Guns, sure. But what about knives? Ted Nugent is coming to the rescue of knife owner rights.
The controversial rocker has teamed with gunmaker Wilson Combat to release a special edition Nugent-signature model 1911 handgun, sales of which will benefit the Knife Rights. It’s just what the doctor ordered… if by doctor, you mean people who own knives and like handguns.
From the company’s official statement: “Wilson Combat has donated a Ted Nugent authorized ‘Signature’ 1 of 2 customized 10mm CQB Elite pistol and a matching Ted Nugent Autographed Wilson Tactical Star-Light tactical folding knife for the Knife Rights 2013 Ultimate Steel Knives, Guns & More Spectacular!™ fundraiser.”
No surprise that Wilson Combat also manufactures high-end titanium knives.
Knife Rights as an organization is a little bit of marketing genius, meant to fashion itself on the success that the National Rifle Assocation has had promoting gun rights.
Just as the NRA is an advocacy group that functions as a marker for the industry, Knife Rights promotes the interest of knife manufacturers while using concepts like “liberty” and “rights.” By tying themselves to the fate of guns—as Knife Rights does—knife champions automatically carve out a mental space without the years of cultural development. Just take this recent statement on the Knife Rights’ site: “Gun Bans Now, Knife Bans Next – The Time to Act is NOW!”
Gun control has created a diverse rift of opinions and lawmakers across the US—from New York to Colorado to Connecticut—are passing new gun control legislation in the wake of last year’s Sandy Hook school massacre, but gunmakers themselves have not been silent spectators.
HiViz Shooting System, which makes gun accessories, just announced that it would refuse sales to Colorado after the state’s lawmakers passed stricter gun control legislation.
HiViz isn’t the first gunmaker and gun accessory company to “punish” states that have passed greater gun control laws. Larue Tactical, Extreme Firepower, Olympic Arms, and York and Templar are just a few of the gunmakers which have announced cancelled sales to such states. In many cases, these gunmakers are refusing to sell weapons to the states’ law enforcement agencies, reasoning that if civilians cannot have them, neither can police. The manufacturers were joined in their bans by major online gun retailer Cheaper Than Dirt.
Anyway, Nugent isn’t the first celebrity with a signature gun. He isn’t even the first singer. America Remembers carries signature pistols for George Jones, Gene Autry and several pistols and rifles commemorating Elvis.
The gunmaker also offers a Chuck Norris Tribute Revolver—”24-karat gold decorated barrel prominently feature Chuck Norris’ signature in bold, blackened patina”—and a signature Steve McQueen 1911.
To commemorate John Wayne’s 100th birthday, Ruger released a “John Wayne Vaquero .45 Colt Sixgun.” After Texas Governor Rick Perry famously shot a coyote while jogging, Ruger also released a “True Texan Coyote Special” .380, the same gun the jogging Texas leader had been carrying.
The most odd celebrity gun tie-in certainly goes to Italian gunmaker Bernardelli. The high-end brand sells a line of Hemmingway-branded shotguns. It is not mentioned which style, if any, most closely resembles the one Papa used to kill himself.
Knife Rights may not be as high profile as gun rights, but knives are not without some star power. The NRA sells a “limited edition knife and tin set” engraved with the signature of its former president, Charlton Heston.