Was an R51 Really a Good Choice for the Cover of ‘The Future of the Gun’? by Dan Zimmerman | Aug 14, 2014 | 47 comments facebook twitter linkedin email comments Bigred2989 says: August 14, 2014 at 14:01 Could have been worse. Could have been a Smart Gun. Reply dracon1201 says: August 14, 2014 at 14:03 And there you have it! Reply Robert W. says: August 14, 2014 at 14:06 Considering the faux circuitry pattern as a background, do you think that is what the publisher was going for, and just picked a stock picture of the most futuristic looking (to them) handgun? Reply Another Robert says: August 14, 2014 at 14:10 I expect you are exactly right. Rich Grise says: August 14, 2014 at 18:15 Another Robert says: “I expect you are exactly right.” Me, too. Eric says: August 14, 2014 at 14:21 Or a R51 with smart gun technology. Reply SteveInCO says: August 14, 2014 at 14:37 The R51 could have smart gun technology added with no effect on its functionality even if the owner loses the watch. Reply Robert W. says: August 14, 2014 at 16:13 He wouldn’t have a watch to throw at them along with the gun. Rokurota says: August 14, 2014 at 14:47 Claridge Hi-Tech Reply Fred says: August 14, 2014 at 18:59 Seems odd to pick a design that’s from 1917 as the future of guns. Reply Scott says: August 15, 2014 at 06:28 You guys really need to stop ragging on the R51. I mean… every day? We get it, you have something against Remington. We get that it was a shit gun. But give it a rest already. Reply Ross says: August 14, 2014 at 14:02 No, no it was not. Reply Noishkel says: August 14, 2014 at 14:03 Maybe if you think Mom’s Demand Action are right… They just want ‘common sense’ gun control. In other words the only guns you may have are the ones you can’t use. Reply rammerjammer says: August 14, 2014 at 14:05 Kinda makes you wonder if the author knows Jack or his friend Shit about guns. Reply Tomyironmane says: August 14, 2014 at 15:07 Probably not the author’s choice, I hear they don’t always have a lot of control over their cover designs. The Publisher, however, probably knows the gentlemen in question. BUT, I have it on good authority that Mr. Jack has left town. Reply Abad says: August 14, 2014 at 18:27 LOL! Awesome. We can say “shit” here? Reply Ace says: August 14, 2014 at 14:05 Reading the book’s description on Amazon, the marketing copy says: “Bestselling author Frank Miniter details the amazing breakthroughs waiting to happen in gun technology that could make today’s firearms exponentially safer and smarter—if the anti-gun lobby weren’t halting progress in its tracks.” I had to read that several times because I’ve never heard the gun grabbers described as the “anti-gun lobby”. It sounds like it has a pro-gun bias, and the comments also seem to agree that it is a good book. Come on TTAG, we demand a review! Reply Zachary marrs says: August 14, 2014 at 17:59 Yes, we want a review Reply Rich Grise says: August 14, 2014 at 18:21 To me, “exponentially safer and smarter” sounds like those stupid “smart guns,” unless they’re talking about Track Point, which I get the impression that both are universally hated and loathed by “Real” POTG, which implies that the writer of the Amazon blurb got it exactyly back-asswards. Reply Noishkel says: August 14, 2014 at 14:06 Hmm… I just noticed something. The cover on the Amazon listing is different than the one on the authors site. http://www.regnery.com/the-future-of-the-gun-free-chapter/ Maybe someone involved with the project realized the durpyness of having the R51 on the cover. Reply Ralph says: August 14, 2014 at 14:14 Reports say that this tome is VERY pro-gun. Reply Accur81 says: August 14, 2014 at 16:16 That’s too bad, because Remington and the R51 are clearly anti -gun. Reply Indiana Tom says: August 14, 2014 at 18:02 Actually, the R51 is a gun control proponent’s dream come true. Reply JoshinNC says: August 16, 2014 at 02:38 You made me laugh, sir. Thank you. Reply MP says: August 14, 2014 at 14:23 I did laugh when I saw that. I don’t think we should judge this book by it’s cover. Crimson Trace is cool. Reply CharlieFoxtrot says: August 14, 2014 at 14:31 Just heard an interview with the author on Tom Gresham’s guntalk. He’s one of us. Reply David says: August 14, 2014 at 14:36 Well, Dick Metcalf was also “one of us”, till he wasn’t, but I have heard very good reviews of the author and the book Reply Ralph says: August 14, 2014 at 15:20 According to the author, he used to be one of “them.” He found his road to Damascus when he researched and understood the facts. I can’t see him going back to the Dark Side. As for Metcalf, he was always a Fudd. He never changed — we did. Reply Former Water Walker says: August 14, 2014 at 14:32 The R51 was featured on Outdoor channels Gallery of Guns. A little lag time huh? I don’t think anything in particular about this cover. Maybe it was chosen before the debacle. Reply lolinski says: August 14, 2014 at 14:34 No. Reply esitue says: August 14, 2014 at 14:39 This is typical r-Type (Liberal) biologically driven subterfuge, advertise a self-defense tool that will get the K-Type buyer killed as a means of breeding with their widowed mate and corrupting the gene pool. Really, it is that simple. Reply KCK says: August 14, 2014 at 15:04 The electronic circuitry in the background was meant to imply that the pistol itself was smart. I think they wanted to join that graphic with a modern (not brick like) looking gun Reply Tomyironmane says: August 14, 2014 at 15:13 And that slab sided abomination of composites and bad design isn’t bricklike? Gimmie a 1911 any day of the century. It’s not as clumsy or random as that little blaster, an elegant weapon for a more civilized age. Reply bigfinger76 says: August 14, 2014 at 19:27 I don’t know about all that, but I do know it’s the ugliest handgun I’ve ever seen. Reply Avid Reader says: August 14, 2014 at 23:30 Well, it does have the functionality of a brick. .. Reply Tex300BLK says: August 14, 2014 at 15:08 Depending on the political inclinations of the author… could be implying a wish more than anything else. That wish being that in the future all guns will be useless turds. Reply KingSarc48265 says: August 14, 2014 at 15:13 The R51 might be the perfect gun for the cover. Companies beta testing 1st gen garbage on the consumer is a growing trend. Reply Pascal says: August 14, 2014 at 15:19 TheBlaze has an interview of the author. http://www.theblaze.com/blog/2014/08/14/the-conversation-with-a-former-gang-member-that-changed-the-worldview-of-this-pro-gun-author/ As part of that interview, he read a quote from his book that was from a gang member The only way I can see to change this is to empower the individual…to carry concealed. And then your mother or that store owner or whomever is on par — is equal to that gang member and so on who is carrying that gun illegally. And you’ve just then brought mature people who know how to responsibly handle guns…into that society to be good examples of gun owners…and you’ve changed the whole social dynamic then of that idea of the gun in those bad neighborhoods. Reply Tomyironmane says: August 14, 2014 at 15:54 Let it never be said that a ganger don’t love his mom and pop too. Reply Rich Grise says: August 14, 2014 at 18:26 That’s assuming he knows who his “Pop” is. I suspect that kids who have a real Pop don’t become gangbangers. Reply pod says: August 14, 2014 at 16:18 If they were looking for a futuristic firearm, there’s plenty of “space guns” that actually work, floating around. The FN F2000 “Standard”, with the original included scope and shroud looks super-futuristic. http://www.fnherstal.com/uploads/pics/f2000_std_trigger1.jpg Or the Tavor with the MARS optic. http://www.imfdb.org/images/thumb/4/4c/IMI_CTAR-21_Tavor.jpg/500px-IMI_CTAR-21_Tavor.jpg Reply mercutio says: August 14, 2014 at 17:46 absolutely, a gun that doesn’t work – a gun the gun control people can support. Reply danrrz says: August 14, 2014 at 18:12 Unless the authors premise was that future guns will be reincarnations of century old designs that didn’t fare well in their own day, and then are summarily rushed to market without a shred of quality control I’d go with a big fat no. Reply esitue says: August 14, 2014 at 18:55 I understand that the Caracal was the odds on favorite as the cover gun but licensing the image was a no-go for political erasons Reply esitue says: August 14, 2014 at 19:03 And here I thought was the only one with such egregious suspicons Reply Skylor says: August 14, 2014 at 23:41 The audiobook version has a 1911 on its “cover”. Follow the link and you can hear a sample… http://www.audible.com/pd/History/The-Future-of-the-Gun-Audiobook/B00M0T9K9Q/ref=a_search_c4_1_1_srTtl?qid=1408077456&sr=1-1#publisher-summary Reply Static NAT says: August 15, 2014 at 09:31 Yo! Gun community … stop judging a book by its cover! That’s the sort of prejudice we get from the gun-grabbers. Here’s some feedback on this book: http://blog.joehuffman.org/2014/08/14/symbolism/ Reply Write a Comment Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. 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