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Moving to Vermont

Postby 16gaParkerGun » Tue Feb 28, 2012 5:00 pm

Hello:

I am getting close to retiring from the Fed, and wife and I are seriously considering re-locating to Vermont. I grew up in Upstate NY and lived in Maine for a number of years while in the Navy.

I am a gunsmith by trade, specializing in double-barrel shotguns, but am well skilled in sporting arms in general and revolvers.

My plan is not to become a dealer, rather to pursue just repair work. Obviously, duck hunting is a huge priority, along with partridge and woodcock. After all, I will be retired, and will just do smith work part-time.

Can anyone provide some guidance on areas of the State to look at settling?

Thanks in advance for any guidance.
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Re: Moving to Vermont

Postby mailyard » Sat Mar 03, 2012 9:32 am

I would recommend southern vt there are more double gun guys there due to the proximity to ct and nj. The Bennington area might be good due to its location and closeness to Albany ny. There are no good shotgunsmiths I am aware of in the area, except for the or is gunsmith who as you can imagine is a bit pricey. Good luck
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Re: Moving to Vermont

Postby 16gaParkerGun » Sat Mar 03, 2012 8:15 pm

Thank you for the info. Yes, Manchester is one area we are looking at as well as Middlebury.
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Re: Moving to Vermont

Postby HOPIN4ABOAT » Sat Mar 03, 2012 8:27 pm

Cant tell yah much but Manchester sure is a nice area. I have only lived here a few months but I like the area of londonderry.
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Re: Moving to Vermont

Postby CHSAPKS » Sun Mar 04, 2012 12:31 am

Northern Vt close to Champlain!!
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Re: Moving to Vermont

Postby mailyard » Sun Mar 04, 2012 6:33 am

I live very close to Manchester just north. You have or is and ptarmigan gun which are both in Manchester. You need to go to ptarmigan if you are in the area. They have some nice high end guns.
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Re: Moving to Vermont

Postby 16gaParkerGun » Sun Mar 04, 2012 12:52 pm

Lake Champlain is beautiful. I really like the Northeast Kingdom as well. Might be a little too far off the beaten path for the wife though.

The Manchester area makes sense as it is close to CNY where we still have a number of family and friends.
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Re: Moving to Vermont

Postby pete/pmr » Tue Mar 06, 2012 6:37 am

Middlebury puts you in the middle of the areas that have the best bird hunting,and it is close to the lake for ducks,geese,and you can get into good upland bird hunting there as well! Being located in Middlebury will put you in between Manchester,and Burlington,and a short drive to the Ny york border! Plenty of gun shops in either direction,north or south,and nice country! Also it is easy for people from just about anywhere in Vermont to come to you for work on thier firearms! That would be my choice!
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Re: Moving to Vermont

Postby magogwhacker » Wed Mar 07, 2012 12:59 pm

Consider Newport....right on the interstate and only a couple hours from Boston and Montreal.
What? There's open water? Its not cold enough.
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Re: Moving to Vermont

Postby 16gaParkerGun » Wed Mar 07, 2012 7:11 pm

Thanks for all of the great comments and feedback. Please keep them coming. I am making a trip up to Swanton this summer to run my American Water Spaniel in a NAHRA Hunt Test. It should be a great opportunity to check out some of these places.
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Re: Moving to Vermont

Postby IslandHunter » Tue Nov 06, 2012 11:54 am

Hi,

I'm always looking for a good double-gun smith - did you end up moving to VT? I collect some of the u.s. field grade sxs's by Fox, Baker, Ithaca, etc, and have a few projects you might want to consider someday.

Let me know if you make the move to VT - thanks,
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Re: Moving to Vermont

Postby pete/pmr » Wed Nov 07, 2012 3:58 am

I am also a bit of a doublegun fan myself! Just some of the collection!LOL

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Re: Moving to Vermont

Postby chambo32 » Wed Nov 07, 2012 6:17 pm

Very nice :biggrin:

I wish i had one of those this morning. My auto was not behaving :sad:
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Re: Moving to Vermont

Postby gmannn » Thu Nov 08, 2012 1:03 pm

16gaparkergun
Are you a Parker gun collector member?
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Re: Moving to Vermont

Postby Lavman » Mon Nov 12, 2012 2:33 pm

Pete that is a fine looking collection you have there :beer: :beer:
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