TXMGO Response to TFB Reagarding the Sale of Pipebombs at a Gun Show

TXMGO Flamethrower

In the real world, grown men can politely disagree and still be friends. Online, depending on whose comments you were reading, you would have been forgiven for thinking Sean from TXMGO and myself at TFB had some huge beef. Nothing could be further from the truth. I simply disagreed with, and questioned the wisdom of, Sean’s marketing strategy. Despite my disagreement I really like Sean’s passion for the firearm industry and his desire to shake things up.

Both Sean and I have both been venerated by some for our opinion on this matter and simultaneously demonized by others online. Meanwhile in the real world Sean and the team here at TFB (Phil, Katie and myself) get along just fine with mutual respect.

Here is Sean’s response …

Firstly I want thank Steve for the opportunity to respond to his post about my company, Texas Machine-Gun & Ordnance (TXMGO). I wish I would have been asked for comment before the piece ran, but bygones are bygones; and this isn’t the start of some stupid Kayne West style feud between TXMGO and the TFB.

So yeah, we were the guys selling pipebombs at the High-Caliber Gunshow in Houston this weekend. It’s been rather entertaining to read the responses to Steve’s article. According to some folks on ar15.com, I’m apparently the anti-Christ, sent by Hillary to justify Jade Helm, and the rounding up of everyone’s guns. While conversely, I seem to be venerated as a deity of NFAAF, who “sticks it to the man” in other realms of the Internet.

I write this knowing full well that a sizable chunk of those reading it, are going to hate what I do, no matter what I say or do; and that’s fine. I’m not going to waste time calling them names; or accusing them of being whatever silly nonsense the daily Facebook witch-trials pronounce people guilty of, to of course be followed by the ritual burning-at-the-stake, for the greater glory of the online, groupthink echo-chamber. Instead I write this to people who have an open mind, and are bored with the NFA game being the same boring things since 1934.

When I look at the firearms industry today, I’m bored to tears. I see everyone doing the exact same thing. There’s a million guns stores across America (half of which always seem to have at least one “operator” behind the counter telling epic war stories) all peddling the same damn things. You go to gunshows, and it is also the same damn things at every table. The NFA game isn’t any different. It is just Suppressors, SBSs, SBRs, a few folks with transferable MGs at obscene prices, and then those mysterious Destructive Devices hardly anyone has.

Around the same time I realized how boring the gun industry is; I also realized that ever since I left the Army, I hadn’t really given a shit about any of the jobs I’d had. I was bored with life, bored with guns, and needed something new. So I quit my job, took pretty much every penny I have, and threw it into this crazy idea called Texas Machine-Gun & Ordnance, a Type 10, Manufacturer of Destructive Devices FFL; and Type 20, Manufacturer of Explosives FEL.

Yes, TXMGO does want to rock the boat in the firearms industry. I haven’t blown my life savings to play it safe, open “Sean’s Lame Gun Store”, and do what everyone else is doing, by peddling what amount to commodity items for people to come look at, then buy off gunbroker for $20 less. Not no, but hell no. There’s a pretty good chance we are going to fail at this, I’ll end up broke, and I’ll be in dire need of a “real job”. But I can live with that. I have failed at plenty of things in life, and I have yet to die from failure. If we are to fail at this though, I hope we fail spectacularly trying to do something big and bold.

We want to shake up the game, and do what hasn’t been done before. This isn’t part of some ideological crusade to “stick it to the man”; or arm up against the ATF’s ubiquitous black helicopters, so many members of ar15.com seem think are waiting to come after them for shouldering a Sig Brace. We are doing this so people have more options in the firearms marketplace.

While everyone is getting all wound up on the 100% legal, NFA registered pipebombs we are selling as novelty items; they missed the reusable Molotov Cocktail, affordably priced 60mm mortar, recoilless rifle, and other projects we are working on to bring something new to market for the law-abiding citizen. This is in addition to us working to build a facility for us to offer people the chance to come and literally blow shit up, and shoot exotic weaponry.

TXMGO isn’t a rogue arms-dealer, 3%’r wannabes arming up to fight off ChiCom paratroopers jumping into downtown Houston, political extremist group, or any of the more colorful things that have been said about us. Instead we are a veteran owned-and-operated company; composed of people who have sworn an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States. Part of supporting the Constitution, is following the rule-of-law, which we do by obsessively following all laws and regulations related to our industry.

To prevent this from turning from a response into a manifesto, I’d like to address some of the legitimate concerns that have been brought up about what we’re doing.

Yes, getting a pipebomb or a reusable Molotov Cocktail is absurd. But let’s not lie to ourselves. Almost all the guns and NFA items we buy are for fun and for us to enjoy, not some practical purpose. So you have to ask yourself if having a 100% legal pipebomb or a reusable Molotov Cocktail is any more absurd than having 5 different ARs, a transferable machine-gun, or a suppressor you only shoot at a public range where you have to wear ear protection anyways?

Yes, someone could legally buy a pipebomb from us, and commit a crime with it. But do you really think the next Unabomber is going to file a Form 4, pay a $200 tax stamp, and wait 5-6 months for ATF approval? Or do you think they’ll just go to Home Depot, and buy what they need?

And finally yes, my selling unusual Destructive Devices can be twisted by the media into the narrative of gun owners being crazed nutsjobs. But we have already let them establish that narrative by not policing up our own. When you read most gun forums, there’s plenty of people frothing at the mouth, accusing their fellow Americans of being traitors, communists, poop-heads, and of not crying when Old Yeller died. Instead of responding to our our political opponents’ emotional, irrational, and patently absurd arguments with calmly presented facts, reason, and evidence; we respond with hysterics, stupid memes with fake Founding Father quotes, 1/2 truths, and angry ramblings about taking on the guv’ment with our AR-15s and the 100 or so rounds we have on hand. That kind of nonsense is why the media can cast us a nutcases, because we often act like ones.

Anyways to conclude this response, if you disagree with what we are doing, that’s fine. Reasonable people can disagree about just about everything, and we respect your right to disagree with us. We will keep doing what we are doing, and making every effort we can to be the most law-abiding FFL and FEL in the country.

Thank you for reading this. And thank you once again to Steve for allowing us the opportunity to respond. We hope to work with TFB in the future.

Steve Johnson

Founder and Dictator-In-Chief of TFB. A passionate gun owner, a shooting enthusiast and totally tacti-uncool. Favorite first date location: any gun range. Steve can be contacted here.


  • Michael_Walters

    Nice response.

  • Cameron Bissell

    I’m happy I read that. Good for both parties to be open about disagreements. The other stuff sounds cool as heck.

  • SolidStateTactical

    Good stuff.

  • Dave Y

    I hope to see more stuff on their website soon. Their “services” section also looks interesting 🙂

  • ThingsNwhatnot

    I couldn’t agree more with the man, sounds like a great thing.

  • Isaac Newton

    “not crying when Old Yeller died”….Sean, you rock!

  • PeterK

    Sounds like a great guy. Except now that I know a recoilless rifle is a thing I might someday be able to own my frugal side thinks he’s a real jerk. 😉

  • Devil_Doc

    If the point of this stunt was advancing the cause of liberty, maybe Sean (or his acolytes) can walk me through how a pipe bomb is supposed to change peoples minds with regards to destructive devices? How does this help?

    • ToddsMonster

      Advancing the cause of liberty by playing within the rules set by those who oppose liberty is insanity.

      • You mean by following the law?

        • Dan

          Follow the law? How anti American of you. “Those that follow the law are nancy boys” – George Washington.

          • Anti-American for not being a law breaker. What a novel idea you have there. Another made up founding fathers quote.
            Besides I was asking him a question for clarification nothing more.

          • Jacob Coffey


          • Ambassador Vader

            I mean technically he’s right in that we are a country founded by men who knew a revolution and breaking the laws were better going through the appropriate channel and breaking the law is the american spirit if that law is wrong. I mean we are about to put a woman who broke the law for a living on the $20 bill. She was right in breaking it but she ran an illegal underground rail road and broke the law. Rosa parks refused to give up her seat. I mean its the american way to break the law if its wrong, however the consequences aren’t always favorable.

          • Yes but after we won our freedom the founding fathers passed our own laws for the good of the nation and it’s people.
            After all without laws there is anarchy. Not all laws are good I can get behind that but rather than break them work from within to have them stricken by the courts. You can’t affect change from behind bars.

          • Ambassador Vader

            Without laws there is only anarchy, with only law there is authoritarianism. We have aimed for a balance but often fallen short. Our founding fathers passed very broad laws, and mostly laws limiting the gov’t. The other were disseminated from states or congress many years later. I don’t know that you can’t affect change from behind bars, I mean bootleggers brought about change just for the shear number. One person breaking the law is a criminal, 500 or more is an army. Eventually enough people breaking the law they have to either step up the law or change it. Colorado had marijuana laws changed by people going through the courts and laws, but that wouldn’t have come about without people breaking the law. The police get discouraged fighting the rising tide. In Baltimore the police no longer crack down on drugs because they just simply no longer care to fight the majority. Then again I’m really just playing devil’s advocate and love debating.

          • Dan

            I know Phil, I was just being silly.

        • ToddsMonster

          I don’t recall anyone violating the law, and I’m certainly not advocating otherwise.

    • Irock350

      Firstly, it calls attention to the fact that individuals can own these types of destructive devices. Thisnis important becuase the professionals at the ATF and the Houston bomb Squad were absolutely convinced that no one is allowed to own these items under any circumstances, much less be able to sell them. Sean had to educate the professionals on how to their jobs and what the laws regarding these devices actually say. One officer went so far as to threaten him becuase he “knew” that Mr. Lindley must be doing something illegal.

      As to changing people’s minds, a lot of people were shocked to find out that they could own a pipe bomb. Now, becuase of this one show people are now more educated in what kinds of destructive decives are out their to be purchased .

      Most importantly, the Title 1 pipe bombs and the title II pipe bombs show just how rediculous we have allowed the laws surrounding firearms to become. A title 1 pipe bomb receiver is nothing more than a peice of pipe with two end caps glued onto it. A title II federally regulated NFA pipe bomb is the same empty pipe with a hole drilled in it and a fuse. Neither device has any explosive materials packed into it and are no more deadly than a rock, but becuase one has a hole and the doesn’t, one is now suddenly a dangerous and controlled item. It’s absolutely ludicrous.

      • TennTexan

        I remember a few years ago at a Dallas gun show when silencers were just starting to become mainstream and more dealers were selling them. I can’t tell you how many folks I watched walk up to a table full of suppressed rifles, stare open-mouthed, and say something to the effect of “are those legal?!”

        My point is that not too long ago people viewed silencers the same as pipe bombs… With cans, “There’s no way those are legal!” quickly gave way to “Wait, they ARE?! How do I get one?”

        • Devil_Doc

          Suppressors have a constructive use. What use is a pipe bomb or a suicide vest?

      • Devil_Doc

        So, you’re not really educating people about the legality of destructive devices as much as you’re trying to somehow corner the market on selling them? You were saying this was about educating people? Because it sure seems to be a marketing stunt.. I just don’t get how people don’t understand why this is a bad idea. Haven’t you ever heard of Timothy McVeigh? The last image gun shows need to be presenting is that people can somehow walk in and buy explosives, no background checks.

  • Isaac O. Lees

    Why would you even bother to respond to a moron of this caliber is frankly staggering.

    • Simply because we have always allowed people or companies to respond to articles we publish about them. It’s just the right thing to do and then leave it up to the readers to decide for themselves.
      This way you have the entire picture.

    • BillC

      Same reason why they let idiots like you comment.

      • Gunner

        There is no where pipe bombs should be for sale, legally. Isn’t there enough trash being thrown at gun shows. Last thing needed is to give anti’s another reason to shut them down. To sell them is ludicrous and immoral.

  • TDog

    While I can see where he’s coming from, I can also say that he’s terribly misguided. Part of the ability to enjoy firearms is the responsibility to carry ourselves and the sport and industry in a responsible manner. Fun is fun, but it’s almost like the video of using Tannerite to blow up feral hogs – yeah, it’s “fun” (if you’re into the sort of thing), but it’s also one heck of a way to act as the poster child for all the drunken hollering yahoos shooting their fully automatic AK’s into the air.

    Legal? Perhaps. But there is the question of propriety. I don’t like shock tactics when it comes to comedy or movies or music and that distaste extends to firearms as well. On this I will agree to disagree.

    • ToddsMonster

      So you mean that part of the ability comes from not upsetting our betters?

      • Bill

        There’s this thing called common sense…if your sense of self esteem is so weak that you think of this in terms of “upsettting our betters” you are exactly the kind of person who should be near a pipe bomb.

        • Irock350

          Says someones whose made a profession out being telling people how to live their lives. It’s OK, let the freedom flow through and accept that true freedom means no one cares about self-esteem.

      • TDog

        No, part of that ability comes from knowing how to play well with others.

        Geez… why is it that everyone thinks that showing common courtesy is a servile trait?

    • Irock350

      “Legal? Perhaps…”

      Legal? Absolutely, there is no question.

      “I don’t like shock tactics when it comes to comedy or movies or music…”

      You sound like a blast to hang out with at parties.

      • TDog

        Shock is the lazy person’s way of getting attention.

        • TennTexan

          Where do you draw the line? Is the standard what will “shock” the sheep? I’m quite certain the fact that ordinary citizens can legally own silencers and machine guns is a “shock” to some people. Yet we in the gun culture don’t consider those items to be anything out of the ordinary. Explosive devices also fall under the purview of the NFA, and are legal for ordinary citizens to own after jumping through the proper hoops just like cans, SBRs, and machine guns, yet explosives are getting a bad rap.

          • TDog

            Shock is like a lot like being insulted – you know it when it happens. In this case, the obvious ploy was to garner attention like some stardom-craving teenager and then plead innocence by dint of legality.

            A silencer or full auto weapon may shock some people, but they are controllable. Explosives get a bad rap because they are supremely indiscriminate. A machine gun fired in controlled bursts will still hit its target. A silenced weapon will hit only its target if aimed properly. An explosive hits anyone within reach whether or not they’re hostile.

            This was a publicity stunt aimed at getting attention for the store, not the cause.

          • TennTexan

            Having seen first-hand what happens when novice shooters and automatic weapons mix, I would assert that whether or not they are “controllable” depends on several factors.

            At any rate, I don’t dispute that explosives can be used to indiscriminately kill or injure far more easily than a fun. But in my opinion if a man is responsible enough to be trusted with a machine gun, he’s responsible enough to be trusted with an explosive device. So long as he doesn’t open carry his Form 1ed pipe bomb into Starbucks and pose for a picture in front of the parry case…

          • TDog

            Note that I said it is possible – but an explosive in the hands of a trained expert will still harm and/or kill everything within its blast radius – you can mitigate that with placement, but there’s no aiming an explosive blast. You can’t argue that.

          • TennTexan

            “there’s no aiming an explosive blast”

            Ever heard of a shaped charge?

          • TDog

            Ever seen it take out one target and leave people in the same room still breathing?

            Please, please don’t try to win this debate. The SAS proved you can use automatic weapons in situations with tons of hostages and still leave the hostages breathing.

            The Egyptians proved you can use explosives and those explosives will take out hostages as effectively as it will take out bad guys.

          • gyrfalcon

            You stand 50 meters in front of a claymore mine and I’ll stand that distance behind it.

          • TDog

            If I had a hostage or other innocent bystander with me, that claymore wouldn’t be such a great thing to use, would it?

            I can tell this is going to go on for a while, but the fact is using an explosive is nowhere near as safe as even using a fully automatic weapon. Automatic weapons can and have been aimed to great effect whereas it is simply impossible to aim an explosion because that explosion WILL hurt and/or kill everyone within its area of effect.

            Or to put it another way, use those beloved pipe bombs in a hostage rescue situation and see how many innocents you don’t hit in that crowded room. The SAS did a darned fine job with automatic weapons at Princess Gate, but I saw darned few of those guys chucking in hand grenades in the hopes that the explosion would only hurt the bad guys.

          • gyrfalcon

            Explosives can be very precise. It all depends on the application, engineering and method of delivery.

          • TDog

            Precise? You just noted that the precision rests in having a large group of hostiles and not the ability of the explosion to be aimed with any degree of accuracy. Yes, shaped charges and the like will direct the blast to some degree, but everything within the explosive’s range is likely to be hit whereas a fully automatic weapon can be used with some degree of precision.

            To use the crowd of hostiles scenario, if we have twenty men wielding machetes and five women holding babies, a claymore or RPG, both of which use shaped charges, would be unable to differentiate between a child-carrying woman and a machete-waving man. Automatic gunfire, on the other hand, could be used to take down individual targets. At this point efficiency is not the issue but rather the ability to discriminate.

            Explosives are equal opportunity problem solvers insofar as everything within their blast radius is going to have a problem with the solution the bomb provides. Machine guns can be equally indiscriminate, but they can also be surprisingly precise. A three-round burst aimed center of mass is likely to kill one person while a hand grenade lobbed center of mass is likely to kill that one person plus whoever happens to be within the blast radius minus mitigating circumstances such as other bodies absorbing the blast, intervening terrain, etc.

            There is simply no arguing that when it comes to the ability to control where the damage will be going, an automatic weapon allows for greater control and target discrimination than an explosive will. Note that items such as claymores are not used for hostage rescue while automatic weapons are. Why is that? I think we both know the answer.

          • Len Jones

            And it makes gun owners look like fruitcakes wants more stuff to blow. Reasonable people are thinking this is crazy.

    • Cynic

      If your too scared to use rights you have for fear of upsetting people then the right doesn’t exist

      • TDog

        It’s called using that right responsibly.

        I have the right to make threats against people – it’s my right to free speech. That doesn’t mean I should or that there won’t be repercussions.

        I may be part of a dying breed, but where I come from we exercise our rights with a modicum of restraint and consideration for our fellow man. It’s called manners.

        • Cynic

          Ah… NO you don’t have the right to threaten people that’s specifically not protected (the fighting words defence)

          You have the right to insult people however.

          I accept your opinion about ‘respect’ however I still argue if your too scared to use your rights because of what people think then all you are doing is paying lipservice and don’t actually have the ‘right’ you claim you do.

          If I want to do something legal someone who is anti that act anyway has no right to demand I stop doing it similarly those who agree with me that the act is legal but tell me I shouldn’t be allowed to do it because it’s ‘frigtening’ or its ‘impolite’ aren’t going to stop me honestly.

          Having Rights means having responsibility for what you do with them and one of the things I have to do with my rights is defend them.

          If you are too scared to use your right because of public opinion and you can dress it up how you like ‘restraint and manners’ you are talking about fear and you don’t actually have the right you claim to love.

          If I’m doing something legal on my own property I hurt no one and I’m exercising my rights responsibly.

          • TDog

            And that means my right to free speech has just been limited – see how that works? When you do stupid things like that, restrictions, caveats, and conditions WILL be legislated to limit those rights. In short, exercise them stupidly and they will be limited.

            There is doing something legal and there’s doing something in a legal-yet-intimidating, shocking, or otherwise unwise manner that will cause that legality to be reviewed and perhaps rescinded. Pipe bombs may be legal – displaying them next to a suicide bomber vest may be legal as well, but neither can be construed in any way as intelligent.

            For example, open carry is now legal in Texas. All it will take to get that right into the crosshairs of legislators is for someone to behave foolishly. When exercising your rights, it is the height of narcissism to believe that you alone are the sole determining factor of what is or is not acceptable. As a society, there are two things to consider: the individual and the whole. The balance between the two often steps on the toes of the other, but in a democracy which one do you think will come out on top more often than not?

            Being right is not always the same as getting our way. Show off how much you know about pipe bombs and suicide vests and quote enough obscure laws at folks and I guarantee you those laws will get changed.

          • Justanotherviewer

            Personally I always feel that there is a fine line between exercising your rights and outright abusing them. For those who act like a d*** I feel no sympathy when they slap a muzzle on them and they whine about they rights being violated.

          • Cynic

            I have a longer post but it may have disapeared

          • TDog

            It happens sometimes. Or it may be awaiting moderation. If it pops up, I’ll respond to it. If not, I understand that sometimes really awesome posts just don’t make it.

            (And I’m not being facetious here – I have no doubt your response was going to thought provoking)

          • Cynic

            Probably awaiting approval it was discussing the importance of satire and drawing attention to stupid laws with real examples as a means to push for social change

  • fjkhoury01

    so if they could just start activating the carl gustav recoiless rifles that came in a while back and providing shells at 50$ a piece ill be waiting in line 🙂

  • Audie Bakerson

    Repeal the NFA!

    Now is the perfect time to write (physical letters, preferably postal tubes) and call all the candidates for the primary and make them pledge to introduce NFA repeal legislation or admit they are anti 2A.

    The people in power can only keep it around as long as we remain silent!

  • Audie Bakerson

    The criminals already have automatics. The ATF makes sure of that.

    Gun control has only ensured these shootings happen. They’ve never gotten very far when CCP holders were on scene.

    • Anonymous

      “Gun control ensure these shootings happen”

      I don’t agree with this statement. The availability of guns (legal or illegal) comes with the gives way to the possibility of evil people using guns for evil. Couple this with our cultures strange fascination with death and destruction, throw in some mental illness, and you have a recipe for a shooting. Does this mean that sane, responsible individuals shouldn’t own guns? No. But we have to accept the natural consequences.

      The hardest thing for me is automatic weapons… I really do want to own one, but when I way the benefits personal ownership of autos, vs the damage someone can do with one (both physical, psychological, and damage to our rights) I believe that the benefits do not outweigh the negatives. I understand this is not a popular view within this community, but it’s my view. I still maintain that we should work diligently towards getting suppressor sand SBRs fully legalized. As well as getting rid of stupid import laws.

      As far as pipe bombs and suicide vests? I see irony. The gun community loves committing political suicide. Go ahead and open carry your AR into chuck e cheese, too, for all I care… Just please do it in a state I don’t live in so they don’t start banning things here.

      • Mr. C

        Emotions are fickle. Let’s look at facts. Over the past 48 odd years, three crimes have been committed with legal fully automatic weapons, two of which were by police officers. So compared with the supposed 240000 registered fully automatic firearms, over the course of 68 years, the crime rate is quite literally negligible.

      • Audie Bakerson

        Why do you hate the second amendment?

  • Don Ward

    I was about ready to write him off until he got to the bit about the fake quotes from the Founding Fathers.

    I… I kinda like the cut of this guy’s jib.

    • Katie A

      I’ve talked to him a fair amount…he really is a likable guy. And I absolutely want to go hog hunting with him.

    • Tassiebush

      He won me with the Old Yeller reference

  • Tassiebush

    Re usable Molotov cocktail?!

    • Don Ward

      With enough freedom and time, anything is possible.

      • Tassiebush

        Alas I don’t know that reference 🙁

        • Bear The Grizzly

          He means with enough patience you can glue the broken bottle back together making it reusable.

          • Tassiebush

            Oh! Haha well yeah there was no cultural barrier there. Just my mental one…

    • Cynic

      The bit thats registered is reload able basically it holds the fuse

      • Tassiebush

        Ah that makes sense! A bit like the way in the US you might register an adapter as a silencer because it lets you attach an oil filter to the muzzle.

        • Cynic

          Pretty much but like the oil filter I’m not 100% sure it’s still legal

  • Roy G Bunting

    “And finally yes, my selling unusual Destructive Devices can be twisted by the media into the narrative of gun owners being crazed nutsjobs. But we have already let them establish that narrative by not policing up our own. ”

    Which is my point in disagreeing with they choices TXMGO made in their display and labeling of suicide vest and “pig hunting” claymore. They are right that no one is going to Form 4 a bomb and use it illicitly. But on the other hand when you display or sell items without context, you let people fill in their own, like domestic terrorism. Worse when you provide commentary that specifically references terrorism, like with the “Martyr Creation Device” suicide vest it then colors the items you present without commentary.

    Yes, NFA items are fun. But they are no joke. Here’s to hoping TXMGO develops a cheap recoilless rifle and we get a new sport, direct artillery target shooting. And that they learn to be more cognizant of how they will be perceived in future marketing choices. We’ll never win over those who believe that no one should own guns, but we can keep from handing them more examples of why we shouldn’t be allowed to own guns and explosives.

    • Giolli Joker

      “direct artillery target shooting”
      Sounds interesting.

      • Phillip Cooper

        Direct artillery is a contradiction in terms.

        • Giolli Joker

          Actually artillery is a very wide definition, not limited to indirect fire…
          From wiki:
          “Direct fire remained the dominant method of operating artillery throughout most of human history, with indirect fire used for sieges and involving specific siege guns.”

          • jcitizen

            It is what howitzers were designed for – and it is more fun, because you get to see your target disappear! HA!

    • TheNotoriousIUD

      Selling the types of explosives that terrorists are using to kill both civilians and soldiers alike in a joking manner is asking for it. Im surprised this didnt end up on the news.
      Its the type of thing that makes gun owners look like nutjobs.

      • Mr. C

        When did he start selling explosives? I see a pipe and some tacky vest.

        • TheNotoriousIUD

          Isnt that the point of his whole post?

          • Mr. C

            The point is he was trying to satirize the NFA. The fact is that he had no live explosives on the table. So he was not selling explosives. He was selling a pipe and showing a weird vest. I agree with the message, disagree with the wording.

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            I get that but doesnt his company actually sell pipe bombs?

          • James Brandon Pruden

            No. They sell title 1 receivers that you can file a form 1 on if you would like to make your own pipe bomb.

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            What is a pipe bomb receiver? The pipe itself or some parts and wiring…?

          • irock350

            The receiver is just a piece of pipe with the end caps welded on and no hole drilled into it.

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            If the caps are welded on how are you supposed to fill it with explosive?

          • irock350

            Through the hole for the fuse.

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            Nah, the right way to do it is to fill it first then at then cut an 8th” thick piece of metal into a circle with the inside diameter of the pipe and cut an offset notch in the edge. Lay that disc on top of the explosive then run the fuse through the offset notch against the inside wall of the pipe down into the powder then run the other end of the fuse through the CENTER drilled hole in the cap and screw on tight. When it goes boom the plate will be forced up to prevent gasses from escaping through the cap fuse hole thereby increasing pressure.
            The same thing can be done with a simple model rocket ignitor and push button remote.

          • irock350

            Yes, he was selling pipe bombs, but those pipe bombs were either a sealed empty pipe with two end caps, or the same empty pipe and two end caps with a hole drilled into the body with a fuse in it. The empty pipe without the hole can be transferred on a 4473 and the empty pipe with the hole and the fuse is a registered NFA item that has to be transferred on an approved form 4. The pipe could not be made to explode without the addition of an explosive material which TXMGO was not selling.

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            Soooo you buy the empty pipe, fill out the forms, pay the gov, then go out and…what?…..buy a can of black powder and fill’er up and youre legal?

          • irock350

            Something like that. You can’t store the pipe bomb with explosive materials in it unless you have an approve magazine. You’re legal except for storage, but it you don’t need to add the material until right before the pipe bomb is to be used. But yeah, that would be the legal way to do it.

          • jcitizen

            You’re starting to touch the edges – also it is illegal to transport class A explosives without a HAZMAT license, so there is a lot going on with this “hobby”.

          • James Brandon Pruden

            Yup. All in all, its a $500 explosion.

          • TheNotoriousIUD


          • Len Jones

            Home depot make it for less than 30 bucks. This is the kind of crap that makes gun owners look like fruitcakes.

          • James Brandon Pruden

            You can illegally make one for 30 bucks. At a bare minimum it will cost you a $200 tax stamp if you want to make a legal bang.

          • AirborneSoldier

            Irock, u r right, but Ppl dont read articles, and most gun owners are totally ignoant of how the Marxists are stripping us. Kruschev was right, google it folks if you are capable.

      • Tom Currie

        Ending up on the news was exactly what he was hoping for.

      • Pants

        To every anti-gunner you’re a nutjob already just for owning a gun.

    • Leslie48 .

      For me, it was the ‘suicide vest’ that did it. I mean.. what? Why would you even…?

      If it had just been about pipe-bombs my natural reaction would’ve been, “Oh, a pyrotechnics enthusiast was hassled at a gun show for displaying the fruits of his hobby? That makes me a sad panda.”

      But, the ‘suicide vest’, hearing that someone at a gun show as displaying something as crass and vulgar as that in today’s political climate? My first reaction wasn’t to assume that it was an entrepreneur making a provocative statement to shake-up what he saw as a stagnant industry, oh no. Given what’s been on the news the last couple years I’m ashamed to say my first thought before digging into the meat of the article was to assume ISIS had heard about ‘Gun Show Loopholes’ from our media and had been caught trying to exploit that to recruit and equip Jihadists.

      Seriously, Sean? You’re not being clever, you’re being an @$$hole.

      • billybob

        The same reason someone would jump out of a perfectly good airplane, cause you can! After all it was a dummy mock-up.

        • Leslie48 .

          A dummy mock-up… of a Suicide Vest.

          • albaby2

            It was made by dummies

        • mbrd

          a drop zone plane is a dummy mock-up of “a perfectly good airplane”. that’s why everybody in it is wearing a parachute.

      • TennTexan

        Sean once Form 1ed an actual explosive vest and raffled chances to set
        it off on a mannequin for charity. A good time was had by all. Having a
        twisted sense of humor isn’t a crime. At least not yet… Lighten up,

        And I would remind everyone that when the Second Amendment was written more than 200 years ago, the American people owned not only firearms, but cannons and other weapons of war as well. I would assert that there is a non-frivolous argument that our right to keep and bear arms includes explosive devices.

        • Leslie48 .

          That’s nice dear.

          That’s also irrelevant.

          This goes beyond having a sick sense of humor and enters into the realm of tactless, tasteless and worst of all… just plain not funny.

          Not to mention this kind of shock-value Never goes well with trying to get a-hole outsiders to just stop hassling us and let the 2nd Amendment be.

          • Ben Pottinger

            *nothing* will stop them from harassing us. No amount of evidence to the contrary or evidence that supports gun ownership will *ever* matter to *them*. Their only goal is to see the 2nd removed completely. Their more then willing to do it a piece at a time and it’s mostly worked at the federal level. Its a rare rare thing to see a law or regulation on firearms rolled back or improved at the federal level.

            We are doing pretty well at the state level thankfully (CCW, silencers, etc)

          • Vanns40

            All that is your opinion and you are certainly entitled to it. What you are not entitled to (unless you can read minds) is to ascribe your beliefs to everyone else or even a majority.

            A sense of humor, especially if it plays on the idiocy of our enemies, is just fine with me.

          • AirborneSoldier

            Your has not worked. We need to be in their face

          • Leslie48 .

            What ‘my way’?

            There is a whole wide world out there between being absolutely non-confrontational and being deliberately obnoxious.

          • RazorbackReaper81

            So we should all sit down and know our place? NO They will attack us no matter if we all kept quiet and never stirred to pot. I would pay to see Bloomberg’s face when he first lays eyes on this!

          • Leslie48 .


            No, you should NOT sit down and ‘Know your Pllace’. Having some damned Tact isn’t the same as being politically correct. Yes, yes they will attack us, but fapping to the idea of giving them conniptions is just plain petty as well as being counter-productive. You not only throw fuel on the fire and rile them up but you feed their rhetoric when they go after moderates on the issue.

            It’s… it’s like you’ve conceded defeat and are just trying to enjoy that last beer in peace while your house burns down around you.

          • Pants

            Sorry he’s not politically correct enough for you.

          • Leslie48 .

            Because you’re either a politically correct tumberina SJW or you you have to vote for Trump.

        • AirborneSoldier

          After wwii our government sold us tanks!

    • m-cameron

      so your solution is to cow-tail to the media and let them dictate what you can and cant own…..?….oh no, cant upset the sissies!

      what kind of meek and feable existence do you live?….damn, i feel sorry for you

      • Roy G Bunting

        No, my answer is to be aware of how my speech may be interpreted and think about what is best for me and my community before I say something.

        Like it or not, the media’s depiction of us directly relates to the public’s push to restrict our rights further. While we should not hide, we also should not do ‘edgy’ things like make suicide vest advertisements. Or at the very least, those of us who see the problem should state that these people do not represent us.

        If you think that being offensive helps the cause of keeping and bearing arms, feel free. But don’t be surprised when people criticize your choice. In the mean time, I’ll continue to try and consider the larger impact of my speech before I submit it publicly, and criticize speech that I feel is not representative of the community.

        • M40

          You are correct, sir. Like so many issues, we have a third of the population supporting us, a third who are dead-set against us… and the final third who sit on the fence in the middle. They are ready to be swayed to one side or another.

          It is every gun owner’s job to take people from that fence, and bring them to the range. It is our job to dispel the myths and the fear-mongering that come from the left. We can replace the spin and media illusions with real world experience. If every shooter in America made it their mission to take just one new person to the range each year, we would soon VASTLY outnumber the anti-gunners.

          But there is a small group of clowns in our midst. They have decided to dance around on our side of the fence and thumb their noses at the other side. They think it’s funny to taunt the other side by living up to the media’s “gun-nut” image. With every stupid act, these clowns send THOUSANDS of people to the other side. They claim to be on our side, yet do irreparable damage to our cause.

    • AirborneSoldier

      Why not? Why cant i own whatever i want? Who says you get to decide? Fedgov has no right to decide either. NFA is un constitutional. Each state only has the right to decide. We need to tear down the federal govt ppl, and put it in its box. 50 answers to problems, not one

      • Roy G Bunting

        I never said that you shouldn’t be able to own explosives, machineguns etc. What I said was the marketing them this way is detrimental to all gun owners, and especially to those who want explosives and machineguns etc.

        Our public face is important. I’m not saying TXMGO *can’t* market them this way, but rather that TXMGO *shouldn’t*, for the greater good of the community. I am doing what the owner himself said the community needs to do and criticizing a member of the community for not thinking before they spoke. I disagree with the explicit and implicit message of the display and am exercising my right to speak in criticizing it.

        As far as eliminating the federal government goes, I disagree, but that is beyond the scope of a discussion about public relations and marketing.

        • RazorbackReaper81

          So go to the back of the bus and dont cause a scene, No, the antis hate us anyway, might as well make a few stroke out!!

          • Roy G Bunting

            No. think before you speak about how it will be received. Some bad reception is inevitable, like the Daily Show making fun of the Hearing Safe initiative. but we can point to real statistics and anecdotes about how increased access to suppressors helps everybody and has minimal to no negative impact. People who don’t want us to have guns at all are gong to dismiss our arguments. That’s to be expected. But those on the fence (and even pro-gun people who generally agree with the NFA) may be swayed.

            On the other hand, if instead SOTs start making suppressors with names like “The Assassin” or “Quiet Murder Machine,” those marketing choices will backfire and undermine our attempts to turn suppressor regulation around.

            “Suicide Vests” and pipe bombs are edgy, but they can come at a real cost to the long term goal of keeping firearms rights. The risk of damage is not worth the reward of a chuckle. Compared to the growth of the suppressor market, showing that suppressors aren’t magic, but that they can reduce noise pollution better then any reasonable alternative. Or the argument that “Assault weapon” features don’t really change the lethality of a gun, but they can make it so that women and others can have a more comfortable and accurate gun to shoot.

            I’m not saying “heads down, shut up and hope they don’t see us.” I’m saying “Pick our fights, be careful what we say, a joke is not worth the potential backlash against us.” There are plenty of times, places and ways we should and must speak up and defend our rights. off-color jokes aren’t one of them.

            Or, to quote the movie Blue Thunder,
            “When you are walking on eggshells, don’t hop.”

          • RazorbackReaper81

            I wouldnt censor myself and i wouldnt if i was in his shoes. Those on the fence folks are just cowards. Everyone has a side, some just dont have to balls to say it, never have i met someone on the fence about anything.. They may act like it, but i havent found one. On any issue.

          • Mikial

            This is no different from Andy at Florida Gun Supply and his politically incorrect “No Muslim Zone” policy. The Libs are furious over his “obvious Islamophobia” while at the same time they sit around wringing their hands over terrorism. The guy has been sued and criticized in every medium, but he doesn’t back down.

            I’d say the same goes for Sean.

            Most of us are not business owners and don’t have the high visibility these guys do, so I’m glad they are stepping up.

          • Cynic

            The man is mocking the law how ridiculous is it that a metal tube without a hole is legal but drill it and you need permission from the gov

  • Attention Getting. Stirring up the pot and grabbing some headlines.
    Free Publicity.
    *Golf Claps*
    Well done.

  • USMC03Vet


    • BillC

      Marines can read?

      • DIR911911 .

        only in acronyms

        • Rock or Something

          No kidding. According to the Joint Publication 1-02: Department of Defense Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms, there are almost 8300 official acronyms listed. And that’s not taking account of individual Service specific ones.

          • BillC

            We had an internal ban on using acronyms and making those ambiguous military grunting noises that start with a “H” because we had a things called a brain and the English language. Once, we were giving a brief to some officers and actually got scolded for not using acronyms, even though we were avoiding acronyms so that confusion could be avoided.

          • Rock or Something

            Reminds me of the time when another Soldier, during a FTX, typed up a report (a post interrogation report if I remember correctly) using nothing but military approved acronyms , “theater” specific acronyms , and regular civilian acronyms . It looked like it was sent in Morse Code or ready for the Enigma machine.

          • heathjayman

            join my new organization, The Americans United To Stamp Out Acronyms… TAUTSOA.

          • mbrd

            shall we assume that also does not account for field acronyms like “whiskey tango” and “oscar mike”?… eesh, gotta stop watching gen kill…

          • Rock or Something

            No these are just official ones, most of which I had never heard of when I was actually IN the Army, until I worked in Army Doctrine.

          • heathjayman

            I just had to salute you for your name. Rock Or Something!! LMAO!! Thinking I should change mine to Front Toward Enemy!!

    • Ethan

      Then GTFO.

    • TheNotoriousIUD

      He said guns are played and you should buy a bunch of hip new pipe bombs.

    • DwnRange

      proof positive that the claims made that we now have the attention span of a goldfish are true……….. : (

    • Nicks87

      His way of fighting ridiculous gun laws is by being more… ridiculous?? I’m not sure if that’s going to work.

  • aka_mythos

    Its very clear his display was intended to be satirical and a commentary on the things he loves and respects. NFA items are something too many think of as inherently illegal where otherwise gun rights advocates level the same moral judgment against them that gun control advocates level against all guns. There is a hypocisy in that double standard, because at the end of the day NFA items at one time couldn’t be banned because they were seen as something protected by our rights and that’s why the Government could only impose a tax to inhibit ownership. Consider that handguns were very close to being included in the NFA regimen and in so much as we believe owning handguns are intrinsic to our right the opportunity to own an NFA item is just as much native to that right. There have been some strange handgun choices and people have a right to choose strange NFA.

  • Bear The Grizzly

    So are Molotov Cocktails enough fun to be a “destructive device”?

    • I don’t think so——- at least not considered destructive devices.

      • Irock350

        Molotov cocktails are definitely Destructive Devices acording to the ATF.

    • TennTexan

      Yes, Molotov Cocktails are “Destructive Devices” and fall under the purview of the NFA. So no filling a bottle with a flammable mixture and adding a wick without an approved Form 1…

  • George Griffin

    The problem I see with any firearm or NFA devise is the perception perpetrated by certain politicians and media that they are illegal period, any item is not in itself illegal and does not become so until a crime is committed with it i.e. any firearm legally purchased by a law abiding citizen becomes an illegal firearm the second that citizen commits a crime with it, we need to change the perception of legal or illegal firearms to one of law abiding citizen or criminal and the only way to do that is educating the uninformed.

  • Blake

    Yet another good reason why I read TFB. This is civil, insightful, & to-the-point discussion of a highly controversial topic. Well done.

    • Thanks Blake much appreciated—–

    • Mikial

      Agree completely. There are some blogs . . and sadly very popular ones, where this topic would have quickly devolved into a hate fest of claims, counterclaims, name calling and outright threats. The level of maturity here is refreshing, to say the least.

  • Tritro29

    My appreciation of this guy intensifies…

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    Yes, buying a pipe bomb is 10000% more absurd than having a legal machine gun.

    Still, if its legal and you want to do it then to each his own.

    • TennTexan

      Lots of people think having a legal machine gun is just as absurd as owning a rocket launcher, and that ordinary citizens shouldn’t be able to own either of them…

      • TheNotoriousIUD

        Well, an MG is something you can keep for life and is a good investment.
        If you want to pay $500 to see something blow up, go ahead.

        • TennTexan

          I don’t disagree that a MG is a better investment. But you missed my point… which is that “absurd” is a matter of perspective. Hell, some people think owning an AR-15 is absurd, much less anything under the NFA.

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            Yes, I understand the “slippery slope” argument. Hell im not even saying this should be illegal. Im just saying that its personally absurd to me to spend that much money just to go out to a field and watch something blow up. And if youre saving them for the END TIMES then youre better off just making them yourself since the ATF will probably not be making the rounds after nukes start falling.

          • Toxie

            Well, for one thing the pipe bomb is much more likely to result in an accident than a firearm IMO. Having been a bomb tech for ten years, it only takes going to one scene where you find a teen who has blown his arm off to make up your mind on that.

      • Dave

        I would love to own a rocket launcher. I find it more appealing than an MG or a pipe bomb. I don’t think it’s any more absurd than the blinged up pickups I see on the freeway every morning.

  • Mr. C

    I agree with the man completely. The average American is not stupid, merely ignorant. The media has done an excellent job of keeping us ignorant by telling us to be emotional and reactionary, and most people eat it up. But with the advent of alternate forms of media, hopefully, people will become more skeptical and rational. Stunts like this are very effective at drawing attention, which hopefully will lead people to investigate US gun laws further, and dispel common media myths. The media has the greatest tool of all, it doesn’t need to lie, it just doesn’t report.

  • Ambassador Vader

    Everyone keeps saying they give the firearms industry a bad name and they are going to ruin it for the rest of us, but really? I think that its a downward spiral no matter what. might as well have some fun and ROYALLY p!ss people off with this. I mean what ground have we gained by being quiet? What rights have we won by trying to appease anti-gun groups? What dignity have we received from cowering in fear of what the media might think or do with it? Lets face it gun rights are dying slowly, maybe shaking up the boat and try to make the media fight to take more rights faster might have the effect of rejection of the idea, whereas them taking those rights over time its a slow chip that people are less inclined to fight. Just food for thought because god knows the current strategies aren’t working.

    • Bill

      Dying slowly? Current strategies aren’t working? Study the history of gun regulation. More states have carry provisions now than at any time before in our history. The market is flooded with ARs and AKs. The last viable push for gun legislation led to the Dems loosing control of Congress in a massive bloodletting. Ten years ago the idea of seeing a suppressor at a LGS was inconceivable. The AWB sunset. Read Heller. If you don’t think we’ve gained ground you have obviously forgotten where we were.

      • Ambassador Vader

        Sure more carry provisions are coming in, and area’s where gun rights were already prevalent are getting more rights. Suppressors are getting more stringent requirements, Ny safe act, MD laws, Connecticut laws, and Heller just keeps getting shifted around. Last time I checked they kept adding addendum’s to the heller ruling. I see short term gains that are easily lost. Really they should not have been enacted in the first place but that’s another story. When was the last big victory? When they revoke the NFA or GCA or any of the major laws then I will absolutely agree that we are gaining ground but we aren’t. We win battles, not the war.

        • Ambassador Vader

          But then again if our country had been founded by men who said “lets use the established channels to fight this, and we are slowly gaining ground”, we would all be sitting around complaining about the tea tax and how great it is to be citizens of the crown. We were founded by rebels, terrorists, and men who thought differently, and the only patriots were the loyalists. So I applaud these gentlemen for not going with the flow, but rather shaking things up. Things we should all be doing.

  • Ambassador Vader

    The second amendment was never about the safety of others, it was about maintaining freedom. They didn’t say “the right to bear arms shall not be infringed, except for cannons because they can be used to hurt people”. We should ban airplanes because a holes rammed them into towers. ban cars because people can drive intoxicated. If you want to make this country provide for the safety of everyone, strap them all down in padded rooms with straight jackets isolated from each other that way no one can get hurt.

  • Jwedel1231

    I get what this guy is saying, and I think he has a sense of humor. If you don’t like his humor, like he said, we can disagree and still remain friends.

  • billybob

    You go Boy! I may grow old, but I refuse to grow up! I can be safe while I play with things that go BOOM! It gives me joy. I also take keeping me and mine secure very seriously. So while I have silly toys, I also have serious toys, and they are all fun!

  • matthew_carberry

    Bravo. Well-thought out and well-said.

  • 2hotel9

    So, I am supposed to go through all this sh*t for a fake “pipebomb”? Why? To entertain you? It will have zero effect on federal firearms stupidty, and makes you look like a f**king a$$hole. Oh, and puts MORE money into the hands of the alphabet soup nazis. You lose.

  • lurpy

    I get what he’s saying, but I still think there’s a disconnect between calling people out for acting like nutjobs (which I totally agree with) and doing something that, freed from context as it would inevitably be by any media source or anti-gun blog, looks exactly as nutty. Respect to him for both trying to shake things up and for seeming somewhat more level-headed that I’d have expected, but next time maybe he ought to reconsider his marketing stunts.

  • Richard M

    Drive on. Those opposed are using the same mental processes as those that are all for the 2nd Amendment but Open Carry is an anathema. FIDO Sean, FIDO!!!!

  • Dave Buck

    I spent 30+ years in bomb disposal, and the very last thing I ever want to see are pipe bombs and suicide vests, inert or not, for sale. If they are realistic enough, they will be mistaken for the real thing and they will spark a callout. You may know it’s inert, but what happens after you have moved away or passed-on, and the people clearing out your stuff find these? EOD and other emergency services have better things to do that respond to somebody’s stupid idea of a joke.

  • DidYouLoseYourFreedomsAlready

    So does Home Depot have a Type 10 FFL ? They are selling pipe bomb shell components. Will ATF raid them for selling NFA items ?

    Lighten up guys.

  • John Evans

    I certainly respect your right to do whatever you can within the confines of the law.
    Doesn’t always mean you should though.

    The “market” decides what products survive and time will tell if the product sales support his investment. Or he can return to being bored.

    Maybe he’ll be smart enough to be unemployed and we’ll all support him.
    And he can watch Ole Yeller die on TV several times a day and laugh maniacally.

  • John Evans

    Neither the Author or Sean should enter a spelling Bee contest.
    Who can count the spelling errors……starting with the title of the article.

  • Glock Guy

    I agree and disagree, so how about that! ?

  • 24Mossberg .

    I like the way Steve Johnson responds to nay-slayers. Steve is just saying, the sky isn’t falling!

  • Hang murderers, but celebrate the good guys. Thanks to both TXMGO and TFB–keep up the good work.

  • Andrew

    Do they sell 80%ers? LoL just kidding.

  • SheepDog114

    Sean- you have a great looking website. How about actually put some things to look at in all the neat categories. This article is driving people to your website, like me, but if nothing is there then are just another startup dud… You’ve generated interest, I went looking, but you have to keep me hooked…

  • Jason Bourne

    Hey Sean! Thanks for mixing it up. I agree with your comments in your response about the gun industry being a little… Well… Blah! And we wonder why we can’t reach a generation of free thinking young people with the message of responsible gun ownership? It’s because of all these “keyboard commandos” who are 100% experts that turn everyone off to the possibility of hanging around with a bunch of know-it-alls, know-what-you-should-be-doing-better-than-you-do people…

  • Mike Lashewitz

    If we do not exercise our rights regularly and in every way we can we will lose those rights through attrition as the criminal elite etch away at every one until none are left and we end up living as slaves in a liberty-less land.

    You know like Great Britain which is not so great.

  • hunkahunka

    The gun enthusiasts left my line of thought many moons ago. I’m an old fat fart who is to old to fight and too slow to run, and if they show up to confiscate my firearms, I might be able to take one or two with me. But right now, I have zero use for AK’s, AR’s, SKS’s or just about any war weapon. But that don’t mean that I am against making them for the general public in times of need. Now is not quite the time of need. Right now we can still vote. Right now we, the majority of us, can do as our God informed us to do: “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and
    pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I
    hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” Yet, I am glad that people like TXMGO exist and can at a moments notice gear up manufacturing now for possible new American Revolution; just in case voting & praying don’t get it done, as sometime a non-answered prayer is an answer from Our God that He is behind us and that we either must reclaim our land or vanquish and conquer another country and start over again. Both He and the Liberal resistance will determine the necessary course of action.
    But back to basics…I am quite satisfied with there being not a nickels worth of differences at gun shows in weaponry, for I am hating what I am observing now…tables full of semi-auto pistols, full of AR’s, AK’s, Gatling-guns on tri-pods with teenie-boppers oooing & aahhing over their display and grown men foaming & slobbering at the mouth. I’m there looking for the basics: a good assisted opening knife, a couple of single action revolvers to shoot cheaply like a model 0505 Ruger Blackhawk .30 cal. carbine ammo, or a model 3010 single action Ruger Blackhawk that shoots .357 mags., .38 Specials, .38 longs, and 9mm ammo. I’m old, I can’t think when awakened from a dead sleep and remember which side of this semi-auto pistol is the safety on, or is it in front of the trigger guard? Then need to turn on a light to see!! You all get my point…I am glad that some gun dealers cater to us old foggies too.

  • CompletelyOutsane

    I think the real crimes here are all the unconstitutional infringements upon law abiding citizen’s UNALIENABLE RIGHT to keep and bear arms.

  • Mi

    New ideas within existing laws and new innovation are always welcome but this company looks like a joke to me. I went to their website and they have nothing but horrible spelling. No firearms, no night vision, no flamethrowers, no napalm mix (maybe a beanbag full of Styrofoam???), no mugs or shirts or hats. Give me a break.

  • M.Mitchell Marmel

    (thumbs up all around)

  • Frank K

    Has anyone mentioned the fact that Home Depot is selling bomb making equipment?

  • AirborneSoldier

    America was a great nation when we punished ppl for crimes committed, not stuff owned.

    • Pants

      It was also great when we punished people for crimes in which there were actual victims.

  • Citizen 47

    But how cool would it be that you could say “Why yes I do legally own a bomb.”

  • Scott B

    “And finally yes, my selling unusual Destructive Devices can be twisted by the media into the narrative of gun owners being crazed nutsjobs. But we have already let them establish that narrative by not policing up our own.”

    So he’s saying its our fault for not policing him….

  • Mikial

    Personally, I think the antis will twist and turn and warp anything they can into their editorialized “news” items to make their point. It doesn’t matter what any of us actually say or do. New York state is on the verge of criminalizing machetes, for crying out loud.

    I don’t really think Sean is all that far over the edge. I would respectfully submit that those of you who are offended by the suicide vest thing are overreacting. I’ve been involved in four IED incidents, three of which targeted my vehicle and the forth the other vehicles in front of me, and I have been in the direct aftermath of suicide vests and a complex attack on a hotel. But it wasn’t the explosives or bullets that perpetrated those attacks, it was the people using them.

    To be offended over Sean’s simulated explosive vest or pipe bombs is really no different than the Libs blaming guns instead of criminals for violent crime. And he is totally correct about the genuine nut-jobs are the ones on some of the blogs admonishing us all to get ready for a civil war and bragging about how they are going to take on the government in some kind of stand off. Those people do far more damage to our cause than guys like Sean or Andy from Florida Gun Supply with his Muslim Free Zone.

    So, I guess I’ll just quote the great Mae West and say, “Those who are easily shocked should be shocked more often.”

  • RazorbackReaper81


  • jcitizen

    You sound as bad as me when I was a kid – only trouble was, I was making stuff that Timmy McVey would typically use. Not that I was even thinking of terrorism, back then, just a bigger firecracker – I’m actually lucky to be alive, to tell ya the truth!

  • RMP52

    Awww, that’s beautiful man. ; – )

  • georgesteele

    So we have an iconoclast who has seen fit to “apply” his right to free expression through the manufacture and sale of pipe bombs, and has bet his money on it. It’s great that we still have the right to do this in America. My guess is, from a purely business point of view, that he is also right: he will lose his shirt. Who in their right mind would spend that kind of money on a pipe bomb, when it’s so easy to make?

    It reminds me of a Peanuts cartoon, where Linus is selling cat toys door-to-door. After his sales pitch, Charlie Brown asks him: “Why would I buy that – I can just wad up a piece of paper myself?” Linus walks away saying: “All along, I’ve been afraid there was something wrong with this idea . . .”

  • thewalkingfred