New. and Need Some Advice


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Business0ptics
July 22, 2009, 06:24 AM
Hey everyone!
First things first... I have to say this is a great forum. Just by reading some posts and seeing how active they are really led me to here. This is a great place. Thanks for having me here.:)

My name is Cody. I was born and raised in Colorado. I am only 18 years old. Ever since I was 6 and shot my first gun, I have been hooked. I love everything about guns. I am also very responsible and would like to point out to people I do not like guns because they kill people. I simply enjoy them for what they are, and fun things you can do with them. They are VERY interesting to me and I really want my career to be involved with guns. I have a lot of opportunities and I am glad I am only 18 so I can get started early. Sadly, my knowledge of guns is very poor. I know the basics... Show me a gun I can tell you what caliber it is... Name me a gun I can tell you pretty much what it is and where it came from. I know what different types of guns there are etc...

I own the following:
Romanian AK-47 (SEMI AUTO)
Smith and Wesson 4566 .45 Auto
.22 Long range rifle .Bolt action.
Moss berg 500 Pistol grip 12 Gauge

I used to have more but I sold them.

What I am trying to ask here is, where can I start to learn more about guns and how they function? I want to be a professional at this and maybe one day become a Gunsmith, Gun Dealer, Maybe work for the Police and work on their guns and fix them up. Maybe even one day I want to own a shooting range. I want to learn about tactics, optics, and pretty much anything related to guns or warfare of any type.

It's great to here. Thanks for reading.:)

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MedWheeler
July 22, 2009, 11:08 PM
Do what I did when I graduated too young to enter my desired profession, which was law enforcement (I graduated at 17, but the minimum age for LE was 19.) Enlist in our military. That's the easiest and cheapest way to get intensive tactical training, as well as skill and a working knowledge. By the time you get out, you'll be 21, more refined, and very educated in this field, as well as in the field you choose as your military "job", or Military Occupational Specialty (MOS.)

mljdeckard
July 22, 2009, 11:16 PM
I agree that service time will help you a lot. but also learn that the military, police, and civilians all do things differently for good reasons.

Read. Read everything you are interested in. Read a lot of things that you don't think you will be interested in. Learn to accept that this is an ongoing process, and that the more you learn, the more you will be humbled by what you don't know.

You need to throw a lot of lead downrange. For fun, for study. You need to learn firsthand what works and what doesn't, not just what the book says. Learn how to tell the difference between fact and opinion. (You will get plenty of both in here, both from people who do, and people who DON'T know the difference.)

Fred Fuller
July 22, 2009, 11:40 PM
Join the Army specifically for MOS 45B, Small Arms Repairer. That will open the door later to civil service jobs in the WG-6610 field, if you're interested. Or it can pave the way to more lucrative contractor jobs, if you'd rather. No matter what, it can give you the foundation for a resume that can keep you working for a couple of careers, if you want.

AND you can use your GI education benefits to go to one of the certified gunsmith schools, either while on active duty (IF there is a school near enough, and IF you can get time off for school- those can be big if's depending on your circumstances) or after you get out of the Army. But I helped several active duty soldiers stationed at Ft. Bragg attend gunsmithing courses at Montgomery Community College in Troy, NC using their tuition assistance benefits while I was working at the Ed Center there. And GI Bill benefits will cover some schools as well, when you get out.

It might not be what you want to do, but it is an option...

lpl

Bustacap
July 22, 2009, 11:53 PM
retired army 26 years two wars hooorah

Tim the student
July 22, 2009, 11:58 PM
+1 to the military. Because of the military, I got to do many many things that I would not have been able to do had I not joined. I am out now, but the military continues to benefit me every day.

Welcome the THR.

scottaschultz
July 23, 2009, 12:19 AM
Because of the military, I got to do many many things that I would not have been able to do had I not joined.
Its not a job, its an adventure!

Scott

CB900F
July 23, 2009, 09:42 PM
Business;

I'll second the suggestions for a hitch in the armed forces. Find out all the provisios before you take one step forward and raise yer right hand though. Specifically about what the current G.I. bill may or may not be able to do for you.

You might wish to ask here on site about the excellent gunsmithing school in Colorado. I know that there are graduates of it on site.

900F

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