only do these publications supply information, but they also contain advertisements
for various catalogs and products. The Survival Systems book catalog describes
itself as offering "the most unusual and controversial books you've ever seen
in your life." In a disclaimer, the company notes, "Certain of the books in
this catalog deal with activities and items which could be in violation of various
laws if actually performed or constructed. We do not advocate the breaking of
any law. Our books are sold for entertainment purposes only and only to adults!"
With a toll-free number for credit-card orders, the catalog contains books on
revenge, fraud, dirty tricks, firearms conversion, home construction of firearms
and explosives, and murder techniques.
by Survival Systems include:
Robert K. Brown's Paladin Press offers a 47-page, glossy catalog that includes
sections on sniping, revenge and humor, survival, weapons, explosives and demolitions,
guerrilla warfare, silencers, new ID and personal freedom, locksmithing, and terrorism.
In an essay entitled "New Age Survival," readers are reassured that "We don't
want to alarm you into heading for the hills today—but will help you become prepared
to do so tomorrow."
- How to Build
Silencers: An Illustrated Manual. "A complete manual for the construction
of silencers at home with simple tools. Build in less than one hour. $5.95."
- Improvised Weapons of the American Underground. "This
book makes other 'cookbooks' things for Sunday School picnics. This collection
of original articles covers: Making of Nitroglycerin; Plastic Explosives; Detonators
and Primers; Fuses; Impact Ignition Incendiary Devices; and Construction of Various
Types of Silencers; and complete Plans for a Home Made Machine Gun which can be
built for less than $20.00. An absolutely incredible manual. $7.50."
- Full Auto. "A completely illustrated modification manual
on selective fire conversions for the following weapons: Mini-14; AR-15; HK-91-93;
MAC 10-11; and the M1 Carbine. With this new edition, you can convert all five
weapons into their full-automatic configurations with ease, as all procedures
are thoroughly explained in an easily understood, fully illustrated, step-by-step
manner. Without a doubt, this is the finest conversion manual on the market. $12.00."
Books offered in the catalog include:
In addition to operating a 24-hour-a-day, toll-free
order line and offering a "no questions asked" money-back guarantee, Paladin Press
also offers gift certificates, which "make excellent gifts for you to send to
friends and relatives."
- Anarchist Handbook. "For the modern anarchist,
all you need to know to construct an impressive selection of improvised weapons,"
including "an expedient silencer; a pipe hand grenade; plastic explosive; and
a rocket launcher. For each weapon, the author supplies a list of materials easily
acquired from drug or hardware stores, hobby shops, supermarkets or even junk
piles; step-by-step procedures; simple diagrams and how-to-use instruction for
certain weapons. $7.00"
- The Mini-14 Exotic
Weapons System. "Convert your Mini into a full-auto, silenced, SWAT-type weapon
that is capable of field clearing firepower. Note that this conversion process
requires no machining or special tools. Once completed it takes just five minutes
to drop in the Automatic Connector (the book's secret!) or remove it as needed.
It's that simple! $15.00"
- Improvised Explosives—How
to Make Your Own. "Ten simple but powerful formulas for explosives and incendiaries"
that gives the reader the ability "to construct actual bombs, booby traps and
mines. Learn how to obtain or make all the necessary chemicals or get acceptable
substitutes. Various fuses, detonators, and chemical and electrical timers are
covered, as are pipe bombs, plastic bottle bombs, jerry can bombs and tamperproof
bombs. With ease, you can construct such devices as a package bomb, booby-trapped
door, auto trap, sound-detonated bomb, or pressure mine—to name just a few. $10.00"
- How to Kill (volumes one through six). "[M]akes no
moral judgements, but merely describes what has been known for years by the professionals
who are part of the shadowy world of international espionage and intrigue. As
the author states in his preface, 'My only premise is that there are times when
one must attack with complete ruthlessness and fight with lethal fury. This fury
and ruthlessness must be harnessed and directed to the gravest possible damage—to
kill.'" Priced at $8 per volume, the catalog notes that no book in the How
to Kill series is available in Canada due to legislation by the Canadian solicitor
Firepower's Everett Moore
also runs a mail-order publications house. Moore's Desert Publications offers
many of the same publications as his competitors under headings that include:
weapons and firearms, specialized warfare, police science, survival, self-defense,
full-auto, suppressors, and improvised munitions. Moore, who sells between
2,000 and 5,000 copies of specific titles a year, refers to the publications as
"big boy toys," adding, "I haven't known a man yet who didn't like [to know how]
to pick a lock."
The catalog of Phoenix Systems,
Inc., located in Evergreen, Colorado, offers its buyers "The Right Stuff," which
recommended reading list of the catalog includes books on silencers; on UZI, MAC-10,
and AR-15 conversions; and on home munitions. Other products available through
ads placed in these magazines include:
- U.S. Military Practice Grenades "with
ALL the mechanical parts IN THE FUSE ASSEMBLY!!! —NO EXPLOSIVES." The ad warns
that "ACTIVATION OF THESE DEVICES REQUIRES PRIOR BATF APPROVAL. $19.95 each."
- Booby Trap Firing Device (M-1), "Standard U.S. Military PRESSURE
RELEASE firing device used to initiate detonation of explosive charges in BOOBY
TRAP applications or remote firing of Claymore mines. EXCELLENT training device
because it is RELOADABLE with new primer caps (when not coupled DIRECTLY TO AN
EXPLOSIVE CHARGE). Hundreds of applications—can be screwed directly into an explosive
charge for instantaneous detonation or coupled to detonator cord for remote firing.
- The Ballistic Knife—The Knife
That Shoots. "CONGRESS OUTLAWED THE SPRINGS—BUT YOU CAN STILL BUY THE KNIFE!"
The knife "can be fired up to an effective range of 30 feet. The typical penetration
of this knife is about three times that of a manual stab. Extra blades and flight
stabilizer available. $79.95 each." Under the heading "ATTENTION COLLECTORS AND
SPORTSMEN," the ad notes, "Due to recent Federal regulation, the Ballistic Knife
may no longer be sold with the projection spring. The Ballistic Knife, IN LEGAL
KIT FORM, that we are now able to sell, is identical to the original knife without
the spring included." The ad adds, "WE SELL NO SPRINGS."
FULL AUTOMATIC FIRE FOR YOUR AR-15. The drop-in auto sear is the KEY component
in converting an AR-15 to M-16 selective fire capability (semi or full automatic)
and is the ONLY part for this conversion that is now required to be registered
if CURRENTLY manufactured. OUR auto sears were manufactured prior to 11/1/81 when
it was NOT required to have a serial number stamped on this part. COMPLETELY LEGAL
TO PURCHASE." With the purchase of "five other commonly available M-16 replacement
parts," the conversion can be made "in SECONDS without tools." The ad urges readers
to "Act now while it is still legal to purchase these auto sears. When existing
supplies are exhausted, THERE WILL BE NO MORE!! $175.00 each."
- The BMF Activator,
a hand crank that can be attached to a rifle, boasts the "newest crank-operated
rapid fire capability since the gatling gun!! Legally fire up to 1200 rounds per
minute on your semi-automatic .22 rifle. Imagine the sensation of firing a truly
rapid fire rifle. Since each turn of the crank handle fires the rifle four times,
it is capable of pulling the trigger many times faster than you can." The advertising
flyer for the activator includes a copy of a letter from ATF stating that "a manually
operated device of this type is not subject to any of the provisions of the Gun
Control Act of 1968."
- The Tri Burst Trigger
Activator, distributed by Orpheus Industries, offers "legal firepower." It "allows
a 3—round burst from your AR-15...mounts in seconds" and fits "all makes" of AR-15
rifles. It sells for a "special introductory price" of only $34.95.
- "The Ultimate" trigger activator derides its competitors as
"the rapid fire plastic gizmo and the sheet metal device." With models available
for the AR-15, Mini-14 and 30, M-1 Carbine, and AK models, The Ultimate allows
the user to "fire individual rounds, 3 shot bursts or 50 round bursts at your
instant discretion." The ad notes that "all federal laws (if any) will apply.
The ATF has ruled this device is not regulated by federal law." It retails for
- The API Predator Laser Target Designator
is equipped with "helium neon lasers" that "project an intense narrow beam of
red light" with "an effective range" of up to 500 meters. Laser sights give their
users point-and-shoot assassination capability. "Generally, the only visible element
of the laser beam is a spot on a solid object that reflects light back to the
operator. The beam itself is invisible in clear air." Priced at $495, the API
laser sight is only one of the many laser sights on the market, with some costing
hundreds of dollars less.
- An ad for Kephart
Publications offers plans for such exotic weapons as: hand, rifle, and shotgun
grenades; L.A.W., RPG-7, Bazooka, Pod, Pocket, Shotgun, and T.O.W. rockets; claymore
and land mines; flame throwers; and others. The ad guarantees "these plans are
legal to own and make according to BATF provisions" and promises that the "basic
information is complete and all WILL work. All devices are simple to make and
very inexpensive. Only common material and hand tools required. NO MACHINE SHOP
WORK." The ad offers any 10 plans for $55.00.
The "Deadly Weapons—Firearms & Firepower" video tape advertisement features an
assassination kit of a silenced MAC-10 in a briefcase. The ad asks, "Do you know
which bullets will penetrate a car door? A windshield? Just how quiet is a real
silencer? How effective is full auto fire?" Purchasers of the tape can "SEE &
Learn the Answers to these questions and much more!" The tape sells for $49.95.
- The "Ninety Rounder" is a circular "assault magazine" that
can hold 90 rounds of ammunition "for people who want real firepower!" Offered
by the MWG Company, it promises "LMG [light machine gun] Type Firepower From a
Semi Auto Rifle." It retails for $49.95.
the leisure hours, "Rock N' Roll #3—Sexy Girls and Sexy Guns, The Video" offers
"14 outrageous, southern California beauties...firing some of the sexiest machine
guns ever produced. And you're probably wondering about the girls. What can I
tell you? They're hot. 14 different girls in string bikinis and high heels blasting
UZIs, MAC-10s, M-16s, MP-5s, AK-47s, M-14s and more. It's something you just have
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