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Old May 19, 2017, 02:03 PM   #1
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Into The Real World

I am excited to announce now that, after completing my course in gunsmithing from Piedmont Technical College, I have graduated and accepted a job offer. I will be working as an apprentice gunsmith/machinist at C&H Precision Weapons, a precision rifle and handgun company out of Labelle, Florida.

As many of you know, opportunities for gunsmiths (and especially apprenticeships) are few and far between so I am very fortunate to have the opportunity to enter the real world with a career that allows me to continue learning.

I won't be set up and running for a little while yet; but I look forward to producing high quality products in the industry. I also look forward to the thought that one day I might be able to make some custom dreams happen for some of the members on this forum.

Thanks for being a place for learning and communication from the time I started this journey. It is just a hair over 4 years now that I went from never firing a gun to pursuing the goal of being a full time gunsmith
If you like what I have to say and show here, please check out my YouTube channel focused on firearms, gunsmithing, and shooting activities. Have something you want to see? Let me know

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Old May 19, 2017, 02:11 PM   #2
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I know this is a dream come true for you.
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Old May 19, 2017, 02:44 PM   #3
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I've enjoyed and appreciated your posts. Hope you continue posting.

Good luck in your new job.
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Old May 19, 2017, 02:52 PM   #4
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Excellent! Congrats as well..................that's a nice part of Southern Florida (as opposed to South Florida - which means Miami, for those unfamiliar)
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Old May 19, 2017, 02:55 PM   #5
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Old May 19, 2017, 03:01 PM   #6
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Congrats, We need more "good" gunsmiths.
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Old May 19, 2017, 04:22 PM   #7
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Awesome... post some pics of some of your accomplishments
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Old May 19, 2017, 04:35 PM   #8
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Old May 19, 2017, 04:57 PM   #9
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Congratulations and the best of luck to you.
Had to look up where Labelle is.
Looks like it's about 30 miles east of Fort Myers, Fl.
Judging from their web site, it looks like you're going to be in with real experts.
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Old May 19, 2017, 06:28 PM   #10
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Congratulations. I wish well in your new position.
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Old May 19, 2017, 10:00 PM   #11
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Wow, it doesn't seem that long since you started. But I guess it has.
Congrats, you'll make a good one.
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Old May 19, 2017, 11:08 PM   #12
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Congratulations, ill look forward to seeing more posts of your projects.
Enjoy the swamp cabbage festival in Labelle, and the swamp buggy races in naples while you are there.

Looks like some nice work coming out of that shop.

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Old May 19, 2017, 11:17 PM   #13
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How neat. I had a college classmate from Labelle.
But that was 50 years ago and he is now retired to Petaluma California.

Best of luck in a paying job.
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Old May 20, 2017, 10:20 AM   #14
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Congratulations, good luck and keep us posted on you progress.
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Old May 20, 2017, 09:42 PM   #15
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Congratulations! It doesn't get much better graduating with a job lined up.
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Old May 21, 2017, 04:47 AM   #16
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Congratulations! It's quite an accomplishment to finish school, but it's something else to have a job lined up, just like that.

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Old May 21, 2017, 01:01 PM   #17
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Dakota, congratulations! It's been cool to follow your progress since you joined here, as a "gun guy" and as a person. Looking forward to following the next chapters, too.
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Old May 21, 2017, 02:09 PM   #18
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Congratulations, and know that we all wish you the very best!
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Congratulations! Looking forward to pictures of your accomplishments/craft.
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