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On The Job
Jon Pace Gunsmith and sales associate at Granite State Indoor Range and Gunshop

09/03/15
By Angie Sykeny asykeny@hippopress.com



 As a kid, Jon Pace loved to assemble and disassemble BB guns and pellet guns. Now, he works as a gunsmith and sales associate at Granite State Indoor Range and Gunshop in Hudson, specializing in gun repair. Granite State offers new and pre-owned firearms for sale, gun repair and cleaning, training courses and an indoor range with firearm rentals. 

 

Explain in one sentence what your current job is.
To ensure that customers who come in have a safe experience and receive the correct information in regards to firearms usage, storage and operation. 
 
How long have you worked there?
Since we opened on Oct. 22, 2014.
 
 
How did you get interested in this field?
Ever since I was a little kid I had BB guns and pellet guns and always tinkered around with them, taking them apart and putting them back together, so I thought if I could make a career out of that one day, that’s where I’d be best-suited. 
 
What kind of education or training did you need for this job?
I studied at a trade school and obtained an associate degree in gunsmithing. Then there are certifications I’ve received from some [firearm] manufacturers that certify me as competent to work with that specific firearm. 
 
How did you find your current job?
Through a friend who recommended me for the position. 
 
What’s the best piece of work-related advice anyone’s ever given you?
You should not get in a hurry. The motto [in working with guns] is “slow is smooth, and smooth is fast.” Doing it right may be a little more time-consuming, but the more patience you exercise in working with firearms, the better your outcome will be. 
 
What do you wish you’d known at the beginning of your career?
How many different paths in gunsmithing there are. A person can specialize in metal engraving, stock work, general repair — there are so many fields. I got into general repair, and I’m glad I did because it’s something I’m good at, but down the road I may get into another specialty. 
 
What is your typical at-work uniform?
It consists of a polo shirt, cargo pants, a good sturdy pair of boots and a sturdy belt. 
 
What was the first job you ever had?
I was a sales associate at Best Buy. 
— Angie Sykeny 





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