Gunsmithing and Firearms Technology

Since 1980, Pine Technical & Community College has helped firearms enthusiasts like you turn their passion into a career. PTCC’s faculty-to-student ratio means you’ll get individualized advising and training from instructors who have real world experience in the field. With an exceptionally high job placement rate, PTCC’s Gunsmithing and Firearms Technology program will set you on the path to an exciting career.

Pine Technical and Community College (PTCC) is proud to offer the only Gunsmithing program in the state of Minnesota!

Gunsmithing and Firearms Technology at PTCC is a 2-year diploma or Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree program. The first year, diploma, consists of studying the fundamentals of function, disassembly, reassembly, maintenance and repair of different designs of firearms and the accessories that apply to them. First year students also learn machining and CAD design.

These fundamentals are expanded upon in the A.A.S. program in the second year, this includes blueprinting and re-barreling rifle actions, making 1- and 2-piece gunstocks, performance enhancing shotguns, and learning the art of firearm finishes including bluing, spray-on finishes, parkerizing, hydro-dipping and others.

With an estimated 40 million firearms purchased in 2020, gunsmiths are in high demand. PTCC prides their program on teaching traditional as well as modern gunsmith techniques, respecting the history of gunsmithing and focusing on advanced techniques and processes for the future.

Students are provided a high-quality education with applicable skills that can be transferred to employment in industry as well as operation of a successful small business. Since its inception in 1980, the PTCC Gunsmithing and Firearms Program has had a 90% or higher job placement rate.

PTCC also holds articulation with Bemidji State University which enables students to transfer their Gunsmithing Technology AAS directly towards a Bachelor of Arts degree in Applied Engineering or Applied Management. 

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Brownell's, Cabela's, Big Sky Rifle Company, and Dakota Arms are just a few organizations that have hired PTCC graduates. You will graduate with skills in diverse areas such as woodworking, machining, welding and business, and some graduates gain employment in these related fields.

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