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Borrego Bob

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I'll start the topic. I learned to shoot from my father a Korean war veteran, My service started when i was 17 joining my local Army National Guard unit in Longview Washington. I attended boot camp and AIT at Fort Sill Oklahoma where I trained as 13B Field Artilleryman. I returned back to my home town National Guard unit 2/146FA. I joined the US Navy in 1991 as a deck seaman on the USS Mobile LKA 115 and later as a Cryptologic Technician (CTR) onboard the USS Oldendorf, at NSGA Sugar Grove WV, USS Howard and USS Bonhomme Richard. I continue to work closely with the US Navy as a technical adviser and trainer of naval systems. While most of my work was of the more geeky nature i did serve on the ships and shore site auxiliary security forces which i enjoyed. While at NSGA Sugar Grove set the bases high score record with the 9mm and with the Washington Army National Guard i received a Army achievement Medal for taking second place in a state wide shooting competition. I'm no master shot though just enjoy shooting. 



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I learned to shoot from a young age, honestly been doing it so long I dont remember being taught. Joined the Army Reserves when I was 17. Went to Basic at Fort Jackson SC. Went to 91D (Gen Tech) AIT at Aberdeen Proving Grounds and re classed as a 92F (petrol supply) last year at Fort Lee Va. I also did Combatives 1 and 2 at Fort Reilly KS. Recently just signed papers to go active duty as 18x SF candidate. So when that happens you guys probably wont see much of me for awhile. Love shooting only really ever got to compete at it in Best Warrior Competitions where it is usually an event. Thanks glad to be apart of the forum. 
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I joined the Mississippi Army National Guard when I was 17, went to basic and AIT (63S) at Ft. Jackson. Served 1 tour in OIF in 2003 and 3 months on the Ms gulf coast after Katrina hit. I'm currently working as a civilian with DOD.
I started shooting and hunting around 8 years old. I shot air rifle for 4 years in JROTC during that time I was team captain for 2 years. Our team placed in the top 3 in the state every year.
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I began shooting when I was around 5 years old.  Didn't get to shoot much, father was busy working just like everybody else's father.  Father died when I was 12.  Spent every day that I wasn't working I was in the hills behind my house shooting.  I gratefully exited the wasted time of high school when I was 17.  I did two years of college for criminal justice.  Entered the Law Enforcement career at age 19.  Did about everything in Law Enforcement, just like 95% of all LEO's out there, undercover, detective, patrol, and for the last 15 years on a tactical team.  Was originally supposed to be sniper only, but manpower issues put me in the stack, and got me trained as negotiator.  Out of stack about two years ago, and glad.  Tactical armor gets heavy for a 50+ year old, strictly sniper and negotiator now.  Retiring after more than 35 years in law enforcement, and ready for retirement!!  Now anticipating spending lots of time on the range.  I have worked part time for Saterns for the last 8 years and will be going full time in August.  Accumulated numerous and various calibers of MSR's, and will be trying to burn the barrels out when I have only one job.   Do appreciate a forum that identifies the attributes and the natural progression of firearms and firearms technology.   I wonder if the media and politicians went crazy when the Spencer repeating rifle was invented?  Thanks to all who care about the MSR.
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Army Infantry right out of high school (from Minnesota).  82nd Airborne (B Co., 2/505th and then 82nd Pathfinders) - mid 1980s.


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(Ft. Bliss, Feb. 1984, we'd just jumped in and had a long way to march to the area where our field problem was to take place.)


Five years Federal Deputy with DHS - trained at Artesia FLETC.

These experiences gave me insights and the greatest respect for those who do them as a career, but both were just stops along the road for me as I do something else (flying) that I love for a living.

Thanks to all who serve at home and abroad!

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Army Reserve. 74D CBRNe. Currently assigned as an operations nco for the part-time side and work with an active ops nco. I started out back in 86in the Field Artillery. Fort Polk, LA for a year then Germany looking at commits East Germans across the border. Back to Fort Sill, OK and went to Desert Storm and fired the last combat missions of the M110A2 203mm self-propelled howitzer. We even fired directly at Iraqi T-72 tanks who had some of our M-1 Abrams tanks stuck on a dry river bed. We were within 2000 yards so guns were level. After my Red Leg days I switched to logistics and went to Hawaii for a few years. From there, recruiting duty down south in Valdosta, GA. Left the Army for a few years after that burned me out then 9/11 happened. I went back into the TX National Guard in 2003 after we went back to Iraq. Went back and spent all of 2005 in Iraq doing local patrols then running convoy escort missions until we left. Fun work but costly for us. Moved to SC after we came back and was with an engineer unit until 2011 then switched over to Army Reserve and the chemical specialist field. Some good schools plus now I am hazmat technician qualified. I have 25 years of service. I'll keep going until I physically can't or the bad guys kill me.
Of course, the Army exposed me to the M-16 but I've shot various guns most of my life. I got my first AR as a gift from my retired Army mom in 2006 and have rebuilt it a few times, built a few more, and still build new ones when I can. My budget only allows me the two I have so I like to reconfigure them when I get the urge. Can't never seem to win gun raffles or contest. [frown]

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My dad and step-dad had me shooting by the time I was 5 and I've had the pleasure of using or owning nearly every infantryman rifle and sidearm from the Springfield 1903 and Colt 1908 through current day.

Had my application forms filled out, sealed and stamped to attend Trinidad State junior college in Colorado for gunsmithing. At the last minute I decided to enlist in the Marine Corps and never mailed the envelope.

I graduated boot camp at MCRD San Diego, attended MOS training in Fort Johnson and was stationed in Okinawa and MCAS Yuma as an Organizational Automotive Mechanic. I got out after four years and lived as a civilian for six and a half years before coming back on active duty in the Army. So far I've done three years in Hawaii and another three in Georgia with tours in both Iraq and Afghanistan.

I managed to set range high scores in both Okinawa and MCAS Yuma although I'm sure they've been beaten by now.
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