Not-So-Obscure Object of Desire: The Plains Rifle

The NRA Museum’s YouTube Channel isn’t exactly popular. When I caught up with it, the Gun Gurus’ Plains Rifle video above had garnered just 527 views. I’m sad that there’s such a limited audience for such a superlative production about such a historically important firearm. As a gun blogger who can spend four hours writing a post that’s seen by less than a thousand or so readers, I know that it’s not all about the views. Some things simply must be said. Like this: thank you NRA, the NRA Gun Gurus, Henry Repeating Rifles and NRA members/financial supporters for preserving and promoting our firearms heritage. Much obliged.


Did A Protester Steal Firearms from NRA Exhibit at Civil War Museum?

Interesting idea for an exhibit: Guns & Lace, Firearms and Fashion in the Civil War. I’d prefer Guns ‘N Grits, Shooting and Eating During the Civil War but that’s me (still on my paleo diet). Meanwhile, if someone sidles up to me and says “Pssst. Farago. Wanna buy a Civil War Henry cheap?” I ain’t gonna say no. Then I’d turn it over to the authorities. Eventually. Anyway, the exhibit’s protesters focused on a Colt revolver — which wasn’t stolen. Even so, perhaps there’s a connection? Sounds like a perfect plot for Murder She Wrote, save the obligatory murder.


My Favorite NRA “I Am America’s Safest Place” Video

I saw this video for the first time on CNN during the one-before-last Republican debate. It was posted on YouTube back in January but garnered only 12k views. I thought it well worth resurrection for members of TTAG’s Armed Intelligentsia who may have missed it. Hats off to the NRA for its hard-hitting PR efforts to defend and extend Americans’ natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms. Post this on your Facebook feed, so that the message doesn’t languish in the backwaters of the NRA’s back catalogue.


Codrea: Vote “Yes” on the Recall of Grover Norquist from NRA Board

Grover Norquist (courtesy

By David Codrea [via]

“For the first time in my 16 years on the NRA board there will be a recall on the NRA ballot,” NRA Director Todd Rathner notes. “I urge you to VOTE NO on the recall of Grover Norquist.” Rathners characterizes the recall effort as an “attack” on Norquist. He writes the motive behind it is personal, by a “troubled” and “obsessed” individual. “There are no allegations in the Recall Petition that have anything whatsoever to do with the NRA, its mission, purpose or programs,” Rathner assures us.Perhaps . . .

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Campaign to Keep Grover ‘Taxpayer Protection Pledge’ Norquist on NRA Board

Grover Norquist (courtest

Submitted by TTAG reader Todd Rathner

Dear Friends,

Many of you ask me who to vote for in the NRA board elections. I usually tell you to support the incumbents and this year I will tell you the same BUT with a small twist. For the first time in my 16 years on the NRA board there will be a recall on the NRA ballot. I urge you to VOTE NO on the recall of Grover Norquist. Here is a letter I wrote to gun rights leaders nationwide on why I oppose the recall. Ballots will be arriving in the NRA magazines between February 15 – 20 . . .

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Due Process for Accused Domestic Abusers With Guns? Nope.


“More than a dozen states have strengthened laws over the past two years to keep firearms out of the hands of domestic abusers, a rare area of consensus in the nation’s highly polarized debate over guns.” That’s the AP’s take on the spate of gun laws that mandate firearms confiscation for people (mostly but not exclusively men) subject to an ex parte domestic abuse-related retraining order. To be clear . . .

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Deadline for Fast & Furious Docs Passes. Where’s the Info?

Carlos Canino (courtesy

“On Jan. 19, federal Judge Amy Berman—an Obama appointee—ordered the administration to produce the [ATF’s Fast & Furious gun running] documents demanded,” the NRA’s reminds us. “The deadline Berman set for the administration to comply was this past Tuesday, Feb. 2.” And . . . ? Crickets chirping. I wouldn’t hold my breath for news of the big reveal. As we reported, Judge Berman . . .

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Feds Stop Processing NICS Denial Appeals



As much as the Brady Campaign, Bloomberg’s Everytown, and the Obama administration contend that submitting oneself to the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) is a fast and simple process that does not significantly burden lawful firearms transferees, the fact is that for many of Americans that simply isn’t true . . .

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NRA Veep Challenges President Obama Debate Gun Control. As If.

NRA Veep Wayne LaPierre is mad as hell and he’s not going to get a debate with President Obama. The chances that someone, anyone will confront the CIC on his lies, distortions and mischaracterizations about his civilian disarmament agenda. And I’m not sure that your average American has an eight-minute attention span when it comes to an “in your face” NRA harangue. Still, it’s nice to see the NRA responding more quickly and authoritatively to the assault media’s anti-gun animus. Props.


White House: “We’ve Done All We Could On Gun Control. We Might Do More.”

At the Friday press briefing, a reporter asked White House press secretary Josh Earnest whether President Obama is finished degrading and destroying Americans’ natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms via executive action [paraphrasing]. “Based on the most recent analysis done, the answer to that question is yes, the president has done as much as he can,” Josh Earnest replied. “That said . . .

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