Fishing Without A Hook...
Hi, y'all. I'm curious to know what anyone would seriously recommend for a wheelchair-bound DAV (I used my VA bennies years ago) to gain training and employment somewhere within the firearms industry (hopefully, here in central Oklahoma).
I'm 14-years USAF 60370, with several degrees in different disciplines (graphic design-print, and copywriting), but work in those arenas is non-existent in this economy. I figured "well, you like your shotgun, rifle and pistols, so why not look into something in the firearms industry?" It sounded good ... for a while.
All I can find regarding any firearms-related training is one NRA-approved school (a regional college) the better part of an hour's drive from where I live in Norman, OK. (To be brutal, in a clapped-out Suburban with $3.40 a gallon gas, that's not even worth considering, even if the courses were lumped together to make it more efficient time-wise). I'm tired of having to (try to) compete with kids in the skills I've got training for, and with my wife being a teacher, things are hardly optimal otherwise. Right now, "my" income comes from my military disability and the occasional substitute-teaching job; hardly enough to keep bills paid, let alone pay for any range time or ammo.
That's where I thought that perhaps the firearms industry could be an option, but a mail-order school just doesn't cut it; it didn't work well for CDC's, and is no substitute for the real enchilada when it comes to "putting steel on target" to use a metaphor. Does anyone have any good ideas I might chase in this vein? Not trying to sound whiny, but I've tried all I can try in the years since 2001, and I need better ideas.
Thanks in advance for your suggestions; I'm looking forward to hearing some good news!
Chuck in Norman
Graphic Design Related, and you may not have the tools so start up would be expensive: Custom Engraving of firearms, or perhaps layout work for a laser engraving firearms. Web sight design; not just for firearms, but others as need it also.
If you reload, you'd need an FFL ammo manufacturing license, state license, and insurance; after that you could reload at home and ship it out.
I read a few years back that a guy (I think it was here, but do not remember) got his FFL, state business license etc. He posted ads buying and selling firearm as a home based business. He was doing well enough that it was a full time job.
Couple of thoughts for you.
Ideas...definitely things to think about. Maybe time to try to find $$$ from the S.B.A., credit rating be damned! Thanks!