Last night I was an assistant on a shoot my studio partner Bobby was doing for Talon Arms. Talon mostly sells accessories for firearms, and some guns themselves. A lot of their clients are law enforcement and Micheal Wynhoff, the owner of the company, said the biggest seller for them is suppressors.
James this was one of those times I loved my job. There were 4 pretty models and over $100K in firearms. I got to hold and help pretty girls hold a number of custom M4s, an MP5, a FAL, a couple of sniper rifles. For handguns there were 2 custom 1911 race guns – meaning they were tricked out for competition shooting. There were two other handguns I don’t remember equipped with suppressors. It was awesome.
Michael also invited me to come out to his ranch and shoot, including full auto. And he offered the same thing to the models, so there maybe pretty girls with machine guns soon.
I learned a couple of interesting things. I learned that any good citizen of the USA can buy a machine gun or a suppressor*. I thought you needed a special license. Instead you have to pay a ridiculous tax. It is ~$300 a gun, and takes a while to get back from the ATF. You then have to keep the tax stamp with the gun at all times.
There is another requirement, which is that you have to get CLEO approval. CLEO is Chief Law Enforcement Officer, which means you have to get the chief of police or county sheriffs to agree you need one. Which doesn’t happen even in Houston Texas. But there is a loophole. If the gun is owned by a corporation it is a corporate asset and doesn’t have to be approved by CLEO. So form an LLC for a $140 and have it own the gun.
Alas I was the assistant and not the shooter on this one, so I don’t have images to post. But I’ll let you know when there are any online.
* For my non-gun geek readers, a suppressor is the proper name for what people call a silencer.