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.

Question of the Day: Still Having Fun?

Underneath this morning’s post Random Thoughts About A Liberal Gun Owner TTAG commentator JohnF wrote: “I used to get a thrill from [shooting] in my youth. But no longer. Shooting is a pain in the a-s. It’s expensive and time consuming and I always wind up running into someone who has either a ‘gun-ego’ problem or worse, a safety compliance problem. Then I have to clean the damn things. I still do it for skill improvement, but I hate it. I much prefer dry firing at home.” I LOVE shooting. It always lifts my spirits, to the point where “a bad day at the range beats a good day anywhere else” is an operative adage. True for you too or is it a case of The Thrill Is Gone?


Random Thoughts About A Liberal Gun Owner

Glasser police reports (courtesy xojane.com)

Over on a site called xojane.com a self-confessed Texas liberal explains her decision to purchase a firearm. “For years, I was what we lefties in Texas refer to as, ‘A bright blue dot in a big red state.’ I believe in recycling, social services, a woman’s right to choose, and immigration. I spent a lot of time defending these things around my red friends, and bemoaning this defense around my fellow blue dots. And then I bought a gun, and everything changed. I was shamed by the blue dots and consoled by the red. I turned purple.” Well, now, hang on a minute . . .

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OMG! A Gun Store! Near a School! OMG!

Future home of a gun store? (courtesy Facebook.com)

“An Arlington strip mall off Lee Highway in the Cherrydale community has everything from restaurants to salons to a frame shop,” wjla.com reports. “McLean-based Nova Firearms has announced it’s opening a new store in that empty space this summer. Building owner Kostas Kapasouris says, ‘They want to have exclusive, expensive sporting goods and I guess that probably includes expensive guns.’ Kapasouris confirms a lease has been signed but he insists the community is overwhelmingly opposed to a gun shop being here . . .

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“Progress” Doesn’t Mean What Gun Control Advocates Think It Means

“Twenty-year-old Christopher Martinez was fatally shot around 9:30 a.m. a year ago, on May 23, 2014,” newsweek.com reports, in an article entitled Gun Safety Progress Seen a Year After Santa Barbara Rampage. “He was one of six people killed by a gunman during a rampage near the University of California, Santa Barbara that also injured at least a dozen others.” Predictably enough, the lead leads readers to believe that all the victims of the Santa Barbara attack were shot to death or injured by gunfire. Nope . . .

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When Seconds Count, Canadian Cops Are an Hour Away

Roger Lepage points to door descration (courtesy cbc.ca)

“A Regina couple received a rude awakening during the early hours of Victoria Day,” cbc.ca reports. Roger Lepage [above] says his wife awoke at around 4 a.m. CST when she heard a banging on the front door. Thinking it was their daughter returning home, Lepage said his wife went outside to see what was going on. Instead of their daughter they found an apparently intoxicated man with no shoes trying to break into their home in the city’s Lakeview neighborhood [pop. 7720].” So Mssr. Lepage called the police. In the intervening hour, the situation escalated . . .

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TTAG Project Gun: Otto Carter’s Design for the Cabot 1911’s Dust Cover

Otto Carter TTAG Project Gun 1911 dust cover design (courtesy The Truth About Skill)


Quick! Where’s the “dust cover” on a 1911? Make the jump for an image ID’ing the part on my favorite Cabot: a prototype stainless steel 1911. (Dibs!) Master Engraver Otto Carter devised the pattern for TTAG’s Project Gun: a Cabot S-Class 1911 engraved in the Victorian Aesthetic style. At least one member of TTAG’s Armed Intelligentsia has suggested that Art Nouveau would be more appropriate. But I reckon you’ve got give an artist of Otto’s caliber his freedom. This is not his first engraved gun rodeo. Nor, we suspect, will it be his last . . .

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Washington Post Champions Gun Rights – In Its Own Special Way

FNS-9C (courtesy Rhonda Little for The Truth About Guns)

“District Judge Frederick J. Scullin Jr. last week gutted the system police use to determine who should be allowed a permit to bear a concealed weapon in the District,” the Washington Post’s editorial board recounts. “At issue is the provision that gives police discretion in granting gun permits by requiring applicants to state a good reason why they need to carry a weapon in public.” The “good cause” provision of D.C.’s “may issue” concealed carry laws are only “at issue” amongst those who seek to deny Americans their natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms. Like the Washington Post. But sometimes your enemy is your friend . . .

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Mexico’s War Against the Autodefensas Continues

Mexico’s autodefensas are citizen militias, illegally armed to defend against drug gangs’ rape, torture, extortion. They are also armed against their own government, guilty of apathy and collusion with the criminals. While the American government arms dubious allies in the Middle East, they turn a blind eye to the Mexican government’s war on autodefensas. Here’s a report on the crackdown south of the border . . .

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First Eyewitness Account of Deadly Waco Biker Brawl

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Here’s what we know about the shootings at the Twin Peaks Restaurant in Waco. Some 170 bikers are still in jail, with bail set at $1m each. We know that cops “returned fire” on the bikers “striking multiple gang members.” We know that nine people are dead. With no word from the Waco coroner on the types of rounds used in the killings – handgun or rifle – we still don’t have an official report on who killed whom, why, when and where. And now washingtonpost.com offers an eyewitness account of the incident. . .

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Question of the Day: Is the 1911 an “Expert’s Gun”?

In the 1911-o-philia above, gun guru Larry Vickers says the 1911 is “not a beginner’s gun . . . There are a lot of nuances to keeping it running.” I agree. Only substitute “not shooting someone you didn’t mean to shoot” for “keeping it running.” Never mind care and feeding and reliability; the 1911’s featherlight go-pedal demands SpecOps-level trigger discipline. And rewards the shooter with superb accuracy. Truth be told I’d prefer to carry a higher-capacity “wundergun” over my Wilson Combat 1911 X-TAC Compact. But nothing conceals as well in an outside-the-waistband holster. Or looks as good when it comes out to play. Anyway, do you have a 1911? Do you carry a 1911? Would you recommend it to a newbie or is it an expert’s gun?


Waco Police on Deadly Biker Brawl: We Didn’t Start It. More Inconsistencies Revealed

Bikers arrested at Twin Peaks, Waco, Texas (courtesy cnn.com)

Earlier this week, Waco Police Spokesman W. Patrick Swanton said 22 members of law enforcement were on-scene before shooting broke out at a motorcycle club gathering at the Twin Peaks restaurant. The police force included the Assistant Police Chief, ten members of the Waco SWAT unit, two sergeants and four State Troopers. Despite the fact that an autopsy of the dead has been completed, we still don’t know who shot whom. And with 169 citizens under lock-and-key pending $1m bail – each –  we’re not getting the  bikers’ side of the story. What we are getting is some extremely defensive comments from the cops. Here’s Sgt. Swanton’s most recent message to the biker community [via cnn.com] . . .

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Incendiary Image of the Day: Chicago Edition

Chicago! (courtesy The Truth About Guns)

Who is responsible for theft or damage to your vehicle? Who’s responsible for protecting it? The same person who’s responsible for your safety, and the safety of your family and friends. Not “management.” Not the police – who are curiously absent from our day-to-day lives. You. Which is why carrying a gun is such a good idea. Which is why the “no concealed weapons allowed on this property” sign is such a bad idea. As a statement of fact, it’s patently ridiculous. Ask a bad guy. Concealed means concealed. The juxtaposition of these two signs means but one thing to right-thinking Americans: spend your money elsewhere. [h/t: Lee Duran]