Magazine August 27, 2018, Issue

‘More Important than Motorcycles’

Jesse James (Spencer Weiner/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
Jesse James on why he’s turned to making guns

Jesse James may have an outlaw’s name, but he has long been a friend to law-enforcement officers, including the ones he learned to shoot with when he was a boy growing up in California.

“My dad was a big NRA member and gun proponent,” he says. “He had lots of friends who were with the sheriffs, and we’d go out into the desert in California and shoot.” He turns almost wistful for a second. “Now the desert is all houses.”

Jesse James has been a lot of things over the years: hamburger-stand operator, motorcycle customizer and proprietor of West Coast

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