Apopka, Florida -- A new assault rifle manufactured by Spike's Tactical in Apopka, Florida has become available for public purchase.
The Spike's Tactical Crusader is a new version of the AR-15 assault rifle and has the Bible verse, Psalm 144:1 is laser etched into the magazine. The Bible verse says, "Blessed be the Lord my Rock, who trains my hands for war, my fingers for battle."
"Right now and as it has been for quite some time, one of the biggest threats in the world is and remains Islamic terrorism," said Ben "Mookie" Thomas, spokesman for Spike's Tactical, who is a former Navy Seal and former Blackwater security contractor. "We wanted to make sure we built a weapon that would never be able to be used by Muslim terrorists to kill innocent people or advance their radical agenda."
The Crusader features a shield with a cross on the left side of the lower unit, while the safety selector markings feature the words, "Peace" for safe, "War" for semi-automatic, and "God wills it." On the reverse side of the safety selector are the Latin translations of those words, Pax Pacis, Bellum, and Deus Vult.
The rifle shoots standard .223 or 5.56 ammunition, but can be modified to shoot 300 AAC Blackout ammunition by simply changing the barrel.
The Crusader retails for $1,395, and like all Spike's Tactical products, has a manufacturer's lifetime warranty.
For a list of full specifications and to learn more about purchasing the Crusader rifle, click here.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations in Florida (CAIR) has issued this response to the rifle:
Americans have tragically witnessed over 250 mass killings in 2015 alone, which amounts to more than one per each day. Only one of those killings involved a self-proclaimed Muslim. Sadly, this manufacturer's fancy new gun won't do anything to stop the real threat in America: the escalating problem of gun violence. This is just another shameful marketing ploy intended to profit from the promotion of hatred, division, and violence.