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“Popovich’s first rule of firearms is pretty simple: The man who tells you he’s going to shoot you will not shoot you”

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Coolest article I read today: Salon on the repo men of the rich and famous:

His mandate is simple. Someone misses a few payments. The bank wants to recover its plane. There will be an attempt to set up some kind of debt payment plan. Failing that, collateral has to be ponied up. If there is none, then an account executive reaches out to Popovich. But Jumbo Jets are expensive — a 747 will run you anywhere from $125 million to $260 million — and people who try to acquire such toys are loath to give them back. If the deadbeat gets wind that the bank is sniffing around his plane, he’s likely to spirit it away before anyone has a chance to grab it, and then it becomes a cat-and-rat game that can take months to complete.

Juicy detail from the “Earnest Hemingway of super repo men”:

The contacts he’d make through Howard and Day led him into small-time arms dealing. Popovich bought out a Utah company that had been indicted for weapons violations and turned it into a thriving business. “We built .22 caliber weapons into briefcases with micro switches and laser sightings,” he says. He sold his guns to the Canadian Special Ops and maybe to a few places he shouldn’t have. He mentions something about being “in South America at the wrong time.” He also drops a hint about conducting business in Iraq.

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One Response to ““Popovich’s first rule of firearms is pretty simple: The man who tells you he’s going to shoot you will not shoot you””

  1. That… is the coolest thing ever. I now have a backup career in case the whole “PhD thing” doesn’t pan out.


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