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Posted: 10/10/2007 7:45:22 PM EST
I am a mechanical engineering student. I am looking into pursuing firearm design. If you have any information on careers in firearm design, I would greatly appreciate a chance to talk with you. Just shoot me a message on here if you would.

Steve
Link Posted: 10/11/2007 3:43:00 AM EST
Unfortunately, it is a very small industry and people that get hired will typically have some expirience before they get hired into the field. I'm an ME and nothing would be more satisfying than to design firearms, but there is very little demand. There was a fellow on AR15.com, Bill was his name IIRC, that worked for as an engineer for Remington at one time but I haven't seen him on the board for quite some time now. He hung out on the High Power forum.
Link Posted: 10/11/2007 3:46:34 AM EST

Originally Posted By ISUSteve:
I am a mechanical engineering student. I am looking into pursuing firearm design. If you have any information on careers in firearm design, I would greatly appreciate a chance to talk with you. Just shoot me a message on here if you would.

Steve


Career in firearm design == get a real job, get an 07FFL, and start a side business in which you design firearms and sell the resultant work to others.
Link Posted: 10/11/2007 5:02:25 AM EST
Link Posted: 10/11/2007 5:37:43 AM EST
As far as I know, firearms design is a pretty small industry and pretty hard to get into as a serious career, what with firearms being a pretty mature technology. I am a ME grad, and many of our grads who want to make weapons get jobs at one of the big aerospace contractors (Boeing, McDonnell, Lockheed, etc).

If you really want to do it, you'll have to be seriously obsessed and willing to sacrifice a lot before you get anywhere. I'd do pretty much what AeroE said.

Link Posted: 10/11/2007 5:42:35 AM EST
In addition to the above-mentioned advice, make sure you have lots of money

thanks,
Ron
Link Posted: 10/11/2007 6:05:40 AM EST
+1 to all the above advice.

Don't just try and break in with a small gun manufacturer - that's one of the most fucked up industries I've ever seen.
Link Posted: 10/11/2007 1:21:04 PM EST
Thats not what I wanted to hear. You were supposed to say call me at ### when you graduate, I'll have a job for you.hanks
Thanks for the info.

Steve
Link Posted: 10/11/2007 1:36:12 PM EST

Originally Posted By ISUSteve:
Thats not what I wanted to hear. You were supposed to say call me at ### when you graduate, I'll have a job for you. Thanks for the responses. I guess I'll just have to stick with something not so exciting, like designing cars.

Thanks for the info.

Steve


Well, hell. Call me when you graduate. I'll have a job for you. *

* - It won't be designing firearms, however.
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