Homemade Assault Rifles Found in Traffic Stop in Tennessee

    During a routine traffic stop, a man from Tennessee was caught transporting two illegal homemade fully automatic assault rifles. While that sounds like the leader for a poorly written article about perfectly boring semiautomatic assault rifles, in this case it is accurate! Among other (apparently legal) weapons, two rifles, complete with three-position selectors and auto sears, were seized from the vehicle of one Scott Edmisten, who was stopped after driving 25 miles an hour over the speed limit on a suspended license.

    Since the details of the stop are available at more traditional news outlets, let’s take a closer look at one of the rifles:

    Note the selector position (red arrow), as well as the auto sear pin location (red circle).


    Evident in the photos is a machined AR-15 lower receiver, still in the white, and sporting an enlarged trigger guard. These features are consistent with either a Slickguns or JL Billet 80% lower receiver, but the receiver could also have been made from scratch, if Edmisten or someone he knew had access to a CNC milling machine. Notably, the receiver sports a third pin hole for an auto sear, as well as a three-position selector lever (set to the “AUTO” position in the image). The .308 caliber rifle above it also sports a third pin hole, and its receiver’s shiny black finish may¬†indicate it too was homemade and then finished with a nonstandard process.

    Along with the two unregistered machine guns, a .45 caliber semiautomatic pistol, .357 caliber revolver, ammunition, and several knives were seized.

    Nathaniel F

    Nathaniel is a history enthusiast and firearms hobbyist whose primary interest lies in military small arms technological developments beginning with the smokeless powder era. He can be reached via email at [email protected]