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.

Incendiary Image of the Day: The History of the American Policeman Edition

History of the American police officer (courtesy historyamerica.us)

TTAG reader Chip in South Florida writes:

I just had a job cross my desk that I found interesting and thought you, too, would get a kick out of it. The Chief of Police of my fine town asked me to print this poster for a display he is assembling. It’s a neat picture showing the general progression of Police from the late 1700’s to now. It starts on the left with the Rattle Watch from the 1700’s, then Officer, Marshall, et cetera up to the 50’s with the motorcycle cop and then on up to a SWAT team of today. It is a rather neat piece of artwork, well done overall. Now go back and look at the graphic again but pay attention to the stance of each presentation. From the left . . .

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Where’s MY Buoyant Ballistic Protection?

Hope floats! (courtesy ammoland.com)

When it comes to maritime activities, TTAG’s Armed Intelligentsia is unlucky. Again and again, we hear of boating accidents in which all manner of firearms are tragically lost. While there’s not much we can do to save the guns, Morgan Advanced Materials’ Composites and Defence Systems are doing their level best to keep gun owners afloat and bullet-resistant. Specifically, their LASA Maritime Combat System, which includes a new Marine Ballistic Helmet and a lightweight buoyant ballistic insert, a ballistic buoyant shield, communications, a lightweight waterproof rucksack, pouches and holsters. [Press release after the jump.] One can only hope the system makes it to the civilian market – hope floats! – and that the new holsters prevent the kind of loss experienced by our unfortunate readers . . .

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Mike “The Gun Guy” Weisser’s Open Letter to Mark Kelly About the NRA’s Eddie Eagle Program

(courtesy twitter.com)

Dear Mark:

The last thing I’ll do is tell someone else they shouldn’t say something that they have said. I may disagree with you but everyone has the right to go on record any way they choose. So I won’t tell you that you shouldn’t have posted the positive tweet about the Eddie Eagle program, but I am going to tell you why your tweet isn’t true. . . .

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Anti-SWATting NJ Legislator SWATted

Carb-challenged SWAT team responds to "prank" call at NJ Assemlyman Moriarty's house (courtesy nj.com)

“Swatting” means calling in to 911 to report a dangerous situation that requires a SWAT team to deal with it. A situation that doesn’t exist. (That probably doesn’t require a SWAT team but that’s another story.) In October, after a video game store was swatted, New Jersey assemblyman Paul Moriarty sponsored a bill with penalties for people who practice the “sick and disturbing” act of “swatting.” Specifically, jail time and a fine of up to $150k. On Saturday, the day after the legislator renewed his call for action, Mr. Moriarty was himself swatted. nj.com tells the tale . . .

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New Hampshire Contemplates Constitutional Carry

(ironically eough, courtesy cheaperthandirt.com)

We haven’t reported on New Hampshire Bill SB 0116 before now. It’s simple and elegantly titled: AN ACT repealing the license requirement for carrying a concealed pistol or revolver. The arguments against the bill are best summarized by a letter to the editor from “Live Free or Die” state resident Mark Sherwood published at concordmonitor.com. No need to click over, really. It’s the usual “I support the Second Amendment, but blood in the streets” rant. There’s not a lot of info on the battle on the Interwebz; we’ll be watching its progress as best we can. But can you imagine Constitutional Carry in the state bordering Massachusetts? It would be … epic. All hail the Manchester Union Leader whose recent editorial proclaims “New Hampshire should eliminate the unnecessary permit and allow all legal gun owners to carry concealed.”


BREAKING: Judge Orders Remington to Replace 7.85m Rifle Triggers

Do you own a Remington bolt-action model 700, Seven, Sportsman 78, 673, 710, 715, 770, 600, 660, XP-100, 721, 722 or 725 rifle? If so, you’re not alone. Some 7.85 million Americans are right there with you. Time for you and your 7,849,999 fellow Big Green bolt-action rifle owners to get a new trigger. cnbc.com reports that Remington has settled a class-action lawsuit for its bolt-action rifles’ defective not-to-say deadly triggers. They’ve agreed to replace the trigger on any and all of the above-named rifles – for free! That said, there could be something of a delay . . .

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Brady Campaign Screws the Pooch in WI Badger Guns Case

Badger Guns owner Adam Allan (courtesy jsonline.com)

Milwaukee’s Badger Guns [owner Adam Allan, above] sells legal products legally. Some of their customers use their legally purchased firearms illegally. And? People who buy cars legally sometimes use the car illegally (e.g., drunk driving, vehicular manslaughter). That simple logic and the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act should keep anyone from prosecuting or suing a Federal Firearms Licensee for a criminal act involving a gun legally purchased from a commercial gun dealer. And so it has. Except where it hasn’t. Specifically, Badger Guns . . .

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Guns for Beginners: Three Ways to Come Out of the Concealed Carry Closet


The decision to carry a concealed firearm is an important, deeply personal one. You are carrying. You are responsible for your gun and what you do or don’t do with it, should you, your loved ones or other innocent life face a credible, imminent threat of death or grievous bodily harm. No one can make the decision to carry for you. But they sure can make it difficult. If someone close to you is anti-gun – whether its a significant other, a friend or a colleague – telling them you’re carrying can be awkward or, in some cases, downright confrontational. Here are three tips for coming out of the concealed carry closet . . .

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Question of the Day: How’s the “Gun Violence” Where You Live?

“More than 70 percent of Cincinnati’s 52 neighborhoods experienced gun-related crimes last month,” WCPO reports. “Westwood, East Price Hill, Walnut Hills, Bond Hill and Over-the-Rhine (in that order) topped the list of 37 neighborhoods impacted by 170 gun-related incidents reported in March, according to an analysis of data provided by the Cincinnati Police Department. Shots were not fired in every case.” Other than the headline’s use of the term “gun violence” . . .

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Ask the Armed Intelligentsia: GLOCK-Related Everyday Carry Questions

GLOCK 19 w/chromed slide (courtesy glockshop.com)
TTAG reader JP writes:
I currently own and carry a GLOCK Gen3 G19 as my EDC weapon. I have no specific complaint about this weapon; I can shoot it fairly well (I keep the targets from my training sessions on the wall in my office at work), and I regularly practice holster draw and the Mozambique drill. I have some questions about everyday carry . . .

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Colorado: Double Magazine Capacity Limit or Complete Repeal?

magpul leaves colorado

“A bill is being considered, with some Democratic support, to expand the current magazine limit to 30 rounds,” cbs.local.com reports. Notice the “with some Democratic support” bit. Blogger Dominic Dezzutti is framing the dilemma facing Rocky Mountain State gun rights advocates: support a law doubling the current ammunition magazine capacity limit to 30 rounds or insist on a complete repeal. Funny thing is, Colorado’s Democrat Governor, John Hickenlooper, will probably veto either option – although the Hickester’s done more waffling on gun rights issues than your average Denny’s chef does in a single day. So this is how it looks . . .

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AZ Cop Mows Down Rogue Rifleman

When local station ABC7 posted this video on their Facebook page, they “forgot” to mention that the man hit by the cop car stole the rifle from Walmart, pointed it at his own head several times and fired the rifle at least once. The national ABC news report says the suspect – who’s fine after being upended – “fired a shot.” As for why the video’s release was delayed two months, we have no idea. So, what do you think? Fair tactic?