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US Navy 1974-2004. Enlisted aircrew in P-3 Orions then aircrew in SH-3 Sea Kings. Commioned as a Naval Flight Officer and flew the S-3 Viking. Retired from that then flew with Customs and Border Protection in ex navy modified P-3s doing counter drug and interdiction ops. Fully retired 3 years ago. Been collecting milsurps since my first O3-A3 in 1971
 

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USAF EOD from 1989-2021, seen the world, Desert Storm, Iraq, Afghanistan, about 20 other countries. Currently doing the same type job for Homeland Security as an explosives specialist. Had guns all my life, lots of black scary rifles but recently got bit by the milsurp bug and now spending wayyyy too much after getting my C&R license.
 

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Airline pilot. Routes from KLAX all over the pacific. My collection ranges from a KLIN 1873 revolver up to a 1960’s Egyptian Rasheed and many in-between.

Best part of how my job relates to curio and relic collecting is being able to fly over and to some of the places that the firearms were in use. Tokyo, Midway, Attu island, Kwajalein Atoll, etc.
 

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I spent numerous years guiding bear hunters, and alot of winters giving dogsled rides, meaning i pushed rich people up hill now i dabble in lanscaping in summer and fall and winter i spend hunting not a bad gig
 

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5 years in the National Guard (so far) and about 4 working/supervising a 911 center and working dipatch for PD.
 

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40+ years retail

35 of that in the Grocery biz, from produce clerk to Store manager,
19 yrs of that at a meat head, (journeyman cutter and dept manager)

last 5 as a double dipping gun guy, as in I work for someone 40hrs, (well. work is a strong word) and 20+ a week for myself as a FFL/SOT
 

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Airline pilot. Routes from KLAX all over the pacific. My collection ranges from a KLIN 1873 revolver up to a 1960’s Egyptian Rasheed and many in-between.

Best part of how my job relates to curio and relic collecting is being able to fly over and to some of the places that the firearms were in use. Tokyo, Midway, Attu island, Kwajalein Atoll, etc.
Whom do you fly for?
 

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Retired US diplomat. Got interested in Finnish firearms after a tour in Finland. After retirement I was a part-time college teacher, leading a seminar in foreign policy at the local community college. That's on indefinite hold because of COVID.

Before becoming a Foreign Service officer I was a motorcycle salesman, motorcycle mechanic, country music DJ, night manager of a bowling alley, and a cost accountant for Motorola. Among other things. My first job was tearing down greenhouses for a friend who was a florist. My second job was building new greenhouses to replace the ones we tore down.
 

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Spent a lot of time in school always working part time. Practiced law for about five minutes and realized I clearly wasn’t cut out for it. My friends said I should quit the law and get into an honest line of work. I said, Nah, I think I’ll try insurance. About 40 years later I as able to retire. Been around guns and shooting all my life. Love collecting and shooting MILSURP and 19th century antiques.

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I haven't been a member long, but I didn't need much time to realize the wealth of knowledge here. I'm far from being an expert, but I do know a thing or two about a thing or two. I've seen that some know very little, while others have literally written books. Anyways, one thing led to another and it got me wondering what it is members do for a living.

I'll start, I drive a delivery truck for a major ltl carrier. Who's next?
I spent 37 years in Aerospace, retiring as a Tool & Die maker/ Designer in 2002. I finally realized work was interfering too much with my personal life. Got my first gun from dad when I was 10 or so. A Stevens .22/.410 O&U. Bought my first Milsurp when I was 18 (1967), a Surplus store had just opened a crate of Carcanos. Bought 2 @ 25.00 ea. That got me hooked on Milsurps. Ten years ago I got my 03FFL and have been keeping the bank account empty since. I collect mostly 1860 -1950 European theater military weapons. I'm partial to Yugo 59/66's. Acouple years ago I was roaming through a thrift store here in Tucson and saw a barrel sticking out under a pile of stuff on the "must Go" table. Pulled it out and it had the action attached.It had Japanese markings that said 38. Wasn't sure what it was but they marked it down from 100 to 50 bucks. I argued them down to 20 and took it home. As a result, I have become very well educated in Arisaka rifles. When not collecting, I build AR's for a hobby.
 

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I rarely post here, but I lurk frequently. . .
I am nearly halfway through my 39th year of teaching Band, Choir, and Music.
I began collecting when a Fabrique Nationale 1900 pistol was gifted to me by a friend of the family upon her husband's passing in 1985. I tell my wife that collecting WWII military firearms is my investment portfolio.
 

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Finance / cryptocurrency exchange business operations and strategy. Been 100 percent remote working since 2017. Consulted / was eventually employed by one of the top three crypto exchanges in the world by 24 hour volume, for which I eventually authored their global business and regulatory strategy to enable their expansion. Now consulting independently under the auspices of Space Beyond, LLC, a Wyoming corp I have formed primarily for cryptocurrency consulting purposes. Not retired yet, but I guess that is not incredibly far off. I'm presently helping a crypto firm whose sole business purpose is to assist nonprofits that want to get set up to properly accept crypto donations, and am gradually working on a side endeavor to support eventual deployment of a crypto-philanthropic system based entirely on existing satellites in low-earth orbit.

I started out with a Mosin (Russian M44), eventually bought (and sold) a Finn Ski Trooper, and got drawn into other aspects of the milsurp world from there. Will probably cave soon and get that CA COE / consultant-evaluator designation from the local state's DOJ, etc, even though I'm planning to ultimately leave CA to retire.

One foot in the old world, one in the new. Seems to have worked out so far.
 

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Wildlife biologist for 28 years and counting. My head, heart and sometimes work are out in the field, as far away from the modern (human) world as I can get.
 

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Just retired 42 years as a pipe fitter Caught the mosinitis 20 years ago and it spread to austrian, French to finish to two safes full and looking at a third. Born country by birth and hunting and fishing by choice. It has been a great ride so far. Enjoy today as we are not garented tomorrow.
 

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Marine Lt. In the Nam (FO), later switched to the Army Guard and retired at 24 years. “Real” job was LAPD from 71-94. Retired on 50% Disability Pension. House payment didn’t get cut in half, so had to find other work. Executive Protection, US Marshal Court Security, finally got a P.I. License. Retired 5 years ago, age 72. Always liked military firearms, imagining the soldiers who carried them way back.
 

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Graduated high school in 1980 with 2 years in auto parts retail under my belt, did that till around 88 then went to college and got a degree in Civil Engineering, went to work for TxDOT in ‘93 and retired in 2015 and been doing heavy highway construction oversight and troubleshooting since then, living the dream as they say. Been a licensed Engineer for almost 22 years so that’s what I do when not accumulating guns. Bought my first gun, a Springfield musket with 1846 lock date, around 1971 with lawn mowing money, then lots of old west guns, then transitioned through early 20th century stuff to military surplus. I really just buy and trade for what I like and can afford, all guns interest me. This site has educated me on firearms far beyond anything else, thanks to all.
 
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