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    Over 20 years working in the gun industry just came to an end

    I got laid off from Windham Weaponry last week. Not sure what my next move is.
    It's pretty overwhelming looking for a new job after doing the same thing for 20 years.
    I may revive Weegee arms and try to buy and sell collectible firearms again but I'm not sure if I can make a living at that or not.
    Some people do but I have pretty severe ADD and am a terrible businessman. At 51 years old though I really don't want to go into a job I hate at this point.
    So, I'm not sure exactly what to do now. If things turn around there they would ask me back but I'm not holding my breath the way the AR15 market is now.
    Nobody is buyng ARs anymore. Hopefully the universe will be kind and point me in the right direction.

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    I wish you the best in whatever endeavor you choose to pursue. It's never easy to go through that. My only real advice is an old adage..."We can't control the wind but we can adjust our sails."

    Best of luck and keep everyone here in the loop.
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    Good luck Sir. I hope you land somewhere doing something you love!
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    51 years old is not that old to start over, many have done it. I hope you find the job you are looking for. good luck.
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    Good luck
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    I was laid off from the first job I had after my 30 years in the Military. The State of Ohio denied my claim for unemployment; stating that I was drawing retirement (1/2 the ex got the rest). They wouldn't even refund the monthly deduction from my pay!

    I was 49 years old, no college degree, etc. What to do; especially with a judge calling for my arrest for contempt of court when I couldn't pay alimony. During the year of and the first year after the divorce was final she threatened me with a total of 24 months in jail for contempt; including claiming "she would come to Ohio personally and oversee my arrest." When I said her civil contempt charges were unenforceable in Ohio she screamed "this hearing is over" and slammed the phone down!

    Hang in there - hopefully there is a job out there with your name on it.

    My son, now 41 years old, after years of retail, started working in a steel mill of all places. He actually loves his job (who wouldn't; starting pay $25 an hour, union protection and benefits)
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    Just remember, when one door closes another one opens.

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    Good luck Sir, I went back to school and went into another line of work at 50- it was hard but I made it and was damn glad I did it.
    50 is a good place- you are mature- have real world work experience, and discipline. The job market seems to be pretty good right now you will land on your feet- best wishes to you!
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    Search your soul and answer the question "What would I really love to do?" So many people look back on their lives and say "Gee, I wish I'd have done that". Granted, it may take new skill sets and a few bumps in the road but keep your sights set on your goal. It's true that when someone does something they really enjoy, they never "work" a single day for the rest of their life!
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