I was 6 the first time I remember shooting a gun. I was shooting at a chunk of dried dirt my dad set on top of a 2×4.
It exploded into a million dusty pieces when my bullet struck it.
I was hooked.
It was euphoric. Everyone seemed really impressed that I (a 6 year old kid) was able to shoot the chunk of dirt when some of the older shooters couldn’t. I didn’t get to shoot much that day, but it was enough to ignite a passion.
That was over 20 years ago and I still love the challenge of putting a bullet exactly where I want it to go. It’s work. Hard mental work but that’s what I love about it. The pure, all-consuming concentration it takes to make a perfect hit shot-after-shot is a narcotic. (I have an IQ above 130, so anything that can keep my brain busy is wonderful)
Over those years, I’ve spent more hours of my life than I care to count researching every aspect of shooting.
In November of 2016, I quit my job as the Manager and Gunsmith of a local gun store. I currently work from home and do investing. My dream is to start a gun company making a rifle I designed. For well over a decade, (since I was 15 or 16) I’ve been designing a Rifle. A Bullpup that’s lightweight, accurate, rugged and reliable.
I taught myself how to use CAD software and I’ve refined the design over the years.
It currently weighs about 5 1/2 pounds, and has a total parts count well under 50. (The AR-15 total parts count is over 100 if you disassemble it down to the last roll pin and spring)
But that’s down the road a pace.