Question of the Day: Have You Patterned Your Home Defense Shogtun?

If you’re a trap shooter, you’ve no doubt patterned your shotgun for your load of choice. If you shoot, say, No. 8s and you usually shoot singles, it’s nice to know what your pattern at 30 to 40 yards will look like if you want to consistently smoke those orange disks. Similarly, if you’re a turkey hunter, you’ll want to know at what distances your load of choice is lethal through your turkey choke. But have you ever bothered to take your home defense shotgun out for a spin to see what it will do with OO in tight quarters at domestically likely distances?


Question of the Day: Why Can’t We All Just Get Along?

In the video above, gun guru James Yeager makes a distinction between people in the “gun community” vs. people in the “gun culture.” People who don’t agree with Yeager’s take-no-prisoners approach to gun rights are “politically correct butt-kissing boot lickers who want to appease their liberal masters.” People who are down with Yeager’s stance and style are “an unapologetic group of people that are simply doing what our creator gave us the right to do.” While I consider myself a gun rights absolutist, there are plenty of folks who don’t share my opinion on some things (e.g. they don’t see a problem with background checks). I still think we’re on the same team, generally speaking. Am I wrong?


Question of the Day: Should You Own Duplicate Carry Guns?


Michael in GA writes:

I was going to submit a review of the Beretta Nano, but TTAG already has a couple articles on the Nano and a review by Destinee. Those submissions, being very informative and thorough, however, lack one key element. What can you expect from 18 months of EDC and 2,000-3,000 rounds of range time? So I won’t review the Nano because a bigger issue arose yesterday at the range . . .

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Question of the Day: FIVE 9mm Handguns?

In the video above The Firearm Guy sounds a bit like Harvey Fierstein. I’m not sure what that has to do with anything, but there it is. More to the point, TFG recommends five “must have” 9mm handguns, for five different missions. He’s rasping on about a home defense gun, a truck gun, a precision gun, a budget handgun, a carry handgun and a show-off gun. If you have to beware of the man with one gun, this guy’s not him. I consider a GLOCK 19 or similar sufficient for everything, save wearing a suit (when you need a smaller carry gun) and showing-off (when you need a Wilson Combat 1911 or Smith & Wesson 686). The BBQ gun thing was number six, so it doesn’t count. How many handguns do you use?


Question of the Day: Should Models Keep Their Fingers Off the Trigger?

Laura Elizabeth Gomez (courtesy

The Laura Croftian model above is Laura Elizabeth Gomez, a Facebook friend from Barcelona. Laura’s worked at Zona de; she knows a thing or two about gun safety. And yet, there she is, with her fingers on the trigger. Some photographers demand trigger finger placement on the go-pedal; they believe it gives the resulting image immediacy. But I’m a safety first, sexy second kinda guy. I swear. What’s your take: trigger finger on the slide for models or what are you kidding who gives a damn and why are you putting sexist clickbait on a serious Second Amendment website when you swore you weren’t going to?


Question of the Day: Do You Support Background Checks?

WA rally (courtesy

“An estimated 1,000 gun rights activists converged Saturday on the Capitol Campus, toting American flags, wearing camouflage and carrying their guns,” reports. “The armed citizens turned out to participate in an I Will Not Comply rally, protesting Initiative 594, a measure passed by voters that expands background checks for firearm sales and transfers.’We’re going to stand up for our rights,’ event organizer Gavin Seim said. ‘Our rights are not up for negotiation.’” Unless they are. “Roy Talbott of Olympia said he’s in favor of background checks, but I-594 is just too broad. ‘All of us are for background checks, but this just goes too far,’ Talbott said.” To quote Will Smith, oh hell no. I’m not for any background checks on gun sales whatsoever. You? [h/t MS]


Question of the Day: What’s the Biggest Gun You’ve Ever Shot?


Size matters. There are advantages and disadvantages to guns of every size, shape and description. Ask James Bond; there are [tuxedo-intensive] times when only a .25-caliber mouse gun will do. Ask the pilot of the A10 Warthog; there are times when only a 30 mm GAU-8 Avenger rotary cannon will do. I’m guessing that the largest firearm/gun you’ve ever shot falls somewhere between the two. What was it? Where’d you fire it? Sexual metaphors aside, what did it feel like?


Question of the Day: Should Disguising a Real Gun as a Toy be Illegal?


According to an Ohio sheriffs deputies’ MyFace page (as reported by, what you see above is a for-real pump action shotty made to look like a Super Soaker (although that pic has floated around a while). You can see the problem here, especially if you patrol a beat. Following the Tamir Rice shooting, one Ohio legislator wants to mandate that all air, pellet and BB guns be brightly colored. But what about purple Kahrs? Or pink Smiths? Or yellow Tauri? With hack jobs like that 12 gauge squirt gun, if you’re a police officer, you could be forgiven for drawing down no matter what the color of that thing that’s pointing at you is. Whether the thing above is genuine or not, should disguising a real gun as a toy be illegal (where it already isn’t)?


Question of the Day: How’s Your Online Operational Security?


“Licensed firearm holders are being urged by police to stop taking selfies with their guns because criminals are trawling social media looking for easy targets,” Australia’s reports. “Victoria Police Senior Sergeant Andrew Armstrong says gun owners are becoming too complacent and recklessly showing off ownership of their weapons without considering the consequences. Any public display of firearm ownership, including stickers on vehicles or house windows, can attract unwanted attention from thieves, he says. ‘Some criminals trawl social media networks looking for easy targets and items of interest, including ammunition and other weaponry,’ Sen Sgt Armstrong says.” Do you maintain online OpSec? Is that even possible?


Question of the Day: How Do You Convert an Anti?

It is often said that a liberal is a conservative who hasn’t been mugged yet. I can certainly attest to that. My road to Damascus moment happened in downtown Providence. I was a teen, doing some Christmas shopping, when a knife-wielding youth demanded my money. I gave it to him. But I’ll never forget the dead look in his eyes. He literally didn’t care whether I lived or died. So here’s the thing: pro-gunners wouldn’t want a liberal to get mugged to come to his or her senses. Or would we? Patriot Protection in Dallas, Texas has challenged antis to come to their training range and go toe-to-toe with a foe. [Press release after the jump.] What are the odds? So, short of that, what? . . .

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Question of the Day: Weapon-Mounted Light or Hand Held Light?

Like any other piece of defensive kit, you have to train with a weapon-mounted light to use it safely and effectively. To adhere to the sacred muzzle direction safety rule, you have to practice bouncing the light off of surfaces before acquiring your target. How many people do that? Only operators operating operationally. Then again, if you’re truly tactical, you’ll want to hold your light away from your body so as not to provide the bad guys with a target. Then again, if your light’s weapon-mounted, you won’t leave home without it. (Will you?) Then again, you can’t do the up-and-down momentary vertical light sweep (best practice for room clearing) with a weapon-mounted light. I carry a Surefire flashlight. How do you light-up your life?