An Inside Look at Arming the Sheriff's Gun Boat

An Inside Look at Arming the Sheriff's Gun Boat

Well, we've started the third season of Sons of Guns, and it's going to be another crazy ride. Or rather a continuation of one Hell of a ride. We only had one week off from filming before we were back at it, but we definitely made the most of it.

One of the things you're going to see in Season 3 is — and bear in mind, they are so far behind our reality with the airing of the TV show — the transition from a custom production shop to a mainline manufacturing entity. And that transition and growth is just a really tough process.


From financing to facilities, we've had to make some hard choices. We're determined to maintain a custom shop  (which is our heart and soul), to grow the research and development aspect of the company (which fuels the innovation which will take us into the future) and while doing this we will be getting our AR -15 line and 1911s on shelves of gun stores in every city in this nation.



Now, on to what you saw in the first episode of this season.  We were contacted to arm a sheriff's patrol boat for duty on the Mississippi River petroleum corridor. The task included a dual mount with a MARK 19 grenade launcher and a 240 Bravo machine gun as well as a grenade/smoke grenade launcher. They wanted the right mounts and the right systems to defend the river.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7eUqVbrl5k0


When the job came down through Sheriff Gautreaux for the demonstration and up-arming of their 32-foot patrol boat, we were damn excited. They have a nice flotilla, a 27-footer in that same style, and probably a dozen other boats that they use. We wanted to make this one stand out. These guys in the sheriff's office do everything from search-and-rescue, pulling drowned fishermen out of the rivers, pulling people out of treetops during flooding to dredging the rivers for bodies, drug interdiction and dealing with homeland security issues. They are a top-notch, professional organization.


Since I kind of take a military outlook on everything, we figured if you're gonna arm up, then do it right. They wanted the ability to sink, destroy, and of course, to show that ability as a deterrent.

The sheriff and the colonel who run the river division both felt that they would have a steady firing platform off the rear for the fully automatic machine guns. They use a Barrett 82A1 on the bow and wanted to keep it there. The boat driver, who's an old brown-water Navy hand just laughed when the question came up and said, "I can point the ass-end of this boat anywhere you want it. Just tell me what you want to hit." OK, that kind of solved that.

Plus, it's not the Mekong Delta, man, it's the Mississippi Delta, so there's slightly different forces at work here.

The region these men work in contains many heavily populated areas, and there's almost always traffic on the river. When you're cutting loose with a .50 cal. or even a .30 cal. on the water, the bullet can skip off and travel a long way. It may seem counter-intuitive, but sometimes you're going to be a lot safer with a 40mm grenade launcher.

We wanted to show them you've got everything available in 40mm from marker rounds, which will actually penetrate both sides of a car, to the solid aluminum projectile.

We gave a good demonstration of currently available armaments in the setting that the customer intended to use it, and we were able to implement the design specifications the Sheriff wanted. I'd like to personally thank Sheriff Geautreaux for allowing us to film this process and give our audience a great show while doing our job.

It was a hell of an experience for us, I hope ya'll enjoyed it. I'll be around to answer any questions.

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