life beyond the auto glass business
Jamie Browning, Browning Auto Glass
It’s no secret that even the easiest day in the auto glass business can
be a stressful one. But new auto glass business owner Jamie Browning of
Browning Auto Glass in Daniel Island, S.C., has found his own secret for
winding down on the weekends. The 38-year-old business owner hits the
shooting range nearly every weekend.
He’s been participating in the sport since about the age of 9, as it’s
a common hobby in his family.
“Guns have really always been around in the family as far as hunting and
stuff like that,” says Browning.
Browning enjoys both simple target practice and what he calls “trick shooting”—shooting
a variety of weapons, skeets and various types of targets.
Though he once enjoyed hunting as well—for “pretty much anything”—Browning
sticks mainly to target shooting now.
“I shoot handguns,
rifles, shotguns, pretty much anything—whether it’s some kind of modern
military weapon or old, Civil War-type weapon.”
He shoots every weekend on a piece of property owned by a close family
member, and says his favorite weapon to shoot would surprise some.
“My favorite gun to shoot would be probably one of the less sophisticated
ones—an 1875 Remington Outlaw,” says Browning.
“It’s the same gun that Frank James of Frank and Jesse James fame carried.”
In addition to hitting the range regularly, Browning also enjoys local
gun shows—and seeks out interesting weapons to add to his collection.
“I shoot handguns, rifles, shotguns, pretty much anything—whether it’s
some kind of modern military weapon or old, Civil War-type weapon,” he
Asked whether it’s tough to find the time for such a time-consuming hobby
as a new business owner, Browning replies, “not really, because it’s a
great stress reliever.”
“It’s something that I try to make time for,” he adds. “It’s nice to get
together with friends and get your guy time in.”
For those who wish to take up shooting, Browning stresses that, just like
in the auto glass business, safety should come first.
“I’m definitely a huge advocate for safety, and making sure that if there
are children in the house that you have [firearms] locked up,” Browning
says. “Firearms in general get a bad reputation, but it’s up to the owners
to be responsible—and keeping [them] away from children is definitely
top of the list.”
Browning has been in the industry since the age of 18—for 20 years, and
has worked for a variety of companies, including Harmon, ABRA Autobody
and Glass, Glasspro in nearby Mount Pleasant, S.C., and Team Acne in Las
Vegas, prior to opening his own company last year. He also received the
gold medal in the 2009 Auto Glass Technician Olympics.
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