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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: Who Are “They”?

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Call me picky, but I reckon our hero’s trigger finger gets on that trigger before the sights get on the target. And stays there when he’s NOT shooting. And what’s with the one-handed grip? And didn’t Cubby Broccoli trademark that whole “never say never” thing? And why do I care about this stuff anyway? Wait; don’t answer that. I don’t want to know. But I would like to know who this “they” is and what ammo’s going to stop “them” from doing what “they” want to do.

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ATF Death Watch 98: U.S. Attorney General Holder on Fast and Furious: “I Don’t Remember Knowing About It”

“I have no recollection of knowing about the operation, called ‘Fast and Furious,’ or of hearing its name prior to the public controversy about it,” U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder wrote in a letter delivered today to Congress. Judging from forbes.com‘s report, the AG reckons a good offense is the best defense. “Holder said Friday that his testimony to Congress about a controversial gun-smuggling probe was truthful and accurate and that Republicans are engaging in political posturing when they say otherwise . . .

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George Soros Doesn’t Own The Freedom Group

Press release from ISRA:

Recently (4Q 2011) several members have forwarded an e-mail to ISRA that they received regarding gun control financiers, specifically George Soros, attempting to gain control of the majority of the firearms and ammunition industry in the US with the ultimate result to shutting them all down. The emails typically go something like this . . .

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AAC Shipping Micro7 Rifles

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AAC’s blog reveals that they’re starting to ship the new $899 Micro7 rifles, which shoots Nick’s new BBFF (Ballistic Best Friend Forever) and comes pre-threaded for a silencer. (Suppressor? I just met her!) I don’t know about you, but I’ve found MY moving buddy.

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Supreme Court Upholds Verdict Against “Vigilante” Rancher

 “The U.S. Supreme Court upheld a 2009 ruling against Cochise County rancher [and Minuteman founding member] Roger Barnett [above left], forcing him to pay about $87,000 in damages related to his assault of illegal immigrants on his ranch in 2004,” azstarnet.com reports. “The 2004 incident occurred close to a wash near Douglas when Barnett approached a group of 16 illegal immigrants while he was carrying a gun and accompanied by a large dog. Attorneys for the plaintiffs — five women and 11 men who had crossed into the U.S. illegally — say that Barnett held the group captive at gunpoint, threatening that his dog would attack and that he would shoot anyone who tried to escape.” The court did not address the issue of how a dog could shoot anyone. Anyway . . .

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New Kel-Tec Sub-2000 Quad Rail

Our man Oleg Volk over at (you guessed it) olegvolk.net must be closerthanthis with Kel-Tec. The snapper’s had a KSG bullpup shotgun since ever, and he’s now got dibs on the new Quad-Rail Sub-2000. This could be the Sub-2000 you’re looking for. “The original quad rail for Sub-2000 had a bit of flex in it,” Oleg reports with uncharacteristic understatement. “While sights installed on it seemed to keep zero, it didn’t inspire confidence.” Thankfully, “Keltec updated the rail and the new version is rock-solid. I tried a 45* offset rail to locate the optic on the left, to allow folding with the sight installed, but that amount of offset didn’t make for a good sight picture . . . While the sight keeps the carbine from being folded completely, it can be folded 2/3 of the way. It still fits in a briefcase or a messenger bag and unfolds with one hand as the latch is no longer engaged.” Closeenoughforrockandroll?

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ATF Death Watch 96: With Friends Like These . . .

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Here’s something interesting from the ATF’s press release announcing the post-Gunwalker scandal employee shakeup: “ATF’s primary mandates are to protect the American people from firearms–related violent crime, criminal organizations, and the illegal use of explosives and arson; and to regulate the firearms and explosives industries.” That’s pretty funny. We now know that the Bureau enabled gun smugglers who transported over 2000 weapons to criminal organizations, who then committed firearms-related violence. We also know that the ATF let a grenade maker walk from U.S. custody into Mexico, where he resumed building explosives for the Sinaloa drug cartel. Hey, what happened to regulating alcohol and tobacco . . .

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Waite for It . . . Council Votes to Sell Confiscated Guns

“The Waite Park (MN) City Council has voted to sell some guns confiscated by police. By a 4-1 vote, the council decided Monday night to sell any otherwise legal shotguns and rifles. But the guns can be sold only to federally licensed dealers the city already works with. Weapons that will not be sold include handguns and illegal guns such as sawed-off shotguns . . . Waite Park Police Chief Dave Bentrud asked for direction from the council because they’ve collected about nine guns since he took over as chief three years ago.” Well, I’m glad that’s sorted out. Oh, and the august journal reporting this story is . . . The Crookston Daily Times.

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Self-Defense Tip: Get Your Game Face On

The Jake Zweig SEAL controversy continues to simmer. The former Navy man makes for interesting drama queen TV at Top Shot, but he’s taking massive flak for being an a-hole. As well he should. The shooting show’s producers may abhor sportsmanlike behavior but Zweig’s Richard Hatch-like “I’m in it to win it” ‘tude reflects badly on America’s military ethos. Anyway, you can tell a real bad ass Spec Ops type (or not) by their lack of any resemblance to Zweig. They are as low key as you wanna be. Modest, self-effacing, non-confrontational. Except when it’s go time. Then they’re focused and extremely aggressive. In other words, they have two modes: off and on. So should you . . .

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