I generally do ask for 50% up front to start a project but that is only to cover out of pocket expenses for rifle componants, barrels, receivers, stocks and such.
I would go in the poor house if I had to cover all the componant costs before I was paid for the complete rifles. In some cases where the customer supplies most of the compoants, I will not ask for money until the project is ready to ship or nearing completion.
Roy, this is where you are, don;t really need any money yet but I will work up a total and get it to you ASAP.
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Robert Frost said in his "Death of the Hired Man": Nothing to look back on with pride, nothing to look forward to with hope.
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I stopped off on my way home from turkey hunting today and picked up an 44 inch long cleaning rod being hopeful that I would be using it before I die of old age. I think that is what is going to happen to the gobbler I have been hunting - death from old age.