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 . . .
On behalf of everyone here at TTAG central command, I’d like to say thanks to our prolific readers for all of the gun review entries we’ve received. It seems that a free Bacon Maker is a powerful incentive. The deadline for entries passed yesterday at midnight and we have a lot of write-ups still in the hopper. So the plan is to publish the remainder over the next few weeks before announcing our winner. Until then, enjoy the work of your peers. Picking a winner ain’t gonna be easy.
Earlier today, TTAG published a post (With Apologies to Eric Clapton) Miculek is God. As a reader pointed out, that was a highly insensitive thing to do on Christmas morning. Believe it or not, the post was written a few days ago and kept getting pushed forward. No matter. He’s right. I was wrong. I apologize for the piece. As for my GF’s satirical post – also sent into the memory hole – let’s just say I’ve promised not to write articles about machine guns for her blog. We now return you to your regularly scheduled TTAG, while I savor a slice of humble pie after acting like a turkey.
TTAG’s truth tellers play with tons of guns. Some of these guns are excellent: ballistic baubles that blow us out of the water. Some of these firearms don’t quite stack up (i.e. they suck). Smoking stogies in RF’s top-secret above-ground bunker, Dan, Robert and I put our heads together to identify the one gun that ruled them all in 2014. The winner of our first Editor’s Choice Firearm of the Year award: MasterPiece Arms’ MPA-308 BA.
Last year, our readers voted the SIG SAUER SB-15 Pistol Brace the best new firearm accessory of 2013. We met with SIG at the SHOT Show and presented them with a plaque to commemorate the honor. And rightly so. SIG SAUER brought the brace out of obscurity, marketed it to the public, slapped it on anything they could find and vowed to defend its legality in court if need be. But credit where credit’s due (finally). Alex Bosco is the man who invented, designed and marketed the SB-15. It began with his dream of giving back to injured veterans . . .
Accuse us of favoritism all you want, but our fingers were nowhere near the scale on this one. With just over 20% of the vote, SIG SAUER’s P320 has been duly elected as our reader’s favorite new handgun of 2014. The striker fired offering from SIG SAUER features a unique chassis system that allows just about every feature of the gun to be changed out and customized, and all of the replacement kits can be sent straight to your door including new grips. Plus, the steeper grip angle and typical SIG SAUER craftsmanship make it a pleasure to shoot.
In this year’s Reader’s Choice Awards, the list for “Best New Rifle of 2014″ was longer than any other category. Even though 2014 was a bit of a down year for manufacturers in terms of new kit, there’s no doubt that there were some real gems within that short list. According to our readers, and clocking in with three times as many votes as the next “new” product, SIG SAUER’s new MPX rifle is officially the TTAG Reader’s Choice for best new rifle of 2014 . . .
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 . . .