Gun Maker Under Fire from Mainstream Media for Anti-Antifa Advertisement

Spike's Tactical

This is the ad that caused the stir. Do you find it to be controversial? (Photo: Spike’s Tactical/Pipe Hitters Union)

Spike’s Tactical and Pipe Hitters Union are under fire this week for an anti-Antifa ad they launched on social media.

In an article titled, “‘Not Today Antifa’: Gun Company Ad Threatens Leftists with Assault Rifles,” Newsweek criticized the popular AR manufacturer and apparel provider, claiming the companies were promoting violence against the Left and dog-whistling to white supremacists.

Both companies responded to those claims in a press release Tuesday.

“Our advertisement, NOT TODAY ANTIFA, is meant to be pro-American and against those who would suppress freedom of speech and the rest of our constitutionally protected rights, including the right to bear arms,” said Kit Cope, spokesman for Spike’s Tactical, the Florida-based AR maker.

“We offer zero apologies to anyone that is offended by this advertisement that depicts armed, but peaceful, patriotic Americans standing up against socialist, anarchist and communist rioters,” Cope continued.

SEE ALSO: Spike Tactical ‘Snowflake’ Lower Has 3 Settings: ‘Safe Space,’ ‘Triggered’ and ‘Full Libtard’

“We had no idea this ad would become so controversial, but let me be very clear about one point – We are not and do not support Nazis or any white supremacist movement in any shape or form,” said Lincoln A. Osiris, president of Pipe Hitters Union, the Texas-based apparel company.

“Every year we do a centerfold ad together with Spike’s Tactical for SHOT Show, and this year, after the rioting in several cities throughout the U.S., we decided to address those who are anti-American, anti-government and anti-democracy in our advertisement,” he added. “We believe that anyone who supports this great nation, the Constitution and our democratic republic supports our stance.”

Spike’s Tactical and Pipe Hitters Union went on to say that they don’t support violence unless it’s lawful self-defense.  Moreover, that their products are available to all Americans, not just those who support their politics.

“We would never advocate violence, unless it is in the form of self-defense,” said Cope. “And for the record, our rifles are available for sale to any responsible person who is legally allowed to own a firearm, regardless of how they register to vote.”

I’ll buy all of what’ Spike’s Tactical and Pipe Hitters Union are saying except for one thing.  That they had no idea that the ad would “become so controversial.”  I think that was the objective. To tweak the nose of the moonbats in the mainstream media with the hope that they would cover the story and both companies would get free press. Needless to say, it worked.  Job well done fellas!

About Spike’s Tactical

Spike’s Tactical was founded the day before 9/11 by Mike and Angela Register and is headquartered in Apopka, Florida. The family-owned business employs around 40 people and all products are made exclusively in the USA and assembled in Florida. Spike’s Tactical is regarded as one of the premier AR-15 manufacturers in the world. Their mission is to build the highest quality products and offer them at the best possible price to the consumer. Spike’s Tactical weapons are designed to military specifications for civilian, law enforcement and military use. All products manufactured by Spike’s Tactical feature a manufacturer’s lifetime warranty.

About Pipe Hitters Union

Pipe Hitters Union is a disabled combat veteran-owned and operated small business, founded in 2004 and headquartered in Austin, Texas. PHU was founded by a small group of special operations combat veterans that shared a common belief in the unity of cause, the willingness to face extreme obstacles head on and the absolute refusal to backdown in the face of adversity. Since then, the message has spread to like-minded individuals from all professions and walks of life. Whether military, law enforcement or civilian, Pipe Hitters throughout the world are pushing their limits daily and making their mark. The PHU brand is a mark of distinction and a call for others to join us.

About the author: S.H. Blannelberry is the News Editor of GunsAmerica.

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  • Senor Speedbump August 28, 2020, 9:48 am

    It looks like one day we may have to take the U.S.A. back to the principles of our constitution like we did when we got rid of the King of England. Trump is working for that but will only have another 4 years to do it. That is why it is important to take both houses this coming election with folks that support his work. If we don’t the U. S. dollar will die and ammo will be the next currency.

  • AJ November 2, 2018, 12:08 pm

    Besides, I thought antifa wasn’t tied to the left why would they care?

  • AJ November 2, 2018, 12:06 pm

    Antifa can post all their bullshit. But they see those black rifles and they get butthurt. Chew on it assholes. That shit is freedom of speech.

  • ejharb February 4, 2018, 4:22 pm

    Phu is a little early but that’s what it’s coming too and those who don’t agree are not paying attention.I want to make a ad about cat d9 being the dozer of choice for covering antifa dirtbags like a cat covering turds

  • Pseudo January 15, 2018, 5:16 am

    Where can one obtain a poster?

  • Grandpa Boomer January 14, 2018, 3:13 pm

    Spikes and PHU just got another customer. Oh and by the way, Sly, you should get back to studying for your GED. Your writing and spelling skills aren’t there yet. You really can’t fix stupid.

  • Wzrd January 14, 2018, 1:22 am


  • Glenn61 January 13, 2018, 11:27 pm

    Definitely want this on a T-shirt,, somebody, please..?

  • Ben January 13, 2018, 1:26 pm

    What would you expect since the liberal democrats own 99% of all social and news media companies. Twitter and Facebook monitor and block people who believe in the 2nd, 4th and 10th amendments under the constitution. They force they’re own agenda because 90% of the people only listen to the mainstream news and are to engrossed in they’re “STUPID SCRIPTED REALITY” shows to worry about anything else. Others just follow because the too lazy and ignorant, just wanting their goodies from the welfare system. I feel bad because my country is starting to quickly slide into the cesspool of the democrats and what is supposed to be the republican party for the most part is willing to let it go that way. GOD help us all.

  • Notonmyknees January 12, 2018, 10:29 pm

    Tell me they are selling these shirts!!
    I’m not familiar with these patriots, but by God I intend to be. These patriots put in a picture what all the rest of us are thinking. Now let’s see one with all of us so armed, heading up the capital steps !!! MAGA bullshit, we have to take it back first.

  • Texan January 12, 2018, 9:43 pm

    It’s about time that someone stood up and not worried about being politically correct. Thanks to both of these companies. Love my Spikes build

  • Sly January 12, 2018, 6:07 pm

    We may be careful what we say, the groups the you are talking about is the Groups that is condone by your President, How can you talk about these group and Trump uphold them as good people, He also compromised our election systems with the Commies and you still support him. He is the Russian, he is the White Supremacy he is the Neo-Nazi, He is the confederate. It seem to me you are a hypocrite. Trump is the Anti-American, he is the Russian Puppet

    • David January 13, 2018, 5:51 pm

      For your info sly, Trump is nobody’s puppet! That’s what scares you liberal punks! That so called president you had for the last 8 years put us in more debt than all the previous presidents. He was as crooked as a snake with a back injury. He also told the Russians on a mic he didn’t know was own, he would work a deal with them. His Secretary of State made a deal with the Russians for our uranium! He was also was everybody’s BITCH. Iran is laughing how f______g stupid he was! But you stupid liberals will stand there with shit on your mouth and say you didn’t eat a shit sandwich! The Democratic Party is the most crooked political party in the history of the world. The Nazis’s used the blue print of the Democratic party’s design to form the Nazis party! So don’t talk with your mouth of shit, because it sounds as bad as it smells!

      • Dan January 20, 2018, 7:03 am

        You are so right David .. I was a hateful Democrat from the time I was Born til last year.. (^2) years) Obama and his Traitors shit done me in with the Demo-rats. All they think about is Illegals and their Vote.. They are so afraid of losing the Illegal Vote they are doing Traitorous shit and think it is O.K. with Americans.. Well no it is not.. We are all watching and alot of us are moving to the Conservative side.. Never again will I be a Liberal ..

      • ejharb February 4, 2018, 4:26 pm

        “Tell Vladimir I’ll be more flexible after I’m reelected”
        Says it all.
        Hillary selling uranium to russia then caterwauling about “russian colusion”
        Says it all!

    • Sepp W January 24, 2018, 6:40 pm

      ANTIFA is a group of the incapable and unproductive that are prone to lawlessness, violence, and intimidation and needs to be gutted. If your referring to Charlottesville, the Nazis had a permit to be in the park. Others didn’t and when shit hit the fan, the Charlottesville police stood by and let it escalate. The President called it right; their was blame to go around at all involved.
      There is no proof the President colluded with the Russia, or anyone else for that matter, to steal the election. This is an ongoing effort by the democrats, progressive liberals, and deep state to undermine the Trump presidency with ultimate goal of impeachment. I expect this whole charade to blow up any day and the cabal who orchestrated the whole affair are brought to justice. The liberals and the media are doubling down while new revelations of anti-Trump subversion are made daily.
      BTW, only liberals resort to name calling when their position is indefensible. So far you have only repeated what every liberal and the media apparatchiks say 24/7/365.

    • nomen nescio April 21, 2020, 8:00 pm

      Your English needs more work. You sound more Russian than Vladimir Putin.

    • Willie-O July 17, 2020, 9:19 am

      Sly, that has to be one of the most blatant examples of piss-poor writing I have ever tried to read !!! The grammar, punctuation and complete absence of “flow” stemming from coherent thought is mind-boggling. My guess is that
      you were absent from school. A lot.

  • Leighton Cavendish January 12, 2018, 4:33 pm

    You know what they say…F*&^ ’em if they can’t take a joke…

  • Brad Thomason January 12, 2018, 3:57 pm

    I am a little upset by the fact that the picture shows antifa actually confronting the armed patriots head on. Antifa is far too cowardly to go toe to toe with anyone, let alone guys as jacked as in the picture. There is also a noticeable lack of bike locks on the antifa side :^)

    • Bobs yer uncle January 12, 2018, 9:42 pm

      Yes, look up, bike lock professor, he’s the guy that while wearing a mask would jump out of the crowd and whack people in the head with a large bike lock, one of his main interests is prison reform, something he hopefully gets to see first hand.

  • elgavilansegoviano January 12, 2018, 2:44 pm

    ………Spike Tactical should sell them as Posters to the Pro Gun American supporters with proceeds going to the disable vets!!,…..can’t wait to buy mine, frame it, and seat it on one of my walls!!,….

  • Barbara Fee January 12, 2018, 1:09 pm

    Because they had the courage to create this ad and tell the crybabies to pi$$ up a rope I’m buying one of Spikes “SNOWFLAKE” AR 15 LOWERS though I wish it was legal to use the “FULL LIBTARD” Position. Oh well the unicorn is enough to offend the permanently offended

    • Rich W. January 13, 2018, 4:31 am

      It is, if you use abinary trigger.

  • Dexter Winslett January 12, 2018, 12:44 pm

    Destroy antifa.

  • Gourdhead January 12, 2018, 12:22 pm

    What’s not to love about this ad?

  • David Wilson January 12, 2018, 11:58 am

    Great ad! Screw antifa! They claim to be anti facists, but they act like a bunch of little hitler youths! Come to Texas, we shove those masks up your asses with the sticks you are carrying and take your mace and make you gargle with it! You are un American, chicken shit, scum bags! That goes for Democratic liberal media also! God bless America!

    • Gourdhead January 12, 2018, 12:22 pm

      Spot on comment. I love it and agree totally.

    • Kenny Smith January 12, 2018, 2:58 pm

      Well said David !!!

  • Michael R Stuhr January 12, 2018, 10:40 am

    “We offer zero apologies to anyone that is offended by this advertisement that depicts armed, but peaceful, patriotic Americans standing up against socialist, anarchist and communist rioters,”
    Nor should they.

    • Richard Brydge January 12, 2018, 12:28 pm


    • MikeB January 12, 2018, 4:24 pm

      Love a company that stands up for what it believes and not cower to lib snowflakes.

    • mauser6863 January 12, 2018, 4:41 pm

      His statement should be used as a “Boiler Plate” response to all the PC, Leftist Propaganda that is slung like dung each and every single day. Well Done.

      Reject the tyranny and oppression of the left and never adopt to their false narratives.

  • Robert January 12, 2018, 9:54 am

    Spike just got another customer

  • Judi January 12, 2018, 9:52 am

    The one thing wrong with that ad is that the antifa pukes look too macho. Most of the ones I’ve seen in photos are a bunch of girly-boys. (Or boyish-girls.)

  • Scott in Atlanta January 12, 2018, 9:42 am

    Count me in with Spike’s and Pipe Fitters – bring it, you sniveling little cowards. Take off those masks, punks, and meet us in the streets like MEN – which you aren’t. And as other posters have said, DEATH TO ANTIFA! BRING IT!!!

  • Al January 12, 2018, 9:16 am

    So, Newsweek ADMITS that Antifa is their side, and is defending them.
    That’s the real story here, Antifa is a Terror organization, and Newsweek is their mouthpiece.

    • David blankenhorn January 14, 2018, 10:31 pm

      Can an organization that hasn’t actually killed anybody really be called a “Terrorist Organization?” It’s kinda like the difference between an AirSoft AR and a real AR 🙂
      Or at the very,very least the difference between one of those .22 cal training gun AR’s and a 5.62 🙂

  • drobvit January 12, 2018, 8:55 am

    Three cheers to ST & PHU!!! Glad to see the pot getting stirred! Really brings the crybabies to the surface.

  • duke January 12, 2018, 8:52 am

    Suck it up snow flake!! Molon Labe!!

  • John January 12, 2018, 8:26 am

    NAZI PIGS! Shove those gAyRs up your assholes and pull the trigger!

    • Scott in Atlanta January 12, 2018, 9:45 am

      Tough talk, snowflake. My AR is ALWAYS pointed where I intend .. watch your lisping little mouth. You’re the Nazis, you little pigs. Only difference is, the other side is ARMED this time round. Bring it, precious snowflake.

      • KSG January 12, 2018, 12:18 pm


    • Tar Heel Realist January 12, 2018, 12:32 pm

      You sound as though you speak from experience…but hey, the 2nd Amendment doesn’t specify how one chooses to “Bear” arms. Enjoy yourself…

    • MikeB January 12, 2018, 4:27 pm

      Poor lil lib snowflakes. Y’all can’t even decide which bathroom to use.

    • Willie-O July 17, 2020, 9:34 am

      Maybe that’s what YOU do with an AR there little johnny, but the rest of us on here utilize them for many (intended) purposes: target shooting, personal defense, hunting, etc. Personally, I’d like to see how (one of) mine works as a baseball bat and rap your brainless little ‘noggin with it. Learned that by watching anteefa on the news hitting unarmed people with clubs and bike-chains with locks. Chicken shit little cowards hiding behind masks.

  • joefoam January 12, 2018, 8:18 am

    Uh, 1st amendment rights on both sides of the issue, but I can’t seem to recall pro gun types setting fire to anything or destroying property while wearing masks. Any one out there who does?

  • Tar Heel Realist January 12, 2018, 8:16 am

    Not sure what the problem is…but that Ad would certainly compel me to buy a Modern Musket if I didn’t already have a few myself.

    ‘If Fascism Ever Comes to America, It Will Come in the Name of Liberalism’ – Ronald Reagan

  • Steven January 12, 2018, 7:22 am

    Wouldn’t mind seeing that picture become a reality. DEATH TO ANTIFA!!!!!!!!’

  • shrugger January 12, 2018, 7:14 am

    Communism: the only thing in the world worse than National socialism

  • Pat January 12, 2018, 6:14 am

    The only good communist is a dead one. Free helicopter rides for all antifa members

  • robert c January 12, 2018, 3:53 am

    If this ad is even slightly controversial to you, GTFO of this great land.

  • Jack Rapid January 12, 2018, 3:35 am

    If you look closely, you can make out the Nazi eagle right below the t shirt sleeve on the guy second from the left. Sure they didn’t know.

    • Neptune Steel January 12, 2018, 7:25 am

      What did you use a microscope? Go wet your bed.

    • Matt January 12, 2018, 8:48 am

      That’s not an eagle it’s an angel. Take a closer look before you comment next time.

    • Scott in Atlanta January 12, 2018, 9:48 am

      Seems as though Antifa snowflakes are more deluded than we’d imagined! Seeing boogy men in your closet and under your bed, snowflake? Scary when someone stands up to you, isn’t it? Better stay in gay liberal areas where the populace is scared of masked maggots. Come to my area and we’ll pound your soft little heads in, sweetheart. And attack me? I’m allowed to blow your brains out. Which I will 🙂

    • DP January 12, 2018, 10:34 am

      Your imagination is wonderful unless you’re using the Hubble telescope there is no discernible Eagle on anyone. Bye Felicia

  • LHTwist January 11, 2018, 10:34 pm

    No apologies needed from either company, they’re just defending their country and The U.S. Constitution against fascists.

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