Online Firearms Repair Course

Why ICS Canada?

  • DEAC Accredited
  • Self-Paced
  • Supportive
  • Low monthly payments

Program Overview

Take the first step towards your goal in firearms repair or refine your skills for your hobby with ICS Canada’s online Firearms Repair Career Diploma course. Receive expert instruction from our dedicated faculty, and graduate in as little as six months!

Why choose ICS Canada’s Firearms Repair Career Diploma program?

  • Includes instructional videos covering topics such as stock finishing, glass bedding, engraving, checkering pattern, removing a live cartridge, the AR-15, disassembly and reassembly of a firearm, and metal finishing
  • Includes helpful manuals and information on Canadian firearms-related licenses and regulations
  • Complete a comprehensive Brownell’s practical exercise

Curriculum Details

Program Goal and Outcomes

Program Goal

To provide students with a working knowledge of basic gun repairs and modifications and to allow students to gain an entry-level career in the firearms repair field.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Develop a full awareness of the rules for the safe handling of firearms
  • Identify and evaluate firearms by type, manufacturer, history, and physical characteristics
  • Know how to disassemble and reassemble various firearms; correctly identify and qualify the fit and finish of each part
  • Identify the correct replacement or customization parts required for a job, and properly order them from key suppliers
  • Know how to modify, custom-fit, and install stocks, sights and optics, and accessories on various firearms
  • Be familiar with the design, assembly, and fit of the modern sporting rifle, modern revolver, and modern semi-auto sidearm
  • Know how to identify, evaluate, apply, and repair various metal finishes, including blue and Parkerizing
  • Show familiarity with basic machine tool operations required in firearms repair
  • Show basic knowledge of cartridge loading specifications and basic ballistics

Instruction Set 1

Learning Strategies

The advantages of learning at home; types of study materials; types of examinations; accessing and using the features of our website; determining what kind of learner you are; establishing a study schedule; using study tips; preparing for and taking examinations.

Getting Started in the Firearms Industry

The firearms trade and its functions; definition of a Gunsmith; career opportunities; government licensing safety; gunsmithing tools and their uses; basic firearm disassembly/assembly procedures.

Instruction Set 2

Identifying and Evaluating Firearms

Procedures for identifying firearms; identifying caliber; determining if a firearm is safe to shoot.

Gun Stocks

Gun stock function and design; identifying materials used in making gun stocks; procedures for inletting and finishing gun stocks.

Customizing Gun Stocks

Glass bedding; checkering; stippling; carving a gun stock; installing recoil pads and buttplates.

Practical Exercise

At this point in your program, you will complete a practical exercise.

Instruction Set 3


A brief history of rifle development; design and function of various rifle types; repair and modification of various rifle types.

Modern Sporting Rifles

History of the modern sporting rifle; care, cleaning and maintenance of the modern sporting rifle; assembly of the modern sporting rifle.


Design, function, and installation of metallic rifle sights, handgun sights, shotgun beads, and optical sights; sighting rifles and pistols; altering bolts for scope mounting; installing new safeties; mounting scopes.

Practical Exercise

At this point in your program, you will complete a practical exercise.

Instruction Set 4


A brief history and development of shotguns; choke installation and modification; rib installation and repair.


History of muzzleloaders; loading and firing procedures; equipment and accessories; troubleshooting and repair; custom-building kits and accessories.

Practical Exercise

At this point in your program, you will complete a practical exercise.

Instruction Set 5


A brief history of handguns; identifying handguns; revolvers; single shot/specialty pistols.

Ammunition, Reloading, and Basic Ballistics

Basic ballistics; reloading tools and their uses; reloading procedures; bullet casting procedures.

Practical Exercise

At this point in your program, you will complete a practical exercise.

Instruction Set 6

Basic Metalwork and Machine Tool Operation

Basic metallurgy; overview of the welding process; soldering; brazing, heat treatment techniques.

Metal Finishing

Various types of metal finishes; metal preparation; instructions for metal finishing; touch-up blueing.

Government Requirements for Operating a SOHO Enterprise

Registration and incorporation of the business; tax collection; payroll remittances; tax payments; local or special permits.

Computer Specifications
As you know this is an online academic program. This means you will need access to high-speed internet to begin your program. In addition, you will need access to a Microsoft® Windows® based computer running Windows 10® or later or an Apple® Mac® computer running macOS® or later, and an email account to complete your program.

We reserve the right to change program content and materials when it becomes necessary.
In order to further enhance your performance in this field, ICS has researched and recommended specific practical activities designed to complement your coursework.
To ensure that you acquire the manual skills which are important in this program area, we encourage you to follow all of the course instruction.

Sample Lesson

To view a Firearms Repair sample lesson, click here.

Firearms Repair Course Details

In ICS Canada’s Firearms Repair course, you’ll cover topics such as:

  • How to accurize, repair, and customize
  • How to fit and finish stocks and mount telescopic sights
  • How to restore antique firearms
  • How to design and install metallic rifle sights
  • How to custom load ammunition

Firearms Repair Student Discount Program

Personal Defense Network Video Resources
Students enrolled in the Firearms Repair Career Diploma Program are eligible for discounted rates for the Personal Defense Network premium online how-to videos. This video resource site can serve as a supplement to your ICS Canada program, but is not required to complete your coursework. Learn more about this offer here.


Online firearms repair courses

The ICS Canada Firearms Repair program is designed for:

  • Gun collectors or hobbyists
  • Hunters who want to learn to maintain their own firearms
  • Those interested in getting a job in firearms repair
  • People interested in opening their own Firearms Repair shop

"I chose to further my education and accounting knowledge with ICS Canada while working as an accounting clerk, which allowed me to move up within the company at which I am currently working. Studying with ICS Canada was a great experience, and the instructors were very helpful when it came to resolving any issues I had while studying."

- Sean S., ICS Canada graduate

"I have taken three diploma courses with ICS Canada. It has been very rewarding and challenging. I love to increase my knowledge level and share experiences. ICS Canada is great. Enrol! The contact with them is always very pleasant. You feel like a part of the ICS team."

- Connie K., ICS Canada graduate

Your program includes:

  • Customized payment plans with 0% interest
  • Books and learning aids
  • Study Planner App to keep track of your progress
  • Instructional support from our experienced faculty
  • Your personalized online student homepage and learning portal
  • Exclusive access to ICS Canada’s Student and Alumni Facebook Group
  • Additional resources such as our online library and career guidance from Career Cruising

Where can Firearms Repair students receive hands-on training?

The best ways for Firearms Repair students to receive hands-on training is through work with their own firearms or by volunteering with their local gun club or shop.

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