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How much do you know about guns?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by FNFiveSeven, Sep 24, 2004.

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Do you know more about guns than your profession?

  1. No, I know more about my job.

    86 vote(s)
    29.7%
  2. About the same.

    93 vote(s)
    32.1%
  3. Yes, I know more about guns then I do about my work

    80 vote(s)
    27.6%
  4. Guns ARE my job.

    31 vote(s)
    10.7%
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  1. FNFiveSeven

    FNFiveSeven Member

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    So, I'm sitting here, writing my Ph.D. thesis, and I think to myself, I wonder if I know more about guns than chemistry? I mean, seriously, I could probably write just as much on either topic. So what about you guys? How many of you feel like you know as much or more about guns than you do about your job/profession?
     
  2. Hemicuda

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    Beihg that I just made a career change (usedta be a draftsman, now I'm a truck driver),

    and being that I build my own custom Mausers (NOT BUBBAIZED!) and I mean FULLY CUSTOM re-barrelled, hand-cut stocks and more type Mausers...

    Yep... I know more about firearms than I do about my job... at least about SOME firearms!
     
  3. Edmond

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    Don't really know much about guns. I just know how to make em' go bang and to take care of em'. You ask me about guns I don't own and I couldn't tell you much.

    But I'm always open to knowing more and I'm looking into reloading in a couple of months.
     
  4. Archie

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    I've been carrying a gun for a living...

    since 1969. When I joined the Marine Corps, they made me a rifleman.

    Been carrying guns ever since, various federal lawman jobs.

    However, firearms are my burning passion. The history and developement of the modern firearm; the various designs, internal ballistics, external ballistics, finishes and materials and all sorts of things.

    What guns were used in what wars, why machine guns weren't invented until they were, ignition systems.... all sorts of things.

    Trivia like Frank Hamer carried a Remington Model 8 in .25-35. Why General Patton didn't like 45 Autos.....

    I've done some study. And I still don't know much.
     
  5. shermacman

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    The more I learn about guns the more I realize how little I know...!
     
  6. oldfella

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    I am not sure I know how to answer that question - you see, I have not had a job in 25 years (retired). Like Edmond said, I know mostly how to clean and lube the ones I have, and how to make them go Bang... too timid to take them fully appart... so I said "about the same".
     
  7. GOT

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    I'm learning about guns as fast as I can find info, read it and get guns and use them. Unfortunately I have to spend more time trying to keep my family fed, housed and clothed.
     
  8. Ironbarr

    Ironbarr Member In Memoriam

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    Me? Well, Pardner, let me expound upon this subject with great flair.

    Retired (supposedly). Some of my work includes: titivate and field day (compartment cleaner); fixing our kids' and their kids' computers; stores working parties (of 1); chauffeur; gofer; painter, wood worker, yards & docks maintenance (grass/plants). General all-around grandpa duties, ya know.

    Guns? 90% of what I know about guns I've learned at TFL and THR and handling, shooting, and servicing the several I've bought since finding these two rare jewels of gunedjucashun.

    Oh yes - forgot - start-up shooting trainer for a 12-yr-old... Grandpa mode again.

    So as far as the job/guns knowledge is concerned I voted "About the same" mainly since I just don't know too much about anything these days. :)

    [RANT]I just read a paper article about an "elderly man" dying here in a mobile home fire. He was 72. That's "ELDERLY"? Never thought of myself as "elderly" - the word sounds like you're on your last legs, doesn't it? [/RANT]

    Guess I'll be "elderly" the end of November. Darn!



    -Andy
     
  9. joab

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    I've been doing my job for 23 years and have been studying it for 25. I'm a state certified expert in 2 states. I used to give lectures on different tools and methods of the industry

    With guns I pretty much know which end is the ouchy end
     
  10. Hkmp5sd

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    I know far more about my profession than I do about firearms.
     
  11. P95Carry

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    Andy - I'll accept ''elderly'' over ''old'' ... any day!!:p But I prefer ''mature''!:)

    I probably know more about guns than work ... but that needs qualified really. Most gun knowledge is aquired over man years of loading and shooting but - still I find huge gaps in knowledge .. so answer there really is - one never stops learning.

    Many of the brains here, way superior to mine on guns .. have helped fill many gaps but - for every gap filled ...... another two seem to emerge.

    If I use the word ''experience'' then maybe I have approx equal experience with work and guns ... enough to useful but far from definitive!:)
     
  12. Kharn

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    I just started my job 3 months ago, I've been into guns for over 4 years. :D

    Kharn
     
  13. Bridger

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    I'm a student, so lets just say I wish these papers coming up were about firearms in some way :(
     
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    I hear that.
     
  15. Old Dog

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    Right now I definitely know more about guns than I know about my current job ... but, like one guy said, the more I learn about guns, the more I realize how little I know. But I do know one thing: I've been fortunate that I've had many jobs over the past quarter-century where guns were a big part of my job! Fulfilling part of life in the military (for a gun enthusiast, anyway).
     
  16. JohnBT

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    Well. let's see. I got an M.S. in 1974 and went to work, so that's about 32 years of professional knowledge if you count the M.S.

    I've been interested in guns since the mid-50s.

    Toss-up I guess, seeing that I usually spend more time at work than at the range.

    John
     
  17. Mulliga

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    Like others have said: Enough to know that I don't know enough. :D
     
  18. jamz

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    I know my job pretty well, I like to think.

    With guns, I know, like Homer Simpson, "this is the end that you point at whatever you want to die". :p Actually, I know a bit more than that. But I've never detail stripped a 1911. Is that a benchmark of some kind?

    -James
     
  19. Tamara

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    D.

    My boss asked me once what I do when I'm not at the gun shop. He was a little surprised to find that when I'm not talking about guns at work, I'm talking about guns at home. :eek:
     
  20. BerettaNut92

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    I know jack and squat about either...

    ..and Jack just left town :eek:
     
  21. hso

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    If I know less about my profession than my hobby then I better be looking for another profession.
     
  22. Kamicosmos

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    I work in computers. So, considering the vast amount of information I could (or should, according to my boss, heh) know about computers, and comparing that to the amount of knowledge one could know about guns....I voted About the same.

    Alot just kinda depends. I can talk all day about AR15s or .44 Mags, or Linux vs MS or what video card is better for a given situation or which tape media is better for a given storage environment.

    But, when it comes to say....Macintoshes and Black Powder? I know diddly on either topic. Which is sad cause I need to learn Mac stuff PDQ.
     
  23. Eskimo Jim

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    I probably know more about my job than firearms. Firearms is a very more vast industry to learn about.

    -Jim

    Archie-
    Why did Patton not like the 1911?
     
  24. BryanP

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    Kamicosmos,

    Sounds like you and I are at the same point. I'm moderately knowledgeable about firearms, but not an expert. I make my living running networks. I need to be learning more about various Linux environments, not guns. :uhoh:
     
  25. Black Snowman

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    Good question. I'm in the IT field as well but my career has been a steady string of demotions for the last 4 years with a short stop in OTR trucking so I voted that I know MORE about guns because my experiance and involvement with them has been steadily growing where as my IT experiance is becoming more and more dated.

    The truth is I know a lot about a lot of things but I'm not really a true expert in much of anything. I reach a saturation point where I feel I've learned the bulk of the imporant information and then move on to a new field.

    I've started doing some of my own gunsmithing, I've been reloading for quite a while, I've always had a fascination with military arms, etc . . . But I can also build a PC based computer from scratch, to a mild porting job on a set of heads for a car or motorcycle, build simple wooden furnature, basic airbrushing, I have a Class A CDL and a motorcycle liscence, I can take off and land a plane even though I don't have a liscence (visual condtions only), I understand the principles of suspension geometry in both on and off road applications, I do all my own vehicle repair, etc . . . But none of it am I good enough at to make a decent wage, except for computers. So that's where I'm at.

    Of all the things listed above the gunsmithing has been the most enjoyable. Must be why it doesn't pay crap ;)
     
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