Shooting at the range with one of my 80% homemade ARs. This one is a gorgeous rifle. Anyhow, this rando comes over and asks to see it. Not unusual, so I show it off. Then he asks me to sell it to him.
Uh, it’s a homemade rifle with no serial number. Not for sale.
He keeps trying to pressure me. I finally had to get firm with him.
My paranoid side says “Fed” or possibly “informant.”
It's.just Boris · February 28, 2023 at 6:55 pm
Fed, informant, or perhaps idiot the likes of whom you probably wouldn’t want to sell a gun to anyway?
anonymous coward · February 28, 2023 at 7:16 pm
You aren’t paranoid, if they are out to get you. I’m sure there are lots of people in high places that would like to see you go away.
Skeptic · February 28, 2023 at 7:37 pm
He was looking to make you the next Randy Weaver.
Anonymous · February 28, 2023 at 7:59 pm
Coulda told him, “make your own”…
It's just Boris · March 1, 2023 at 12:27 am
Indeed. The last time someone wanted to check out one of my homebuilds I would up writing out a parts list for the guy, and encouraged him to do just that.
Bad Dancer · February 28, 2023 at 8:05 pm
If you have a good relationship with the range would it be worth mentioning it to the owners? That interaction does peg the needle a bit.
What was the odd fellow shooting?
Steve · February 28, 2023 at 8:12 pm
I’d remind you of how & why they tried to entrap Randy Weaver, and from the report last week; they haven’t stopped entrapment nor changed its’ objectives. Once entrapped, you’d then have to serve them as an informer for the rest of your life, reporting on family and friends.
It sure sounds like life in a Communist country with the secret police.
Sardaukar · February 28, 2023 at 8:41 pm
Here in Montana, it’s not uncommon either for folks wanting to check out what you’re shooting. It’s also not uncommon that they sometimes ask would you be willing to sell it. However, it’s totally uncommon (as well as rude) if they keep pressing once you said no. Moreso that you had to get firm about it. Always go with your gut instinct, likely a set up or Fed.
Rick · February 28, 2023 at 9:23 pm
A few years ago I asked a group of shooters of which I knew all of them should I expect any trouble with using a non-serialized boom stick while at a sanctioned range?
The answers were unanimous; that if any person shows such interest such that they want me to show them the piece that I should tell them where to go and what they can do with themselves. Keep in mind these were experienced shooters, including active and retired mil, ex-LEO, and mostly Camp Perry types.
The conversation then turned to how often are there spooks at the range? Often was the consensus. YMMV But be watchful.
Joe Blow · March 1, 2023 at 7:53 am
I was raised to respect and defer to law enforcement. Through my (almost!) 49 years on this earth I have learned to want to see them dead!
Learn to code. Your day of reckoning is coming.
WDS · March 1, 2023 at 9:38 am
So, what was it like meeting Ray Epps?
Jonathan · March 1, 2023 at 11:24 pm
Definitely strange and worrisome.
He COULD just be the type of person who believes he has a right to anything he likes. I had one of them at a fun show recently, pushing me to sell him a gun I knew I couldn’t… But there is as much a possibility that he was up to something, either a Fed or somebody who wanted a fun for troubling reasons.
It wouldn’t hurt to consider putting a serial on it in case you have to trace or differentiate it later; there are several ways to do it, with carrying levels of ease.
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