I have never heard of this apparent erstwhile arms bazar, which makes me highly skeptical of this whole thing. Especially when you ask something like this on any Internet gun forum:
I started asking around via private messageâ€””Do you have what it would take to arm a small paramilitary group? Say, 20 people?” I made it clear that I needed something “more powerful” than what was displayed on the site.
Now that’s immediately going to set off anyone’s gullible 13 year old kid who’s played too much counterstrike (or whatever it is the kids play these days) alarm, and of course prompt the appropriately mocking response:
I can provide: tec9, scorpion, ak47 and one single vietnam war “thumper”, but its ammo costs.Â Smgs are much less expensive, and satisfy your self protection or combat needs very well: the sound of a easy-to-conceal soviet scorpion can scary the most badass motherfucker will stand in front of you…I’m telling this for you: one single grenade of a thumper costs 50 btcs to me: the GL itself will be around 100, to me. Take your time to choose, there’s no rush: but be sure your purchase is worth :)
Sorry dude, I’d bet a fairly large chunk of change that’s either someone making fun of you, and trying to string you along for entertainment, or hoping to use your own idiocy and naivety to scam you out of some cash. Either that or it’s a fed. Odds are pretty good on either, and the fed probably still thinks you’re stupid and naive enough to make your own case against yourself, without him having to push the boundaries of entrapment. I think what’s even more precious is that the author called the ATF and expected to meet anything other than incompetence and indifference. I guess our Gizmodo writer didn’t know they were too busy helping smuggle guns to Mexico to give a shit about a bunch of nerds playing arms dealer online.