Author Archives: Robert Farago

Robert Farago is the Publisher of The Truth About Guns (TTAG). He started the site to explore the ethics, morality, business, politics, culture, technology, practice, strategy, dangers and fun of guns.

New Study: How Much Do Finger Placement & Ready Position Matter?


Republished from a Force Science Institute email blast:

In terms of reacting fast to a sudden deadly threat, does it matter how you carry an unholstered or unslung weapon or where you rest your trigger finger before making the decision to shoot? In other words, does any one of the various ready positions commonly taught in police firearms training really give you a significant edge in response time? A two-part study by the Force Science Institute reported in the current issue of the peer-reviewed journal Law Enforcement Executive Forum provide some answers that may surprise you if you’re a strong advocate for particular positioning . . .

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The Five Best AR-15 Rifle Slings


By Norman Gray POMA Member

Arizona (Ammoland.com) –  The humble rifle sling is one of the most valued, yet strangely enough, under used part of a rifle. Anyone who has ever served their country or just hunted this great land knows the value of a rifle sling. It is used in the act of shooting, transporting your rifle from place to place and allows you to use both hands while keeping your rifle close or transitioning to a handgun. In the worst of times it has served as a tourniquet and saved lives. But most of the time I find it’s left behind until the time its needed most and not available. Wise hunters and shooters carry their slings with them for times like this. But which sling to buy, one point, two point, three point, quick detach, sport, professional, educate yourself before you purchase, this will help make the wisest choice for your application. . . .

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Iowa State Anti-Gun Op Ed Writer’s Never Fired A Gun

Sorry I had to do the spoiler thing in the headline, but it puts the lead to Iowa State volleyball player Madison Ward’s editorial –  New Iowa firearm laws miss the mark – into its proper perspective. Here’s the wind-up: “I very much wish I could see the world as I did when I was a child or that world was the reality. When people were just people, not threats, and the only weapons I knew of were the Nerf kind that would irritate, not harm. Although leaving the mindset of a perfectly peaceful world was a gradual one, it was still rather mind boggling to think that a human could have it out for another. But none the less, with each year it becomes steadily more apparent that there is more danger in the world than I had really known. The one light of hope, I had previously thought, was the government and its obligation to protect the public, but even now, that is starting to fade.” The thing of it is is . . .

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Gun Hero of the Day: Ed Peruta

Ed Peruta's statement on hearing

Cruising Facebook at 0 dark thirty, I saw this comment on the TTAG feed by Edward Peruta. Mr. Peruta was reacting to the Ninth Circuit Court’s decision to rehear his case – throwing out San Diego’s “shall [not] issue” permitting system – en banc. As our man Dan pointed out, the Court’s action doesn’t bode well for Mr. Peruta or Californians’ gun rights. Or maybe it does . . .

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New from Bergara Performance Rifles: B-14 Timber and B-14 Hunter

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Every time we post something about a really expensive firearm on TTAG or (God forbid) Facebook, nickel-and-diming naysayers come out of the proverbial woodwork. Why would anyone buy a Cabot 1911 when they could buy thirty-nine GLOCKs and a new refrigerator for the same price? Why would someone shell out a grand for a Benelli pump-action shotgun when a Mossberg 500 does the same job for the price of a Starbucks venti and a couple of Porterhouse steaks? Good news for Scottish-minded gun buyers! Bergara’s got budget rifles! Their new . . .

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Question of the Day: What’s the Dumbest Hollywood Gun Fail You’ve Ever Seen?

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TTAG reader CC sent us the above image from The Walking Dead. It’s not a fail, exactly, but “tea cupping” a pistol like that is pretty darn dumb – especially when the undead are coming for your brains. Speaking of brain dead, Hollywood has a long and ignoble history of making guns do things they can’t. Bad guys fall down dead from a single shot. Or get blown off their feet – backwards – by a shotgun blast. Good guys have magic mags that never require a refill. While most people don’t know or care, The People of the Gun do. So, cowboy, what’s the dumbest gun fail you’ve see on the silver screen or within the glowing confines of the boob tube?


Guns for Beginners: Three Tips for Open Carry


When I blogged the heinous murder of a Philadelphia dog walker in a “safe” neighborhood, two things struck me. First, that the killers admitted to searching for an easy target. Second, the murderous villains would not have considered a dog walker openly carrying a firearm an easy target. Yes, there is that. I’m a firm proponent of open carry for comfort, firearms normalization (which defends and extends gun rights) and deterrence. But there’s an important if statistically improbable concern: firearm retention. You don’t want someone using your gun against you. If you’re new to guns and want to open carry, excellent! Here are three tips for dealing with that issue . . .

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Quote of the Day: Arsenal Owners of America Unite!

“This is why the NRA is so extreme: The arsenal owners control it. Poll after poll shows that the NRA’s political positions do not in any way reflect the opinions of gun owners or even rank-and-file NRA members. The NRA is run by and for a group of people who have invested a huge amount of money, time and emotional energy in their gun collections. That takes them far outside the American mainstream but also makes them willing to fight so hard for unregulated guns that it seems completely irrational. But understand, to the arsenal owners, it isn’t.” – Bernie Horn, Gun Ownership Is Declining, So Why Is The Gun Lobby So Powerful? [via billmoyers.com]


Pandora Airing Everytown for Gun Safety Anti-Gun Ads


TTAG reader RO writes;

So I’m listening to one of my created favorite stations on Pandora this morning. It’s commercial time which I normally tune out. But I heard an odd mix of words that triggered my spidey sense. It was an Everytown for Gun Safety ad. Are you EXPLETIVE DELETED kidding me? I screen grabbed a pic. I heard it twice in less than an hour. It’s full of the normal BS about politicians not doing what needs done, gun violence, blah blah blah. I’ll be sending Pandora a nastygram when I get to work.


Governor Christie: Don’t Blame Me for NJ Gun Laws


“Gov. Chris Christie said he would consider revisiting New Jersey’s strict gun laws if he had a Republican-led legislature,” wsj.com reports. “In response to a question about his support for the Second Amendment [at a town hall meeting], the potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate said that New Jersey’s Democrat-led Legislature has sent him only bills that further restrict these rights, many of which he has vetoed.” The WSJ notes that Christie previously vowed to “strictly enforce” all of the Garden State’s gun laws, regardless of their Constitutionality. Here’s his new promise on gun rights . . .

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IN Mom (And Veteran) Demands Action Against National Reciprocity


A letter to the editor from indystar.com:

As with virtually every other state, Indiana requires a permit to carry a hidden, loaded handgun in public. That’s just common sense: to carry a concealed handgun should require a clean criminal record and basic safety training. But there is a bill pending in Congress that would override Indiana’s basic permit requirements and force our state to let anyone with a driver’s license from states like Arkansas, Wyoming and Vermont to carry concealed, loaded guns in public with no permit, no training, and no criminal history check — no questions asked. If Congress passed this law . . .

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New from Winchester: Long Beard XR Magnum Turkey Shotshells

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“Forty yards has long been the standard by which all turkey loads were measured,” Winchester’s press release proclaims (after the jump). “No more. Winchester® Ammunition pushed the limit without trepidation introducing the most innovative turkey load in its history, Long Beard XR Magnum.” And what, pray tell, gives this anti-avian ammo extra reach? “A heavier shot payload for increased on-target pellet counts. Shot-Lok Technology offers the tightest patterns and longest shot capability of any lead turkey load in history – with more than twice the pellets in a 10-inch circle out to 60 yards compared to traditional lead loads.” Winchester’s sending our man Jon Wayne Taylor some shells to shoot. Watch this space . . .

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