“Pound-for-pound, component-for-component, dollar- for-dollar, you will not find a better rifle,” writes Horiuchi in his endorsement for South Dakota-based H-S Precision, Inc. Horiuchi’s letter was discovered by a gun collector while reading the company’s magazine, and later found on their website. News of the endorsement has spread across the Internet.
Horiuchi rose to infamy for his ice-cold murder of Vicki Weaver during the 1992 siege at Ruby Ridge, a 12-day standoff between the Weaver family and US government agents who wanted to arrest patriarch Randy Weaver on gun charges. A Justice Department review found Mrs. Weaver’s murder to be unconstitutional. FBI director Louis Freeh said “law enforcement overreacted at Ruby Ridge” and the standoff is “synonymous with the exaggerated application of federal law enforcement”. Horiuchi was indicted for manslaughter in 1997 but the case was dissmissed on grounds the he was immune to prosecution because his actions were part of his job as a federal officer.
It is believed Horiuchi secured the endorsement deal through his FBI contacts, and was able to land a valuable government contract for H-S Precion, which manufactures high-grade tactical rifles, in the process.
H-S Precision has since removed the Horiuchi endorsement. “The management of H-S Precision did not intend to offend anyone or create any type of controversy,” the company wrote in an apology on their website.