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.

Irresponsible Gun Owner of the Day: Thomas Mcguinness

Thomas Mcguinness and family pet (courtesy nbc-2.com)

Anyone [left] old enough to remember the National Lampoon magazine cover that warned “Buy this magazine or we’ll kill this dog?” To say it was polarizing would be like saying gun control is a slightly contentious issue. Personally? I thought it was funny. But then it was supposed to be funny. According to nbc-2.com, this image was posted by Floridian Thomas Mcguinness on his Facebook page, along with photos where he points his gun at himself and his dog. They’ve since been removed, obvs. But not before Mr. Mcguinness made a snide remark, further angering a whole lot of people . . .

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Colorado Discovers the Truth About the “Gun Show Loophole”


Back in the day, TTAG fought a vigorous battle to debunk the “gun show loophole.” You may recall that everyone from the President of the United States on down bandied that term about, claiming that 40 percent of all firearms sales “by-passed” Brady Law background checks. We argued – and continue to argue – that 100 percent of firearms sales should not involve local, state or federal government oversight, as per the “shall not be infringed” part of the United States Constitution. Anyway, gun rights advocates defeated the Manchin-Toomey bill which would have mandated so-called “universal background checks.” Colorado, however, went full-you-know-what and passed a state version of the reg. And now they’ve learned the truth about that bogus 40 percent figure . . .

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ZEISS Launches Smart Phone Ballistic Calculator App

Carl Zeiss Sports Optics apparently knows that I can’t balance a checkbook, never mind calculate all the variables that determine where my bullet will land when using a firearm equipped with one of their most excellent scopes. And while their web-based ballistic calculator was the business, it wasn’t exactly smart phone-friendly. So Carl’s mob have released its new ZEISS Ballistic Calculator mobile app for iPhone, iPod, iPad and Android devises (that’s German for devices). Aside from the lack of a ASV ballistic knob system – whatever that is and coming soon – the app does all the math for you. Five bucks buys you the download at iTunes or Google play. Zeiss customers can click here for a free version. Why, it’s almost enough to make you want to buy their glass over someone else’s! Isn’t it? Press release after the jump . . .

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Question of the Day: Moms Demand Action Denver Boot Camp…Suggestions?

Moms Demand Action boot camp (courtesy Facebook)

Mom-entum. Cute. “10 more days Ladies!” Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America GA Chapter’s Facebook page proclaimed (on the 22nd). “We will be off to Denver for a weekend of serious training, and lots of fun. We will return with fresh ideas of ways we can grow and become more effective in our roles within Moms Demand Action. Our Georgia chapter has a bright future!” That would be the same Georgia MDA chapter whose anti-gun agitation did nothing to stop the Peach State’s “guns everywhere” legislative package. Which, strangely, has not resulted in the predicted rivers of blood. Anyway, any suggestions for the ladies in the Mile High City? Which reminds me, no obscene, abusive or threatening comments. Just positive suggestions to help MDA make America a safer nation. Thanks! [h/t Jeff]

Quote of the Day: Yahoo Serious? Edition

Beretta ARX100 (courtesy all4shooters.com)

“Gun company Beretta is tone deaf when it comes to calls for restrictions on powerful guns sold in the United States. It must be the chance to make money. Beretta’s website carried an announcement that the ARX100 is ‘shipping now.’ Beretta markets the rifle as ‘Italian Design — American Built.’ Regardless of its origins, the gun is unusually powerful.” - Douglas A. McIntyre in Beretta’s New Super Rifle [via finance.yahoo.com]

Obscure Object of Desire: World’s Longest Shotgun

TTAG reported on SilencerCo’s new shotgun silencer a couple of days ago. Pictures and videos of the Salvo 12 have hit the net today. The above demo by Top Shot competitor Chris Cheng doesn’t really tell us much about the noise levels, as video mics cut-out when things go bang. Still, he’s not wearing ear pro is he? [Note: I now have permanent tinnitus because I didn't wear ear protection when a silencer maker told me a modified gun was "ear safe." Three shots. That's all it took. You have been warned.] Regardless of the db’s involved it must be said: that is the porn star of shotguns. Pie-ing a room with this bad boy? Not unless you’re doing it Three Stooges Style. Still, I want one. If nothing else, a silenced Benelli M2 will help me silence people who say it’s recoil that puts off new shotgun shooters. It’s the noise. And now, the weight. Sigh. Way cool slow-mo video after the jump . . .

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Media Matters: Registration ≠ Genocide

“A new video commentary released by the NRA references the Holocaust and other instances of persecution to advance the baseless claim that ‘the government is collecting more and more gun registration data which could be used against gun owners in the form of full confiscation,’” Timothy Johnson writes at the 501(c)(3) non-profit “progressive research and information center” known as mediamatters.org. “The NRA frequently uses the Holocaust to fearmonger about gun rights, and has on three recent occasions been rebuked by civil rights group Anti-Defamation League for misappropriating the history of the Holocaust.” In other words, Media Matters agrees with the ADL that gun registration has nothing to do with the Holocaust. Perhaps they didn’t read . . .

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