About Us

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Robert Farago – Publisher

I began my career as a news writer for WBRU-FM Providence, RI. I interned at enough media outlets to put a dozen people out of work, bluffed my way through an English degree at Tufts University, then moved to Atlanta to pick electronic cotton for Massa Turner (CNN).

In the following decade, I progressed from someone who adjusts camera three left or right by three inches (since automated) to videotape editor, writer and reporter. I joined SuperstationWTBS to produce Good News. After assuming the Managing Editor’s slot at Creative Loafing newspaper, and bailing on same, I went freelance. In the UK.

At some point, I morphed from writer to hypnotist; a pursuit that kept me occupied for ten years. Back in the states, I founded www.thetruthaboutcars.com (TTAC). Eight years later I sold the site to NameMedia. In February 2010, I started The Truth About Guns (TTAG). Because guns.

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Dan Zimmerman – CEO, Managing Editor

Born and raised in St. Louis, Dan recently made the pilgrimage to the Lone Star State and now resides in Austin. He came to shooting later than most, picking up his first shotgun in his thirties. While happily pointing a smoothbore at any orange clay disc, Dan primarily shoots trap but has developed a love for duck and pheasant hunting, too.

Dan’s extensive writing background including term papers, grocery lists, Post-It Note reminders and assorted snarky comments sprinkled around the Internets.

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Nick Leghorn (a.k.a. Foghorn) – Senior Editor

Nick Leghorn is a former Department of Homeland Security contractor for risk analysis projects currently living in Austin, Texas. He was born in New York City and grew up in the area, the product of a family that frowned on guns and gun owners. He shot his first gun in the Boy Scouts and was instantly hooked on shooting sports.

While attending Penn State, Nick started practicing Olympic smallbore rifle with the Penn State Rifle team. After only a few months of practice he was performing well enough to begin competing against other schools with the team. During his senior year he started branching out into different types of competitions, including USPSA handgun shooting (production division), NRA/CMP High Power Rifle (Service Rifle division), and eventually 3-gun (Tactical Optics division).

Nick’s main areas of interest in shooting are competition sports, long range accuracy, and scientific  testing. He really enjoys using his knowledge of statistics and analytical abilities to solve questions and do interesting experiments with firearms. To that end he also handloads his own ammunition and is constantly looking for tools and gear to better his score or just simply to test and figure out if it performs as advertised.

In his free time (what’s left after writing for TTAG, at least) he also volunteers as an EMT and is a an instrument rated private pilot. He also recently published his first book, Getting Started with Firearms in the United States.

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Jeremy S. – Testing & Reviews Editor

Jeremy brings an engineer’s mind and a background in product design and R&D to the gun reviews process. While he’s always looking for objective data, Jeremy has been an avid shooter since childhood and loves getting behind all types of handguns, rifles, and shotguns. His safes are full, his ammo shelves are sagging, and he’s coordinating much of TTAG’s gun and gear reviews while attempting to hold down a “real job” as well.

Though Jeremy’s cowboy boots were made by hand in Washington State, he’s now a proud Texas resident after moving to the Austin area in early 2017. Next thing you know he’ll be shooting out of a pickup.

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Liberte Austin – Hunting Editor

Liberte is Texas born and bred. She hunted for the first time in 2007 and soon discovered her own, consuming love and passion for the sport. To keep the proverbial wolf from her door, she’s worked in the legal industry, both as a paralegal at prestigious firms and as a business owner.

At an early age Liberte was the survivor of a violent crime. She’s since become an outspoken advocate for the Second Amendment; Liberte considers gun control laws a violation of Americans’ constitutional right to keep and bear arms. She carries an STI 1911 for personal protection and hunts with a 7mm Magnum rifle.

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Dean Weingarten – Writer

Dean Weingarten was born into the gun culture in northern Wisconsin. His high school even allowed time off for deer season. He started reloading cartridges at age 15 and remembers buying his first pistol, a Colt Woodsman, across state lines without paperwork – for cash – just before the Gun Control Act of 1968 went into effect. And it was all legal. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Meteorology at the University of Wisconsin where he was on the pistol team for four years.

Then came a three-year tour in the Army as a young officer, where he had additional duties as a military game warden. Minor jobs working for the Hayward PD and as a Wisconsin conservation warden convinced him to go back to graduate school where he earned an M.S. in mining engineering.

A five year posting to Panama during the Noriega era was followed by working at the Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona to round out a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing and Evaluation (RDT&E). Participating in the legal and cultural debates surrounding the Second Amendment has been a compelling interest for over four decades.

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Johannes Paulsen – Writer

Johannes Paulsen is the nom de plume (nom du clavier?) of a Pennsylvania-based author who writes about current events, philosophy, politics, law, training and personal experiences relating to firearms…as well as a few equipment reviews now and then.

When he’s not scribbling the truth about guns, Johannes spends his free time with his family and working as an attorney, where his practice involves scripting in SQL and VBA far more than he ever thought it would while in law school.

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Sara Tipton – Writer

Sara was born and raised in Colorado and currently lives in California. She learned to shoot from her father as a child and still enjoys shooting clays with her family every holiday. Policy is important to her as restrictions are many in California and that’s a main focus of her writings.

Her favorite gun is her Ruger Mini-14, with after market ATI stock. When she isn’t shooting or writing, she enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, cleaning, working out, shopping, and wine tasting — the best thing about California.

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Ashley Hlebinsky

Ashley Hlebinsky – Writer

Ashley did not grow up around guns; however, through a circuitous route that involved researching and shooting all kinds of firearms from early action types through modern day she ultimately found her whisky drinking, cigar loving people.

Hlebinsky has a Masters Degree in American History, focusing her research specifically on firearms. She spent three years researching at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Firearms Collection. She’s currently the Robert W. Woodruff Curator of the Cody Firearms Museum. When she’s not playing around in a collection of 7,000 guns, Hlebinsky writes about them and talks about them…a lot…to both academic and popular audiences.

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Logan grew up in Michigan and got his first gun, a Marlin “Little Buckaroo,” on his 10th birthday. He moved to Virginia to attend college and got a degree in Historic Preservation with a concentration in Museum Studies. This led to work with the National Park Service and the Smithsonian Institution before taking a job as the Firearms Specialist for the NRA Museums. There, he’s able to blend his love for guns and history and, miracle of miracles, actually get paid to do it.

He enjoys collecting old Smith & Wesson revolvers, reading, participating in Civil War reenactments as a mounted cavalry officer, and spending time with his wife, their dog, and three horses in the Shenandoah Valley.

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John Boch – Writer

A few years after graduating from the University of Illinois, John found a tiny group of gun owners relegated to the dreary basement of a restaurant in Urbana. When word of their presence spread in the less than gun-friendly community, the restaurant was torn down. The meeting was moved to another venue in Urbana. That location was later razed as well.

The gaggle of gun enthusiasts got the hint and moved their meetings outside of Urbana, attracting more great people to become Guns Save Life, a regional gun rights group with thousands of members across 40 states, monthly meetings in six cities across Illinois, a monthly journal (GunNews) with a circulation of 20,000, and a highway sign program seen by 600,000 people a day. Education and activism are what GSL is all about and John is passionate about all three, today working as the Executive Director of Guns Save Life.

As a firearms instructor with GSL Defense Training for nearly 20 years, he’’s helped instruct thousands of adults. The GSL Defense Training cadre of over twenty instructors brings cutting edge training to civilians, as one of only a handful of companies nationwide offering force-on-force classes to civilians and a unique personal protection for teens course.  John’s also a Live Free USA Survival instructor, but much prefers sleeping in a bed over roughing it in a bivouac.

He’s a student of the gun, having taken dozens of classes from many top national instructors and schools in firearms, knife, Krav Maga hand-to-hand, and survival studies. Yes, he’s married to guns.  More recently, he also married Wendy (Lund) Boch, a delightful woman who could do better. John’s ferret Nippers is also world-famous thanks to The Truth About Guns and some anti-gunners attacking him personally.

John’s the published author of hundreds of articles on self-defense strategies, firearms use, defensive mindset and product reviews. John also serves as editor emeritus of GunNews Magazine. He’’s also (legally) carried a gun every day since the late 1990s – no small feat as a civilian in Illinois.

He’ has a reputation for being a terrible boat driver, tragically losing most of his guns and ammo in a series of unfortunate accidents, including some in the Gulf of Mexico, Lake Michigan, and, most recently, Lake Bloomington.

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Conner W. – Writer

Conner is a Pacific Northwest sportsman who grew up shooting everything from Smith & Wesson revolvers with his grandfather in Montana to bolt-action rimfire rifles with his father in the San Juan Islands of Washington State. As an obsessively-observant and formally-educated photographer, his detailed reviews on TTAG are sure to include enticing images.

After fourteen years of lacrosse and nine years of football, hunting became Conner’s post-collegiate passion. In particular, he focuses on wingshooting, typically logging at least fifty hunts per year with his left-handed Benelli Super Black Eagle II. He is currently a Tanglefree Waterfowl Pro Staff team member.

Conner volunteers in a variety of emergency management capacities, including lead roles on Emergency Operations Center, Search and Rescue, CERT, Radio Operators, and CEMNET teams. He is also a volunteer NRA-certified RSO. Ironically (and dutifully), about once a year he gets called to help rescue baby peregrine falcons.

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Ron Grobman – Writer

Ron Grobman is Mr. Krav Maga. At the age of 16, Ron became America’s youngest certified Krav Maga instructor. He went on to receive certification from International Krav Maga and Gabi Noah at Israel’s Wingate Institute. The multi-lingual Maga maven established his company Tactical Fitness Austin to train students how to combine Krav Maga and armed self-defense.

On the gun side, Ron served with the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF), attaining the rank of 1st sergeant. He’s expert at both close-quarters-combat and long-range shooting, mastered as a sniper in the IDF’s Special Forces reconnaissance battalion. Ron joined TTAG to share his skills and scarf thousands of rounds of “free” ammo for his courses.

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TTAG writer Luis Valdes

Luis Valdes – Writer

Luis is the first to be born in the USA in a family Cuban political refugees who fled Castro’s communism. Luis grew up around an odd mix of Smith & Wesson revolvers, first generation GLOCKs, and Remington 870s. Though a Miami native, he has what he describes as strong redneck tendencies that includes duck hunting in central Florida and flying planes in the Civil Air Patrol.
Following in the family footsteps, he became a government employee in various capacities, first in the US Army and then going into law enforcement where he’s currently employed.
Luis burns many personal vacation days by campaigning for better gun laws in Tallahassee and trying to re-model a house using YouTube how-to videos. When he isn’t working or swinging a hammer, he can be found fishing or at the range turning money into smiles.
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