Armed Bears is a collection of 5,000 unique NFT avatars living as ERC-721 tokens (NFTs) on the Ethereum blockchain. The connection between bears and firearms should be clear – armed bears as a statement supporting the right to arm bears.
Gun owners are a passionate community with strong opinions on their right to bear arms. The first of its kind, Armed Bears are the alpha series of blockchain avatars for gun owners. This will allow gun owners interested in NFT collecting to buy the first digital avatars that reflect their support for the Second Amendment. Using an Armed Bear as a profile pic on popular social media platforms will be a statement on where you stand.
Full commercial rights are transferred to the owner upon purchase of that bear for as long as you own the token.
Buyers will have full derivative rights to that unique Bear.
More Art Coming Soon!
We’ve created enough distinct features to ensure that each bear is unique and with varying levels of rarity. We have male and female bears, grizzly bears, black bears, polar bears, and even camo bears. Some have baseball caps, some have gray hair, some have ponytails.
There are bears with baggy eyes, shooting glasses, laser eyes, and eyeliner. There are bears sporting tank tops, flannels, and different tattoos. Some bears are married; some are not.
Then we arm the bears. There are bears carrying AR-15s, AK-47s, Glock 9mms, hunting rifles, revolvers, shotguns, flintlocks, and more. There is enough diversity in this collection for early buyers to be assured that they purchase a bear that reflects their personality.
Armed Bears are the first NFTs designed specifically for shooting enthusiasts and Second Amendment supporters. We see many people buying up Cryptopunks, Bored Apes, and other NFT avatars to use as their social media profile pics. These NFTs have become their owners’ versions of a “digital flex.” Buying an Armed Bears give you full ownership and rights to the Bear (see terms and conditions).
There are few segments of society more passionate than gun owners. Armed Bears is a project for this audience. Now they will have an opportunity to expand their firearm collection to something entirely different – digital assets that serve as both a collectible and a reflection of their passion, hobby, and political beliefs. Much like other NFTs serving as profile pics, Armed Bears can be used as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and other social media profile images for their owners.
NFTs are still new to many people, but the market is growing by leaps and bounds. Armed Bears break NFT ground, becoming the first NFT project designed for gun owners. For NFT collectors, this is also an opportunity to get in on the first endeavor of this kind.
The Armed Bears NFT project is following this bear trail:
September 22, 2021 – It’s the first day of Fall and the artwork is complete. Bears are busy fattening up for winter hibernation, so you will see them around social media as they roam here and there in search of food.
Next steps…. ? Build the community to support the right to arm bears!
Frequently Asked Questions
You have questions? We have answers!
What the hell is an NFT?
New to cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology? Non-fungible tokens (NFTs) are units of data stored on a digital ledger (blockchain). They can be used to represent unique digital files and their ownership can be verified. They can be bought and sold on various websites. While many people are using NFTs as digital art and collectibles, their utility – like blockchain itself – has just begun. For more reading see What is an NFT? (Forbes) and NFTs Explained (The Verge). NFTs now make up a multi-billion dollar market, and we’re just getting started.
Armed Bears will launch on the popular OpenSea website on December 7 at 1pm EST. If you want to take part in this project, I would advise you to familiarize yourself with how to get started on OpenSea.
Who’s behind this project?
I am working with some great artists and coders to make this project a reality. The production of Armed Bears is being funded entirely by myself.
Want to interview me on the project? Reach out!
Questions? Email me at derrick [at] prepperpress.com.
Why Armed Bears?
I’ve been a crypto enthusiast since 2017, and I’ve been watching the growing popularity of NFT collectibles. But most of today’s animal-themed NFT project just don’t make sense to me. Why a random panda or penguin collection?
Being a hobby shooter, I thought, You know what animal NFT would make sense? Armed bears!
The connection here is obvious, a play off the Second Amendment right to bear arms.
There are about 121 firearms for every 100 citizens in the United States. According to the National Firearm Industry Trade Association, there were an estimated 8.4 million new gun owners in 2020. The total U.S. economic impact of commercial arms and ammunition is over $63 billion (source). The shooting industry is nothing short of gigantic.
Why armed bears? Why not armed bears?
Who is this project for?
Another thing I don’t understand about most NFT projects is who their target audience is. Just throw up 10,000 digital images as “art” and hope people buy them?
I’m not using that kind of shotgun approach to this project (no pun intended). Armed Bears is more akin to sniper style – defined, narrow, and precise. Armed Bears is for shooters who like NFTs.
There are millions of gun owners and countless gun collectors. Sooner or later these people are going to look to NFTs that reflect their passion, and when they do, they will look for original projects. They’ll look to Armed Bears.
If I’m lucky, maybe some shooters will become introduced to collecting NFTs through this project. If I’m luckier, maybe some NFT collectors will become introduced to shooting sports as a result of this project.
How much will the bears cost?
I am engaging what I call “caliber pricing,” meaning the bears will be priced in common shooting calibers. Pricing will be at a minimum of 0.0223 ETH and a maximum of 0.0762 ETH.
Should the price of ether rise or drop dramatically before launch, pricing may be changed to different calibers to stay within the target dollar range. My objective is to price the bears low enough so that anyone can have a shot at buying one, but not so low that a handful buyers just come in to sweep them all up.
All Armed Bears will be minted and sold on OpenSea.
Why kind of community are you hoping to build around this project?
I’m not trying to build a community around Armed Bears. Armed Bears is a reflection of an already-existing community.
Gun owners are a passionate group with strong convictions. They share similar beliefs. They vote together. They advocate for one another. What’s more, 99% of them are really good people.
Do you have future plans for Armed Bears?
Future plans depend entirely on how robust the community becomes. These bears are ERC-721 tokens recorded on the Ethereum blockchain, so anything is possible. Maybe we’ll have future drops of “digital” ammo, ERC-20 tokens like ammo in online games. Maybe we’d drop pots of honey.
I own some digital real estate in one of the leading metaverse platforms. Maybe we’ll build an exclusive digital shooting range for token holders. Maybe we’ll host firearms safety, education, and training events on Decentraland.
Blockchain isn’t going anywhere, NFTs aren’t going anywhere, and firearm enthusiasts certainly aren’t going anywhere. Who knows what the future might hold for Armed Bears. First things first – the minting.