In this afternoon's mail, III Arms Company received a little note from the ATF saying: 'Thanks for your interest, please start building firearms'.
Yup. The III Arms Company now possesses our "Manufacturer of Firearms Other Than Destructive Devices" License, otherwise known as an 07FFL, and we can legally manufacture and assemble your firearms. Oh yeah, happy days!
The application was submitted way back in October. Normal processing times are around 60 days. We got to wait 120. We'd love to say that enough people had us in their sights and crying the blues to their federal masters, and we ended up under a 'bit' more scrutiny than your average guy who wants to make guns in his garage....but we can't. Sorry to get your hopes up. The delay was that it didn't make it out of the main ATF office until early this year. Those who tried to prevent us from doing what we set out to do just couldn't get it up enough to raise any concerns. When the ATF found nothing in my past, my current 01FFL operations, or any red flags in my future 07 endeavors, they approved the license.
This is the last nail in the coffin for those who told us it couldn't be done.
You could have been a part of it, but no......you cried to your masters, and you failed them. You and your strap hangers sullied (at least attempted to) our names on blogs and sites around the world, and you all failed. You didn't even have to balls to publish how I was going to make it work when you first got your panties wadded up. Instead you cried like a whiny little bitch who didn't get their way..... and you failed yet again.
If at first you don't succeed, failure may be your style. I'm thinking your style fits you just fine.
But we really DO want to thank you for trying!
Honestly, we do! What your failures DID, and I thank you from the bottom of my still beating heart, was made us a very popular search item. To that end:
- Hits on III Citadel blog headed well north of the 160,000 mark a week ago and STILL gains 2000 new views daily from all over the world.
- III Citadel has gotten more applications in the same time span than all the previous weeks combined, and they have not slowed down one bit.
- Hits on the III Arms site have been almost as numerous. We are visible across the globe as well.
- Our sales at III Arms increased exponentially during the past 2 weeks, and have maintained nicely since.
- We have received interview requests from many, different (cough) 'news' (cough) sources on both sides of the pond, as well as some pretty substantial entities in the Liberty minded media. We will pick and choose who gets it, and who doesn't. And we promise we won't mention you at all. (yeah, we're selfish that way)
Until then, we'll be here, building firearms. Just like we told you we were going to do 6 months ago.