Looking hard at doing a complete career change. I'm currently an asst supt. in comercial construction, & recently laid off. I'm very good at what I do, eventhough I dont enjoy it anymore, but I'm SERIOUSLY ready to be done building, & persue a career in what I actually like to do. I read a thread a while back that Japple started, simmilar to this one, & it got me pondering. I've since corresponded with Japple, & I here he decided to pursue an alternitave oppertunity. Now I am a daddy of 3 plus I'm married & own a house, so dropping everything & going to Colorado isn't a viable option at this time, eventhough I here its the best around. I've looked into Penn Foster's gunsmith school, & American gunsmithing school, as well as a few others, but I'm curious if anyone has any feedback on these types of schools, & if so, do they hold any weight in the real world? I'm a tinkerer by nature, so I've been playing with my personal firearms as well as friends, & familys for as long as I can remember, fixing/tweaking this or that, but never thought of it as "gunsmithing" (thats for those guys with lathes.... I wish!!). But wadda you guys think? Is it possible to make a living if I can find an apprenticeship of some kind, along with one of these schools? I hope none of you think I'm rediculous for posting this, but Eversince I quit being a hired cowboy, & left ranching for a job that actually paid the bills,(construction) ive always wondered how nice it would be to really like what I did for a living. You know, actually wake up happy, & ready to grab the day & kick its ass. I miss that. Just to top it off, Elk season got cut short this year, due to hauling my dad down off the mountain while he was having a massive aortic rupture, he lived thank God. My dad is my best friend, & Elk huntin buddy, & were already planning next years hunts! But I'm certain that if I stay running those kinds jobs, in that high pace, take no prisoners field like he did, ill end up with the same condition someday. so I figure this might actually be the time to swich. Lemme know what you guys think.