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Went to college for engineering, graduated with 2 degrees in history instead. After failing to find a museum job I could live on, got into data management. Now head of data governance for an insurance company, and teach scuba diving on the side. Accidentally got into collecting with a $99 Mosin, then Cold War milsurps because I couldn't afford WWI/WWII. Now have whatever odds and ends I could find at a bargain from Civil War onward, as well as a bunch of modern production pieces that interest me, mostly Ruger revolvers. This year's new angle has been pre-WWI milsurp revolvers and 19th century Smiths and Remingtons. Next year, who knows?
 

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One of the first ASE Certified Automotive Technicians in 1974....Sergeant / US Marine Corps (1976 - 1980).....Captain, USAF Security Police (1982 - 1995)...Certified Georgia Police Officer (1995 - 1996 military disability cut that career move short)....Store Manager for Discount Auto Parts and ASE Certified Parts Specialist (1996 - 1998).....Auto Claims Adjuster for GEICO Ins (1998 - 2005)....Loss Prevention Supervisor for Kohl's Distribution Center (2005 - 2010)....Parts Specialist for O'Reilly Auto Parts (2010 - 2012)....then full time retirement. I have been collecting, and restoring Bubba's, surplus rifles, pistols, bayonets and swords for 40 years. Not an expert, but know enough to be dangerous.
 

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25 years in the architectural (residential & commercial) & industrial coatings industry and still going.

Last year, in early April of 2020, a local shop put a post on Facebook that our Gov had closed retail Gun shops in our area (do to the Covid shut down) so they were putting out around 36 91/30’s for sale “appointment only”. I had no idea what to look for and owned zero milsurp rifles, but decided to call.
I purchased my first milsurp and made out pretty well. I came home, looked it over, took some pics, and joined Gunboards.

A continuously empty wallet later, I own many more rifles now of very nice examples from all different countries. I read, do my research, and ask questions on here to make sure I’m making good decisions.

Happy New Year!!
 

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37 years going in County Public Works Dept. as Civil Engineering Technician. In the DROP and 4 years from walking out with a nice pension. Been slowly collecting since early 90’s. In Milsurps for the last 10-15 years. As that market is drying up, I’ve shifted hard to .22 LR Military Training Rifles. Niche market and cheaper to shoot. 😎
 

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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 am a retired Industrial Engineer who collects all Mauser's in particular mid 30's to 1945 and misc.pistols.I like all who post here and love to read of the knowledge that others bring to the table.
 

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I'm a Retired CWO Weapons, 26 years active duty in U. S. Coast Guard. Been reading about and collective firearms since I was 14 years old. Still work part time and still kicking at 69 years old.
 

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Retired professor of English, collecting since my father gave me a Colt Woodsman for my 16th birthday, inherited many things from my father and uncles after those WW2 vets passed away: Lugers, Nambus, Walthers, Arisakas. Studied some Japanese to decipher Kanji script.
 

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Retired from Defense Industry. Formerly worked with DNR; author of three books (one on Handloading); music teacher; professional photographer; teacher; black powder gun builder; currently working part time for major sporting goods chain (in gun/archery/hunting section).
 

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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 was an educator and taught for 35 years …
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 was an Educator and taught for 35 years… retired a bunch of years ago … got into Enfields when I bought a a sporterised
One ( yeah , I know but it was nicely done !)
 

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I'm a chief mechanical engineer (paper machines) working for a Finnish company better known from its firearms
(which it hasn't produced in 20+ years...)
 

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Graduated from a military college.
Worked in insurance as commercial underwriter 26 yrs.
Became a park ranger (LE) 14 yrs.
Retired 11 yrs ago.
Collect mostly ETO WWII shoulder weapons…Enfields, Garands, Mausers, M1 carbines
 

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Thinking of making this thread a sticky as an informal introduction thread, what say you all.

Thumbs up like is a yes vote
Angry face like is a no vote

will tally up the votes Sunday evening.
 

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Thinking of making this thread a sticky as an informal introduction thread, what say you all.

Thumbs up like is a yes vote
Angry face like is a no vote

will tally up the votes Sunday evening.
I don't think you'll get any angry faces.
 

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I’ve been in some form of IT for about 20 years currently with imposter syndrome. I started shooting with my dad when I was 3 (even I think that’s a little young) and stopped hunting and lost interest through most of my late teens and 20s. Started getting interested in shooting again around 2011-ish. I bought a Beretta 92A1 and then learned what a C&R license was. Got a Mosin at a gun show, Tula SKS at a gun shop and milsurp interest took off from there. There have been years since where acquisitions have been minimal to none but the pandemic and the PW imported Carcanos kind of jump started me into kicking my collection up a level or two. I try to learn and retain and I consider myself an intermediate collector but I don’t think I’ll ever be an expert. I tend to gravitate towards WWII and Cold War com bloc stuff but some WWI stuff and some that are somewhere in between all those.
 

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I worked as an EMT right out of High School for 2 years. I've currently worked at a sign shop for 3 years. Now I'm looking at getting back in to EMS.
 
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