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: What Would You Do If You Were SWATed?


“Conservative bloggers say they are being terrorized by a potentially deadly prank in which phony 911 calls bring armed cops to their doors in search of criminals, all in retaliation for their blog posts,” foxnews.com reports. “At least two conservative Internet pundits have reported being victims of ‘SWAT-ing.’ In one incident, the caller claimed to be the resident of the home and confessed to shooting his wife .” Interesting that it took police 19 minutes to pull LA Deputy DA Patrick Frey (a.k.a., Patterico) from his digs. Equally interesting, in an OMFG kinda way, what the hell would any well-armed citizen do when the SWAT team arrives? In this no-knock militarized police world we live in, you wouldn’t even have time to hide the dogs. As for those of us who home carry, uh-oh. What YOU gonna do when they come for you, especially if you don’t know it’s them?


Obscure Object of Desire: The Queen’s Gambit Edition


Let’s face it: firearms are fetishistic. Do I fondle mine? Clear and safe and yes I do. Do I store them “just so” in my safe? Just so they look perfect. My ammo shelves are so OCD even mild obsessives can’t stop checking them (as if). Besides, it’s like owning your own fleet of rocket ships! For those who prefer to hide their inner child and pretend to be all gown-up, there’s chessammo.com’s $65 chess set. You can pretend to be all grown up with a “Full Set of Solid Brass and Aluminum chess pieces that are fashioned after real calibers of ammunition. 9mm Pawn, 50AE Rook, 454 Casull Knight, 7.62x39mm Bishop, 45-70 Gov. Queen, 30-06 King.” It’s good quality stuff; you won’t get rooked. Unless you do. [h/t Aaron]


“Baltimore Cannibal Overshadows Miami’s Zombie Apocalypse in Violent Flesh Eating Ritual”


Sometimes I look at a headline and I hear M.C. Hammer. guardianlv.com nails it. Only I’m thinking that the one story informs the other one, rather than overshadows it. “[Alexander] Kinyua reportedly told police that after he had killed Agyei-Kodie, he cut up the body with a knife and dismembered it. He also told police that he eat [sic/sick] parts of Agyei-Kodie’s brain and all of the victims heart and then dumped the rest of the remains in a Dumpster behind a church in Joppatowne.” What’s this got to do with guns? Are you freakin’ kidding me? “The incident comes in a week where a Canadian porn actor is reported to have sent body parts of his victim to at least two different political parties and a Miami man was killed for eating a man’s flesh off of his face.” Connect the dots and secure your weapons. That is all. For now.


Self-Defense Tip: Three Ways to Avoid Guetapens

“A coin collector and Sherlock Holmes fan, Snigdha Nandipati [not shown] aced the word ‘guetapens,’ a French-derived word that means an ambush or a trap, to outlast eight other finalists and claim the trophy along with more than $40,000 in cash and prizes.” You can read more about Miss Snigda’s triumph at csmonitor.com. Meanwhile, I’d like to address the fatiferousness of guetapens, and how they can be avoided, starting with the simple fact that anyone who intends to do you harm will prepare to do you harm and, most likely, set a trap to do it . . .

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Seattle Shooter Was a Concealed Carry Killer


The Violence Policy Center (VPC) calls them “Concealed Carry Killers“: Americans with a legal right to carry a concealed weapon who misuse that right and, well, kill someone. Their stats on the subject are more than a bit misleading; the VPC depends on pending charges and suicides to inflate the numbers. But it’s an extremely effective (i.e. irrational) angle of attack on legal gun ownership. Which I though the gun grabbers had agreed to acknowledge as a right after the Heller and McDonald Supreme Court decisions incorporated the right to keep and bear arms (trumps local and state law). Anyway, the VPC can add yesterday’s Seattle spree killer to the list. usatoday.com . . .

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Why Indifference to Gun Rights Is a Crime


Over at the Washington Post, former Brady Campaign Prez and current Big Apple gun grabber Richard M. Aborn wants you to know why indifference to gun violence is a national crime. It’s an interesting, well-written screed. But let me save you the time: not pursuing gun control is a crime because people are dying. In fact, “More Americans were killed by gun violence last year than all American troops who have been killed in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. African-American youths are five times as likely to be killed as a result of gun violence than their white counterparts.” I’ve invited Bruce Krafft to deconstruct the misleading numbers, but let’s take this from another angle. At the risk of seeming insensitive, so what? In other words . . .

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Is This The World’s Ugliest Gun?

I know: we’ve asked that question before. And many of those fugly nominees make this weapon look like Cintia Dicker (no “I just met her” jokes please). But still . . . So, if you haven’t turned to stone yet, you’re looking at gunsamerica.com‘s build of “the Juggernaut Rogue M1A Bullpup stock from US Tactical Supply.” Its genesis: “We started with an out of the box Springfield Armory SOCOM and ended up with this very sophisticated and sexy as hell bullpup monster that shoots better and is easier to handle. On top is an armored UTG 3-12 with illuminated reticle and an NC Star foregrip.” Not in my gun safe you don’t. Agreed?


The Zombie Apocalypse Is Here


“A homeless man whose face was mostly chewed off in a bizarre, vicious attack faces a bigger threat from infection than from the injuries themselves, according to experts on facial reconstruction,” ajc.comreports. Yeah, “infection.” That says “communicable” to me. And we all know what THAT means: the zombie apocalypse is here. Need more evidence that the undead are alive and well and hungry for your flesh? “It’s not clear why Poppo was attacked Saturday afternoon by 31-year-old Rudy Eugene alongside a busy highway. Police have released few details about the attack, but surveillance video from a nearby building shows Eugene pulling Poppo from the shade, stripping and pummeling him before appearing to hunch over and then lie on top of him.” And then eating him. But wait! There’s more!

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Lock & Load Cleans as It Lubricates. SEXIST JOKE DELETED

Press. Release.

Revolution Products, Inc. announces that retired U.S. Army Brigadier General Roger Burrows will be the “face” and spokesperson for their latest product, Lock & Load GCL. Lock & Load GCL is a revolutionary new gun oil that cleans and lubricates the gun as it is shot. This gun oil/cleaner is unique in the fact that it cleans all moving parts as it lubricates them, leaving the gun owner with only one other part of their gun to clean: the barrel . . .

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Seattle Spree Killer Removes Himself From the Gene Pool


“A city already anxious about a recent spate of shootings was rattled further when a man walked into an arts cafe near a Seattle university and opened fire, fatally wounding four people,” the AP reports. “Police say he later killed a woman during a carjacking before shooting himself. At a press conference yesterday, before cops cornered the killer, the Mayor and Councilman Bruce Harrell prattled-on for about seven minutes before handing over their microphones to the police for the facts a frightened city was waiting to hear. Facts like: Have you found the shooters? Where do they think the shooters are? Are they in custody? What are you doing to get them into custody? What should the public do if they are in these targeted neighborhoods. [Click here for the raw footage]. Politicians, eh?


Self-Defense Tip: Train as You Mean To Fight


There is a story out there, somewhere, of a police officer found dead with empty shell casings in his pocket. According to legend, he’d trained himself at the range to pick up his spent cartridges after his strings and did so in combat. Even if it’s true, who knows if doing the brass in pocket thing was the deciding factor? Nonetheless, point taken. You WILL fight as you’ve trained yourself to fight. And here’s the problem: you have no idea what kind of conflict lies ahead. In that sense, habit can be both your friend and your enemy. For example . . .

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