Associate of Science in Firearms Technology

Sonoran Desert Institute

Your chance to learn about the firearms industry and gain a coveted credential, all without having to travel or relocate.

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Tool List

FAT 105 Introduction to Firearms AFY 100 Accuracy and Functionality SFL 100 Stock Fitting and Metal Work Lab BBS 100 Basic Ballistics BBS 200 Advanced Ballistics BTL 100 Basic Hand Tools Lab CFL 100 Cleaning Firearms Lab FTT 130 Customizing and Woodworking FAT 100 Firearms Technology I FAT 200 Firearms Technology II MTL 200 The Rotary Tool Lab GSL 200 *FTC 301 Capstone Project tool lists will vary with course selection.

Associate of Science in Firearms Technology

SDI’s unique Associate of Science in Firearms Technology Degree program offers our students the opportunity to learn about the firearms industry and gain a coveted credential, all without having to travel or relocate. This 60-semester-hour program is the most comprehensive of all the School of Firearms Technology programs, and is one of only a handful of firearms degree programs in the nation.

Convenient, Accredited Learning

Because SDI specializes in online learning, students enrolled in the Associate of Science in Firearms Technology Degree program get the convenience of completing coursework at home, backed by a DEAC national accreditation. It’s the best of both worlds—focused, proven curriculum, delivered to your door. Plus, students round out their degree program by completing 15 credit hours of general education while learning the core topics of firearms technology and gunsmithing. Our unique mix of online and hands-on classes allow students to learn and practice efficiently and conveniently.

Tools & Materials

You choose how you learn best: it’s up to you whether you’d like your course materials to be delivered via text book or via an SDI-provided notebook computer, either of which are included in the total cost of your program. Either way, you’ll have access to our Learning Management System (LMS) to view additional resources and to submit coursework. You’ll get hands-on training during your five Lab courses. In addition to the course materials, training manuals, and other learning aids, your program courses include a number of entry level tools (see side bar). It is truly our goal to prepare you for success in the firearms industry.


The Associate of Science in Firearms Technology Degree program is broken into 4, 16-week semesters. Because of our flexible learning options, students choose to study at whatever time of day works best. For General Education courses, students choose from an approved list. Each student will work with a member of the SDI Student Services staff to select their personal semester schedules from the following list:
AFY 100 4 Accuracy and Functionality
BBS 100 3 Basic Ballistics and Swaging
BBS 200 3 Advanced Ballistics
BTL 100 1 Basic Hand Tools Lab
CFL 100 1 Cleaning Firearms Lab
FTT 130 4 Customizing and Woodworking
FAT 100 4 Firearms Technology I
FAT 105 4 Introduction to Firearms
FAT 200 4 Firearms Technology II
FTC 301 5 Capstone Project
GSL 200 1 Gunstock Checkering Lab
MTL 200 1 The Rotary Tool Lab
SFL 100 1 Stock Fitting and Metal Working Lab
SSM 200 5 Shooting Sports Management
TSF 100 4 Troubleshooting Firearms
CODE VARIES 3 Arts & Humanities
CODE VARIES 3 Science and Mathematics
CODE VARIES 3 Communication Arts
CODE VARIES 3 Social & Behavioral Sciences
CODE VARIES 3 Elective
If you’re serious about a career in the multi-billion dollar firearms industry, the Associate of Science in Firearms Technology Degree program is the one for you. Apply today to start doing what you love! Apply Now More Info


For tuition information, please click HERE. No-interest payment plans are available. Please contact the Admissions department for more info at or (844) 238-0165.

Additional Program Information

Program Objectives With the successful completion of this program, a student should be able to do the following:
  • Identify and explain firearms and the required components and subcomponents
  • Explain the function, disassembly and assembly protocols, and the customization of rifles, shotguns, and handguns
  • Diagnose the impediments of correct firearms operation and formulate appropriate repair strategies
  • Develop plans for stock improvements using blanks, duplicating, inletting, bedding, fitting, and shaping
  • Install hardware, finish and hydrographic coat the stock of a rifle or shotgun
  • Fit barrels on rifles and handguns including threading, chambering, crowning, and custom contour techniques
  • Install metallic and optics sights
  • Refinish metal firearm surfaces utilizing various bluing techniques and Parkerizing finishes
  • Test and adjust firearms and ammunition for both internal and external ballistics
  • Demonstrate use of techniques for the metal engraving of rifles, pistols, and shotguns
  • Manage a full-service firearms or gunsmithing department utilizing basic principles of business and regulatory compliance
  Course Descriptions For full course descriptions, please click HERE.
Sonoran Desert Institute
Firearms Technology
Program Level – Associate’s degree
Program Length – 64 weeks
How much will this program cost me?*
Tuition and fees: $16,180
Books and supplies: $0
On-campus room & board: not offered
What other costs are there for this program?
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* The amounts shown above include costs for the entire program, assuming normal time to completion. Note that this information is subject to change.
What financing options are available to help me pay for this program?
Financing for this program may be available through grants, scholarships, loans (federal and private) and institutional financing plans. The median amount of debt for program graduates is shown below:
Federal loans: $0
Private education loans: $0
Institutional financing plan: $0
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How long will it take me to complete this program?
The program is designed to take 64 weeks to complete. Of those that completed the program in 2013-2014, 54% finished in 64 weeks.
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