Semester 3 (summer 2012) preview

In our third semester (final semester of year one in the program) I have to complete the following tasks for grading.

  1. Reloading: 100 rounds each of pistol, rifle and shotgun ammunition. The caliber/gauge choice is up to me
  2. I have to hand file and fit two dovetail blanks. The fitment needs to be tight enough so that no light shows between the dovetail and the metal the dovetail is installed on
  3. Manufacture a L.C. Smith mainspring and a L.C. Smith bolt spring
  4. Do four firearm repairs of my choice. I can only use a firearm for one repair
  5. Strip and refinish a one or two piece stock
  6. Do six group presentations covering the history, function, features and the field strip and assembly of a firearm. The choice of firearm is up to the group but three presentations must be handguns and three presentations must be rifle/shotgun

I will address the repairs in separate posts, but the rest of the requirements for this semester will be covered in one post per topic.

Voting is important!

It is very rarely that I will post anything political in this blog as the focus is on my college work. However, I do believe responsible firearms owners should vote to protect our Second Amendment rights. For this reason, I have added the button on the right. Clicking on it will take you to the NSSF website and allow you register to vote, find polling places in your area and find general voting information.

Quick update

I am taking a break this weekend and visiting some friends and family. As a result, I will not add any posts this weekend. Our semester is winding down and I will have a short break soon. During the break, I am hoping to update my posts to the point that any new posts will be on work that is no more than a week old. As I am getting ready to enter my second study year, I am also going to start on a metal engraving certificate course that is offered at MCC.


I received my official results for my second semester today. I kept my GPA at 4.0.

Semester 2 wrap-up

This semester is over! I know I am still behind in posting the project updates but I am catching up!

Highlights for this semester:
Really awesome looking stock project on my Winchester 94!
Although unofficial, I have kept my GPA.
President’s list student.
Inducted into Phi Theta Kappa honors society.
Nominated by the college for the Governor Robert W. Scott Student Leadership Award.
Elected president of MCC Student Government Association.

Thank you everyone for the words of support and for following my work!