppressor-op rod spring guide, weld block to receiver, install match grade barrel

TIME: 16 HOURS                                        COST:  $150.00

 

CLASS 3:  Detail disassemble/assemble, installing National Match sights, trigger job, glass bed, metal refinishing, bluing/Parkerizing, ammunition, scope mounting

TIME:  16 HOURS                                       COST:  $150.00

 

AR15/M16/M4/RIFLE/CARBINE

CLASS 1:  Basic disassembly/assembly, nomenclature, functioning, malfunctions, care and cleaning

TIME:  8 HOURS                                         COST:  $65.00

 

CLASS 2:  Detail disable, install match trigger/hammer, install Ambidextrous magazine release, install match grade barrel, install floating hand guard, install various aftermarket parts, install match grade sights, ammunition, care and cleaning.

TIME:  8 HOURS                                         COST:  $75.00

 

TOOLS REQUIRED

BASIC TOOLS:  Ball peen hammer, brass hammer, plastic hammer, quality punch set, quality Gun screwdriver set, bench block, work mat, needle file set, needle nose pliers, brass punch, firearm cleaning kit, Alan wrench set (inch & metric)

ADVANCED TOOLS:  Various gunsmithing sharpening stones, handy file, various files (#2, 4 & 0) of different sizes/shapes, jewelers’ eyeglass, bore sight, various headspace gauges, parallel pliers, trigger pull gauge, dremel tool, and wood-carving tools.

SPECIALTY TOOLS:  All special tools/gauges that will be used in the class can be purchased prior to class.  Please ask for more information.

RUGER 10/22:  Headspace gauges, chamber reamers, power jig.

 

SMITH AND WESSON/RUGER/COLT REVOLVER

CLASS 1:  Feeler gauge

CLASS 2:  Sight gauge, chamfer plug gauge, bore alignment gauge, firing pin protrusion gauge, hacksaw, drill and taps, jewelling tools, barrel/receiver wrench, crowning tools

CLASS 3:  Drill bits, crane staking tool, checkering file, sandpaper, polishing rouge, bead blast

 

1911A1 PISTOL

CLASS 1:  Headspace gauges, firing pin gauge, lock up rod, extractor gauge

CLASS 2:  Sight tool, dremel tool, power sear jig

CLASS 3:  Slide fixture, polishing 4oz peen hammer, rail inserts, rail file, lapping compound, milling cutters, dremel tool, serration cutters, link cutting tool, bushing cutting tool, slide stop jig, plunger tube staking tool, grip screw bushing staking tool, sight tool

CLASS 4:  Checkering file, checkering jig, checkering vise, milling cutter, receiver jig, slide holding fixture, scope mount drilling fixture, fixture, lathe

 

BOLT ACTION RIFLES

CLASS 1:  Headspace gauges, bolt disassembly tool (Rem 700)

CLASS 2:  Mill and cutters, tig welder, belt sander, hydraulic press, barrel clamps, receiver wrenches, bolt lapping fixtures, stamp kit, chambering reamers, hand reamers, drill and taps

CLASS 3:  Dremel tool, wood checkering tools, wood carving tools, glass bedding kit, stock finishing kit

 

M14/M1A/M1 RIFLES

CLASS 1:   Headspace gauges, timing gauge, (M1), flash suppresser alignment gauge, firing pin protrusion gauge, piston nut wrench, bolt disassembly/assembly tool

CLASS 2:  Gas system jig, tig welder, dremel tool, lathe, milling machine, hydraulic press, barrel clamps, receiver wrench, chamber reamer, barrel straightness gauge

CLASS 3:  Glass bedding kit

 

AR15/M16/M4 RIFLE/CARBINE

CLASS 1: Headspace gauge, firing pin protrusion gauge, barrel straightness gauge, upper receiver vice block, lower receiver vice block

CLASS 2: Barrel vise jaws, barrel tool, torque wrench in/ft lb, receiver tool, floating hand guard tool, drill press

 

REFERENCES

RUGER 10/22 RIFLE: WILSON-DISASSEMBLY/ASSEMBLY

SMITH & WESSON REVOLVER: SHOP MANUAL–JERRY KUHNHAUSEN, USMC TECH MANUAL, S&W MANUAL

1911A1 PISTOL: SHOP MANUAL–JERRY KUHNHAUSEN, USMC TECH MANUAL, NONTE-PISTOL GUIDE

BOLT ACTION RIFLE: USMC TECH MANUALS, GUNSMITHING RIFLES, RIFLESMITHING AVANCED BARRELEING, MAUSER BOOK

M14/M1A/M1 RIFLE–SHOP MANUAL–JERRY KUHNHAUSEN, USMC TECH MANUAL

AR15/M16/M4 RIFLE CARBINE:  THE BLACK RIFLE, USMC TECH MANUAL

OTHER: MISC-NRA GUNSMITHING, HOME GUNSMITHING, MACHINIST BEDSIDE READER, GUNSMITH KINKS, PRINT READING, WELDING, REFINISHING, LATHE OPERATIONS, MILLING MACHINE OPERATIONS, SHOP THEORY, PROFESSIONAL STOCK MAKING, CHECKERING AND CARVING GUNSTOCKS, CARTRIDGES OF THE WORLD

 

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Fortress Firearms Manufacturing, LLC 
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