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SCC Hosts Colt Armorers Course at Center for Public Safety


Surry Community College’s Law Enforcement program recently hosted the Colt M4/M16 Armorers course at the Center for Public Safety in Mount Airy.

Twenty-two law enforcement officers from all over the eastern part of the United States attended this certification course that focused on the M16 family of weapons and all its variants including the M4, the AR15 and 9mm SMG.

Colt Instructor Alan Offringa led the students during a 24-hour course over three days that involved hands-on classroom activity. The first day of class covered the history, nomenclature, theory of operation, complete field disassembly and parts identification. The second day focused on the removal and installation of barrel and front sight assembly, design changes and parts interchangeability, headspace and firing pin protrusion testing and fire control theory. On the third day, participants learned about maintenance, troubleshooting and then took a written test, a practical exam and received certifications upon graduation.

To graduate, students must demonstrate proficiency in the following areas – disassembly, reassembly, identification of mechanical deficiencies and corrective actions. Students must also attain a score of 70 percent or better on the written test. Graduates receive a three-year Colt Law Enforcement Rifle/Carbine/SMG Armorer certification.

Surry Community College offers a variety of law enforcement classes including Basic Law Enforcement, Detention Officer Certification, Telecommunicator Certification, Police Law Institute, RADAR Operator & Recertification, LIDAR Operator & Recertification, Crisis Intervention Training, Taser Initial & Recertification, Standard Field Sobriety, Intoxilyzer Operator & Recertification, Basic SWAT, Advanced SWAT, Surviving the First Three Seconds, and Human Behavior Analysis. You can see the current schedule of law enforcement training classes by going to

SCC has provided training for the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, and the North Carolina Department of Safety along with police departments and sheriff’s departments across the Piedmont Triad region in North Carolina.

Law enforcement officers from across the East Coast attend the Colt M4/M16 Armorers course at the Center for Public Safety in Mount Airy.

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