Lifetime collector of firearms, reloading and more. Received my first handgun & centerfire rifle at age 12, began reloading age 14, stacked out first reloading bench at age 15, owned a Colt AR 15 and combloc AK by age 16. Was not long till started aquiring specialty military & antique ammunition as well as reloading pulled military projectiles into cases most appropriate to recreate ammunition not legal to buy loaded. Luckily survived being a young teen totally unsupervised with access to anything he could find at gun shows, Shotgun News & even home brew projectiles stuffed into cases. Have collected many odd cartridges as years went by & over period of 40+ years have owned some very rare & odd cartridges. Unfortunately sold bulk of collection when went through cancer to save stress on heirs had I not survived.
To this day build firearms at advanced hobby level & part time smith for 07 SOT FFL. Build wide variety of AR 15’s in various standard & non standard cartridges, accurate clones of military issue rifles including AR 10’s, M14’s, FN FAL’s, L1a1’s & others. Build custom 1911’s, added a machine shop & indoor range to my business. Collect classic battle rifles as well as all types of guns from handguns to 50 BMG turn bolts with handloading being a important hobby.
Till broke my back was prolific rock/technical ice climber, high altitude mountaineer & semi pro bicycle racer. Spent large amount of my life travelling the world, enjoy motorcycles, hot rods, antique tractors including steam engines & pretty much any activity that costs more than I should really spend. Have strong faith in God, work on church security team, did vertical training at private SWAT school, range officer, consulted on behalf of mountain climbing equipment manufacturers with military organizations where was exposed to much exotic ammunition that increased my curiosity.
After selling most of my ammo collection then surviving cancer trying to rebuild much as possible without severely fracturing any U.S. law. My company provides ballistic barriers, sells body armor from lightweight covert to NIJ Level IV rifle kits. Have our own test facility with Oehler 35P chronograph & high speed/slow motion video cameras to examine reactions of products to projectiles & ability to measure back face signature when body armor makes a stop but analyze if the blunt force trauma is survivable, painful or nuisance. Most of our work is done for private corporations, cash teller windows/facilities & high risk churches. Having access to current military small arms ammunition is often mandatory for testing products. This is a very small portion of my actual “making a living” which accidentally fell in when armoring children’s & other high threat areas of my church. My work spread word of mouth from there, do not advertise or pursue armor jobs nor do we turn them away.