Onward Christian Soilder, Says Arms Manufacturer In Coded Bible Verses


Barack Obama took a lot of flack on the campaign trail in '08 for suggesting that Midwesterners "cling to guns or religion."

Now, thanks to one Michigan arms manufacturer, it's now possible to embrace both at the same time.

Trijicon, a company based in Wixom, Michigan, produces combat rifle scopes for the U.S. military and its scopes are standard issue for the Marines. The company was recently busted by an ABC News investigation for surreptitiously stamping coded Bible messages behind the serial numbers on its scopes.

The abbreviated codes lead savvy Christian soldiers to specific verses in New Testament scripture. But why -- one wonders -- would Trijicon shun the Old Testament? After all, God's wrath was way more bad-ass B.C. Ezekiel 25:17? C'mon!

One Trijicon code, 2COR4:6, refers to Second Corinthians 4:6 which reads,
"For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ."
Another code, JN8:12, points to John 8:12. The passage reads:
"Then spoke Jesus again unto them, saying, 'I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.'"
Whether walking in the light or the dark, Trijicon's scopes have gotcha covered. The Advanced Combat Optical Gunsight, or ACOG, employs tritium, a radioactive isotope of hydrogen, to illuminate targets in low light conditions and fiber optic sights to pinpoint and pop those pesky heathens during the day."

More devout elements within the military might not fuss about blessing every bullet that passes through the barrel of an M-16 but, here's the rub. In 2003, United State Central Command sent out General Order 1-B, which prohibits, among other things, "proselytizing of any religion, faith or practice.

From 2000 to 2008, Trijicon has raked in more than $240 million in government contracts according to fedspending.org. This year, the company was awarded a multi-year $660 million contract to supply the Marines with scopes, according to the ABC investigation. Trijicon sales director Tom Munson said the company's been inscribing the messages on its products for nearly 30 years at the behest of the company's fundamentalist founder, Glyn Bindon, who died in a plane crash in 2003. 

Munson added the complaints were coming exclusively from non-Christians. The mission statement on Trijicon's website states the company is "guided by our values," and they, "believe that America is great when its people are good. This goodness has been based on biblical standards throughout our history and we will strive to follow those morals."

As the good lord sayth: "One shot. One Kill."

Oorah and Hallelujah!

Matt Blickenstaff occasionally blogs about St. Louis gun culture for Daily RFT. He also has his own blog.