HOT GAT or FUDD CRAP? Pirates Plunder or Ultimate Blunder?

Austin R
by Austin R
HOT GAT or FUDD CRAP? Pirates Plunder or Ultimate Blunder?

Welcome everyone to the 148th edition of ‘Hot Gat or Fudd Crap?’, one of our many series here on TFB. If you’re new to the series, this is where we look at the most obscure firearms that are actually for sale and ask the question – is this gat a sweet deal or only has a Fudd appeal? Each week the TFB staff weighs in with their thoughts, but readers get the final say in the poll at the bottom of each article.

In our last edition, our poll showed that you, the readers, deemed the Colt Defender was a hot gat.

HGFC - Custom Defender or .40 S&W Offender? - Poll Results

At this time the original auction is still up while the Colt longs for its new home. We hope it finds its way to that new home in the very near future.

In this week’s edition of HGFC, we look at a heavily customized Seward Defense AR-15. As is tradition, this skull-clad gat is currently up for sale on GunBroker for $4,200 Starting Bid or $4,200 Buy It Now.

HOT GAT or FUDD CRAP? Pirates Plunder or Ultimate Blunder?

HOT GAT or FUDD CRAP? Pirates Plunder or Ultimate Blunder?

Let’s see what the Staff had to say about this week’s offering:

“Sewerage Defense, you said?” – Giorgio O.

“A bad combo of looks cheap and is expensive. Such a cheesy skull motif they should have called it the GW-AR.” – Rusty S.

“Warhammer 40,000 called they want their aesthetic back” – Tim C.

“How deep is crush depth for an AR? Because this thing needs consigning to the deep” – Matt M.

“Did the gun go through a house fire, or is this intentional?” – Tim C.

“Nikola Tesla was prophetic when he said “You May Live to See Man-Made Horrors Beyond Your Comprehension” – Luke C.

“This further proves the point that not all labor is valuable” – Daniel Y.

“When you are high on a cocktail hallucinogenic drugs but have the itch to bedazzle something at the same time” – Nick C.

HOT GAT or FUDD CRAP? Pirates Plunder or Ultimate Blunder?

Selling this heavily modified gat is GunBroker seller Rseward1, located in Wichita KS. Let’s see what they had to say about this skull-laden AR-15.

You are bidding on an absolutely stunning one-of-kind pistol AR-15 by Seward Defense that shoots even better than it looks! This work of art took over a year to complete. It features Cerakote, laser engraving throughout the entire firearm, and hand stippling to create this masterpiece. No expense was spared to create a top-shelf firearm that will last a lifetime.

  • Seward Defense upper and lower
  • Smoke Composites Carbon Fiber Ultra Light Free Floated Handguard
  • Smoke Composites Carbon Fiber Ultra Light Extention/BufferTube.
  • Titanium Linear Break 
  • Oversized Takedown Pins Laser Engraved with Cerakote
  • Seward Defense Oversized Ambi Charging Handle.
  • Chambered in 5.56 NATO
  • Ambi Safety Selector Switch
  • Ambi Mag Release
  • Strike Industries Oversized Bolt Catch
  • Tail Hook Pistol Brace

Buyer pays the actual shipping amount to the FFL of your choice. If buyer pays with Credit Card add 2% to the overall cost. Kansas buyers are required to pay sales tax. I am happy to provide additional pics and information, just send me an email.

HOT GAT or FUDD CRAP? Pirates Plunder or Ultimate Blunder?

Before we dive into this, well monstrosity, let’s talk about selling your guns online. Half the photos from this listing were unusable in this article, and having the Buy It Now price match the opening bid makes no sense. Please take well-lit landscape photos whenever possible. Even when that means you’re taking photos of, well honestly I’m still trying to figure this one out. It looks like a bad movie prop were pirates of the Caribbean have somehow time traved to the present day.

HOT GAT or FUDD CRAP? Pirates Plunder or Ultimate Blunder?

Carbon fiber buffer tubes and rails I guess make sense on this? But to be fair, nothing is going to make that heavy engraving look good. It looks like manageled gold after it’s been stomped into some sort of skull-shaped lava gravel, but hey, beauty is in the eye of the beholder (or at least I think that’s what they say).

I’ll be the first to admit I like regular no-frills AR-15s, and I certainly don’t think this custom job is worth $4,200. Honestly, I don’t think it’s worth half that even with all the work done. With that said, I’ve seen weirder guns on display at ranges or demo days. So is this gun worth it for the price? As always I leave it up to you, the readers, to decide.

HOT GAT or FUDD CRAP? Pirates Plunder or Ultimate Blunder?

What do you think? Is this Custom Seward Defense AR-15 a Hot Gat or just a skull pile of Fudd Crap? Be sure to let us know in the comments below, and cast your vote to let us know if this Seward Defense AR-15 one-of-a-kind masterpiece is a Hot Gat or Fudd Crap:

Special thank you to reader James L. for the tip!

Austin R
Austin R

The author is a military contractor who enjoys conducting independent firearms research and reloading. Article inquiries and suggestions are welcome at austinjrex at

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  • Sig_63 Sig_63 on Jul 02, 2022

    You missed the opportunity to do an Independence Day themed HG/FC with his "Ghosts ot July 4ths Past" AR pistol. Which I wouldn't have paid $500 for, let alone 3x that

  • Pumpkin King XXIII Pumpkin King XXIII on Jul 02, 2022

    “ shoots even better than it looks!” so that means a 24” moa with ftf and fte every other shot?