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!
Every year, the editors of the various firearms publications meet in the inky shadows of their boardrooms to decide which products should be chosen for their annual “Best Of” awards. Best rifle of the year, best shotgun of the year, all chosen by a handful of people behind closed doors. It always seemed a little… cabalistic to me. I like it more when the people themselves – those who have bought and used the products – have a chance to make their voices heard, and choose for themselves what products they think are the best. Vox populi vox dei and all that. In that spirit, we present the second annual TTAG Reader Choice Awards. Here’s how it works . . .
The Truth About Guns prides itself on telling the truth about guns. If a gun is good, we say so. If it’s a dog, we let loose the dogs of war. We understand that these are tools you may use to defend your life some day, God forbid. For many of our readers they represent a significant slice of their hard-earned income. That’s why we work with writers who are honest, informed, passionate and fearless. Just like our readers. In fact, all but one of our writers – the jefe himself – started as TTAG commentators. So when Nick told us that new gun reviews were the best way to get off our current stat plateau, and RF said he wanted new blood, we decided to reach out to our Armed Intelligentsia. While our door’s always been open to reader-contributed reviews, we’re looking for more brilliant writers. To do that, we’re offering a little incentive . . .
The video above features the 9mm Steyr MPi 81 (an improved version of the MPi 69). I filmed (videoed?) Ray Harrison of Texas’ Ballistic Ops firing the sub-gun with my new phablet, the iPhone 6+. I didn’t record this version of machine gun fun in slo-mo. For contrast, I recorded the same guy shooting the same gun (Steyr MPi 81) in slo-mo. I sent it to Dan via iPhone. He uploaded it to YouTube. Et voila! Check THIS out . . .
A lot of you are unaware of or simply don’t know about the Forum page link at the top, or what mysteries lie behind it. It’s not a magical place or some kind of mystical hidden portal to a black hole. No, what lies behind is the TTAG Free Fire Zone! What is the Free Fire Zone you may ask? It’s a forum for all you guys to have a place to discuss rifles, handguns, reloading, hunting, shooting, 3-gun, IDPA, Skeet shooting, optics, reloading, and even Israeli Supermodels . . .
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Statistical trends being what they are, for the second quarter in a row, we seem to be experiencing a “regression to the mean” situation. Over the winter of 2013/2014, there was quite a bit of news and excitement (you may have heard about it) that drove our numbers to previously unseen heights. Over the last couple months there has been…virtually nothing news-wise. Small things mainly, but nothing really big enough to drive the same kind of traffic (not that we’d ever want to see anything like another Newtown). The resulting impact on our traffic is somewhat depressing, but nonetheless expected . . .
TTAG reader HS writes:
Robert and Crew,
I have read your site nearly every day for a year or so and enjoy most of the articles. Frankly, most of our worldviews line up so it’s not unpleasant reading the editorials and opinion pieces posted by the TTAG staff. Affirmations and all of that. My question to you and yours is this- What is your opinion of the comments section and how do those comments drive site content? I try to avoid reading the comments in the articles because there is no debate or thoughtful commentary . . .
Those of you who join us via a mobile device – either phone or tablet – may have suffered the indignity of having your browser hijacked and redirected to the Apple Store or some other site in an effort to get you to buy some kind of game. After much forensic work, we believe this was due to malicious code piggy-backing on an ad served by one of our ad partners. That code should now be eliminated. If you’re still being redirected, please let us know if the comments below (we know that you will). In the mean time, we apologize for the inconvenience and will work to ensure it doesn’t happen again. Thanks.
Some of you may have seen the original version of my 5.56 Muzzle Device Shootout. I didn’t include ALG’s Single Chamber Brake (SCB) in the recoil measurement testing. I kept the SCB out of the recoil test because ALG lent the device to me as part of their testing & evaluations program, which was mentioned in the article. My interpretation of their program’s policy: no comparos. After my article was published, it became clear that leaving out the ALG Single Chamber Brake – supposedly at at the company’s request – was a huge issue. All hell broke loose . . .
Accuracy testing is an important part of any firearms review. For pistol testing I have historically employed a sandbag rest, which makes for a pretty stable platform. However, it’s still up to me to line up the sights properly and consistently every time. I’m okay at this, but admit that I can have on and off days based on caffeine intake, tiredness, and myriad other factors. If I test the same gun on different days, the results are going vary to some degree. To take as much fudge factor out of accuracy testing as possible, I picked up a nice LaserMax Uni-Max Green universal Picatinny rail-mount laser. But herein lies the question I’d like to pose to y’all…