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.

No Fun In Acapulco: Another Day, Another Mexican Journalist Murdered

Journalist Francisco Pacheco Beltrán (courtesy boderlandbeat.com)

Considering the violence and lawlessness south of the border, Donald Trump’s plan to build a wall between Mexico and the United States is looking more and more like a scaled-up version of Escape from New York. How long before we simply escort criminals to the other side of The Donald’s wall and let them fend for themselves? Meanwhile, Mexico is an excellent/horrific example of what happens to a disarmed populace. This story — republished from borderlandbeat.com — goes out to the U.S. journalists who love them some gun control. When gun rights advocates say the Second Amendment protects the First, they ain’t just whistling Dixie. It’s your neck that’s on the line boyo. You have been warned . . .

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Remington Offers Limited Lifetime Warranty on All 2016 Firearms

Remington has a new president CEO who’s sworn a blood oath to improve product quality. We wanted to see for ourselves what’s happening on the ground. So we sent TTAG’s Managing Editor to Big Green’s biggest factories. Findings to follow. Let’s just say that reports of the R51’s death have been greatly exaggerated. On a wider scale, as part of their commitment to quality, Remington’s offering a limited lifetime warranty on all firearms purchased after January 1, 2016. Here are the deets [via ammoland.com] . . .

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The Truth About Concealed Carry Licensing Laws

Lowell Massachusetts Police Superintendent William Taylor (courtesy lowellsun.com)

“A security guard wants to protect himself and improve his job prospects by being able to apply for positions as an armed security guard,” lowellsun.com reports. “A store owner wants to feel safe from the threat of robbery. They’re among four city residents — three male, one female — who have applied to the Lowell [Massachusetts] Police Department — and received — an unrestricted license to carry a firearm in public. The approvals are the first since the department earlier this year updated its gun policy, adding two controversial requirements: applicants must take a safety course and submit a ‘written supplement’ — or essay — explaining the reason(s) for seeking the license.” You ready for this? Here are The Sun’s summaries of the four concealed carry applicants’ essays . . .

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DeSantis Gunhide Question of the Day: How Much Do You Spend on Your Security?

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg (courtesy nypost.com)

“Security means everything to Facebook — security for Mark Zuckerberg, that is,” nypost.com clarifies. “The social-media company shelled out $5 million last year to make sure its co-founder and CEO had protection around the clock, according to regulatory filings . . .  powerful Apple CEO Tim Cook spent relative chump change of $209,151 on his safety last year.” I’m not sure how much I spend on security. I pay ADT a monthly fee and despite TTAG freebies, I spend lot of [my own] money on guns, ammo and training. Call it $10k per annum. How much do you shell out a year to keep you and yours safe? Be honest: do you see all your gun stuff that way?

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A Blast From the Past: Grand Funk Railroad’s Don’t Let Them Take Your Gun

Not all pro-gun rights bands fall into the Country and Western genre. Here’s a blast from the past; Grand Funk Railroad’s Don’t Let Them Take Your Gun. (Click here for the lyrics.) Born in Flint, Michigan, GFR never found much critical success. Luckily, sales were strong. This pro-gun song was released in 1976, America’s bicentennial year. The album in which it appeared — Good Singin’, Good Playin’ — was a commercial flop, accounting for the song’s obscurity. (Click here for the whole album.) And yes, that’s Frank Zappa on the left, who produced and played on a couple of tracks.

[h/t Lou]


Fudd Alert! Only Landowners Can Lend a Shotgun in the UK

A young shot is given a helping hand

Gun control advocates hold a “gun free” UK near and dear to their disarmament-loving hearts. American Fudds — hunters and sportsman who couldn’t give a toss about the gun rights of people who own or aspire to own handguns or ARs — are OK with the UK’s gun control regime. Yes, well, civilian disarmament is a slippery slope. The gun banners will have your shotguns and hunting rifles too, mate. Here’s proof from The Land of Hope and Glory via shootinguk.co.uk . . .

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More NRA Propaganda Exposed! Or Not . . .

Marvin Meadors (courtes huffintgtonpost.com)

Most Americans believe that people have a right to self-defense. Most Americans believe that a firearm is an effective tool for self-defense. Which is why most Americans support the right to keep and bear arms. There are other reasons why some Americans are pro-gun (e.g., defense against tyranny and hunting) but armed self-defense is the thing. Which is why gun control advocates will do and say anything to undermine the idea that guns save lives. Proponents of civilian disarmament like the alliterative Marvin Meadows (above) . . .

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Battle of Gate Pā Replica Maori Shotguns for Sale

“To mark the 152nd commemoration of the Battle of Gate Pā exact replicas of the shotguns used by Maori warriors will be available for history fanatics and gun enthusiasts to own,” nzherald.co.nz reports. “The Pukehinahina Charitable Trust has decided to sell its collection of 20 handcrafted tupara, or double-barrel shotguns, which were manufactured in Italy and assembled in New Zealand.” With “carvings on the butt” from Thailand. Kidding. As for the battle itself, the Brits got their you-know-whats handed to them. wikipedia.org:

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New Snap-On LaserMax Manta-Ray AR Light at NRA Show

LaserMax Manta-Ray LMR-M (courtesy ammoland.com)

I’m not sure how many TTAG readers hanker for a light for their AR. If you do, you might want this one. The new $219 LaserMax Manta-Ray (a.k.a., LRM-M) features “adjustable brightness and a unique light signature.” It “snaps on and off rifle rails in seconds. Driven by a powerful on board rechargeable battery, LMR-M provides superior performance in close quarters and guards the operator’s vision from harmful reflection. An infrared (IR) version (LMR-IR) is also available for use with night vision.” You can test it out at the NRA convention in mid-May. Full press release [via ammoland.com] after the jump . . .

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Guns for Beginners: Don’t Catch a Falling Gun

Some things seem so obvious they don’t need saying. Only when it comes to guns, they do. For example, “always keep a firearm pointed in the safest possible direction.” “Make sure your gun is completely unloaded before cleaning it.” “Don’t leave a gun where a toddler can get it.”  There are other more obscure — but equally common sense-based — gun handling rules. For example, “Don’t spin a loaded revolver on your finger.” “Don’t shoot an AK-47 at a wedding party.” Oh, and add to that list, “don’t catch a falling gun.” While that advice seems worthy of a “duh,” careful! You need to think about this . . .

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Fast and Furious Investigation Slow and Tedious

U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry

FirearmsCoalition.org writes [via AmmoLand.com]

Since December 2010 the government program known as Operation Fast and Furious has morphed into a program that could be accurately labeled as Operation Slow and Tedious. The objective is to delay exposure of the truth until that exposure has no political or personal impact on the various players involved. Efforts to get at the truth of the scandal got a boost in January when . . .

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Javonnie James Tate: Irresponsible Gun Owner of the Day

Mr. Tate (courtesy wncn.com)

Criminals gotta criminal. I don’t approve, but there it is. The problem with a lot of criminals: they’re not the sharpest tools in the box. Drive-by shootings, for example, are a pretty poor way of killing a targeted individual or group, and an excellent way to injure or kill innocent bystanders (a consequence that heavily incentivizes police to capture the culprits). By the same token, bad guys are not known for their firearms skills: marksmanship, strategy, handling or storage. Speaking of storage . . .

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