GSS 59.9: Alternative Metal Finishes
There are no required textbooks for this class.
Required Tools & Supplies:
- At least one major firearm part to anodize, i.e.: a receiver, trigger guard or a floor plate assembly.
- An assortment of wet or dry emery paper, 100 grit to 320 grit.
- Some simple Green or other quality oil remover, and some alcohol and lacquer thinner.
- Some disposable latex gloves.
- Safety glasses, face shield or goggles that meet ANSI Z87.
- A firearm to Teflon coat. Any type or model except a double gun or a high quality revolver or auto pistol, i.e. not a Browning O/U or a Sig P210.
- One can of Brownell’s Teflon Moly or Gun Kote.
- A firearm or major parts of one to be powder coated. Must have some parts of steel and others aluminum.
- A quality dust mask.
Student Learning Outcome:
At the conclusion of this course each passing student will be able to:
- Hard anodize a gun part, any color the student desires, to industry standard or better.
- Assemble the firearm without damaging the finish.
- Teflon coat a firearm, to industry standard or better.
- Reassemble the coated firearm without damaging the finish.
- Prepare and powder coat steel and aluminum firearm parts to industry standards or better.
- Adequately clean up oven and spray area after powder coating.
- Spray the powder and bake the parts, using proper safety procedures.
- The anodizing process
- preparing the metal
- preparing the solution
- controlling the temperature
- amperage and voltage and their effect on the finished product
- post cleaning
- the Teflon coating process: metal preparation, applying the finish, baking, reassembly, safety.
- suitable materials for powder coating, the powder coating process, preparation of parts, dangers associated with the powder coating process, clean up, safety.
How the class works:
In lecture, we will study the various firearms and/or systems involved. To reinforce
what we have studied, assignments will be made involving repair, refinishing, and/or
modifications to the studied firearm parts.
To simulate real life situations, there will be due dates on all assignments.
The assignments will approximate problems in the field. Many times the assignments
will force you to think, i.e. I may assign the design and fabrication of a tool or
parts. I will tell you what it must do, and the tool or part must be made to work.
Everyone starts off with an “A” and everyone is expected to get an “A” for a final grade.
This is a potentially dangerous profession, so you must do the assignments to industry
standards or better.
- Everyone must have a set of finished notes by the last day of class. If they are on paper, they must be typed or written very legibly in ink, in a binder or folder, and have line drawings of systems for clarity when needed. They can also be audio, video, or on a computer disk, but if they are, they must have an index. They must also contain most of what was covered in class. If they possess all the mentioned criteria they are “A” notes. If they are missing information, inbound, or electronic with no index, your grade maybe lowered.
- Your projects must be completed in order to be graded. They will be graded on accuracy, appearance and finish.
A note on notes:
They must be good and permanent- NO PENCIL NOTES. You can get around this note
requirement by obtaining the AGI professional series course on the subject, i.e. the
shotgun course for any of the shot gun classes etc. Remember, bad notes and your
grade will suffer.
Method of Evaluation:
Grading in this course will be based on the following:
Class Participation and Attendance: 10%
Classroom notes: 20%
Classroom projects: 70%
90-100% = A
80-89% = B
70-79% = C
60-69% = D
below 60% = F
Incompletes and etc.:
Incompletes are at the discretion of the instructor.
NO LIVE AMMUNITION IN CLASS:
NO! NO! NO! If you need ammo to test fire a firearm, you turn it in to an
instructor UPON ENTERING THE CLASSROOM. Failure to do so will result in your
dismissal from the course.