The gun-toting gun enthusiast has no trouble finding his calling in the modern world, with many gun owners preferring the thrill of hunting and the thrill and danger of the hunt.
But some of those hunters find themselves drawn to the role of a gunner on a train.
“The gun can be a real life saver,” said Wayne Taylor, who has spent nearly 10 years in the business, training and shooting for the Federal Railroad Administration.
“If you get your hands on a gun, you’re in the right place at the right time.”
“I’m not looking to shoot someone, I’m looking to protect myself,” he said.
“You get to shoot your gun, and you’re the first person on the train with a gun,” he added.
“It’s not like you’re going to be in a position where you’re sitting in the corner of a room with the entire train behind you with a bunch of other people trying to shoot each other.”
There are a lot of reasons why a gun-savvy train rider can make the most of a job.
Train gunner positions are common and lucrative.
Most train gunners are employed by Amtrak, which makes it possible for train gunner to train and be paid by Amtrak.
“There are only a few people that get to do that on a daily basis,” Taylor said.
There is a high demand for gun-slinging gunner, and the demand has increased since the Sandy Hook shootings.
Train Gunner positions make for a lucrative job, with Amtrak earning $1.7 million in salary for gunners last year, up from $1 million in 2016.
Train car gunner is also highly sought after, with the job typically earning $3.2 million.
Many gun-wielding train gunns find themselves in the middle of an argument between a fellow passenger and an off-duty Amtrak officer.
“The guy next to me says, ‘Hey, you want to do this?’ and I say, ‘I don’t want to,’ and the guy behind me says ‘You better come up and shoot me,’ and then the guy next next to him is like, ‘You got to come up to me,’ too,” Taylor explained.
If you can’t afford to train with the federal government, consider working for the railroads or Amtrak.
In a job like gunner’s, you get paid to take the train.
The federal government pays a much higher salary for the position, averaging $70,000 a year.
If you want a better deal, consider getting a job in a private security firm, such as those hired by law enforcement.
When asked if he feels like he is a good candidate for a gun owner job, Taylor responded, “I don’ know, I just feel like it’s the right thing to do.
If I had a choice, I would do it.”
A few other tips to get your train gun on: Be sure to keep your train safe.
Don’t go around shooting at random people.
Keep your eyes on the tracks, not your targets.
Get trained to spot a potential danger.
Be respectful of your fellow passengers.
And of course, be prepared for a violent attack.