Guess I'll be looking elsewhere for work.
Uh, why? If they are hiring a position in your specialty, apply for it! It may not be your life-long dream job, but it will be a job in the firearms industry. If nothing else, a good point on your resume.
I will be honest, the local job market has dried up big time. Low oil prices are nice when you go to fill up, but they suck when your job was tied to the industry. We just hired a new employee, and we had nine
calls for interviews for one
low-skill position. A full six of those guys, including the one who was hired, were under 30. All of them were out of work from the gas well industry, either directly or indirectly. My point... Chase any opportunity to use your training, and especially if it is a gun-related job.
For another local gun manufacturer, try E.R. Shaw barrels, in Bridgeville. I drove past their retail store just this morning.