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Jul 21 2009

“God, Guns, Guts, and American Pick-Up Trucks”

Interesting marketing ploy:

Mark Muller, the president of Max Motors in Missouri, is offering a gift certificate for a Kalashnikov AK-47 rifle to anyone who purchases a pick-up truck.

A Ford and the weapon-of-choice of the mujahedeen. Fascinating one-stop shop options, there.

However, the gun rack is going to cost you extra:

Mark Muller, whose business slogan is “God, Guns, Guts, and American Pick-Up Trucks”, said he had been overwhelmed by the response.

[snip]

“It’s extremely successful. There is a lot of worry about crime, we have a methamphetamine problem around here and people just want to protect themselves,” said the boss of Max Motors near Kansas City. “And what could be better than supporting American products in these troubled times?

Um

Izhevsk Mechanical Works (RTS:IGMA) (Russian: Ижевский Mашзавод) or IZHMASH (ИЖМАШ) is a weapons manufacturer based in Izhevsk, founded in 1807 at the decree of Tsar Alexander I, and is now one of the largest corporations in its field. It makes the famous Kalashnikov series of assault rifle, along with a host of other Russian arms, including medium cannons, missiles, and guided shells. Izhmash also produces other goods, such as motorcycles and cars.

That doesn’t sound American

The AK-47 is a selective fire, gas operated 7.62mm assault rifle developed in the Soviet Union by Mikhail Kalashnikov.

Nope. Nope, definitely not American. I mean, if he’s going to use the “well, some of them are manufactured in Amurka” excuse, he’s kinda shooting his “I only sell Amurkan trucks!” purity in the foot – after all, Toyota and Nissan also have plants in the U.S.A.

Then again, logical consistency is never a strong feature with right-wing hysterics, is it?

2 comments

  1. 1
    Mechalith

    Just for the sake of accuracy: the AK-47 is the weapon of choice for damn near every paramilitary organization out there. It's durable as hell, cheap, and uses pretty standard ammo, on top of there being a crapton of them floating around.It is a somewhat odd choice for someone boosting American-only products though. Maybe he got a good deal on 'em?

  2. 2
    Chaos Lee

    @ Mechalith: mostly because unlike the U.S. Government which imposes strict regulations on assault weapons made by companies we deal with, the makers of the AK-47 will pretty much sell to anyone. Thusly Americans are forced to buy foreign rifles in order to fulfill their need for maximum firepower.

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