The Unification Church DID sell guns in the US
Michael L Mickler: “Following the February, 1969, missionary conference, Rev. Moon spoke of selling a sports air gun in the United States. Invented by a Korean church member and manufactured at the movement’s Sootaek-Ri factory compound outside Seoul, the suggestion was controversial. Both Miss Kim and Mr. Choi, whose groups were self-supporting, expressed concern about the effects of gun sales on their public image. On the other hand, David Kim’s group, with less to lose, was more supportive. While Mr. Kim’s position on the Sports Air Gun had not drawn him any closer to Miss Kim, it did create an initial chink in his relationship with Mr. Choi.
If David Kim’s position on marketing a sports air gun created an initial chink in his relationship with Mr. Choi, his enthusiastic support of the church’s anti-Communist movement drew him closer to Miss Kim’s group.”
A History of the Unification Church in America, 1959-1974 (Cults & Nonconventional Religious Groups) by Michael L Mickler (1993)
Yewha 3-B Dynamite gun
If you were a Beeman customer during the 1970s, as I was, you were surprised one day to see a strange-looking airgun among the traditional German and English models. It looked large and crude, and the name – Yewha BBB Dynamite – was hardly what Beeman customers were used to. It was an air shotgun from Korea.
From the Blue Book of Airguns
What I’m about to tell you is documented in the Blue Book of Airguns Fifth Edition. The Beemans were working out of their house in San Anselmo, California, when they were approached by people claiming to be representatives of the Unification Church – known as “Moonies,” after their leader, the Rev. Moon of Korea. They came to the Beeman’s home and showed them their guns, including the .25-caliber air shotgun that Robert Beeman renamed the 3-B Dynamite.
South Koreans are forbidden to own firearms and must use airguns for hunting. They were using this shotgun to take ringnecked pheasants, and the salesman told Beeman that with a round lead ball, the gun could also take deer! Though it wasn’t up to their usual standards of finish, Beeman bought 50 guns at $35 each. As the salesman was leaving, Dr. Beeman joked, “If you ever want to sell the rest of your guns at $10 apiece, I’ll buy them.”
Eight months later, a truck arrived at their home in the evening with 300 more guns! They had taken the joke seriously and wanted their money RIGHT NOW!
150 pumps for the first shot!
The Yewha is similar to the Vincent and Paul, in that you pump it many (150) times before taking a shot. The Blue Book says 10 to 20 pumps, but that is only after the gun has first been filled. After it’s full, each shot drains off about 10-20 pumps. If you replenish between shots, it will retain full power for every shot. Otherwise, you get a number of shots with decreasing power. There’s a flange on the end of the pump rod for your foot, and the gun itself becomes the pump handle.
Well, on the first batch of 50 Yewhas, Beeman was supposed to pay $35 each. They never paid for them, and the Moonies never asked for the money. On the second batch of 300 guns, Beeman only paid $10 each, so he made a pretty good profit on those. And, they actually sold like hot cakes, because they had a stated velocity of 1,000fps. They sold out very fast. This was back in like 1973, 1974, so a $50 profit on each gun was very good.
Dr. Beeman sold them off at a bargain price of $59 with the bandolier.