I started The Truth About Guns five years ago to explore the ethics, morality, business, politics, culture, technology, practice, strategy, dangers and fun of guns. I started with zero page views and zero unique readers. As of this writing we have 2.5 million unique readers per month, and we just passed 200 million page views. While I remain proud of and thankful for TTAG’s writers’ passion, perseverance, expertise and talent, I’d like to celebrate this milestone by highlighting our comments section . . .
As you’ve probably noticed, we’ve tweaked the look of our home page. It’s not an Earth-shattering change. But we think it’s a cleaner, sharper look that complements what we do: bring you the most entertaining, informative and honest writing on all things firearms-related. Now that we’ve tidied things up a bit, emphasizing our literary skillz, we’ll be rolling out a newsletter for registered readers. We hope you like the new design. As always, thanks for helping make TTAG a clean, well-lighted place for intelligent discussion on the truth about guns.
I’m in love. Why wouldn’t I be? I’ve found a good woman. Finally. Discretion being the better part of valor (and chivalry) I’ll refrain from singing her praises on these pages. Suffice it to say now that I’ve found her I don’t want to lose her. I want to protect her from anyone who’d do her harm, as best I can, just as I protect my children, friends and community. My everyday carry gun doesn’t change the fact that life is a messy, unpredictable, complicated and yes, dangerous business. It simply gives me a better chance to do what I have to do. As a man. As a father. As law-abiding American. And a lover. Happy Valentine’s Day.
Mike Smith is the Freedom Group employee who kicked me out of the Remington booth at SHOT Show. According to reliable sources, he also has a picture of me over his desk with the words “you’re fired” Photoshopped in. When the news about my unceremonious eviction from the SHOT Show booth hit the ‘net, Mike saw it as an opportunity to vent. He turned to AAC’s official blog and told the world how he really feels. Click here to read the The Truth About AAC on AAC’s blog. Or click here for the PDF mirror. Here are a couple choice excerpts below . . .
We don’t know where Tim Going lives, but we sure hope there are feral hogs there, pests though they may be. It would be a darned shame not to put his new Underground Tactical Bacon Maker Six 5 Ultralight to its highest and best use. Then again, we’re sure the 6.5 Grendel gun will be ever so effective on Bambi and his brethren, too. After a lot of very stiff competition and much consideration, Tim took the grand prize in our first ever reader review contest for his take on the Mossberg 715T rifle. Here’s an excerpt:
When it comes to reviewing firearms, you’re only as good as your tools. We here at TTAG are known for our no-holds-barred approach to gun reviews, and while we’ve done our level best to use quality ammunition for the accuracy testing portion of these reviews, the fact is that we can do better. Eagle Eye Ammunition is the most consistent ammunition I have ever tested, and now they are teaming up with us to become our official test ammunition supplier for gun reviews. Going forward . . .
The good news is that as of about 11:00 a.m. yesterday, we’re now on much more capacious dedicated servers that have solved our bandwidth problems. It seems that SHOT Show traffic was just too much for the hamsters spinning the wheels behind the curtain. Only now some users are having comment-related problems. Please be aware that we’re aware and are working on resolving the situation. Thank you for your patience.
Yesterday Nick was interviewed by The Texas Standard about TTAG’s Charlie Hebdo simulation and some of the responses that it has generated. For those concerned about the impetus behind the simulation, the results, or the reaction from the gun control crowd, its worth a listen. [via The Texas Standard]
UPDATE: Still a few people short. If you can make it tomorrow at 6:00p central, please email the requested info below to thetruthaboutguns@
The Washington Post’s Adam Taylor writes: “Some, such as the National Review’s Jim Geraghty, have pondered how the [attack on the Charlie Hebdo officers] would go down in the United States, where more gun ownership could have prompted an “armed response from ordinary citizens.” Such an alternative reality scenario is hard to guess at, though it’s worth noting that the evidence from the United States is far from clear, especially in shootings involving automatic weapons.” Once again, the champions of civilian disarmament reckon armed defenders are surplus to requirements. We need your help to prove them wrong . . .
Hi, my name is Dan and I’m a gun blogger. I’ve been clean for a little over 40 hours now. And thankfully, I’m now able to jump right back off the wagon. If you’ve followed TTAG’s myface page, you may know that we’ve been the target of a doozy of a denial-of-service attack. We don’t have all the details yet; we don’t know if it was specifically aimed at this site. Anyway, hats off to our hosting company, Pressable, who’ve been working non-stop along with Rackspace to get us back up and running. You just can’t stop the signal. Not for long, anyway. Thanks for your patience and continued readership. We now return you to your regularly scheduled programming.
“It took both sides in the gun debate about two days to respond to the horrific incident in Hayden, Idaho, and as usual, they both behaved in kind,” Mike “The Gun Guy” Weisser writes at huffingtonpost.com. “Pro-gun bloggers like Robert Farago immediately attacked gun-control organizations as ‘bloody shirt wavers of the civilian disarmament industrial complex’ because they suggested that Veronica Rutledge probably had ‘little’ required training . . . Poor Veronica Rutledge held a CCW permit from Washington State, by the way, so Farago’s attempt to push back on the Coalition’s statement was both silly and wrong.” I don’t know about silly, but I was wrong . . .
As we say goodbye to 2014, it’s time to once again take a look back and see how TTAG did over the last three months. Every quarter I sit down and pull the data on pageviews and readership to compile and send to the other editors to keep tabs on how our traffic is doing and see how we compare to the competition. But instead of keeping that data a closely held secret, we like to present it here in full view and for all to see. Transparency and full disclosure is the way we roll, so why not with our results as well? Let’s take a look . . .