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Old Dog Man Retired

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing and Repairs' started by Old Dog Man, Mar 21, 2013.

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  1. Old Dog Man

    Old Dog Man Member

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    I've finally retired from gunsmithing, sold my shop equipment to a young man and I think he's going to be a good one. He has a manufacturing license and is making suppressors. He lives in my area and said I could come visit with him anytime, and could use the lathe and mill to do something of mine. I really like this young man. I'll still be visiting THR keeping an eye on RC and the other guy's. (Have a Nice Day All) Al
     
  2. NCsmitty

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    Congratulations on your milestone, Old Dog Man, and it's good that you found someone you trust, and will make good use of your equipment. It's too bad we cannot truly pass on all the knowledge that we gathered over the years, the good and the bad. I guess we do what we can.
    We have THR and other sites for some of that. Enjoy the rest of the time God has given us.


    NCsmitty
     
  3. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

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    Well thats good.

    It's a dirty job, but Somebody has to do it!!

    Congratulations on your retirement!!

    rc
     
  4. Old Dog Man

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    Yes NC the young man told me he had only purchased my machinery, but he couldn't buy what I had learned over my career. I'm going to help him every chance I get. It's nice to come on THR and keep my brain exercised with some of the questions beginners and pros have. I'm always interested to see what you and RC are up to. Al
     
  5. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

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    Hey!

    You have more real world hands-on gunsmith experience then all of us put together I betcha!

    You need to come by and help us with some of the real stumper's.

    Not check on us.

    I'm sure you would agree, but it's real hard sometimes to fix guns on the Internet without coon-fingering them first!

    rc
     
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    Enjoy your retirement. You earned it. The knowledge you learned over the years is priceless. Try to pass it on as good as you can so the trade will continue to involve.
     
  7. Maj Dad

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    Welcome to the front porch, Old Dog Man - I've only been sitting for a little while (retired twice :cool: ), but it's nice to be able to watch the grass grow for a bit. Sounds like you've got a good man to follow in your steps, and maybe pick up some of your wisdom. My daddy always said, "Too soon old, too late smart," and I think he was spot on. Still, we try to help them avoid our mistakes (tall order on my part!) and do better.
    Cheers, and warmest regards,
    George J.
     
  8. Loc n Load

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    Welocme to the club

    Retirement is always a big step and marks a huge change in our lives....I retired from a 34 year long career in L.E. in 07.....I had been an armorer / instructor most of my career also....then went back to work as a contract instructor until Jan of this year....it takes some getting used to.....but at least you can "visit" your shop and it sounds as though you have someone solid following in your foot steps....take you retirement, enjoy and don't look back.
     
  9. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

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    I tried that two or three times after a 36 year very good run with a big company.

    Nobody knew who I was, except the 27 year old college intern I trained that was now the department head that took my job when I retired.
    And he had already been demoted to night shift Supervisor.

    As Thomas Wolfe said.
    You can never go home again!

    And for sure, don't make a nuisance of yourself as a nostalgic old man nobody there remembers.

    It will only make you sad to see how they run the place now!

    It's maybe worth a shot?
    But don't shoot up a whole magazine trying!

    And leave one round in the gun.

    Sorry!
    Little Gallows humer there!

    De Debble made me do it! :evil:

    rc
     
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