Ricky Bryant has not used a regular hunting rifle for years. By regular he means a standard hunting rifle with a factory barrel. Why? Because Bryant of Clinton, Mississippi is owner and operator of BMS Machine short for Bryant’s Machine Shop on Highway 80 East in Clinton. What Ricky probably does not realize is that his shop is making an excellent rifle for prepping and survival work. Quiet, mean, and effective.
By Dr. John J. Woods, a contributing author to SHTFblog
Among all the many machined parts for multiple industrial applications that BMS manufacturers in house, Ricky and his team including his mom and dad that work in the business also makes firearm suppressors for all types of firearms. Oh, they also make a customized line of AR rifles and rimfires for sport shooting, self-defense, hunting and of course, prepping.
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Suppressor Hunting for Survival Foraging
“We got into hunting with suppressed or “silenced” rifles a number of years ago. We designed our own custom suppressors which are devices that screw mount onto the muzzle of an appropriate rifle. A suppressor actually muffles the muzzle blast sound of a centerfire or rimfire firearm, but many people mistakenly call them a silencer. We make suppressors,” says Ricky Bryant.
“Several of my hunting buddies and me started hog hunting and this is much easier with suppressed rifles. We hunt at night with thermal and night vision gear. Using a suppressed rifle allows us to shoot multiple targets often without disturbing the whole group of pigs. If you were using a regular rifle, after one shot, every pig in the field would be gone in a flash,” stated Bryant. All of the principles that Ricky discusses are just as applicable to prep survival, too.
“Over time we have gained a reputation for dispensing with wild hogs, and now landowners are contacting us to help thin their pig populations. It is amazing the damage a group of hogs can do to a field crop or a hay pasture. They just plow it up to the point that a farmer or landowner cannot even drive over the land. We enjoy taking care of those problems.”
Bryant Prepping ARs
Bryant says, “My hunting crew is really into using AR rifles for hunting. While we primarily started hunting hogs, now we make rifles for deer hunting, and even rimfire models for small game, pest control and just general fun shooting.”
“We started displaying at outdoor shows and various venues, and the interest in our rifles has really expanded. Virtually every rifle we make is a customized model detailed out by the buyer. Sure, we have standard models for sale now, but the real fun part is making a rifle that fits exactly what the shooter wants.”
“Our ARs come with dozens of options including choices for lower and upper units decked out especially for the customer. We offer a wide variety of handguard types, materials, textures, and profile. We have a selection of custom color coatings that can be anything from matte black, camouflage to an American flag red, white, and blue, if that is what the customer wants. We can do custom engraving, and a customer can even specify a custom serial number that will be registered and unique to that one rifle only.”
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While visiting the BMS shop I was able to see and handle a wide selection of display models that Ricky keeps on hand. It is amazing the custom details a shooter or hunter can get in an AR rifle or a rimfire like a Ruger 10-22. Any of BMS’s rifles can be suppressed or come as regular stock barreled rifles. The choices are endless.
Suppressed Hunting Cartridges
“We offer a pretty wide selection of AR rifle chamber choices, but of course we have our favorites after hunting with these rifles for years now. The most common chamber caliber choices we offer includes the ever popular .223 or 5.56, and the .22-250 for varmint and predator hunting,” Bryant explained “For hog and even deer hunting we chamber the 300 AAC or Blackout as it is known in some circles. This chamber can be made up for either a suppressed or regular barrel for different types of hunting. The same is true for the 6.8 SPC, which is one of my personal favorites. The 6.8 is devastating on pigs, and it is a good over all choice for deer hunting as well under regular hunting conditions. We also make AR rifle platforms for the larger .308 Winchester for those hunters that want more power and knock down energy.”
Getting A Suppressor Rifle
According to Bryant, “We help the customer through the whole process of designing their rifle and the suppressor they want, then we help with the processing of the federal BATF paperwork application required to legally own a suppressed firearm. Many people do not know that owning a suppressed rifle is even legal, but it is.” Check with your local state laws. “Our suppressors cost about $650 depending on what features the customer wants. Then they pay a $200 NFA (National Firearms Act) fee to obtain the suppressor owner permit.
We advise suppressor owners to set up a legal trust for the permit application and we walk them through that process as well. Once the permit is received back from the BATF, then we can build the suppressor and legally install it on the customer’s rifle and they are ready to go,” says Bryant. If you think hunting or shooting a suppressed rifle especially a custom AR of your own design sounds exciting, then check out the BMS web site or give Ricky a call at the number listed. If you can dream it up, Ricky and his team can build it.
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Obviously, the hunting applications of a suppressed rifle are beneficial in so many ways, but there is more to it for preppers. During a SHTF and your team is on lock down at home or off to an alternative site, a quiet suppressed rifle has real advantages. There are many times when you want to keep your location a secret and what better way if you have to fire upon targets 4-footed, or two. A suppressed rifle make this possible.