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Old 07-08-2010, 08:20 AM
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Sounds good. Just be careful when you head out to the local watering holes - you might get more than meets the eye!

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Old 07-08-2010, 08:35 AM
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That article was hilarious! I never would have guessed that! I don't however think that will affect me at all since I am taking the fam. down with me.

@ chas... no looking back at all on this one, I hope I don't second guess myself! Moving four people there and taking out student loans, this is an all or nothing deal! That is why I was making sure to find the right school with the right people! I really wanted to do an apprenticeship, but they just seen to get fewer and fewer available, with trinidad and speedy, I can do both school and appentice style learning so I think it is the best fit!
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Old 07-08-2010, 08:37 AM
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This will be a 'once in a life time' opportunity, make and do many projects for yourself! The work you do (under the supervision of the instructors) is likely to be 'head & shoulders' above many commercial shops. My 'hind sight' says, "I wish I had".
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Old 07-08-2010, 07:52 PM
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This will be a 'once in a life time' opportunity, make and do many projects for yourself! The work you do (under the supervision of the instructors) is likely to be 'head & shoulders' above many commercial shops. My 'hind sight' says, "I wish I had".
shortgrass , as a full time gunsmith & custom rifle builder, I'd say you've done pretty good so not sure what you mean by "I wish I had"
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Old 07-09-2010, 09:06 AM
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shortgrass , as a full time gunsmith & custom rifle builder, I'd say you've done pretty good so not sure what you mean by "I wish I had"
I wish I had done more projects just for myself. I did, mostly, for friends and family. When I started gunsmith school 19 years ago, we were still learning to make rifle and shotgun stocks by hand from a blank (not 'turned' on a duplicating machine). You were required 2 of each. I made 7 rifle stocks and 2 shotgun stocks. All but two of the rifle stocks were for someone else and both shotgun stocks were, too. My fastest time for a rifle stock was about 100 hours of labor, not including the hand rubbed oil finish. We were required 5 hot re-blue jobs. To get any kind of a grade your completed job would have to rival those found on "American Custom Gun Makers Guild" guns. A true 'custom' finish that'll 'knock your eyes out'. No pits! Not even those the size of a sewing pin point. Only one of those was for a rifle of my own. These are just a couple of examples. I'm glad I could do for family and friends, I just wish I had found a better 'balance' between family and friends and for myself ( I hope that's not being too selfish!) The jobs that get above average grades are those most will never see or handle unless you are around the "American Custom Gun Makers Guild" or know a member of the "guild" or a gunsmith school graduate or an individual that seriously applied themselves. After you graduate you will have trouble finding that 100 hours to 'do' for yourself. (Some, in the class I was in, found these endevors to be a waste of time. Why do work very few will recognize or appreciate? Or, I'm only interested in S.S. and synthetic stocks. The lessons, as presented when I was in school, were ment to teach "attention to details" and provide the graduate with the knowlege to go as far as he might want to go in the trade. If you don't learn what the finest is you will only learn half the lesson and never know that there is 'something better' to strive for!) Those items I did for myself while in school are among my 'most prized posessions', maybe,,,, once in a life time accomplishments (because of the amount of time required).
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Old 07-09-2010, 06:12 PM
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Shortgrass, thanks for explaining, makes sense to me know and I don't think your being selfish...hard to explain but, I know where your coming from.
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