Texans love guns. Texans also love Whataburger. Put them together, and you’ve got a viral phenomenon as big as the Lone Star State.
Houston-based HTX Tactical created the one-of-a-kind Whataburger AR pistol for an unnamed client. After posting a video of the firearm on their Facebook page earlier this month, they’ve received coverage from some of the biggest media outlets in the state.
“It was just a fanatic Whataburger customer that came in,” co-owner Javier Garcia told Chron.com. “Obviously, Texas, firearms and Whataburger go hand in hand, whether you enjoy (firearms) or not.”
The orange and white AR pistol features the Whataburger logo on the arm brace and lower receiver as well as the burger company’s “Since 1950” tag line on the dust cover. HTX Tactical even included a P-MAG painted to look like a box of fries.
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Whataburger was not amused. Whataburger Corporate Communications released this statement to Chron.com:
“This product is not affiliated or licensed by the Whataburger brand in any way. Whataburger did not give HTX Tactical permission to use our brand and logo, and we are reaching out to HTX Tactical to cease distribution of this product.”
It also appears that the burger company has forced HTX to scrub its logo from their social media. Today HTX removed all images and videos of the firearm from their Facebook page. They also posted this video:
One of the video’s commenters pointed out that the burger joint should have been happy with the free coverage. HTX agreed.
HTX Tactical was founded in 2015 and specializes in AR and Glock parts. The company offers a wide variety of firearms and accessories along with custom work on rifles and handguns. Last year they created a Houston Rockets-themed pistol for Houston rapper Paul Wall, and they just released images of an all-gold Superman 1911 for NBA legend Shaquille O’Neill.
They’ve also done custom paint jobs on a credit card gun, an FN 5.7, and other AR-15’s.
The customer reportedly paid $1,800 for his new Whataburger gun. To see more cool creations you can head on over to HTXTactical.com.