Robert Farago founded The Truth About Guns in February of 2010 to explore the ethics, morality, business, politics, culture, technology, practice, strategy, dangers and fun of guns. The TTAG team’s been at it ever since. We’ve built the site on word-of-mouth, strong writing, and a no-holds-barred attitude. Click here for a quick run-down of our latest stats. Here’s the 411 on some of the people that do that voodoo that TTAG does so well:
Robert Farago – Publisher
I began my career as a news writer for WBRU-FM Providence, RI. I then interned at enough media outlets to put a dozen people out of work. I moved down 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 for eight hours a day (since automated), to videotape editor, writer and reporter. I switched over SuperstationWTBS, where I produced 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 and employed 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).
Dan Zimmerman – CEO, Managing Editor
Dan was born, raised and lives in St. Louis. In addition to his TTAG duties, he’s also a professional photographer.
He came to shooting later than most, picking up his first shotgun in his thirties. While happily pointing a smoothbore at any orange clay Frisbee, Dan primarily shoots trap. He bought his first handgun about five years ago and has since acquired his concealed carry license. Now he’s trying to learn more about rifles.
Dan has an extensive writing background including term papers, grocery lists and assorted snarky comments sprinkled around the Internets.
Nick Leghorn (a.k.a. Foghorn) – Testing & Reviews Editor
Nick Leghorn is a former Department of Homeland Security contractor for risk analysis projects currently living in San Antonio, 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 an aspiring pilot. He also recently published his first book, Getting Started with Firearms in the United States.
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Kirsten Joy Weiss - Resident Marksperson
Kirsten Joy Weiss first shot a rifle when she was knee-high to a grasshopper (Lebanon County, PA grasshoppers were very scared). She began her competitive shooting career at 16, starting with .22 smallbore and air rifle. She won “bowls and bowls” of medals (including a gold medal in smallbore at the International Junior Match in Bisley, England) “which I didn’t pay any attention to because I just loved to shoot.”
She attended University of Nebraska Lincoln on a rifle scholarship. She won All-American in smallbore three years in a row and led the Cornhuskers to a fourth-place finish at the NCAA Championships. After finishing sixth place in smallbore at the NCAA Championships the NRA named Kirsten Second-Team All-American. She also competed on the National Development Team for the Olympics, including the 2006 World Championships in Zagreb, Croatia.
Kirsten performs trick shots for her YouTube channel (debuted exclusively on TTAG). She’s currently promoting the Texas International Firearms Festival, November 7 and 8, 2014. She loves orchids.
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Chris Dumm – Writer
Chris grew up in the mountains of Colorado. At the age of 13, to the puzzlement of his parents, he got into shooting and hunting. After dabbling in journalism and classical music in college, he chose Political Science as his major (no mathematics required). Chris swore he’d never join the majority of his fellow Political Science majors and go to law school. After college he moved to California, where Chris worked odd jobs for a few years, and then went to law school.
Chris’ previous publications include “Phallic Cameras,” a satirical letter to the editor in a 1990 edition of the (Boulder) Colorado Daily newspaper, and a supporting role in the Washington Court of Appeals case State v. Thompson/State v. Ober. Chris owns and reviews budget-priced guns of all persuasions, and handloads his own ammunition. Occasionally, his friends let him review something new and expensive. (Hint, hint)
When he’s not commenting on guns, laws, and politics for TTAG, Chris is a criminal defense lawyer in southwest Washington State, where he recently handled a high-profile Open Carry case.
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Tyler Kee – Writer
Tyler Kee is a 2009 graduate of Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas where he studied engineering, physics, breakfast tacos, and finance. Once out of college, he spent time back home and out in Phoenix, AZ before settling down with a gorgeous redheaded ICU nurse in Austin, TX.
He is originally from a very small town nestled in the Hill Country of Texas. Born on Texas Independence Day, he considers Texas to be the finest country in the world. It was living the small town life that introduced him to firearms and hunting. His first firearm was a Ruger 10/22 that still sees regular action at the range and the ranch.
Tyler’s main interests outside of work are general aviation, motorcycles, cooking, and the family ranch. He can be found riding, plane spotting, or cooking for friends on most weekends. Hunting season at the ranch picks up around November and most weekends are spent there until winter is over (approximately 2 months later).
He secretly hopes his wife makes lots of money to support all of his expensive habits.
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Ralph – Writer
Our resident humorist and smartass, Ralph has only a one name because his parents wouldn’t give him theirs. We know only that Ralph was born in The Bronx and first learned about guns at the knee of a kindly old button man for the Bonanno crime family. Ralph showed an aptitude for guns at an early age. By the time he was six, he could recognize every pistol ever made just by hearing it shot outside of his window.
Wanting to escape the hustle and flow of New York City for something more bucolic and tranquil, Ralph enlisted during the Viet Nam War. He demonstrated the spectacular judgment for which he would be known as a lawyer by giving up an academic scholarship and a student deferment in order to learn to count cadence and salute lampposts.
Throughout his military career, Ralph specialized in the critical function sometimes known as “KP.” After callously peeling the flesh from millions of potatoes, Ralph
obtained an honorable discharge from the military (on-line) and went to law school, thereby vastly improving both professions.
Ralph has been a shooter for over fifty years and a lawyer for over thirty, so he’s been on both sides of the gun. Now retired from both the practice of law and a burgeoning career as a Chippendale, Ralph lives a reclusive life with his two cats, both of whom are learning to shoot despite their lack of opposable thumbs. Ralph has three great passions in his life; one of them is shooting and one of them is not getting shot.
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Jeremy S. – Writer
Jeremy S. is back in eastern Washington, where he grew up, after 11 years in California — most of that in not-so-gun-friendly San Francisco. Although he has been target shooting since he was a kid, it wasn’t until living in the most dangerous neighborhood in San Francisco that he truly began thinking of firearms as critical tools of self defense (and doing some training towards that end) and gun rights as something we all must work to protect. What was taken for granted in rural, conservative eastern Washington was illegal, at risk, or heavily regulated in California. Much to his dismay, Jeremy is now a veritable walking encyclopedia of the bottomless quagmire that is Calfornia gun laws, regulations, and “loopholes,” all of which he hopes to forget now that he has moved back to the United States.
Jeremy’s enjoying his new-found freedom by shooting in local IPSC-style pistol competitions, sporting clays and other shotgun competitions, but mostly by just spending time out in the woods and lakes of Northern Idaho (N’Idaho, as he calls it) shooting for fun, putting together videos for his fledgling YouTube channel, and writing gun and gear reviews for TTAG. Plus, of course, purchasing items that he never could in Cali: “I’m not sure whether it’s funny or depressing that, if I moved back to California now with the 100% completely legal [in WA] contents of my gun safe, I would instantly become a felon a dozen times over.”
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Michael Holderer – Writer
Michael Holderer is a firearms salesman, music teacher, opera singer and gun enthusiast. Michael grew up in upstate New York and never touched a gun until he was in his twenties. One night, while living in Albuquerque, someone enthusiastically tried to kick Michael’s front door in. The next morning he ran out, bought his first gun and never looked back.
Since that day, Michael has grown in many directions. He moved to Texas, got his doctorate in opera, got married and became as passionate about firearms as he is about classical music. His interests also began to encompass NFA weapons. As a musician, Dr. Holderer values his hearing and is a staunch proponent of increasing silencer ownership and legality. He follows the motto: “Anything worth shooting is worth shooting suppressed.”
When he’s not out performing or target shooting, he’s enjoying Austin’s food and cultural scene with his wife and hanging out with their two dogs.
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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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