NC’s WRAL: “Legal way to get NFA weapons without ATF scrutiny”

Cullen Browder, WRAL Investigates reporter (courtesy

TTAG reader BM writes, based on WRAL teaser copy for upcoming report [text after the jump]:

In teaser ads and promos for an upcoming Monday “investigation,” WRAL news of Raleigh makes the false claim that NFA items can be obtained “Without ATF scrutiny.” Gun owners who believe in the truth know better. I certainly do, since I spent the past 12 months receiving plenty of “ATF scrutiny” and attention in obtaining my first suppressor. Since I am hearing impaired, it was literally “what the doctor ordered ” for me to enjoy my hobby safely. (WRAL can reach me at this email if they are interested in the truth.) Commenters on WRAL forums are assuming that the story is about how a gun trust allegedly “bypasses” scrutiny.

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Standard Manufacturing Company DP12 Home Defense Shotgun. What’s Up With the Ghillie Suit? [VIDEO]

We don’t normally post videos that are months old, but mister3D sent us a link to this Standard Mfg. Co. DP12 shotgun vid with the comment, “I live in a better neighborhood than that.” Clearly, it needed watching. The video doesn’t disappoint – in a ghillie Gonzo sort of way. I think I prefer Standard’s two-shots-per-slide-rack system to Kel-Tec KSG’s one-slide-per-shot action, and flicking a switch to get to the other barrel, besides. But the map is not the territory. I’d need to run the gun before deciding which one would be more, uh, useful? Meanwhile, a YouTube guy wants to know: “How does that shotgun fire by itself while floating in the air?”


Question of the Day: What Ammo for Your Home Defense Shotgun?

Again, I’d like to point out that you should keep a pair of electronic earmuffs by your home defense shotgun. No matter what ammo you shoot – God forbid – the resulting sonic assault will defeat you. Both immediately – reducing your ability to hear other threats and communicate with friendlies – and long term – degrading your hearing and, perhaps, giving you life-long tinnitus. As for ammo, I use double-ought buck. While over-penetration is an issue, I’m willing to take that risk to assure the immediate end of hostiles. Provided I don’t miss. What do you carry in your hd shotgun?


Does Ted Cruz Know How to Carry a Shotgun?

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Over at the, blogger Wes Siler proclaims that Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz doesn’t know how to carry a shotgun. Siler quotes “local hunter and lifetime NRA member Scott Nathan” who pronounces that “While his action is visibly open, he is still not in control of muzzle direction. In a break-action gun the muzzle should always point down.” Siler and Nathan attack Cruz’s gun safety with both barrels . . .

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Charges Dropped Against Man Who Downed Drone

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“He had a right to shoot at this drone, and I’m gonna dismiss this charge.” With that, Judge Rebecca Ward gaveled the case against William Meredith to a close. Meredith’s the Kentucky man who shotgunned a drone out of the sky that he suspected was ogling his teenage daughter as she sunned herself. He faced charges of criminal mischief and wanton endangerment. “’The next time something like this happens, they’re gonna refer to it,’ Merideth said about future cases involving drones. ‘Now I don’t encourage people to just go out and start blasting stuff for no reason – but three times in one day, three times over the course of a year, six times total, over one property? That’s not right, that’s harassment.'” Justice served?


The St. Augustine Record: Fudds R Us


A Fudd is a gun owner who supports gun control, named after Looney Tunes’ hapless hunter Elmer Fudd. When a Fudd takes to the media to promote “sensible gun safety legislation,” he or she must first submit their firearms credentials. Like this: “I was raised around guns. I didn’t know until I was a teen that you could hunt rabbits during the daytime. It was years later when I discovered that jack-lighting marsh rabbits was frowned upon in a civilized society and by the former Game and Freshwater Fish Commission.” Oooh! A law breaking Fudd! Who does go on a bit . . .

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Kel-Tec at the 2015 Texas Firearms Festival. Come and Shoot it! KSGs, SUB-2000s and PMR-30s For Sale!

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Kel-Tec is set to make its Texas Firearm Festival debut on November 14 and 15 at Best of the West Shooting Sports in Liberty Hill. The Florida gunmaker will be offering Shooter and VIP ticket holders the chance to get to grips with their unique KSG shotgun. The KSG continues Kel-Tec’s well-earned reputation as an innovative gunmaker. Its bullpup design and large capacity (6+6+1) redefines the personal defense shotgun. Shooting the KSG is a trip! And now the really good news . . .

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TN Bail Bondsman Points Shotgun at Bystanders During Apprehension. Fair Enough?

“A Tennessee man had a gun pointed at him by a man who appears to have been a bail bondsman while he was video recording them arresting his nephew Tuesday morning,” reports. Yes, well, one of the crew ogelters behind a shield labeled “police.” The man who took the video says that “This happened today in East Memphis Tn, they just took this post off Facebook so nobody could see it but ima keep posting it and y’all keep sharing it they locked my nephew up and was pointing the gun at me and his pregnant baby mother.” Fair enough? Or . . .

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New from Browning: Citori 725 Feather 20-Gauge Shotgun

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Anyone remember when “made in Japan” meant cheap crap? You’ve come a long way baby-san. Especially when we’re talking about Browning’s Citori shotguns. Manufactured by the Miroku Corporation in Nangoku, Japan, Citori firearms are one of the finest stacked barrel shotguns not-entirely-stupid money can buy. [Fair disclosure: I’ve got a 325 Grade II Citori lingering in my gun safe.] Browning’s just added the Citori 725 Feather to the lineup. It combines a lightweight alloy receiver with a durable steel breech face and hinge pin for added strength. Weighing in at 6 lbs. 4-6 oz., offered with a 26″ or 28″ barrel, the Citori Feather will tickle your fancy at $2,549.99. Full press release after the jump . . .

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This Is What Happens to a Disarmed Populace: Homemade Shotguns in Australia Edition

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“HIGH-powered [I say, I say, HIGH-powered] homemade shotguns being traded on the black market for just a few hundred dollars are the new weapons of choice for drug dealers in Melbourne,” reports. “Police are raising the alarm over the new wave of backyard weapons, which can fire real 12-gauge shotgun cartridges and are easy to conceal.” Wait. People can MAKE shotguns? Since when? Since ever? Well, um, how does that square with Australian gun control laws? They’re illegal, obviously. But if bad guys can MAKE shotguns there’s no real point in banning them for law-abiding citizens, is there? Let’s take a closer look . . .

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