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Grenades, Machine Guns, and BreachBangClear

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Grenades, Machine Guns, and BreachBangClear
Chris Hernandez

So there I was, minding my own business in the post office…

And this guy walked in. I eyeballed him. He eyeballed me. I said, “Are you looking at my pants?” He answered, “Hello! My eyes are up here!” But I couldn’t raise my eyes, because he was wearing a t-shirt with pictures of machine guns that read:

TEXAS MACHINE GUN & ORDNANCE

So I put away my switchblade and started a friendly conversation. He said his name was Sean Lindley, he’s an Iraq vet, Army Reserve officer and owns a business selling full auto weapons and explosives. He was also clear that he’s not an anti-government wack job stockpiling guns and bombs to fight the “revenoors.” He just loves to shoot and blow stuff up.

[Sean Lindley]

I told him I’m a Breach Bang Clear writer and photographer. At this point everyone in the post office looked at me in awe and fawning admiration, because BB&C is kind of a big deal around here. And besides that, I’m hot.

We exchanged cards. One thing led to another. And next thing I knew I was invited to go nighttime hog hunting with NODs and an M249 SAW, throw hand grenades and Molotov cocktails, and set off pipe bombs. And it’s all 100% legal.

This weekend I’ll be engaging in the above-listed shenanigans, some of which I’ve never done and some I haven’t done in years. Due to my advanced age and grandfatherhood, I’m actually more excited about taking photos than shooting or blowing stuff up. And I’m actually not eager at all to put a kevlar and PC back on.

[Some of the stuff I’ll be playing with this weekend]

But gosh darn it, being a BB&C writer demands sacrifice. Someone has to kit up, hang out with veterans, shoot machine guns, blow stuff up, throw grenades, and get paid for it. And since someone has to do it, I’ll jump on that gre… well, you know.

What can I say? I’m a giver.

Stand by for a full report on the weekend’s activities (assuming I don’t get killed by an errant frag detonation). I’ll be interviewing Sean to find out why he does what he does, what his background is, and why he’s something of a controversial figure in the firearms community. I’ll also hopefully have some bomb-ass pictures of cool guys shooting cool weapons and having a grand old time with bombs.
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More to come. Wish me luck, homies.

Herndo



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Chris Hernandez may just be the crustiest member of the eeeee-LITE writin’ team here at Breach-Bang-Clear. He is a veteran of both the Marine Corps and the Army National Guard who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. He is also a veteran police officer of two decades who spent a long (and eye-opening) deployment as part of a UN police mission in Kosovo. He is the author of White Flags & Dropped Rifles – the Real Truth About Working With the French Army and The Military Within the Military as well as the modern military fiction novels Line in the Valley, Proof of Our Resolve and Safe From the War. When he isn’t groaning about a change in the weather and snacking on Osteo Bi-Flex he writes on his own blog.