Florida Gunmaker Selling "ISIS-Proof" MSR

The idea behind the MSR is that it comes with a bible verse etched on one side of the lower receiver and a Knight's Templar Cross imprinted on the other, the logic being that a Muslim terrorist would not handle the weapon, according to this story from rt.com.

According to Ben "Mookie" Thomas, former U.S. Navy SEAL and owner of the company Spike's Tactical, which is producing the rifle, he came up with the idea after finding out Islamic State militants were using American-made weapons which had been in the possession of the Iraqi army.

"I came on board in February of last year and my boss asked what kind of input I had on making a rifle. I had just been watching the news that morning as ISIS was murdering innocent people, and they were using American-made and American-purchased weapons that had been in Iraqi hands. I was furious and I said, off the cuff, I'd like a gun that if a Muslim terrorist picked it up, a bolt of lightning would hit him and knock him dead. Emotional, in the moment, but we had the idea that we wanted to create a gun that people of like minds could purchase," Thomas said in a video posted by the Orlando Sentinel.

"It was very difficult to put this together in a way that we believe doesn't come across as bigoted," he added. "We have friends that are Muslim, I've lived in the Middle East. Most Muslims are good people. we just kind of expressed a shared outrage that Americans are feeling that Islamic terror is coming here and it's tearing up Europe…we're just speaking out to say we're aware of it."

The rifle has a verse from the Book of Psalms on one side: "Blessed be the Lord my Rock, who trains my hands for war, my fingers for battle."

The selector switch doesn't read: Safe, Semi, and Full, but rather "Peace," "War," and "God Wills It" in Latin.

The rifle's concept has angered U.S. Muslims, particularly The Council on American Islamic Relations of Florida.

Hasan Shibly, executive director of the Council, asked, "Is it designed for Christian terrorists? Sadly, this manufacturer's fancy new gun won't do anything to stop the real threat in America: the escalating problem of gun violence."

Thomas said the goal of the Crusader is not to offend or alienate. Founded in 2001, Spike's Tactical makes about 10,000 custom rifles a year. The Crusader retails for $1,395 and, according to the gunmaker's website, takes two weeks to ship "due to overwhelming media response."