Basic Gun Repair Course

The Basic Gun Repair Course is an introduction to the firearms industry. It’s designed for anyone with an interest in gun repair, gun maintenance, and gun design. It includes 31 lessons and 4 hands-on bench projects. You will learn how to properly clean, adjust, and fine-tune a variety of firearms.

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The Basic Gunsmithing course is comprised 31 Lessons, and 4 projects, offering a general education on the firearm’s industry.

  • Unit 1


    • Course introduction
    • Glossary of Gunsmithing Terms

    LESSON 1

    • Gunology
    • Where and How to Begin
    • 38 Smith & Wesson Chief Special

    LESSON 2

    • Safety- First, Last and Always
    • .45 Colt M-1911

    LESSON 3

    • Beginning Your First Project
    • .38 Smith & Wesson Military & Police
    • Gun Laws & Gun Repairmen
  • Unit 2

    LESSON 4

    • Completing Your First Project
    • Ruger Bearcat
    • Sources of Supply

    LESSON 5

    • Basics of Stock Finishing & Refinishing
    • Ruger Automatic
    • Your Workshop

    LESSON 6

    • How to Get Professional Stock Finishing Results
    • Charter Revolver
    • Bookkeeping-Legal and Financial
  • Unit 3

    LESSON 7

    • Fitting Custom Recoil Pads
    • Colt Single Action Revolver
    • Buying & Selling Firearms

    LESSON 8

    • Butt Plates, Swivels and Pads
    • Hi-Standard Sentinel Revolver
    • Gun Laws & Legislation

    LESSON 9

    • Checkering Fundamentals
    • Daisy Air Rifle
    • Your Federal Firearms Records
  • Unit 4

    LESSON 10

    • Checkering Extras and Carving
    • Crosman 760
    • Public Relations and Advertising

    LESSON 11

    • Setting Up Your Own Shop
    • Remington M-550
    • Firearm Service Records

    LESSON 12

    • Setting Up Your Workbench
    • Remington M-572
    • Gunpowder and Ballistics
    • Project 1 – Stock finishing
  • Unit 5

    LESSON 13

    • Your Guide to Hand Tools
    • Remington Nylon 66
    • History and Development

    LESSON 14

    • Your Guide to Measuring Tools
    • Remington M-514
    • National Rifle Association

    LESSON 15

    • How to Choose the Right Power Tools
    • Marlin M-39A
    • Beretta M-92F

    LESSON 16

    • More About Power Tools & Their Use
    • Remington M-580-581-582

    Lesson 16 Continued

    • Building Your Library
    • Project 2 – Precision filing
  • Unit 6

    LESSON 17

    • How to Choose Your Lathe
    • Savage M-88
    • How to Read Precision Instruments

    LESSON 18

    • How to Use (Adjust) Your Lathe
    • Savage M-24 Combination
    • Sights: Repair and Installation

    LESSON 19

    • Step-by-Step Soldering
    • Winchester M-290/200 Series
    • Telescope Sight Mounting
    • Project 3 – Silver soldering
  • Unit 7

    LESSON 20

    • Step-by-Step Welding
    • Marlin M-49 and 99 Series
    • Butt Stock Alterations, Recoil Pads and Refinishing Stocks

    LESSON 21

    • All About Sights
    • Winchester M-94
    • Bluing Equipment, Tools, Polishing, Cleaning and Failures

    LESSON 22

    • Sights and Scopes
    • Savage M-99
    • Advising Your Customers on Selecting Shotguns, Rifles & Handguns

    LESSON 23

    • Keep It Clean – A Most Important Lesson
    • Remington M-700
    • Introduction to Hand Loading
  • Unit 8

    LESSON 24

    • Cleaning Supplies, Equipment and Lubricants
    • Remington M-740-742
    • Pricing Your Service Work

    LESSON 25

    • Basic Repair Methods Pt 1
    • Remington M-760
    • Actions

    LESSON 26

    • Basic Repair Methods Pt 2
    • Remington M-788
    • Blowups and Cartridge Nomenclature

    LESSON 27

    • Basic Barrel Repair
    • Browning Hi-power
    • SAAMI; Unsafe Arms and Ammo Combinations
  • Unit 9

    LESSON 28

    • Barrel Rebuilding
    • Winchester M-88
    • Glock 17

    LESSON 29

    • Learn Antique Restoration
    • Marlin M-336
    • Public Relations

    LESSON 30

    • Antique Restoration in Depth
    • Mauser M-98
    • Table of Measurements

    LESSON 31

    • The Fine Art of Polishing and Jeweling
    • Ithica M-37
    • Luger Pistol
    • Project 4 – Hand Tool Fabrication

  • This course includes valuable hands-on projects using several different techniques relative to gun repair.

    • Project 1Stock finishing

      The objective of this project is to acquaint the student with the basic materials, tools, and procedures required to achieve production quality finish on a hardwood gunstock.
      Projects 3Silver soldering

      The objective of this project is to develop the skills to produce effective, serviceable solder joints as a means to repair damaged parts or as a technique used in pattern making.

    • Project 2Precision filing

      The objective of this project is to acquaint the student with the metal removal characteristics of common hand files. Promote awareness of the requirements for precision in the repair or alteration of metal gun parts.
      Project 4Hand tool fabrication

      The objective of this project is to fabricate a disassembly tool for a Ruger Security Six Revolver or a Ruger GP 100 Revolver using common materials and hand tools.


    Here is a comprehensive list of everything that you will receive with the Basic Gun Repair Course (included in your tuition):

      • 31 lessons
      • 4 hands-on bench projects
      • Exploded gun diagrams
      • A binder to organize course material
      • Firearm Industry Glossary
      • “Gunology” a supplemental resource
      • Reloading DVD with bench plans
      • MGS Gunsmith Apron
      • Micrometer
      • 12-piece file set
      • Universal gun cleaning kit
      • Trigger pull gauge
      • Gunstock
      • Finishing kit
      • Round metal stock
      • Common steel
      • Emery cloth
      • Acid core solder
      • Steel Rod
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    FREE AR15 Lesson
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      The Basic Gunsmithing tuition fee includes:

    • 9 Units that include 31 complete, clearly illustrated Lessons
    • Four projects that provide hands-on training
    • Tools and materials
    • All instruction, exam evaluation, and grading of homework assignments
    • Full student services and support during your program
    • Access to MGS’s student advisors and master gunsmith mentors
    • Comprehensive study guides prepared and reviewed by subject matter experts
    • Exam grade reports with references for incorrect answers
    • Automatic six month time extension—a $250 value
    • Official MGS school transcript
    • A certificate upon completion of the program

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