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Mike Centola: What do you make?

Zack Seward
Allstar Tactical founder Mike Centola speaks with Innovation Trail editor Rachel Ward at BarCamp Rochester.

Mike Centola makes AR-15 rifles, similar to the M16s that the military uses.

The Innovation Trail sat down with Centola in our listening booth at BarCamp Rochester in October 2011.  He told us that even though his Webster-based business manufactures weapons, he's not a hunter - he's an ASPCA and Lollypop Farm supporter. So he says when hunters come into his shop looking for parts or weapons, he keeps his opinions to himself.  

After all, for Centola, it's about being able to turn your hobby into a career.

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