After starting my new job at A Place to Shoot in Saugus, CA, we quickly discovered that continuing to live in Frazier Park, CA, roughly 45 minutes away from my job, was not going to work out. Gas was extremely expensive at the time, and the drive was about 45 minutes both ways, up and down the mountain. So we began looking for a place to live that was closer to work for me, and that would work well for our family. This was going to be difficult with the very humble income I was making at the time.
We eventually found a good apartment complex about 10 minutes away from the range and right across the street from our church that we could afford (barely given the high prices in California). I was continuing my education at DeVry and getting into the “groove” of working on the range. We moved about April or May of 2014 into the apartments down in Santa Clarita, CA. This was certainly rough on all of us, but we got through it.
While working as the Range Safety Officer at A Place to Shoot, I gained experience in the following:
- Customer Relations, working with about 100 customers in and out of the range everyday.
- Safety of all personnel on the firing range, working with all kinds of people to ensure the safety of all personnel at all times.
- Training civilians in basic marksmanship with Rifles and Pistols.
- Range maintenance and administration
- I bean learning from one of my fellow RSO’s about long range rifles, benchers, rifles, and how to build them and create my own Rifle Cartridge loads.
I began to develop a growing interest in building my own rifles and learned a tremendous amount about building rifles from my fellow Range Safety Officer, an old Marine whom I respected greatly and his several older friends who built their own rifles as a hobby. I began looking for other opportunities in improving my skills in gunsmithing and looked to the American Gunsmithing Institute to gain certification as a Gunsmith.
Through out these years, I had a an investment that was proving to bear fruit, and found a way to cash it out. During this time, my wife and I were really considering the various events that were going on in the world, and we began looking other opportunities outside of California. We began to realize that California was not going to provide us with the environment and culture that we needed to raise our kids. After a while, my wife and I began looking for places to live in Texas. After the investment came in, we were truly blessed with a fantastic opportunity. I finally had the funding I needed to get my own business started, but California was just simply not going to work.
At this point, we started looking for where we could move to in Texas. Then in August of 2014, we moved out to Arlington, Texas, and I began figuring out how to get through the process of starting up my own business.