Advanced Master Gunsmithing Course


The Advanced Master Gunsmithing Course is our most popular training program. It covers everything in today’s firearms industry from the basics of gun repair to the business of professional gunsmithing. You receive the same materials provided in the Basic Course, plus an additional 34 lessons and 3 projects for hands-on, advanced training in precision gun repair.


The Advanced Gunsmithing course is comprised 65 Lessons, and 7 projects, offering a comprehensive education on the entire firearm’s industry. Click on the + sign next to the unit to expand and view.

  • Introduction

    • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • LESSON 13

    • Your Guide to Hand Tools
    • Remington M-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
  • 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-200 Series
    • Telescope Sight Mounting
    • Project 3 – Silver soldering
  • 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
  • LESSON 24

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

    LESSON 25

    • Basic Repair Methods
    • Remington M-760
    • Actions

    LESSON 26

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

    LESSON 27

    • Basic Barrel Repair
    • Browning Hi-power
    • SAAMI; Unsafe Arms and Ammo Combinations
  • 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
    • Tables of Measurements

    LESSON 31

    • The Fine Art of Polishing and Jeweling
    • Ithica M-37
    • Luger Automatic
  • LESSON 32

    • The Fine Art of Polishing and Jeweling Part 2
    • Remington M-11
    • Winchester M-61

    LESSON 33

    • Learn Custom Finishing and Plating
    • Winchester M-12
    • Winchester M-26A

    LESSON 34

    • All About Bluing
    • Remington M-1100
    • J.C. Higgins M-30

    LESSON 35

    • Choosing Inletted Stock
    • Remington M-870
    • Remington M-141
    • Project 5 – Stone polishing
    • Project 6 – Bluing preparation
  • LESSON 36

    • Fitting and Shaping the Inletted Stock
    • Winchester M-1400
    • Remington M-8 and 81

    LESSON 37

    • Customizing
    • Winchester M-1200
    • Winchester M-05-07 and 10

    LESSON 38

    • Customizing and Sporterizing
    • Stevens M-311
    • Remington M-721-722

    LESSON 39

    • Accessorizing
    • Mossberg M-500
    • Remington M-31
  • LESSON 40

    • Full or Part Time
    • Stevens M-94
    • Winchester M-97

    LESSON 41

    • Business Administration
    • LESSON 42
    • Head spacing

    LESSON 43

    • Shotgun Chambers
    • Project 7
    • Micromeasurement
  • LESSON 44

    • Shotgun Bores

    LESSON 45

    • Shotgun Chokes

    LESSON 46

    • Shotgun Ribs

    LESSON 47

    • Installing Rifle Barrels
  • LESSON 48

    • Installing Shotgun Barrels

    LESSON 49

    • Installing Handgun Barrels

    LESSON 50

    • Installing Center Fire Rifle Barrels

    LESSON 51

    • Private Brand Names and Serial Numbers
  • LESSON 52

    • Tricks of the Trade

    LESSON 53

    • Servicing and Building Muzzle Loaders

    LESSON 54

    • Accurizing the Colt .45 Automatic

    LESSON 55

    • U.S. M-1 Carbine

    LESSON 56

    • Noble Shotguns
  • LESSON 57

    • Crosman M-130 Pistol

    LESSON 58

    • Crosman M-140 Rifle

    LESSON 59

    • Savage M-11 0 Rifle (CF)

    LESSON 60

    • Remington M-11/48 (Mohawk 48)

    LESSON 61

    • Browning.22 LR Semi-Auto Rifle (RF)
  • LESSON 62

    • Remington 552 Semi-Auto Rifles, (RF)

    LESSON 63

    • Beretta Semi-Auto Shotgun

    LESSON 64

    • Springfield M-1903 Rifle

    LESSON 65

    • Colt Frame Models “E” and “I” Revolver


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.
    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.
    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 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.

  • Project 5Stone polishing The objective of this project is to acquaint the student with the metal removal characteristics of polishing stones.
    Project 6Bluing preparation The objective of this project is to acquaint the student with the level of surface cleanliness and polish required to produce a production-quality bluing job.
    Project 7Micromeasurement The objective of this project is to provide the student with the hands-on training in micro-measurement using a digital caliper measuring various gun parts to a tolerance of three decimal places.


Here is a comprehensive list of everything that you will receive with the Advanced Master Gunsmithing Course (included in your tuition):

    • 65 lessons
    • 7 hands-on bench projects
    • Exploded gun diagrams
    • Binders to organize course material
    • Firearm Industry Glossary
    • Gunology book
    • Product Catalogue order forms
    • Reloading DVD with bench plans
    • Firearms Assembly: The Official NRA Guide – Pistols and Revolvers
    • Firearms Assembly: The Official NRA Guide – Rifles and Shotguns
    • MGS Gunsmith Apron
    • Micrometer
    • 10-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
    • Flat metal stock
    • India stone
    • Rifle barrel piece
    • Metal pipe
    • Digital caliper
    • Assorted Shim stocks
    • Bore-light
    • The Mainspring Vice
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Tuition chart for MGS

If you choose a payment plan, your lessons will be released once your monthly payment is received and you have completed your exam. A quality education is an investment in your future. MGS’s gunsmithing school offers training that is affordable while providing excellence in education and student services. Our payment plans are designed to make your life easier. You can graduate debt-free with 0% interest!

      The Advanced Master Gunsmithing tuition fee includes:
  • Seventeen Units that include 65 complete, clearly illustrated lessons
  • Seven projects that provide hands-on training
  • MGS Glossary of Gunsmith Terms
  • Reloading DVD accompanied by Reloading Bench Plans
  • All instruction, exam evaluation, and grading of homework assignments
  • Full student services and support
  • 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
  • An Advanced Master Gunsmithing certificate upon completion of the program requirements
  • A MGS gunsmith Apron
  • Lessons on how to set up your work bench
  • Lessons on business administration that present how to run a freelance business or open your own shop
  • Two Modern Gun School three ring binders to store your Lessons on your work bench
  • Two Volume Set: The official NRA Guide- Pistols and Revolvers, The Official NRA Guide- Rifles and Shotguns

Methods of Payment You may use your Visa, Discover, Master Card, or American Express Card to securely enroll online. You may also pay your school tuition fee in full by money order, corporate check or personal check. A returned check fee of $35.00 will apply. If you choose a monthly payment plan, you can make a payment online through our payment portal here.

MGS’s No-Risk Refund Policy We offer a student tuition protection policy that covers cancellations and refunds. Review our policy here.

  • moderengunrepair Modern Gun School (MGS) is a Modern Schools of America, LLC School. Modern Gun School is an approved school by the Delaware Department of Education, with principle offices located at 1000 N. West Street, Ste. 1200 in Wilmington, DE 19801. MGS provides an excellent foundation for anyone interested in hobby or career training in gunsmithing from home. With more than a half century of expertise, MGS offers a committed, responsive faculty and a quality education, all at an affordable rate.