March 11, 2010

Agents of Incompetence, Part III

Watch this news report closely, and you'll notice the Special Agent in Charge (SAC) of the BATF's Seattle Field Division attempt the insert the Airsoft gun's magazine in the gun backwards before finally getting it right.

According to an ATF whistleblower blog, this same Special Agent was demoted two levels to his current level for incompetence, and has cost taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars... and that's just before this latest incident.

The stench of a BATF cover-up is growing stronger.

This article may be the last planned installment in my three part series (here are part 1 and part 2 if you missed those) at Pajamas Media, but there is so much done wrong, so badly, by these two federal agencies that I have a feeling that this story is far from over.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at March 11, 2010 08:05 AM

What a total crock! If the gun would blow up if a true bullet were fired, then the ATF guy has an agenda going for him. Let's find out what that agenda is, and we will know a lot more about ATF than we do now.

Posted by: TimothyJ at March 11, 2010 01:16 PM

I think the agenda was to get some air time and be able to file a successful report, making himself look like another Elliot Ness.

Posted by: Mikey NTH at March 11, 2010 02:27 PM

TimothyJ, it (at least the barrel) would become so much shrapnel if fired after replacing the works with those of an actual firearm. And if you remove the barrel, you basically are left with only the replacement parts and a stock - so why not ban the fully-legal parts, or stocks/grips? Oh, wait, weren't folding stocks part of the scary-looking-weapons ban...

Posted by: John A at March 11, 2010 02:37 PM

The receiver on the airsoft guns are zinc. Lower tensile strength than aluminum alloy. If they made it work, the gun will explode on the very first shot. The magazines from the airsoft guns used a very different feed mechanism than its real-life counterpart. You have to gut the damn thing and make new springs, feed lips, followers and possibly a new floor plate to make it even work. This is just off the top of my head. Heck, some freely available online manual(s) has fewer steps and clearer directions.

Do they even require these guys to know anything about guns before they apply for a job?

BTW, I was on a particularly notorious site on their "weapons" board the day before I came across this bit of news. There was a thread about converting airsoft guns into a real one. As far as I know, the dude who claimed that it was possible was told off by many on the forum as being an uninformed human (they were using harsher terms). That particular thread was deleted later on as per the practice of that site. Don't know if that has any bearing on this. Maybe the dude used the discussion on that particular site as a basis for the claim. I'm just a little curious as per the timing of that discussion and all this new info.

Posted by: Sean the Maggot at March 15, 2010 04:50 AM