It all started 18 months ago with a few guys getting together to support a friend going through a divorce and let him have a little fun with machine guns; things he had not experienced before.
The third Makin’ Bacon was truly an experience. Once one forded County Road 149 and veered left, you came upon a large gathering of like-minded folks just hanging out getting ready to shoot a myriad of weaponry. All in all, a few hundred people showed up, registered to become members of the National Firearms Act Freedom Alliance (NFAFA.org), and then organized for a day of fun, food, and giveaways.
Leaving the Shoot.
The NFAFA is an organization created by Todd Rathner for the sole purpose of changing firearms and other weapons laws across the country. In the state of Texas, the NFAFA played a major role in effectuating the change in the Penal code dealing with the "defense to prosecution" for the possession of NFA items such as short barreled rifles and shotguns. Makin’ Bacon has evolved into an organized event with a design to benefit the NFAFA by being a membership drive with benefits of raffles and the ability to enjoy the items the NFAFA is deigned to help protect.
Tommy Horner and a group of friends worked tirelessly since last years event and it shows. Not only were there many, many more participants, there were many more vendors, rentals, and a deeper camaraderie among friends and family. There were vendors lined up selling wares like t-shits, AR500 plates, ammunition and gun parts. The real fun was on the line.
You could simply walk the line and chat with dealers and manufacturers from all over the country. You could rent and try out their weapons; anything from a 50 caliber Ma Deuce and a Hotchkiss .50 to a Steyr Aug, AC556, Uzi, Mac, M16, to even a briefcase mounted HK MP5k. Basically, if you signed the release and were legally allowed to possess and use the items, you could try out historical military machine guns to a huge selection of unobtainable firearms for regular folk. It was staggering the selection of weapons one could try.
Todd Rathner giving away the first Honorary Lifetime Membership to Tommy Horner.
The list of vendors and companies donating both items for the giveaways and machine guns and more for rental is exhaustive, to say the least. Here is a summarized list of vendors in no special order and what they gave to the event:
The Strip of machine gun rentals, personal shooters, dealers and manufacturers.
Basically, if you attended and were a member of the NFAFA, you stood a very good chance of winning something awesome. Even if you were not a member of the NFAFA, you could hang out, shoot some rare and fun weapons and eat some great BBQ cooked by Elton Johnson.
I took breaks from enjoying the weapons I brought, the many brought by others and just plain old hanging out to take some pictures and videos. I do not really use my camera for video, but several asked me to give it a shot…I did. So, forgive the video quality. I need to mess with it a little more.
If you are interested in NFA items like machine guns, silencers, short barreled rifles and shotguns and other regulated items, please make sure to join the www.NFAFA.org. Plan ahead and take the trip to Liberty, Texas next year to meet some of the nicest and most genuine people you will ever meet and enjoy weapons from multiple eras of our history and the most current on the market. Who knows, you my even walk away a winner of something very, very cool…If not, you will have had some awesome BBQ, hung out with friends and made new ones and rubbed shoulders with some of the biggest names in the industry…all in a small town in Texas just off a little county road.
Fording County Road 149 on our exit
Glenn Slaven from ESG Gunworks with an AC556 Machine Gun
Taylor Pickerell from Integral Arms brought put their Hotchkiss .50 Machine Gun(brutal with the brake)
Alkys Defense’s Ma Duece .50 cal Machine gun
UZI Machine Gun
ESG Gunworks Cemte Machine Gun
ESG Gunworks Sten Integrally Suppressed Machine Gun
TCH Firearms QC10 Machine Gun
Todd Rathner of the NFAFA talking about the first Honorary Lifetime Membership
ESG Gunworks P90 Machine Gun
Sam Scow and his M2 Machine Gun
Sean Cody’s M16
ESG Gunworks RPD Machine Gun
Full Auto Glock
Van on Fire