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.

Apology to LLARMS30813

As publisher of The Truth About Guns, I apologize to LLARMS30813 for labeling him our Irresponsible Gun Owner of the Day. This was an unfair characterization based on my misinterpretation of his YouTube video. I regret the post and will take more care in the future when analyzing material for this category. To maintain the integrity of this apology I have closed the comments section underneath this post. If any reader wants to comment on my decision, please do so via email: guntruth@me.com.


Top Shot’s Michelle Viscusi Uncovered

Click here for the less-than-happy-looking ex-Top Shot competitor posing for Maxim (the mag not the man or the gun). A brace of Desert Eagles? How jejune can you get? Click here for gunsandammo.com’s sexier snaps of Michelle Viscusi. And remember: Top Shot‘s contract with the History channel could soon be history. This may be your last chance to ogle a tricked-out AR in slow mo. If you know what I mean.


The War at Our Door Continues Apace. Only More So.


Day after day, week after week, year after year—the slaughter south of our border continues. In the last ten years, tens of thousands of Mexicans have been kidnapped, raped, tortured, mutilated and murdered by narco-terrorists. The drug cartels have killed judges, politicians, journalists and anyone else standing in their way; obliteratating the rule of law. Here’s a snippet from noroeste.com.mx: “During the third week of April a total of 28 people were killed in the state [of Sinaloa] with which total 85 in this month. Statistics [released by the] Attorney General of the State and newspaper archives indicate that this year 450 murders have been committed.” Ending the carnage is not about choking off the supply of illegal guns; the cartels have enough money to buy the entire U.S. firearms industry. (No joke.) And yet it is about guns. Whether or not the U.S. repeals drug laws, unless Mexicans regain their constitutional right to keep and bear arms, they will be at the mercy of the vicious thugs who have no respect for the sanctity of human life. Just so you know.


New from LMT: LM308MWS Sharpshooter System

Hear that? It’s the sound of Nick’s drool hitting the pavement (if it were summer it would be sizzling). Here’s the presser:

MILAN, IL (April 2012) – Lewis Machine & Tool Company (LMT®), an Illinois-based company that designs, prototypes and manufactures small arms, accessories and tooling components for the military, government, law enforcement, commercial manufacturers and responsible civilians [that’s you!],awarded the UK Ministry of Defence requirement for a new sharpshooter rifle in late 2009 has now introduced an American commercial version. The UK “L129A1” 7.62mm semi-automatic “sharpshooter” rifle was chosen based on its proven design and  new features that made the rifle more accurate over longer distances. Now, for a limited time only, the newly American designated LM308MWS Sharpshooter System will be available in limited quantities . . .

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The New York Times Hearts Concealed Carry Clothes

I’m not sure Woolrich Elite Series Tactical makes the world’s best concealed carry clobber. A friend of a friend was not enamored with their twill jacket; one of the buttons was hanging by a thread within a week, the Velcro breast pocket wasn’t properly positioned for an effective draw and the rubber band pocket inserts wouldn’t hold Glock mags. I recently purchased a Woolrich shirt with a false button at the bottom that really needs three magnetic closures. But hey, Woolrich is doing well with their CCW clothes. So well that The Old Gray Lady has worked-up a snarky review of their work from their usual anti-gun perspective. Only it’s not snarky. Or anti-gun. To quote Poombaa, what’s goin’ on here? Check it out . . .

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A Field Guide to Gun Shop Salesmen


First and foremost, when you label someone a douchebag, in writing, on a YouTube video, you really ought to spell it correctly. Otherwise you might be accused of being a you-know-what. Anyway, I know some of you can’t watch a man in a New York Yankees cap rant about anything for religious reasons. As a public service, here’s a list of the gun store salesman stereotypes mooted by MrCollonNoire (another awesome opportunity for misspelling): the Fan Boy (brand fanatics), Douchbag (diss-missive brand snob), Old Fart (anti-polymer pants pisser), Newbie (know-nothing) and Commando (tactikoolaid purveyor). I wonder how gun store salesman categorize customers . . . [h/t Yodlepop]


OMG! Guns Without Locks! In KY Houses! With Children!

I would NEVER recommend that anyone EVER keep a unsecured loaded gun in a house with children. I believe that all guns should be either on your person or locked-up. Nighttime bedside duty? Quick access safe. But who cares what I think? As long as it doesn’t affect me, what people do or keep or say in the privacy of their home is their own business. What? Think of the children! OK, let’s think of the children . . .

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Gun Tweet of the Day: George Zimmerman Lynch Mob Edition

TTAG has reported various threats against the life of George Zimmerman, the man accused of Second Degree murder in the case of Trayvon Martin. Specifically the New Black Panthers’ bounty on Zimmerman’s head and the appearance of a Twitter account named “@killZimmerman.” Now that the Florida shooter is out on bail, a Twitter lynch mob has formed. twitchy.com has a partial list and it’s not pretty. The U.S. Justice Department should pursue the people who’ve made these terroristic threats. Whether or not Twitter should close the accounts is another matter. I say yes. What say you?

[ed: The above tweet from Jenn Taylor at twitchy.com is quoting one of a host of threats by others against George Zimmerman. She wasn’t threatening GZ. Just to be clear.]


Ted Nugent to Plead Guilty to AK Bear Hunting Charges

“Rocker Ted Nugent is scheduled for a court hearing in Alaska on Tuesday, when he is expected to plead guilty to transporting a black bear he illegally killed,” the AP reports. “The conservative activist and gun rights advocate signed a plea agreement with federal prosecutors that was filed Friday in U.S. District Court. Nugent was set to participate by telephone in Tuesday’s U.S. District Court proceeding in the southeast Alaska town of Ketchikan, his attorney said.” Wait. Ted gets to phone it in? As this is the second time the Motor City Madman has plead-out to charges of illegal hunting I guess it’s become pretty mundane. Both cases involved stunts—I mean hunts videotaped for his Spirit of the Wild TV show on the Outdoor Channel. This time . . .

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Question of the Day: Should The Boy Scouts Allow Troop Leaders to Carry?

One of our writers (who shall remain nameless) emailed me today about his trip into the wilderness. “While hiking, I ran into a twenty-something carrying an 16″ [modern home sporting rifle] AR. On the way out ran into a fellow with an XD.” Our man was leading a Boy Scout Troop. So he wasn’t carrying, was he? No, he wasn’t. Because The Boy Scouts of America forbids it. From the Guide to Safe Scouting; Shooting Sports: “Except for law enforcement officers required to carry firearms within their jurisdiction, firearms shall not be brought on camping, hiking, backpacking, or other Scouting activities except those specifically planned for target shooting under the supervision of a currently certified BSA or National Rifle Association firearms instructor.” Is that a sensible precaution? Would the ban stop you from being a troop leader or sending your child into the wilderness with the Scouts? What’s your take on the Scouts “gun-free” leadership policy?


Don Calls Fake on FPS Russia Quadrotor Video


We leave FPS alone for a month or two and BANG! Two in a row. That’s ’cause one of our regular tipsters (who knows a thing or two about video production and computer effects) reckons Kyle’s new video is as fake as his accent. Specifically, “I think there is just a camera on the quad-copter. There is no recoil seen when the alleged “gun” fires in the quad-copter camera. Also the muzzle flash looks like it was put in quite inexpertly using adobe after effects.” Now before you say “it’s just entertainment,” let me say this: it’s just entertainment. But c’mon. Aren’t there enough real bad ass guns and doesn’t FPS have enough money to use them amusingly (if not safely) without having to make stuff up? I know he gets more uniques in one day than TTAG gets in one month, but here’s a thought: FPS has jumped the shark. Or, at the least, he’s hovering over it.


Irresponsible Gun Owner of the Day: FPS Russia

FPS Russia has won TTAG’s Irresponsible Gun Owner of the Day award more times than I’ve had hot dinners. The last time we gave the faux Russian the gong, he was shooting a polymer pistol at close range without eyes and ears. And then we kinda, well, lost interest. (Dan the man accused Kyle of sleepwalking through his schtick.) But then we wandered across this “Irresponsible Gun Owner” T-shirt offer. While it’s nice that little ole’ TTAG has pinged the YouTube sensation’s radar (23 million hits on the AA-12 video), it’s un-friggin’-believable that Kyle would fail to understand the damage this ironic T can do to gun owners in general and any idiot stupid enough to wear it. Let me spell it out . . .

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