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​​​​​​​​​Established in 1945, Lassen Community College Gunsmithing is the oldest gunsmithing school in the United States. We offer Associate in Science Degrees in Firearms Repair and General Gunsmithing, as well as Certificates of Completion for Pistolsmith, Riflesmith, Long Guns, and Gunsmith Machinist and Metal Finishing.​

Degree programs and Certificate programs are designed to be realistic and comprehensive, spanning the wide spectrum of skills needed to compete in the modern job market.​​ (See program links at the bottom of the page for more information)


  1. Applications for the Gunsmithing Degree/Certificate Program starting Fall Semester 2020 will be accepted beginning:    Application process is being updated

  2. Fill out the Gunsmithing program waitlist form completely. Incompl​ete forms will not be accepted.​​​

  3. Each email is time stamped as they are received and that time stamp determines each persons’ number on the waitlist. Early forms will not be accep​ted.​​

  4. After submitting your complete Gunsmithing waitlist form you will be directed to a confirmation page.​​

  5. The waitlist is managed through Admissions and Records.  The Gunsmith Waitlist Manager will send each person their number on the waitlist, by email, in a reasonable amount of time.​​

  6. Thank you for choosing Lassen Community College!​


OPENS MARCH 11, 2019

​​​As an NRA affiliated Gunsmithing school, we also offer one and two week NRA Short Term Gunsmithing Courses during the Summer. Courses are offered in Basic Machine Shop, Barreling, specific firearms platforms, Law Enforcement Armorers Schools, engraving, Knife making, and metal finishes.

Whether your interests are as a career path or for personal enrichment, we invite you to join us for these enjoyable and informative classes.​​ These courses are separate from the Gunsmithing Degree/Certificate Program and anyone can enroll.

*Students are responsible for providing firearms and tools needed for their coursework.

Information for Lassen College NRA Summer Courses

2019 Summer Course schedule 


June 3-14          GSS 98.08 Custom 1911

June 3-14          GSS 72.01 Metallic Cartridge Reloading (evening course)


June 10-14        GSS 82 General Gunsmithing


June 17-21        GSS 83 General Gunsmithing- Advanced

June 17-21        GSS 70 Checkering


June 17-28        GSS 112 Machine Shop for Gunsmiths

June 17-28        GSS 117 Gas Tungsten Arc Welding for Gunsmiths (evening course)


June 24-28        GSS 98.05 DFR Smith and Wesson Revolver

June 24-28        GSS 77 Accurizing M1-M1A


July 8-12            GSS 95 Basic Law Enforcement Armorer

July 8-12            GSS 114 Basic Rifle Barreling

July 8-12            GSS 135 Parkerizing


July 15-19         GSS 89 L.E.A.S. Design and Repair Full Auto

July 15-19         GSS 119 Advanced Rifle Barreling

July 15-19         GSS 98.09 Color Case Hardening


July 22-26         GSS 87 L.E.A.S. Design and Repair Double Action Autopistols

July 22-26         GSS 147 L.E.A.S. Assembly and Tuning of Gas Operated Rifles

**check back for schedule updates, tool/firearm lists, additional courses and registration date



​Gunsmithing Program Links:​​

Gunsmithing Progam Information​

Gunsmithing Program Required Guns ​

Gunsmithing Program Required Tools

Gunsmithing Program Tool purchasing guide

NRA Summer Courses Tool and Firearm list​

NRA/Gunsmithing and POST Coordinator

Carol Growdon
530-257-6181 Ext. 8910


Office Phone: 530.251.8800​
Office Location: Vocational Tech Building​​