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Lassen Community College Gunsmithing Program

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Lassen Community College was officially established in March 1965, after many years of giving college classes at and near the local high school campus. These classes started in 1925, but to accommodate the increasing number of students waiting to enroll in these classes, new buildings were built in 1941 and 1947 next to the local high school. In September 1971, a new campus was approved to be built in Susanville, California, which today consists of 165 acres, 39 buildings, a large gymnasium, multiple outdoor facilities and numerous offices and classrooms. Lassen Community College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, Western Association of Schools and Colleges.Student and Teacher in Lassen Community College Gunsmithing School. Photo Credit: lassencollege.edu

 

 

Gunsmithing is one of 26 programs that Lassen Community College has to offer. Under this technical program, there are six certificates and two associate degrees that can be obtained. The Associate of Science degree in Firearms Repair and the Associate of Science degree in General Gunsmithing are two-year programs. The certificates are typically achieved after a certain number of credits have been completed under the gunsmithing program. Before enrolling in any program, it is always important to weigh all the pros and cons before submitting an application to a program that could be the start of a your career.

 

Programs and Costs

 

LocationTypeIn-State CostOut of State CostFinancingLength in Months
Susanville, CaliforniaCertificate of Accomplishment,
Full Gunsmith Course(FGC),
Associate in Science
COAcc = $1307
FGC = $2982
Degree = $2982 + General Education Requirements (GER)
FGC = $15,680 + GERAvailable - Some qualifications applyCOAcc = 12
(FGC) = 24
Degree = 24 + GER

 

Certificates of Accomplishment for Long Gun, Gunsmith Machinist and Metal Finishing, Pistolsmith and Riflesmith can be earned in around one year. Also, the program costs around $800, not including books, supplies, room or board. Books and supplies are estimated to cost around $500. Certificates of Achievement for Firearms Repair and General Gunsmithing take two years to complete and cost around $2,000, not including books and supplies, which can cost another $1,000.

The Associate of Science degrees in Firearms Repair and General Gunsmithing require General Education classes to be taken in addition to the gunsmithing classes required for graduation.

 

Pros

  • In 1945, Lassen Community College established the gunsmithing program, making it one of the oldest gunsmithing programs in the United States
  • There are multiple degrees and certificates to choose from
  • Lassen Community College is a NRA affiliated gunsmithing school, so there are multiple one and two week courses in the summer that anyone can take
  • Classes are taught by professionals who are very knowledgeable in their field. Also, guest lecturers stop by to contribute to the classes
  • This is a program that requires a lot of hands-on work to allow students to get a better idea of the trade they will be working in. Students will be making modifications and repairs to a variety of firearms throughout the course
  • Tuition is affordable and financial aid is available to those who qualify

 

Cons

  • Students must purchase their own tools and firearms. In the first year, students will only need a few firearms, but in the second year, more than 20 firearms will need to be obtained by students. The majority of students may already have some of the tools and firearms, but those that do not can borrow firearms and tools from family or friends in order to save money because purchasing these items could cost thousands of dollars
  • The two year program requires 64 classes, where 16 classes are taken each semester in a span of 16 weeks. This does not allow much time for students to absorb information from each class
  • Classes are only one week long, so there are 39 instructional hours from Monday to Friday, plus three labs to help students catch up and complete all of their coursework. Since student must dedicate so many hours to these coursework, it may be hard for students to balance work, school and other priorities
  • Also, only 22 students are allowed into the program each year, while two others are put on a wait list in case students accepted into the program decide to drop out

 

Lassen Community College offers gunsmithing classes that require a lot of hands-on work and time to complete. The classes are very educational and are open to people who just want to take a few classes or who want to pursue degrees in order to work in this career field. While the tuition is very affordable, students need to keep in mind that they are responsible for obtaining all of the tools and firearms needed for each class. As having one of the oldest gunsmithing programs in the United States, this community college provides courses to students to help them became the best in their field. If you’re having trouble deciding which school to go to for gunsmithing, check out our comparison table.

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Out of line says December 9, 2016

Hands down one of the worst organized programs of all time. The head instructor of the program didn’t even show up the first day. The machine shop instructor for the first years left for two weeks to hunt while they had a machine shop. While trying to complete assignments and looking for help it is near impossible to get help or find a teacher. Questions asked are usually answered with an eye roll or a dumbfound look. I will say that Bob Chavez is however hands down the best person you will find in the program when it comes to teaching. He cares and will always be there from 7 am to 5 pm. If you come to this school be prepared for a circus and lack of drive, attention to detail or for that matter any professionalism.

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Jack Pollard says January 20, 2018

I am interested in attending your gun smithing classes this summer. Please let me know when to register and costs associated with enrollment.

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