Christian cross, verse etched in rifle to make it 'IS-proof'

  • PTI, Washington
  • Updated: Sep 06, 2015 16:32 IST

A United States' gunmaker has created an "Isis-proof" (Read Islamic State) assault rifle designed to never be used by Islamist extremist terrorists as it is inscribed with a biblical verse and a Christian Crusades symbol.

The AR-15 rifle dubbed the "Crusader" is laser-etched on one side with a Knights Templar Long Cross -- a symbol of the Christian Crusades -- and a biblical verse on the other side.

Spike's Tactical, which has marketed the rifle, claims it was "designed to never be used by Muslim terrorists".

The company's spokesperson, former Navy SEAL Ben "Mookie" Thomas was quoted by the Orlando Sentinel as saying that he came up with the idea and believes no devout Muslim would touch such a weapon.

The weapon went on sale last week and has been condemned by the Council on American-Islamic Relations of Florida.

The owners of Spike Tactical did not intend to insult or antagonise Muslims, Thomas said.

The safety selector that controls the Crusader's trigger has three settings: Peace, War and God Wills It.

The weapon is the latest of more than dozen models sold at gun shops, ranging in cost from $960 to about $3,000.

The sale of the gun comes amid fears of American weapons falling into the hands of jihadist fighters.

In a new Islamic State video, jihadist fighters were shown flaunting the American M16 rifles that may have been seized by them from Iraqi soldiers or found in weapons caches dropped by the US.

IS propaganda material in the past has shown fighters flaunting what appear to be US-made weapons, tanks and Humvees seized from retreating Iraqi forces.

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