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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by RazorOneSix, Aug 30, 2013.

  1. RazorOneSix

    RazorOneSix United States New Member

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    Well, I will come right out and say that I'm only a 17 year-old high school student and live in California, but I'm planning to attend college/university up in the Pacific Northwest, and most likely plant myself there after that. Hoping to get my CHL when I can.

    I always had an interest in firearms and shooting on some level, but when I finally got around to it, t'was love at first shot (I missed).

    That said, I believe that a well-made 1911 is nothing short of exquisite. I swear, some of those models I see in pictures online make me drool (and I know I'm not alone in this!) and go lightheaded for a short while. The only other gun that can even come close in terms of looks, IMO, is a good old M14/M1A.

    I like to think that I have pretty good instincts and potential to learn in the shooting aspect of firearms - although I've sadly never shot at anything past 25 yards and would really love to learn how to shoot rifles at long range. However, I'd be the first to admit that I have little to no knowledge in the technical side of things - basic maintenance and disassembly, upgrading parts, that kind of thing. I have a decent mechanical aptitude, but I'm honestly at a loss as to how or where to start.

    Regards,
    Razor
     
  2. coop44

    coop44 Tacoma ,WA Well-Known Member

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    welcome, "sirs and madams" are you sure you haven't stumbled into the wrong site?:laugh:

    hang around look and listen, talk a bit, you'll pick up a few pointers.
     
  3. Modeler

    Modeler Molalla, Oregon Soccer Fan

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    Welcome to the forum young Californian, may I suggest you keep on going through Oregon and right on up to Washington? What college do you plan to attend?
     
  4. RazorOneSix

    RazorOneSix United States New Member

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    Thanks. As to what specific college, that's still somewhat ambiguous. I'd be happy to hear any comments/advice about what's good up there.
     
  5. Brutus57

    Brutus57 Skagit County Well-Known Member

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    Lots of good colleges up in the PNW. Depends on what you want to study. Good bunch on this forum and you can learn a lot. I have. Welcome aboard. Good to have a young man interested in firearms and willing to learn.

    Brutus out
     
  6. Dunerunner

    Dunerunner You'll Never Know Well-Known Member

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    Welcome Razor, and best of luck in your higher education pursuit!!
     
  7. Modeler

    Modeler Molalla, Oregon Soccer Fan

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    What is your planned course of study? What's your major? What are your career goals?
     
  8. RazorOneSix

    RazorOneSix United States New Member

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    There's a lot of unknowns. I do know it's probably not going to be science/math related, or business (except maybe for consulting). For what it's worth, I do like a lot of stuff related to philosophy, social/global issues, reading/writing, that kind of stuff.

    I am thinking about a minor in psychology.

    Career goals? Hard to say when I don't even know my career yet. But I do want a job that I can at least enjoy on some level for enjoyment's sake.
     
  9. Dunerunner

    Dunerunner You'll Never Know Well-Known Member

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    How do you feel about going into law enforcement? Plenty of opportunity to exercise those philosophical ideals, address social issues, read and write there! :paranoid:
     
  10. RazorOneSix

    RazorOneSix United States New Member

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    Yes, I would love to express my creative thinking there! *straight face*
     
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  11. RazorOneSix

    RazorOneSix United States New Member

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    Anyone like films from Martin Scorsese?
     
  12. BANE

    BANE Battle Ground WA. Well-Known Member

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    Welcome!
     
  13. Dunerunner

    Dunerunner You'll Never Know Well-Known Member

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    Sounds like a career path to me....
     
  14. etrain16

    etrain16 Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Where you go depends on what you want to study, there are some good schools up here. If you want options to shoot, check out guns, etc. your best options will be in the Portland area. Eugene, the home of the University of Oregon isn't the most gun-friendly place. Portland isn't real gun friendly either, but there are still plenty of places around to shoot.
     
  15. Brutus57

    Brutus57 Skagit County Well-Known Member

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    I have the perfect career plan. Go to Gonzaga. Get a B.S. in Crim j. Then get your JD from them and go fight for 2nd Amendment rights. You can still minor in psychology and you'll be in tune with current social issues. Oh yeah, plenty of places to shoot in greater Spokane area.

    Brutus out
     
  16. Modeler

    Modeler Molalla, Oregon Soccer Fan

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    What if he's not Catholic?
     
  17. Grunwald

    Grunwald Out of that nut job colony of Seattle, WA Well-Known Member

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    Look at tuition costs and don't get yourself in debt in order to get a degree. There are way too many graduates with history and political "science" degrees that are $60K+ in debt.
    Don't be one of them.
    Chances are your best bet is getting your degree from one of the state colleges in California.
    You will be paying in-state tuition which will be a heck of a lit cheaper than anything in Washington. Most likely have a better name recognition on a national basis also.
    I know that Washingtonians have extremely high regard for the UW (University of Washington) but once you head a few hundred miles east no one knows it nor holds it in any special regard.

    Oh, and don't even consider joining the National Guard because you will get free tuition (if they still do that). The chances of getting shipped to some shlit hole and coming back room temperature in a box are too high.

    Get through college physically, financially and mentally and you can make your life decision then.

    One more piece of advice: come up to the PNW for a week in late November before deciding if this is where you want to be.
     
  18. Modeler

    Modeler Molalla, Oregon Soccer Fan

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    Brilliant advice, start to finish. :thumbup::thumbup:
     
  19. RazorOneSix

    RazorOneSix United States New Member

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    Thanks for all the posts, guys. I'll be sure to consider this.

    EDIT: Seeing as I'm not going to be able to get up to the PNW for a while, does anyone feel like listing what they think about the good, the bad, and the ugly of the region?
     
  20. RazorOneSix

    RazorOneSix United States New Member

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    Not Catholic.