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ThePrepared_com
02-25-2006, 06:08 PM
Reading the posts here it seems that the users come from a wide range of backgrounds. What do you do to fund you Kifaru addiction?

I've been in the IT industry for the past 8 years. I'm currently a System Security Administrator for a financial group.

Dave R.
02-25-2006, 07:11 PM
Musician

Dave R.

Nathan C
02-25-2006, 07:18 PM
Deployments fund my nylon. Active guard with the training division till summer. Gotta get my firefighter/EMS certs re-newed(expired during deployment). Part time I consult athletes, with my main focus on combat athletes(fire, LE, Military). Oh and ah Porn Star on weekends /images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/cool.gif

Olive Drab
02-25-2006, 07:18 PM
Bean counter in training and Army Reservist. Hopefully an 1811 in the future.

02-25-2006, 07:47 PM
Wage Slave....

Res.

5x5
02-25-2006, 08:31 PM
MI ARNG wrench turner 1990-2002.
Firefighter for the last ten years.

rasmataz
02-25-2006, 08:44 PM
Teacher...social studies/history in an "alternative" high shcool..Winter Job.

And now the reason I started teaching (kidding) in the first place---Lifeguard in the summer. Use Kifaru packs everyday during the summer months to hike to my stand and to just plain get outdoors in the winter months.

Wildwood Crest Beach Patrol (Wildwood Crest, NJ)

<a href="http://www.wcbp.org" target="_blank">http://www.wcbp.org (http://www.wcbp.org)</a>

http://www.wcbp.org/mig/albums/WCBP_2005/2005wcbp.jpg

http://www.wcbp.org/mig/albums/WCBP_2005/2005%20WCBP%20-%2008.jpg

oktec60
02-25-2006, 09:57 PM
I'm a Communication Technician for AT&amp;T...I take care of a Central Office in a town of about 20K people.


Mike

Dan M
02-25-2006, 09:58 PM
My wife makes all the cash here in Silicon Valley - of course being a mobilized National Guard infantry officer lets me get away with the purchases. Before the War on Terror intruded in our lives, I was a stay at home dad. Before that, contruction/demoltion management. Great question by the way. /images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/cool.gif

straps
02-26-2006, 01:53 AM
Civilian Side:
Media and Public Relations for a large, widely despised government agency on the west coast. Still dabble in work for law enforcement that I describe to insurance companies and the beneficiaries on the policies they issue as "forensic video" but "combat camera" is more apt.

Military Side:
Pretty much the same thing, except for less money and with more guns.

fn
02-26-2006, 03:38 AM
Nurse on the civilian side and in the National Guard. +1 on using the Guard as an excuse to feed the addiction.

Flesh Thorn
02-26-2006, 04:33 AM
I am a super secret agent with The Unit. /images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/laugh.gif


I work for a small local goverment agency setting on my ass when I show up for work.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v464/Flesh_Thorn/MVC-555S.jpg

Lone Piper
02-26-2006, 05:59 AM
Active duty military but shamming in an Army school right now dreaming about more Kifaru stuff!

medic16
02-26-2006, 11:10 AM
I am an active duty medic currently working at the Umatilla Chemical Depot in Oregon. An interesting job to say the least. :rolleyes:

Sigo
02-26-2006, 01:17 PM
Active Army signal officer, until I figure out what I really want to do when I grow up.

inFALable
02-26-2006, 02:15 PM
I'll be a Doctor of Optometry in 2 months.

Nathan C
02-26-2006, 04:21 PM
And don't forget cage fighter, stock broker, magician, undercover CIA agent(shhh), finacially independant, NASCAR driver...

ThePrepared_com
02-26-2006, 04:24 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Originally posted by Nathan C:
And don't forget cage fighter, stock broker, magician, undercover CIA agent(shhh), finacially independant, NASCAR driver... </div></div>Dang! You get to do all the cool stuff! /images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/laugh.gif

Yoman
02-26-2006, 04:26 PM
I am a Cinematographer traveling the world 200+ days a year shooting commercials, music videos and featurefilms.
I'm constantly on the lookout for gear that will stay with me for longer than their usual one year lifespan, being tossed around on set by me, runners and riggers in choppers, snowmobiles, boats and trucks in all kind of environments ranging from frying desserts to months in the Arctic where the quicksilver drop to -45C. Pretty much as being in the military, except no-one shoots back, thank god:)

*Did my service in the Royal Norwegian Airforce BTW.

poel
02-26-2006, 04:41 PM
Geologist / geophysicist. I too use some of the Kifaru gear in field work, most of which is in AK and the northern Rockies. Helicopter supported mineral exploration in remote areas is a lot like small military ops. Former USAF, long ago in a galaxy far, far away.


http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b382/poel01/YukiCopter2.jpg

RalstonS
02-26-2006, 05:03 PM
Active duty officer - currently a Patriot battery commander. I change command in April, after two long years. Then I will be on the brigade staff. Woo-hoo! (Not.)

seb5
02-26-2006, 05:15 PM
Full time LEO, part time reservist, 2 days a month, 2 weeks a year my ass!!, Full time gear nut.

ZS Gunny
02-26-2006, 05:24 PM
Law student and part-time researcher for one law firm and three companies.

Considering a stint as an Army JAG, so if anyone knows any JAG officers on a first name basis, PM me purdy please.

Bushcraft
02-26-2006, 05:59 PM
I'm assembling/managing/directing/growing an exceptionally talented and highly ambitious team of globally active professionals striving to constantly deliver the most advanced portfolio analytics software solution to the world's leading hedge funds, fund of funds, banks and investment companies in the USA, Europe, Africa, and Asia. Our customers achieve significantly higher risk-adjusted returns and reduced risk of catastrophic losses by more efficient use of information, and more accurate modeling of portfolios under conditions of volatility and extreme events. (you guessed it...I lifted the later part from some of our marketing material! /images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/wink.gif )


Allen

Medic17
02-27-2006, 03:08 AM
City Medic- Fulltime
Dept of Homeland Security /FEMA- Partime
The latter gives me an excuse to buy more Kifaru gear than I need, however the wife keeps me in check.

steve shumaker
02-27-2006, 05:14 AM
Consruction supervisor for the county of York. I make sure the water doesn't run uphill.

Sapper
02-27-2006, 05:57 AM
First post--been lurking for quite a while.

Prosecutor by day. National Guard Engineer by weekend (or more often /images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif ).

Patiently waiting for my first Kifaru delivery--ACU Zulu. Hopefully here in about a month!

OurManFromSmamit
02-27-2006, 07:01 AM
Well I 'm a custom backpack Designer and maker, hand making the gear in my small workshop in Rosh pina Israel ,for hikers and the IDF, I'm also a very full time dad, been a Widower .
I like to go Tramping ( that hiking in the US )
Read History and drink a glass of wine or two.

In the the IDF reserves ,I'm in the Paras , IDF's Southern Command.

militarymoron
02-27-2006, 07:59 AM
mechanical/aerospace engineer in defense industry.

plumbready
02-27-2006, 08:07 AM
Medic USAR
Psychology by education
Plumber by trade
Own mechanical contracting company

Gizzmo
02-27-2006, 09:12 AM
Wholesale Sporting Goods for one of the largest Firearms distributors in the US.

Joneal
02-27-2006, 09:33 AM
Semi-Retired Fishing Guide

Mechanical Engineer (P.E.)/Design Estimator for the Natural Gas/Petroleum Industry, Subcontractor for the DEQ.

Chucker
02-27-2006, 11:33 AM
Quality engineer for a medical device company making catheters for cardiac surgery.

copper
02-27-2006, 11:38 AM
Telephone cable splicer.

Copper

X-ray Dave
02-27-2006, 11:43 AM
X-ray Technologist

Dave

ThePrepared_com
02-27-2006, 12:27 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Originally posted by militarymoron:
mechanical/aerospace engineer in defense industry. </div></div>Ahhh! So thats where you get all your money for gear! /images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif

ThePrepared_com
02-27-2006, 12:31 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Originally posted by copper:
Telephone cable splicer.

Copper </div></div>So you're the guy they call when the cable eating backhoes do their thing. I worked for Echostar Satellite Communication LLC for a while where we had hundreds of fiber connections. I've seen what a backhoe can do /images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif

Mark
02-27-2006, 12:39 PM
Staffing manager for a very large semi-conductor manufacturer.

militarymoron
02-27-2006, 12:45 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Originally posted by ThePrepared_com:
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Originally posted by militarymoron:
mechanical/aerospace engineer in defense industry. </div></div>Ahhh! So thats where you get all your money for gear! /images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif </div></div>LOL - that all goes to the mortgage. gear money comes from the product photography i do on the side.

Nathan C
02-27-2006, 01:10 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Originally posted by militarymoron:
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Originally posted by ThePrepared_com:
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Originally posted by militarymoron:
mechanical/aerospace engineer in defense industry. </div></div>Ahhh! So thats where you get all your money for gear! /images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif </div></div>LOL - that all goes to the mortgage. gear money comes from the product photography i do on the side. </div></div>And this whole time I just thought you hung out and hiked and tested gear all day /images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/cool.gif

footrat
02-27-2006, 02:00 PM
EMT

Casket 1
02-27-2006, 02:30 PM
Iím ex US Army and currently a R&amp;D supervisor for Hewlett Packard. Iím also a moderator over on Lightfighter.net.

Gary

boomer96
02-27-2006, 03:19 PM
I'm a printer taking a second trip through college to earn a Bachelors in Nursing and a minor in Biology.

I'm broke as hell at the moment and funding my gear addiction through trades and Ebay sales. Hopefully, I'll have a paying externship at a hospital this Spring.

Rotor Strike
02-27-2006, 04:34 PM
Helicopter Door Gunner and Landscape Architecture student.

AFcomm guy
02-27-2006, 04:43 PM
Active duty Air Force, Satellite Communications, retiring in less than 30 days.

I've had to splice fiber after backhoes have had lunch I know just how copper feels

Yoman
02-27-2006, 05:55 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Originally posted by Rotor Strike:
Helicopter Door Gunner and Landscape Architecture student. </div></div>Sounds like a hell of a way to re-decorate landscapes /images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/laugh.gif

Rotor Strike
02-28-2006, 12:53 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Originally posted by Yoman:
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Originally posted by Rotor Strike:
Helicopter Door Gunner and Landscape Architecture student. </div></div>Sounds like a hell of a way to re-decorate landscapes /images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/laugh.gif </div></div>It has its moments. /images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/wink.gif

Kerberos
02-28-2006, 01:26 PM
ISP Support Technician.

"I make teh Inturnet work!"

I do all the magic behind the scene's for about 3000 companies that have us for Internet connection,webhosting and email.

And No I will not fix your computer! /images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/laugh.gif

eggroll
02-28-2006, 01:36 PM
I trade gear! Who knew - Cordura Boutique /images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/laugh.gif

Nathan C
02-28-2006, 02:50 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Originally posted by eggroll:
I trade gear! Who knew - Cordura Boutique /images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/laugh.gif </div></div>Had any requests for Cordura lingerie then?

akfirecop
02-28-2006, 03:28 PM
Im a Cop/Firefighter...for another few days...then Im a contractor.

eggroll
02-28-2006, 03:54 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Originally posted by Nathan C:
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Originally posted by eggroll:
I trade gear! Who knew - Cordura Boutique /images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/laugh.gif </div></div>Had any requests for Cordura lingerie then? </div></div>For me to comment would be a breach of client confidentiality /images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/laugh.gif

Although, I have had requests /images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/cool.gif

okiwen
02-28-2006, 05:10 PM
I am a Border Patrol Agent on the north border (finally.) I am an EMT and will soon be SAR as well. So much to learn, I'll have to get with Nathan to learn all I don't know. He's the radest! /images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif

Resistor: Balck-eyed peas?? Wow, Fergie is soooo sweet looking. I am sure she is just as grounded and sweet in real life.

G_MAN
02-28-2006, 06:45 PM
Marine, Model, Restauranteur, Stock Broker, now i own and operate a Graphics/Printing Company (in chronological order)

PHfactor
02-28-2006, 08:16 PM
Ex-Paratrooper,Prospector,Explorer,Chef,Troublemakerc urrently working at the Federal Bldg.

Chucker
03-01-2006, 06:35 AM
From Nathan C: "Had any requests for Cordura lingerie then?"

About a year ago I was talking to Mel and MM about Caleb releasing a lingerie line all in MultiCam (er...for the LADIES of course!). He could call the new line of clothing "Crye-Babies".

But I digress...badly.

ThePrepared_com
03-01-2006, 08:51 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Originally posted by Chucker:
From Nathan C: "Had any requests for Cordura lingerie then?"

About a year ago I was talking to Mel and MM about Caleb releasing a lingerie line all in MultiCam (er...for the LADIES of course!). He could call the new line of clothing "Crye-Babies".

But I digress...badly. </div></div>Alright, sharing time is over! /images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/laugh.gif

USMA84DAB
03-01-2006, 09:28 AM
Combat Leader Coach, Center For Army Leadership, FT Leavenworth

Reappointment packet in front of HRC ST. Louis to be able to serve once again (this time as a weekend/18 month at a time warrior)

doctorrich
03-01-2006, 09:33 AM
fmr. USAF security policeman, fmr. state police officer in OK.

Veterinarian, and I make my Kifaru money by playing with scalpels and needles.

Ubique
03-01-2006, 09:48 AM
Ex Brit mil, Royal Engineer.
Nowadays - Electrical engineer / manager
Part time Royal Engineer

Nathan C
03-01-2006, 02:16 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Originally posted by okiwen:
I am a Border Patrol Agent on the north border (finally.) I am an EMT and will soon be SAR as well. So much to learn, I'll have to get with Nathan to learn all I don't know. He's the radest! /images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif

</div></div>It's all about the chicks digging it /images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/cool.gif

Jedi
03-02-2006, 06:29 AM
I'm a Mortgage Loan Consultant for E-Loan.

I'm trying to figure out how I can get in as Marine Scout Sniper and still pay my bills /images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif

mormonsniper
03-02-2006, 07:18 AM
Hi everyone. Been lurking &amp; learning...
I really appreciate the brain trust here.

Currently a biomedical eng technician for Uncle Sam, now going on 13 years. (Medical equipment repair - defibrillators, patient monitors, surgical equipment, EMG, EEG, EKG machines and so on...)
Retired from the US Army. Four or five jobs there of course. Did time as a marine radio operator (sparks) on Army vessels. I was a member of the US Army Security Agency.

Daughter is currently on her second tour to the middle east. First time was on the USS Truman. She is now with an Army aviation unit South of Bagdad. Helicopter maintenance mechanic.

ms

(yes I am)

ThePrepared_com
03-02-2006, 11:28 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Originally posted by mormonsniper:

(yes I am) </div></div>:D

Spectre
03-03-2006, 05:26 AM
Dept of Corrections 20 yrs-14 as an officer 6 as a counselor, part time/fulltime guard (11B) w three years active in the last 3 1/2 yrs deployed for homeland security and in Iraq.

ropeman
03-03-2006, 01:32 PM
This:

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y60/nickshepherd/Photo-0021.jpg

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y60/nickshepherd/Huntsman20051.jpg

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y60/nickshepherd/MVC-691S.jpg

polak187
03-03-2006, 07:04 PM
Paramedic in NYC. Fun. Fun. Fun.

westrek49
03-03-2006, 09:03 PM
Another geologist...

Kifaru makes solid field gear that meets my needs.

Typical day down a hole logging landslide deposits (bucket auger - 24" diameter - depth approx. 20'- TD=70'). Arm is sticking out too far from beneath top shield, a couple of bruises in the past from falling pebbles.


http://images6.theimagehosting.com/downhole3.jpg

poel
03-04-2006, 07:06 AM
wt49

From another geo....

Holy S---!!!

LUCK!!!!

ianq
03-04-2006, 08:30 AM
Law Enforcement - FTO and just became a Firearms Instructor. (Thus the reason I don't have too much money to spend on great gear... but somehow I still find a way...)

marmob
03-04-2006, 09:44 AM
on this moment i am in my 4e and last month of army training. then i go to the army engineer school for 3 months. afther that active service for 4 1/2 year, with two deployments to Uruzgan Astan.

mormonsniper
03-05-2006, 01:21 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Originally posted by westrek49:
[QB] Another geologist...

Kifaru makes solid field gear that meets my needs.

Typical day down a hole logging landslide deposits (bucket auger - 24" diameter - depth approx. 20'- TD=70'). Arm is sticking out too far from beneath top shield, a couple of bruises in the past from falling pebbles.</div></div>Reminds me of cave diving some of the springs with my BIL here in North Florida.

okiwen
03-05-2006, 05:09 PM
mormonsniper:

"ms

(yes I am)"

A new paradime. There's a different approach to tracting, huh? Fewer doors shut in the face. /images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif

Woods Walker
03-05-2006, 05:11 PM
This is what I do.

http://www.alumaloy.net/

mauihiu
03-06-2006, 11:49 AM
ACTIVE Army Infantry

ThePrepared_com
03-06-2006, 12:48 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Originally posted by Woods Walker:
This is what I do.

http://www.alumaloy.net/ </div></div>That stuff looks handy! Where is my Kifaru Forum Member free sample? /images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif

Dave Mc
03-06-2006, 12:59 PM
I'm a Senior Inspector with the US Marshals Service Training Academy, detailed as a Firearms Instructor to the Firearms Division at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center. It's the best job in the world. Before this I worked in DC and Memphis with the USMS and I was a Patrolman for the city of Cape Girardeau, MO.

We get called out sometimes to assist in national disasters (9/11, Katrina, etc.) and major fugitive operations, so that's how I justify my Kifaru purchases to my Chief Financial Officer (AKA my wife.) Of course, she doesn't need to know about every little purchase, right?

Ned112
03-07-2006, 03:47 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Originally posted by militarymoron:
mechanical/aerospace engineer in defense industry. </div></div>Wow!! I'm studying Aerospatial Engineering at University... /images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif

Believer
03-07-2006, 03:03 PM
VP Engineering for a flexographic press manufacturing company.

gfouts15
03-07-2006, 05:22 PM
Cool Thread for sure!
Product and Development Manager for custom Business Process Automation Software Solutions - Fancy name for web routed forms.

imported_Scott Cunningham
03-08-2006, 09:29 PM
Porn Star

ThePrepared_com
03-08-2006, 10:29 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Originally posted by Scott Cunningham:
Porn Star </div></div>AKA: Broke lonely guy with a webcam.

doctorrich
03-09-2006, 01:52 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Originally posted by Scott Cunningham:
Porn Star </div></div>Shame none of his last few movies had any girls in 'em. /images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/wink.gif

Nathan C
03-09-2006, 02:57 AM
Don't forget Lumberjack and strong-man competitor. And as a representative of the adult film actors rights union, I'm going to have ask you to leave my fellow actor alone /images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/laugh.gif He has plenty of girls in his movies. Maybe not pretty ones, but crack whores need legit side jobs too. And there is a whole market for small guys with big girls doing the chicken dance with a clown suit on.

doctorrich
03-09-2006, 10:41 AM
So THAT was him. I'm truly humbled. Or disgusted. Okay... sort of humbled and disgusted at the same time.

medic16
03-09-2006, 02:07 PM
I am also a Custodial Engineer for NASA.

Nathan C
03-09-2006, 02:52 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Originally posted by medic16:
I am also a Custodial Engineer for NASA. </div></div>HAHA that's a good one. Beleive it or not me and my buddy had convinced a ton of girls we were astronauts. It got so good when I was at the SRP, girls that had never seen me, recognized my name and were whispering to their friends "hey that's the other astronaut guy" /images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/laugh.gif We even were going to order the army astronaut patch and sew it on the inside of our right chest pocket, like marines do that have been to army schools.

ACU's is the worst thing invented for FISTers looking to do "black ops" in garrison. I'm going to get a nametape made that's spelled Phukoffe /images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/cool.gif

BiGGie Nick
03-10-2006, 03:17 PM
marketing consultant for various fortune 500 clients. always looking for the next kifaru pack!

T&S Manufacturing
03-14-2006, 06:20 PM
FNG here. Long time lurker. 23 yrs svc with local Bell Co (1973-1995). (Southern New England Telephone Co.). Then 5 (1996-2001) yrs with IBM doing Lan/Wan. HATED THAT!!

Got my FFL manufacturers licenses (FFL 07/SOT Class II) in 1998. Started making 80% semi-auto right side plates (BAF approved design) for the M1919A4 LMG. Ended up finding/making a very deep and rewardeing niche making museum quality semi-auto versions of Browning LMG M919A4 and doing restoration work on Thompson submachine guns. Started at a friend's 10,000 sq ft machine shop using manual milling machines (Bridgeports).

Surprised to find my work and services sold out quickly. Left IBM thereafter and never looked back. My friend/business partner and I were recently selected as a subcontractor for US Military M16 components.

Unbiased references about my work can be found on the website <a href="http://www.1919a4.com" target="_blank">http://www.1919a4.com (http://www.1919a4.com)</a> by searching for "T&amp;S Manufacturing" or "Sam Alvarez". My (sadly under developed) company website is <a href="http://www.99main.com/~heavymg." target="_blank">http://www.99main.com/~heavymg (http://www.99main.com/~heavymg.).</a>

I've also recently sent a semi-auto version of the Bren LMG to BATF for approval, and am working on a belt fed .45 caliber AR15/M16 upper. The hard part is coming up with a reliable belt feeding system (cloth, pressed steel links, or plastic links) for the .45 round. Whichever feeding system is decided on also needs a reliable reloading system.

It's a 24/7/365 job, and the most rewarding thing I've done since starting at SNET (Southern New England Telecommunications; now known as SBC/ATT) in 1973. Sometimes I can't believe I ever worked for someone else; nor can I imagine ever doing so again. The reward of a job well done, a product well made, and a customer so satisfied, can not be approached working for someone other than yourself.


Selector switch on "wow!"

Alex
03-16-2006, 03:12 PM
Up until two years ago I was an engineer working in the oil business. Now I'm getting a master's degree in economics. The oil gig supports my gear/gadget addiction.

SIGS52
03-16-2006, 03:25 PM
Professional GOLFer

I Get Others Logistics to Fight

Tinkerbell
03-16-2006, 07:58 PM
I have my application in to be a door gunner on the space shuttle, until then I'll keep on schlepping as a national guard Infantry PL, and full time Security Contractor (PSS). Geologists huh, never was much good at math...

murphquake
03-17-2006, 05:34 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Originally posted by polak187:
Paramedic in NYC. Fun. Fun. Fun. </div></div>EMT in NYC. Sleep. Sleep. Sleep. (oh, and pork enchiladas!)
-bill

Renee
03-17-2006, 02:56 PM
Office Manager. I follow along behind Casket, who posted above.

hunter19d
10-07-2006, 08:46 AM
scout/sniper team leader for 1st cav division. active duty sgt. origanally a 19d cav scout..and no i dont belive the bradley is worth a damn as a recon vehicle!

dangarcia
10-07-2006, 10:55 AM
11B

dangarcia
10-07-2006, 03:50 PM
Hunter19d,
I'll back you up on that one brother.

Brotzie
10-07-2006, 03:51 PM
Lawyer - financial crime/counter terrorist financing intelligence at a civilian NATO contractor. First aid det leader (ambulance tech) as emergency duty station, was out on front line 7/7 when the London subway was bombed. That woman you saw on the news feeds with a burn mask on her face, she's one of my staff.

argyle
10-07-2006, 06:42 PM
AD Air Force 1A3xx1 Airborne Comm. I fix/operate comm equipment at 30,000.

Doc
10-07-2006, 11:45 PM
Retired Medic (OZ Army) and full time rehab patient. Busy learning how to walk again (damn helo's! they always seem to quit flying when I'm on the cable!)

Yeah, I know the problem with nametags. Got a bunch made up with different names and velcro on the back. Problem solved! My favourite was, of course, Smith (87 Smiths in my last Battalion), closely followed by Nemo (Latin for no-one). Could only use that one once, so I used it on the Brigade Commander.

Now spend most of my time while not being tortured by the Physioterrorists organising mail and packages for the guys still in the sandbox, and helping the local RSL (our version of your VFW) with things like welfare stuff the ULO's always seem to miss.

Keeps my mind busy.

Cheers, Dave.

Doc
10-07-2006, 11:50 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Originally posted by Nathan C:
Don't forget Lumberjack and strong-man competitor. And as a representative of the adult film actors rights union, I'm going to have ask you to leave my fellow actor alone /images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/laugh.gif He has plenty of girls in his movies. Maybe not pretty ones, but crack whores need legit side jobs too. And there is a whole market for small guys with big girls doing the chicken dance with a clown suit on. </div></div>Damn! I missed my calling! /images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/laugh.gif

Teacher in CA
10-08-2006, 05:07 AM
I was a Naval Wealth Redistribution Specialist, but now teaching a course that the Navy replaced with a newer one. So it back to combat again, and fly the Calico Jack on the mast......

And as for the Adult film stars. They need to eat, so please let them alone. Those animals goes thru a lot.. Two tired donkeys, a wet cat, and a rooster that won't work. **just replace the animal name with common bad word, and there's another joke**

Ralph
10-08-2006, 06:05 AM
Retired now. My last job was editor of a trade paper for the heavy construction industry. Most of my life I was a software engineer working on military projects. At various times I have been a field artillery battery commander, a cabinetmaker, a computer consultant to small business and the assistant Adjutant General of the New York Guard.

Gerle
10-08-2006, 09:15 AM
Marine air traffic controller.

mikestrongusa
10-08-2006, 12:20 PM
Furniture importer.

duckhunter
10-08-2006, 03:53 PM
Corrections Officer

landshark
10-08-2006, 08:47 PM
Wow what a pool of backgrounds.

Former Army Infantry NCO. Started with 2 years in the Reserves (when there was Infantry in the reserves)then went active duty. Did time in the line and scout plt, and finished it off full circle as instructor/ops NCO at Benning. Was selected for DS but decided it was time to go after 8 years active and turned down the assignment and got out.

Spent a few years as a Security Engineer and Consultant in DC, mostly Fed Gov clients all those 3 and 4 letter agencies, threat and vulnerability assessments, schematic Sec Sys design, also did some OJT in Fire Protection Engineering.

Moved on to Maritime Security Consulting. Lots of work with Port Authorities and oil companies mainly the big one in the North Atlantic. Did Maritime Anti-terrorism awareness instructing, and certification stuff...

Recently worked in the Sandbox as a Security Contractor for 16 months and finished off with 4 months doing a boring ass surveillance gig.

Back home to run and develop my business where we sell materials used to make tactical gear. Also administering and developing my website. Doing some other gear related stuff although nothing serious.

Finally independent consulting on security related stuff but that is on the back burner while I work on DIY Tac.

Oh and spending time with my family, not a job but a top priority.

danceswithhelicopters
10-09-2006, 12:38 AM
Arresting bad people using a £3.5 Million helicopter, a pilot and good sense of humour.

Thommo
10-09-2006, 03:27 AM
This looks like an old post that has surfaced since my indocrination to the "Kifaru Addiction".

I am ex Oz Army, every unit I ever served with both regular and reserve has disbanded, amalgamated or generally lost its purpose or heritage somewhere along the line............ /images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/mad.gif
Every overseas country that I ever served in has either had a name change, regime change or politically has gone over to the dark side.... :rolleyes:

After 30 or so years of military madness I now work as a supervisor in public transport. For any of you from the "mother land" will understand if I said "I'll get you Butler" that's me. If you don't watch UK TV you wont get it.

Just so all those skills (or is it bad habits) that I acquired playing soldiers don't go to waste I now just for fun (I really do need help)in my spare time take misguided youth at risk on wilderness therapy adventures in the Northern Flinders Rangers of South Australia for 8 days at a time. This is supposed to be one of the oldest geological features on the plannet so I guess it is appropriate for a fossil like me to be dragging 10 abnoxious delinquents all over it! /images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/laugh.gif

Doc
10-09-2006, 04:49 AM
So YOU'RE the jinx? Although little Johnnie did say they were going to raise 2 more Infantry battalions.

Now, after they disbanded 8/9 RAR, can anyone, anyone at all, guess what the new Battalions will be called?

Anyone?

Cheers, Dave.

STTAOW
10-09-2006, 08:53 AM
Professional Photographer
Sheriff's Office SAR
Research Assistant

STTAOW
10-09-2006, 08:56 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Originally posted by danceswithhelicopters:
Arresting bad people using a £3.5 Million helicopter, a pilot and good sense of humour. </div></div>tell me more!

Brotzie
10-09-2006, 11:21 AM
Thommo - which one of us shows our age more by getting that reference?? One of my all-time most distrurbing experiences was going to the theatre and seeing Olive - NAKED!!! /images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/eek.gif Nostalgia junkies and anglophiles click here (http://www.bbc.co.uk/comedy/guide/articles/o/onthebuses_7774980.shtml) .

TimW
10-09-2006, 02:11 PM
I sell couch insurance and moonlight by test marketing positive thinking programs.

ISAIAH53
10-11-2006, 03:08 AM
FAA - Air traffic controller, Chicago

Ubique
10-11-2006, 07:46 AM
[QUOTE]Originally posted by Brotzie:
[QB] Thommo - which one of us shows our age more by getting that reference?? One of my all-time most distrurbing experiences was going to the theatre and seeing Olive - NAKED!!! /images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/eek.gif

Mental image NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

ComCam Dude
10-11-2006, 10:54 AM
loooong time lurker
19 years running all over the world covering every little ****ty place the US military has deployed , trying to survive my one last time around the block and studying for my Paramedic (already EMT-I, SAR, Military Aircrew 15 years) for my next career(cant stay away from the free trauma induced epinpherine)

STTAOW
10-16-2006, 07:19 PM
hey comcam, what's your experience with being up front with the camera? i've always been curious what the photog experience is in the service. good training? is there a photo school?

STTAOW
10-16-2006, 07:22 PM
hey comcam, what's your experience with being up front with the camera? i've always been curious what the photog experience is in the service. good training? is there a photo school?

Mel
10-16-2006, 08:10 PM
Hey STTAOW, a quick thread hijack here. Little Mel (Real World Philly) stopped by the other night and hung out for a bit. She's going for her masters, and staying super busy. Still spunky as ever, and always fun to hang with.

Mel

ComCam Dude
10-17-2006, 09:21 AM
As far as being "up Front", I and a couple other Camera Guys were kicking in doors with the Marines in Mog down the road from K Circle,no armor, no helmet(yes we were young and stupid, and the flak jackets we were issued wouldn't stop crap) then later doing a lot of the same in Bosnia for a couple of tours. Some other guys I know were on the ground in Afghanastan. A lot of the great imagery you see on the news and so forth are from idiots like us who go into screwed up locations with the camera in our hands instead of our weapons. If we resort to our weapons, the crew we are attached to that day must be having a real ****ty day. I did some time with a few patrols out of Baghdad, covered the whole Rwanda thing in 94, was on board the C-141 with the paratroopers for the combat airdrop into Haiti that didn't happen. The Military Combat Cameraman ends up in some screwed up places and our MOS school only covers the camera operations, all the combat training is spotty at best. It all depends on the service and the unit.

murphquake
10-17-2006, 11:26 AM
Good luck with Paramedic school. I'm finally doing it here in NYC. Fun fun fun.
-bill

docw
10-17-2006, 05:22 PM
finished w/ IL ARNG as field medic w/ MP's, paramedic IL/NREMT. now trying to look pretty enough to get into security contracting CONUS/OCONUS. its hard, i'm an ugly bastard!

PeteM
10-17-2006, 11:16 PM
Work as a Heat Treater/Stress Reliever in the booming oil industry up here in Alberta.
Before that I was a machinist, and before that, a graphic designer...yeah...go figure... /images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/wink.gif

Lynn
10-18-2006, 09:59 PM
X-Ray, CAT Scan and MRI Technologist
Ex-Army Combat Medic

Lynn

fireballxl5
10-19-2006, 04:11 AM
My current job title is, Consultant Senior Systems Specialist in the Operating System and Systems section of a local university.

Bascially I do:
* Unix/Linux/TCP-IP Geek stuff
* *nix based programmer/analysist stuff
* Web/database development
* deployment and 3rd level support in the above realms


When I was young and healthy I was a driver/sig in 2 Cav Regt (http://www.army.gov.au/2cav/index.htm) (roughly anaologous to a US armoured Cav squadron in size and role) for a little while.

Scollins
10-19-2006, 10:39 PM
My day career is working for a beer company, managing wholesalers in CA, AZ, NV, OR, WA, ID and MT.

My secondary career is selling AR15 accessories off my kitchen table.

I've got two of the four categories in BATFE, I just need to add some cigars and RDX to the mix (not at the same time!) and I'm all set!

IanJ
10-22-2006, 12:09 PM
Airborne Infantry Squad Leader.

nut_sak_himself
10-22-2006, 08:47 PM
lifeguard, while im in school->SAR->force recon; we'll see what the future holds...

STTAOW
10-23-2006, 08:10 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Originally posted by Mel:
Hey STTAOW, a quick thread hijack here. Little Mel (Real World Philly) stopped by the other night and hung out for a bit. She's going for her masters, and staying super busy. Still spunky as ever, and always fun to hang with.

Mel </div></div>Lucky man, Mel! What's she getting her Masters in? I just started with those courses this fall; juggling that with photography has been a challenge in time-management.

STTAOW
10-23-2006, 08:13 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Originally posted by ComCam Dude:
As far as being "up Front", I and a couple other Camera Guys were kicking in doors with the Marines in Mog down the road from K Circle,no armor, no helmet(yes we were young and stupid, and the flak jackets we were issued wouldn't stop crap) then later doing a lot of the same in Bosnia for a couple of tours. Some other guys I know were on the ground in Afghanastan. A lot of the great imagery you see on the news and so forth are from idiots like us who go into screwed up locations with the camera in our hands instead of our weapons. If we resort to our weapons, the crew we are attached to that day must be having a real ****ty day. I did some time with a few patrols out of Baghdad, covered the whole Rwanda thing in 94, was on board the C-141 with the paratroopers for the combat airdrop into Haiti that didn't happen. The Military Combat Cameraman ends up in some screwed up places and our MOS school only covers the camera operations, all the combat training is spotty at best. It all depends on the service and the unit. </div></div>Pretty wicked portfolio, I'd have to imagine.

wookieJS
10-23-2006, 09:41 AM
Former SC Nat.Gaurdsmen (11B) who went active after i got bored w/ college and civilians am now in the sandbox as a team leader and have been here for 15 months. Believe me not by choice.

ComCam Dude
10-23-2006, 10:21 AM
STTAOW
The sad thing is that you become jaded to some of the **** you see, not the bad stuff, the neat stuff that just passes by you and you end up saying "yeah, so what". I'm down in the Horn of Africa right now for Uncle Sam and you have people who go to zoos and safaris and never see the wildlife I get to on the roads here, and am I excited? no, just pissed off another flock of camels are standing on the 1/4 lane goat track I'm trying to drive on . A couple of weeks ago, I was flying up and down the coast in a Marine Helo, beautiful blue-green water and decent scenery. Was I loving life? yeah, because I was behind in flight time for my flight pay. or dreading having to go up for another F-16 ride because they just HAVE to have imagery of the bombing range at a particular angle. The adrenaline rush wears off and you just look at it like another job that has to be done.. And that's why I'm changing jobs when I retire from Uncle Sams travel club. I need to find the new unanticipated rush of problem solving in the span of heartbeats instead of trying to get someone else let me go play with their shiny fast airplanes and helos. Knowing me though , I'll be looking to go Tactical Medicine as well as SAR because the charge of stacking and going in for real still leaves you worn out in a good way.

straps
10-23-2006, 11:35 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Originally posted by STTAOW:
hey comcam, what's your experience with being up front with the camera? i've always been curious what the photog experience is in the service. good training? is there a photo school? </div></div>As was said, the Combat Camera source course at the Defense Information School at Ft. Meade, MD used to teach almost nothing in the way of the tactical sensibilities/situational awareness required to document carrier flight deck ops, combat parachute ops or ground combat ops in places like Ramadi or Tal Afar.

The elimination of fun but obsolete stuff like darkroom film processing (the source of much debauchery in a co-ed course), custom color processing and slide photography from the cirriculum has made room for more dynamic "mindset" training, which is slowly but surely being integrated into the program.

ComCam Dude
10-23-2006, 09:05 PM
straps, you sound like you've been through the school, were you one of the newer crew from Ft Meade or did you go to Lowery?

STTAOW
10-24-2006, 04:59 PM
comcam and straps, or any of you guys - what's your experience with photographers, from outside sources, embedded with you or other units? does this happen often or at all? how often do you guys come across photogs when you're out there?

IanJ
10-24-2006, 06:34 PM
Been on three long tour deployments in five years, only once have there been a cameraman or newsman of any sort, and god bless the guy and his story, that sob was right up front getting all the coverage while I was laying waste with the MK-19. You combat cameramen definately have the stuff.

ComCam Dude
10-24-2006, 10:14 PM
sometimes I run across it but most of the time I end up with the less glamorus jobs while the reporters/civilian photogs push the PAOs to get them the quick and gloriuous shots. a few I have seen are great but some others have determined their fecal matter is non-odor excreating and/or they look at the Mil photogs as lesser shooters. It's kind of a crap shoot.

jlscnsdn
10-29-2006, 04:58 AM
Marine NBC Defense Specialist\hence renamed to CBRNDS. On third tour as a rifleman (not infantry rifleman, just rifleman) in the most beautiful country known to humanity. Yeesh. About to sell out for a new Marauder and let my old one become a camera bag.

ROCK6
11-08-2006, 10:18 PM
Having spent 18 years in the service, starting my first 5 years in the Infantry and then sliding over to the commissioned side of the Signal Corps, I too have have been too several "interesting" parts of the globe. Currently enjoying a tour in Iraq /images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/laugh.gif

ROCK6

BuckarooMedic
11-09-2006, 08:48 AM
Super Secret Squirrel /images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/laugh.gif

medicjim
11-09-2006, 09:10 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Originally posted by murphquake:
Good luck with Paramedic school. I'm finally doing it here in NYC. Fun fun fun.
-bill </div></div>I remember PIT (paramedic in training) fondly... sorta like getting your teeth pulled, while the guy doing the pulling stands on your nuts....for ~800 hours.

Enjoy!

z. hughes
11-29-2006, 06:36 PM
in this order, dumb high school kid, 11b1p(alot of different things then/useually pissed off at the leadership), very pissed off college student, LEO. new to the boards i have read off and on for awhile, finally decided to jion. Oh and I can't spell.

mtnsldr
11-30-2006, 02:30 PM
I'm an Infantyman on the weekends (soon to be full time again, yay afghanistan...) Education Officer during the week (I pay bills for a living.) Firefighter on the side, and an EMT in training.

Upon my return from sandbox # 2 I plan on realizing my dream of riding a big red truck for money and sewing tac gear in my house to make ends meet.

Cav Scout
12-14-2006, 06:48 AM
Active Army Armor Officer, currently teaching new 2LTs.

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