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Started a job at a gunshop.

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by wideym, May 25, 2011.

  1. wideym

    wideym Well-Known Member

    A couple of weeks ago I was making the rounds at the local gun/pawn shops looking for something I couldn't live without, and to my surprise one of the shops offered me a part-time job.

    I'm a disabled vet with lots of time on my hands and lately I've been bored out of my mind. I called the VA and Social Sec. who told me I could work a part-time job. It feels great to be a part of the work force again, although it is taking some getting used to.

    I only work 2 1/2 days a week (20 hours) and make $250 a week, but the money is not really an issue (it is nice though). So far I work mainly in the back straightening up the gun items, doing minor repairs, and occasionally working the counter. I prefer working in the back, but interacting with customers has proven to be very interesting. They run from first time gun buyers to old collectors and arrogant <deleted> to respectful and polite.

    In less than two weeks I've repaired three handguns (two Keltecs with loose ejector springs and a Para with a stubbornly stuck mag) and two shotguns, one was re-building a Mossberg from just a frame and mag tube.

    One of the bad things is seeing many guns that I want, yet cannot afford them and seeing many guns broken that are too expensive to repair for re-sale.
    Last edited by a moderator: May 25, 2011
  2. .338-06

    .338-06 Well-Known Member

    Do you get an employee discount? If you don't need the extra $1000/month, start your gun fund! $12,000 a year could get you some nice goodies.
  3. wideym

    wideym Well-Known Member

    I haven't asked about an employee discount yet, as I have two guns on layaway at two other gunshops, but I'm pretty sure there is one.
  4. ultradoc

    ultradoc Well-Known Member

    Sounds like a 'dream' job to me. Congrats on the job and getting back in the work force and thank you for your service!
  5. WVleo

    WVleo Well-Known Member

    Lucky Ba$****, Thanks for Your service and good luck with the new job, which I'm afraid will end up costing You money ( Like hiring a fat kid at a bakery LOL LOL LOL ) ! ...WVleo
  6. Sav .250

    Sav .250 Well-Known Member

    Doing what you like and getting paid for it.... :)
  7. dtalley

    dtalley Well-Known Member

    I used to work part time at a pawn shop and was lucky enought to put stuff on Layaway with an employee discount. I was spending 1/2 my paycheck on my layaway stuff
  8. Birdmang

    Birdmang Well-Known Member

    Get ready to spend most of your money on firearms.
  9. ErikO

    ErikO Well-Known Member

    Congrats on getting back into the workforce, its good to hear about a Vet getting more than just the shaft for a change. :) More $$ than just your disability checks is a good thing, too.
  10. Standing Wolf

    Standing Wolf Member in memoriam

    Good for you, wideym! I loved working in a gun shop. It's a great learning experience, and you're doing good work that needs and deserves to get done.
  11. earlthegoat2

    earlthegoat2 Well-Known Member

    Excellent at finding a place back in the work force.

    Working at a gun shop can be a drain......on your wallet.

    The time I spent working at them was a perpetual struggle from keeping my meathooks off the merchandise.
  12. Bubbles

    Bubbles Well-Known Member

    So have you been swept yet?
  13. wideym

    wideym Well-Known Member

    I already spend a large chunk of my money on guns, ammo, mags, ect., now it looks like I'll be spending it mainly in one store.

    The downside of working in a gunshop appears to be that working with guns is starting to become a chore, but atleast it's not boring.
  14. Arkansas Paul

    Arkansas Paul Well-Known Member

    Sounds awesome. I know how great it is to work with what you love. I recently got a part time job at a local country club. Being a full time student, I don't have a lot of money to spare playing golf. Now I golf almost every day for free. (Golf is my 2nd love)

    Kind of off topic. Just saying, if you do something you love, you'll never work a day in your life.
    I shudder to think what it would be like if I worked at a gun store. I'd never get paid and at the end of the month, I'd owe them money.
  15. Toforo

    Toforo Well-Known Member

    I don't know how you got "them" to approve it - but congrats!

    Between my USN retirement, my Civil Service retirement, and now my 100% disabled vet pension - they won't let me work ANYWHERE.... (well, I can WORK, just can't get PAID, lol)

    But... I do the same thing here at a local shop, but I work WHEN I want for "store credit" - maybe not as good as a paycheck, but I spend all I make there on this hobby anyway, lol.

    I'm able to avoid the "doldrums" of work by only working when I want to... He calls me on saturday night and says "what do you want to work next week" and I tell him if, when, or NOT at all. We're good friends, so he appreciates not just having a body in the shop, but somebody he trusts to keep an eye on things (like other employees) if he has to leave the shop for a bit.

    I moved up here to MO from AR five years ago....
    (sorry, but I can't say as I MISS it, lol)
  16. medalguy

    medalguy Well-Known Member

    Be careful!! When she was in college we urged our daughter to look for a part-time job to help her through school, and she ended up getting a job at an Ann Taylor clothing store. I don't think she EVER brought any money home, but she was one of the best-dressed students on campus! :D
  17. CodaSmog

    CodaSmog Member

    Congratulations Wideym!!!

    But please don't say its becoming a chore..........you ruined a great story for me!

    Good Luck!
  18. Apocalypse-Now

    Apocalypse-Now Well-Known Member

    good for you, my friend :)

    always nice to see vets get a job doing something fun :)
  19. ZCORR Jay

    ZCORR Jay Well-Known Member

    Congrats on the new job. Good luck with trying not to buy everything.
  20. zoom6zoom

    zoom6zoom Well-Known Member

    Congrats! I was offered a job at a gun store a while back but told them I didn't think I could afford it.

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