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Gunsmithing Program

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)




Beginning May 17th at 8:00 AM Pacific time students may apply/register in-person.  Students will be accepted on a first come, first served basis up to 17 students with 6 alternates. These students will continue with registration and orientation.  Remaining students will be placed on a wait list and given priority for the following year.

Students will complete the following steps on May 17th to be accepted into the Gunsmithing Program:                 

  1.     Complete College Application
  2.     Meet with a counselor and complete an Educational Plan    
  3.     Complete Financial Aid Application/FAFSA (must provide copy of 2019 tax return)
  4.     Complete registration for Fall 2021
  5.     Complete California Department of Justice Certificate of Eligibility  (COE)  application, including livescan fingerprints. (Students' continuation in the Gunsmithing Program will be contingent on a  valid COE.)
  6.     Please bring $49 for livescan service (cash or check only)
  7.    Students will receive a comprehensive tool and firearm list and have the ability to ask instructors questions.
  8.     Students will receive a tour of the Lassen Community College Gunsmithing facility.

      9.     Lodging information

    10.    Frequently asked questions

    11.    If you have additional questions please contact us at:



​​​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, California P.O.S.T Certified Law Enforcement Armorer 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

2021 NRA Summer Course Schedule and Tool lists

 June 7-11       GSS 82           General Gunsmithing                                                Robert Chavez

June 7-18        GSS 112         Machine Shop for Gunsmiths                                 Buck Bauer

June 7-18        GSS 117         GTAW For Gunsmiths (eve class)                            Brent Mumma

June 14-18      GSS 70           Checkering                                                                    James Tucker

June 21-25       GSS 135        Parkerizing                                                                    Brent Mumma

June 21-25       GSS 83          General Gunsmithing Advanced                            Robert Chavez

June 28-July 2  GSS 114     Basic Rifle Barreling                                                      Jake Floyd

June 28-July 2  GSS 95       Basic Law Enforcement Armorer School*              Robert Chavez

June 28-July 2  GSS 77       Accurizing M1/M1A for Competition                      Robert Hamilton

July 12-16         GSS 59.04   Color Case Hardening                                                 Brent Mumma

July 12-16         GSS 119      Advanced Rifle Barreling                                            Jake Floyd

July 12-16         GSS 88        LEAS Design & Repair Single Action Auto*           Robert Chavez

July 19-23          GSS 98.06   LEAS DFR Patrol Rifles*                                                Robert Chavez

July 19-30          GSS 98.08    Custom Built 1911                                                        Rick Kennedy

July 19-30          GSS 72.01    Metallic Cartridge Reloading (eve class)               Buck Bauer

July 26-30        GSS 87  LEAS Design & Repair Double Action Auto pistols*    Randy Scheffler

July 26-30        GSS 134          Caustic Bluing                                                               Brent Mumma

August 2-6      GSS 98.12       Modern and Cowboy Action Belts & Holsters    Robert Hamilton

August 2-6      GSS 89            LEAS Design and Repair Full Autos*                      Robert Chavez

August 9-13   GSS 93            LEAS Design & Repair Counter Sniper Rifle          Jake Floyd

 *California POST Certified Course