Peshawar School Attack: First Pictures Show Inside After Mass Murder the Huffington Post proclaims. The gallery of images show a shot-up school. No bodies. Not one of the more than 100 children slaughtered by Taliban terrorists. I understand the argument against showing the bloody result of civilian disarmament – especially when we’re talking about the slaughter at Sandy Hook Elementary school. But I also believe that our gun rights depend on an informed citizenry. How can you discuss gun control . . .
In the firearms world, I have come to realize that you can either have a gun that is visually beautiful or mechanically beautiful. The combination of those two qualities is damn near impossible to find, but it looks like Benelli’s ETHOS shotgun may have just threaded that needle. Introduced at SHOT Show 2014 in grand style (above), the ETHOS quickly captured the attention of our readers. The field for “Best New Shotgun of 2014″ wasn’t particularly deep, but it was extraordinarily broad in terms of the styles and applications for the scatterguns. And of all the competitors, the ETHOS came out as the clear readers’ choice. Make the jump for their original presser. . .
Silencers have been the hot item this year. We seem to finally be reaching a tipping point where gun mufflers have lost their stigma — be it financial, legal, or just pure reputation — and are truly something that every gun owner can purchase. With most suppressor companies focusing on the 9mm and .308 versions of their products, SilencerCo has brought out something truly new and innovative — their Salvo 12. And due to the landslide victory it won in the accessory division of our 2014 TTAG Reader’s Choice Awards (with more than twice the votes of the next most popular item) it looks like our readers agree. Make the jump for the press release that started it all . . .
Last year, Trijicon won our coveted TTAG Reader’s Choice Awards for their 300 BLK ACOG. This year Aimpoint’s taking home the proverbial optical bacon for their Aimpoint Micro T-2. As the press release [below] points out, the all-new-from-the-ground-up Micro T-2 builds on the success of their already outstanding Micro T-1. The Micro T-2 boasts “a new sight housing which allows the addition of front and rear protective flip covers and anti – reflective device, additional physical protection for the sight’s adjustment turrets, and increased ruggedness for the sight’s internal electronic components.” In other words . . .
Over the course of the last week, TTAG asked our Armed Intelligentsia to vote for their favorite new products of 2014. Over a thousand readers responded to our call. So now we’re proud to announce TTAG’s Readers’ Choice Award winners for 2014. Our first winner is in the new-for-2014 ammunition category: Winchester’s W Train & Defend ammo. W T&D won the award by an impressive 30 percent margin. And for good reason . . .
“Sandy Hook is fiction,” TTAG reader Gordon Wagner posted underneath Anti-Gunners Launch Pro-Gun Ads to Mark Sandy Hook Slaughter. “The perp left zero Internet footprints, the elementary school had zero Internet traffic… on and on. I realize how bizarre this sounds. No photos, no videos, no evidence? This has as much evidence as the extrajudicial murder of Osama bin Laden. And the gun grabbers are raging about ‘assault weapons’ when a news helicopter clearly showed an AR-15 clone… in the perp’s car trunk, untouched.” Uh, no. On a number of levels. Sandy Hook was not Capricorn One [above]. The question here . . .
We’ve been reminding you about filling out the 2014 TTAG Reader’s Choice awards survey all week, and now it is your last chance! Sometime today (a couple hours after this post, at least) I will be closing down the voting system and beginning the process of tabulating a winner. Which should take only a moment, as I coded a page in the system to show me the results live as they come in. It has been one heck of a roller coaster, with a couple guns battling it out throughout the week for that top spot. For those who haven’t voted, you still have one last chance . . .
This came over the electronic transom the other day; “Good job fellas. You’ve managed to turn your focus on supporting second amendment into a one sided political attack on ‘dem liberals and dummocrats that votes for Obummer.’ As a liberal that supports full second amendment right, I am pretty sure that it is the negative, racist, and stereotypically far right, neo con, bigotry and ignorance that will make you lose the fight against gun grabbers…because you will alienate us…the liberals that support The 2nd amendment. I don’t even know if fearful, racist, bigots even deserve to have full gun rights with minimal background checks. Some of you, and judging by the content of your website, probably shouldn’t even be near one, for fear of your own, misguided paranoia. Goodbye from a former TTAG supporter.” Is TTAG too right wing, generally speaking?
Another wonderful Monday morning. Back to work for another week of the same old grind. I know, it’s not ideal — you’d rather be at the range, wouldn’t you? Well if you’re looking to waste a few minutes before you get to that TPS report, can I suggest taking a moment to fill out the 2014 TTAG Reader Choice Awards survey? Tell us what you think is the best new item of 2014, and we’ll award the winners at SHOT Show 2015. Here’s how it works . . .
Just because it’s the weekend doesn’t mean that the voting is closed. Once again we are asking our readers to choose which firearm, accessory, and ammunition was the best new addition to the guns world in 2014. And as is our custom, we will be handing the winners their awards at SHOT Show 2015. Every reader is welcome to cast their vote and you git ‘er done by simply following the instructions below . . .
In my experience, there are two distinct types of people who read TTAG — the morning crew and the night crew. The morning crew typically start reading when they get to work, and stop around quitting time after successfully being paid one more day to goof off on the internet. The night crew starts reading when they get home from work and stops when they drunkenly pass out with their hand still fist-deep in the Doritos bag. The night shift got first crack at the 2014 TTAG Reader’s Choice Award survey, but I wanted to make sure that the day shift was aware that they too had the power to choose the cream of the crop from this year’s releases in the gun world, to be recognized at SHOT Show 2015 . . .
Since last week was a holiday week, we’ve been getting lots of requests from readers whose time was sucked up by family commitments to extend the deadline for submissions to our first-ever reader gun review contest. Consider it done. You now have an extra week – until midnight December 26 – to whip up the definitive take on that Colt Python – or whatever – that’s been sitting in the back of your safe all these years. Just email it to us (see the link, above) and you could find yourself headed down to your friendly neighborhood FFL to pick up a brand spanking new Bacon Maker Six 5 Ultralight from Underground Tactical. Now get going!