The following is an editorial opinion from Alex Hamilton of The American Pistolsmiths Guild, Inc.
In the world of “reality” TV the alligator catchers, snake charmers, hoarders, distraught wives, bare hand fishermen, swamp people, one eyed womanizers and a bazillion others who would feel more at home in a house trailer or welfare apartment and who have been dragged from the greenest of slime to portray themselves as humans, have become an embarrassment and have been held up by our pop culture media as people who are to be envied and admired. The Louisiana bayou water logged proprietors and gunsmiths who run Red Jacket Firearms are another group of men and woman who have been made into people who would like to be real stars, but in my eyes are doing irreparable damage to you and I and the firearms industry in general.
In the Sons of Guns series, guns, weapons, explosives illegal to the general public are built and portrayed as something that anyone can walk into a gunshop, put money down and walk out the door with. They do not specialize in anything that remotely resembles anything real gunshops and gunsmiths build and handle. Yep, I understand what we do is not good food for over-sensationalized reality television but when someone makes me look bad and distorts what I and my counterparts do, I get pissed and I get pissed to the point I will do something about it. They send a message out to the general public that dual fifty caliber machineguns mounted on a pickup truck are standard fair and can be purchased by anyone with the right amount of moola. They never say what any of this crap costs but some of the stuff is in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Another problem I have with these yo-yo’s is every single swamp Cajun walking into the store needs to have the most complex gun, mounting system, explosive launcher, cannon or whatever else some nut job can dream up at a Friday afternoon happy hour.
I could rail on and on with example after example of laws these guys appear to be breaking but that is not necessary. Every hour these supposedly extraordinary gunsmiths are on the air give you and I a bad name and continuously feed the rabid antigun zealots ammunition with which they are using and will use to take us down. I resent these men and women making legitimate gunsmiths and firearms companies look like a bunch of hayseeds who can dish up contraband in a matter of days without consequence and responsibility.
Oh, I recently heard and verified Red Jacket Firearms and the boys and girls of Sons of Guns have had their FFL revoked! How fitting.
Alex B. Hamilton, the 1993 Pistolsmith of the Year, is the owner of Ten-Ring Precision, Inc. (210/494-3063, tenring.com), a builder of high-end competition pistols and the Recording Secretary of the The American Pistolsmiths Guild (americanpistol.com).