Utah Gun Maker Turns Down MULTI-Million Dollar Deal with Pakistan

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Desert Tech, a gun manufacturer based in Utah, turned down a lucrative $15 million deal with Pakistan, citing the possibility that their weapons could be used against U.S. troops.

Sales manager Mike Davis said the company was on a short list for a contract with Pakistan, but backed down because of unrest in Pakistan and ethical concerns, the AP added.

The decision, he explained, was difficult because of the amount of money involved and, he said, the sales to Pakistan would have been legal.

“We don’t know that those guns would’ve went somewhere bad, but with the unrest we just ended up not feeling right about it,” he told KTVX-TV.

Davis explained the company was founded in 2007 on the principle of keeping America and its allies safe.

“As a business owner you always want to be successful, but I think ethically and morally you want to go about it the right way and stick behind your founding principles,” he said.

Company president Nick Young said on Facebook that he started the company to protect troops, not endanger them.

“In consulting with other arms companies the general responses I got was, if they don’t buy it from you, then they will get it somewhere else, or money is money,” he wrote. “After much internal review we elected not to sell to Pakistan.”

Col. Steven R. Watt of the Utah National Guard praised the company for the move.

“I’ve got to admire Desert Tech for potentially turning down what could have been a very lucrative contract in the interest of protecting American service members,” he said.

The AP said the rifles “can change caliber within minutes and have the capacity to shoot as far as 3,000 yards.”

The company, formerly known as Desert Tactical Arms, has had military contracts with other countries but declined to reveal specifics, the AP added.

Reaction to the move was overwhelmingly positive.

“Good call, and awesome publicity! You can make more than the 15M off a solid moral decision,” one person said on Facebook.

“Thank you for looking out for & supporting our troops,” another person added.

“Props to you guys for doing the right thing! If you guys ran the ATF, guns never would have made it over the border. Too bad the current administration lacks the character you guys have,” said another visitor to the company’s Facebook page.

Read more at “The Examiner”

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  • Bob from Texas

    Outstanding – will have to check them out. Nice to see a company able to do the right thing just like Barrett. Country before money.

    • i will definitely be giving them some business.

  • Michael Thomas

    Sad to say, others will not care. My hat off to Desert Tech.

  • Carolyn Santos

    Hear! Hear! Good form, Desert Tech!

  • Scotty

    I am buying one of their products if i can find them.. I am .. Thanks for doing what is right for our country and our military personnel.!!!!

  • El Lobo Solo

    A Big High Five to Desert Tech,
    I wish Eric Holder & the Administration would show the same degree of Patriotism & stop giving arms to the Mex. drug cartels & Syrian rebels who are not friends of America.

  • crazyjack66

    Semper Fi! Way to go. It’s a shame there aren’t more companies with your moral principles. Thanks for looking out for our troops.

  • Robert Huddleston

    Outstanding!! Loyalty above all else, except Honor!! HOOAH!

  • Pete

    Great decision, I will be purchasing from Desert Tech in the future. It is outstanding to read about a company with ethics. Thank you for your support of our troops.

  • Kent2012

    just as Mag Pul has said bye bye to Colorado, more firms need our support. Even if it is just some good words such as “Kudos to you Real Americans”…thanks for thinking beyond the balance sheet…..

  • Peter Furman

    I am Proud of this company! We haven’t had many,if any examples of what kind of people,what kind of “Patriotism” was/is the very backbone of the American Dream,the Constitutional Republic that so many millions of “Legal immigrants” risked Everything to embrace!

    There are thousands of Laws,thousands of regulations,millions of people who would,have betrayed the “Code,the “unwritten” and written law “,the “soul” of a Free country for money,for power as opposed to the indomitable desire to “Keep” this country Free,safe,strong which is/was the “the soul” that this country “embraced” which made her Great!
    The ethics,the “bottom line” has been mostly eviscerated by “Greed,Corruption that like a Cancer has metastasized to stage 4,the end of life!

    It is a “breath” of fresh air,a much needed tribute that there are some who hold Honor,responsibility,the “code”,the Foundation of Freedom above the temptation to aquire wealth,power,control as in Government for the past 50+ years!

    I applaud and honor these men and women and hopefully,they will be amply rewarded for the exceptional ideals they hold dear!

    I,for one will do whatever I can to support people I can respect!!

  • InGodWeTrust

    Now that is integrity. Very commendable of Desert Tech management! Somehow, the twisted left will or or already have figured out how to make this out to be a reprehensible decision.

  • nouman

    haan well being a pakistani its good now its time to have utilized your mind capabilities and strength well its doesnt matters especially for muslims we have more ways to do things without weapons this earth is heaven really soon all things will be revealed then only despair lefts lets wait.