Sailor Sells Machine Guns – Kind Of…

Petty Officer 1st Class Patrick Tate Adamiak was recently convicted for attempting to sell a charcuterie board of fun but effectively prohibited weapons. This sailor was found in possession of nearly twenty-five machine guns after selling eight in an undercover ATF sting. A search warrant uncovered the 25 additional machine guns as well as two grenade launchers, two anti-tank missile launchers, and five improvised explosive devices. 

That sounds pretty salacious and makes you think, is this guy selling military weaponry? Where else do you get machine guns? Well, it’s a little bit more in-depth than that. Adamiak ran Black Dog Arsenal, a company that specialized in parts for guns, not complete guns. Black Dog Arsenal seemed to be in the business of selling historic firearms parts and pieces, including receivers. 

A properly cut machine gun

The initial investigation was launched, and the informant ordered some products from Black Dog Arsenal. The products included machine gun receivers, specifically an RPD and PPSH 41. What’s important to know is that these receivers had been cut with some form of saw, but by law, to demill a machine gun receiver, it needs at least three cuts in the receiver with a quarter inch of material removed. 

Adamiak should have known that and admittedly did break the law. Not that I support any laws prohibiting free people from owning firearms, including machine guns. However, it’s not as salacious as the headlines are making it seem. 

Adamiak Found Guilty 

A Federal Jury did find Adamiak guilty of the following charges of three counts of receiving and possessing an unregistered destructive device, one count of receiving and possessing an unregistered firearm, and one count of unlawful possession and transfer of a machine gun

The presence of grenade launchers and missile launchers is interesting. He was convicted of three counts of unregistered destructive devices. Were these something like an RPG-7 that had also not been properly demilled? It seems unlikely they were LAW or AT4 spent tubes to score a conviction. The grenade launcher means nothing since my Yugo SKS technically has a grenade launcher. 

Inert RPG7s are fairly common and legal to own

Were the destructive device charges related to the IEDs found during the initial search? It seems like after selling eight machine guns and possessing 25 machine guns. He would have been convicted of more than one count of possession of a machine gun. 

Adamiak certainly made some dumb decisions and actions. He did violate the law, but he wasn’t selling machine guns to terrorists. He was selling what are effectively hunks of metal. The headlines made it sound like the ATF shut down a criminal mastermind, but in reality, they shut down a guy who sold parts on Gunbroker. Next, they’ll bust me for my AR 15 kits

I’m glad the ATF is focusing on this and not on recovering the rifles they allowed to walk into the hands of Mexican cartels.

Travis Pike
Travis Pike is a former Marine Machine gunner who served with 2nd Bn 2nd Marines for 5 years. He deployed in 2009 to Afghanistan and again in 2011 with the 22nd MEU(SOC) during a record setting 11 months at sea. He’s trained with the Romanian Army, the Spanish Marines, the Emirate Marines and the Afghan National Army. He serves as an NRA certified pistol instructor and teaches concealed carry classes.