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    Random question...I want to work at a gun store but am not sure how to go about doing so. Is it as simple as walking in and saying "I want to fill out an application"?

    How do I go about this?
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    Quote Originally Posted by pcon View Post
    Random question...I want to work at a gun store but am not sure how to go about doing so. Is it as simple as walking in and saying "I want to fill out an application"?

    How do I go about this?
    Well first you have to....


    Just kidding, yeah you can walk in and fill out an app.

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    It's kinda like working as a doorman at a topless club...heaven at first, but soon you get real tired of the idiots you have to deal with.
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    My questions are...

    Do you like guns?

    do you generally get along with other people you know who like guns?

    If the answer to either one is yes, you may want to reconsider.
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    Hopefully you won't be like an employee at one of the local stores here. He was getting visibly and audibly upset at marked prices not matching what the computer was ringing up, and yelled "g-- d-----" followed by a very sharp "excuse me for just a minute" to the customer he was ringing up. He proceeded to walk to the back of the store, presumably to calm down. I commend him for removing himself from the situation and calming down! but I, and a few other patrons, were (understandably) a bit wary of someone with possible anger management issues carrying. (Open Carry, as were all the store employees)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott View Post
    My questions are...

    Do you like guns?

    do you generally get along with other people you know who like guns?

    If the answer to either one is yes, you may want to reconsider.

    really? why is that?
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    I think he means that the daily stupidity you will have to deal with will cause you to start to really dislike either, by association.

    I thought I liked cars and should get a job an an auto tech..... SSDP
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    Working at a gun store?
    To me that would be the best job in the world for me.....if I could only make the $ per hour I do with my current occupation, I'd already be doing it. Now....if I was working on commission.......that may be a whole different story. Thing is, I'd probably be spending my paycheck before I got it! Okay.......wash that idea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ram Rod View Post
    Thing is, I'd probably be spending my paycheck before I got it! Okay.......wash that idea.
    HAHAHAHAhA...that concern has crossed my mind...
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    I worked at one one day a week for a while. It was nice to get the discount. I also just let my hours build up a couple of times and walked away with a new pistol. When I decided to stop working there I had enough built up to clean them out of one particular kind of defensive shotgun ammo and some other odds and ends. it was nice to have a way to feed my firearm habit for a while.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pcon View Post
    HAHAHAHAhA...that concern has crossed my mind...
    Yeah...LOL! But seriously...........if you can exist on the wages, it would be the best way to get exposed to all the different types of firearms, and a public relations role makes for a well rounded human being in the long run. Some are cut out for customer relations, some are willing to learn, and some just need to find out what's for them either way. All in all, it might be the job you'd love the most. Having a job you love puts you into the top 10% of Americans who work for a living, and it would reflect on your health and well-being. That's worth a lot in my book. There's no substitute for experience in my opinion. Experiences tell us where we need to be, or where to go. I wish you luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ram Rod View Post
    Working at a gun store?
    To me that would be the best job in the world for me.....if I could only make the $ per hour I do with my current occupation, I'd already be doing it. Now....if I was working on commission.......that may be a whole different story. Thing is, I'd probably be spending my paycheck before I got it! Okay.......wash that idea.
    I had an employee who loved to fix-up old cars UPS would come everyday COD so at the end of the week my employee had to pay me.

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    I DO work at a gun store (one of the big box stores). I can't speak for the other stores in the corporation, but our particular store will only hire people for their particular department (firearms, archery, fishing) that are very knowledgable about the product they are to sell. The gun counter mgr knew me for a couple yrs of coming in there and the 2nd Amendment rights movement, prior to hiring me.

    The pay is crap, but the people are great. The discount is very nice though. It is SO nice to know that most everyone who comes back to the gun area are like minded individuals. There are very few jobs that have that benefit. I also pick up a ton of students there for my concealed carry classes, which offsets the poor pay.

    All in all, I very much enjoy working where I do.
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    There's an old saying about when you start to do your hobby for a living it becomes WORK.
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    The best way to get your foot in the door is get to know the management or owners of your favorite store. Demonstrate your knowledge and salesmanship in a low key non annoying way.

    But, I have to say, it isnt really all that fun. I worked behind the sales counter to get me through school and it got old real fast. The novelty of it wears of quick.
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