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.

ATF Death Watch 66: Obama Fires Acting ATF Director Melson

The Obama administration has fired acting director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (and Really Big Fires). OK, moved him laterally. “Melson shared the news in a conference call at 11:30 a.m. EDT with supervisors at the bureau’s field offices,” chicagotribune.com reports, “Telling them that he will be moving back to the Department of Justice to serve as a senior advisor with the Office of Legal Programs. His resignation will take effect at 5 p.m. EDT. And the new guy is . . .

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Are Wilson Combat 1911s Worth $4000?


When TTAG announced the arrival of the new Wilson Combat X-TAC Compact, more than a few members of our Armed Intelligentsia wondered why in the world anyone would pay $2680 for a pistol. (And that, 1911 fans, is a non-customized “entry level” model.) Sid put it succinctly: “The price! My God! The price!” So I asked John May to justify the cost of his employer’s 1911s. Billy Boy’s marketing maven sent the following bullet points explaining “why Wilson Combat Pistols are more highly valued than other makers pistols”:

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A Psychiatrist on The Anti-Gun Mentality (And What You Can Do About It)

© Sarah Thompson, M.D.

“You don’t need to have a gun; the police will protect you.” “If people carry guns, there will be murders over parking spaces and neighborhood basketball games.” “I’m a pacifist. Enlightened, spiritually aware people shouldn’t own guns.” “I’d rather be raped than have some redneck militia type try to rescue me.” How often have you heard these statements from misguided advocates of victim disarmament, or even woefully uninformed relatives and neighbors? Why do people cling so tightly to these beliefs, in the face of incontrovertible evidence that they are wrong? Why do they get so furiously angry when gun owners point out that their arguments are factually and logically incorrect? How can you communicate with these people who seem to be out of touch with reality and rational thought?

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Self-Defense Tip: Aim


“Recently a neighbor asked my advice on purchasing a home-defense shotgun,” gun guru John Zent writes in americanrifleman.org. “I described different options and then advised him to consider a short-barreled side-by-side like the Stoeger Double Defense [above] because loading and shooting it are foolproof. No effort is required to cycle an action, and the gun can’t jam between shots. Since precise aiming isn’t necessary, even the rawest beginning shooter has a fair chance of operating the gun effectively.” Huh? Loading a shotgun with shells with a bloodstream full of adrenalin is about as “foolproof” as trying to pick-up Carolina Pampita Ardohain by asking her if Heaven’s lost an angel. Reloading? Same again—only speaking Swahili. As for aiming being surplus to requirements with the [other] Double D, uh, no . . .

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Question of the Day: How Many Guns Have You Returned?

As you can see, I’ve got something of an issue with a brand new (as in unfired) Kel-Tec Sub-2000. I’m not particularly perturbed by the problem, which may not even be a problem, eventually. Any excuse to go to the gun store’s OK with me. But I’ve got a one Mulligan gun purchase policy. If the next Sub-2000 through suffers from QC issues, or if my gun store can’t find the time to find the box for a new gun, my business will quickly gravitate elsewhere. Where’s your point-of-no-more-returns? How many times have you reached it with which guns?


Ohio Pols Bemoan Non-Existent Teen Gun Violence

OK, not completely non-existent. ‘Cause then Ohio’s middletownjournal.com wouldn’t have an appropriately heart-rending anecdote upon which to peg their exploration of the tragedy of kids and guns. That said, it seems that staff writers Andy Sedlak and Kareem Elgazzar couldn’t find the kind of “if only we’d had gun control” tear-jerker upon which gun grabbers regularly rely. “Lt. Walter Scott Reeve had only been on the Middletown police force about two years when he responded to the scene of a wounded 10-year-old girl — shot by a 10-year-old boy — on an August night in 1988. Upon arrival, Reeve found the girl laying in the yard, her shirt soaked with blood. The boy told police he had been showing her his father’s gun when it accidently [sic] went off . . .

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U.S. Army: M9 Berettas Suck. Glock? M&P? H&K?

“The M9 is at the end of its lifecycle,” declared Maj. Art Thomas [not shown], small arms branch chief at the Maneuver Center of Excellence at Fort Benning, GA. “It is an old weapon.” Pig pile on Beretta! True story: armytimes.com comes not to praise the Beretta M9. They come to well and truly bury the Maryland-made 9mm handguns. Here’s the bullet point version of why our men in uniform need to ditch the bitch for something better . . .

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World Condemns Faked South African “White Hunter” Photo

The Hawks (South African Special Police Unit) have launched an investigation into the above Facebook photo, helping the image achieve international viral status. Redacted, of course (e.g. blogs.voanews.com). The obviously faked snap originally appeared on the homepage of a user named Eugene Terrorblanche; an homage to Eugene Terreblanche, the murdered leader of the right wing Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging. The image first appeared in June. Just goes to show that you can’t keep a good meme down.


Self-Defense Tip: Carry On, Regardless

Last night, Sam’s performance with her Smith & Wesson 686 [similar to the one above] proved the old adage “Beware of the hot woman with one gun.” That is it, right? On the way home, she kvetched about carrying a self-defense firearm (yes, she home carries the beast) with only six .357 Hornady Critical Defense cartridges. “What if I run out of bullets?” she asked. “Then hit ‘em with the damn thing,” I opined. “Or slice ‘em with your razor sharp wit. Something. Anything.” Point taken? Practice with your self-defense gun. Carry it from the moment you wake up until the moment you go to sleep (shower carry instrux to follow). But remember the sage advice of Emile Chartier: “Nothing is more dangerous than an idea—when it is the only one you have.” Now head over to kaboompics.com to see what can happen to the guns of Mr. Murphy (a kamikaze hand-loader).


ATF Death Watch 65: Operation Fast and Furious Continued

The Mexican government is at war with Los Zetas drug cartel. And for good reason. The former military unit has the money, men, materiel and motivation to take over the entire country. A military junta would suit their needs perfectly, subjugating their enemies and assuring a stranglehold on the 30 billion dollar a year illegal U.S. drug trade. Not to mention a piece of everything else that passes for free enterprise in Mexico. This bloody conflict—Los Zetas and their allies vs. President Calderon and his military and political supporters—is increasing in ferocity ahead of the 2012 Mexican elections. Hence Operation Fast and Furious . . .

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