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Practical Gunsmithing Course

Discover the secrets of repairing, modifying and customizing your firearms.

Are you ready to become a gunsmith? Practical gunsmithing is designed to help future gunsmiths continue honing their gunsmithing skills.

In this course, you will learn how to make all the necessary common repairs to keep your firearm in perfect condition. You’ll also learn how to customize and more. This course includes basic hand tools and workbook, “Gunsmithing Made Easy.”


Course Objective


Completion of Practical Gunsmithing Course prepares you for entry-level employment in retail sales, maintenance and repair positions involving gunsmithing. This course also prepares an individual to perform basic maintenance and repair of their own guns.


Course Description


9 hours of instruction from Master Gunsmith Robert H. Dunlap which includes:

  • How to set up your home workshop… everything from the depth and height of your workbench to the “must have” hand and power tools that will save you time and money getting started.
  • How to custom hand grind your own Gunsmithing screwdrivers
  • 2 simple tricks for removing broken screws from metal or wood
  • Cold-bluing methods
  • How to properly mount a scope…and the “Dollar Bill Test” to use once you’ve got the scope on
  • Proper barrel cleaning to avoid damage
  • How to re-tip a broken firing pin
  • What NEVER to do when polishing a chamber
  • A simple method to repair loose handgun grips
  • How to replace or install a recoil pad on your rifle or shotgun
  • How to repair a broken stock … using the tips in this lesson just once could save you hundreds of dollars and pay for the entire course!
  • Various types of firearm locking systems: rifles, pistols and shotguns
  • Proper nomenclature and parts identification of single action revolver, double action revolver, shotgun and long gun; learn to talk “the talk” of a real gunsmith
  • How to identify a striker or hammer fired gun and why the difference is important
  • How to determine the proper “length of pull” for your firearms
  • The differences between American and European style stocks
  • How to tell if your stock is “cast-off, cast-on or neutral”… and how this affects recoil
  • Why your sight picture may change depending on your stock’s pitch
  • Barrel types and styles, and how they’re manufactured
  • Introduction to ballistics and how cartridges are designed
  • A complete discussion of sights and scopes
  • And HOURS more of information we don’t have room for here.

Plus … you receive The Complete

Hobby Gunsmithing Reference Book!

This book is crammed full with reference information including a DVD index, troubleshooting tips, shop techniques, handy gunsmith tool blueprints as well as heat treating, ammunition and decimal charts. A must have for any gunsmith.

This book includes:

  • Master index for the DVDs
  • A 16-page “Trouble Shooting Flow Chart”. Identify the malfunction then simply follow across the chart to learn the probable cause and appropriate corrective action. 
  • Exact blueprints for over 13 different custom gunsmithing tools that you can make.
  • Metric and English ammunition designations and sizes chart
  • A Full page of decimal equivalents, a handy reference for drill and tap sizes.
  • Heat-Treating Chart for hardening metals.
  • PLUS More!!!

Testing and Certificate Requirements


When you complete this course, you will take an examination to test your knowledge. When you pass your exam with a score of 80% or higher, you will receive a Certificate in Practical Gunsmithing Theory