This Is What Happens to a Disarmed Populace: They Sleep with Illegal Shotguns Under Their Beds, Illegally

“Firearms in Ireland are extremely strictly controlled,” informs, “both with strict legislation governing licencing and very conservative application of that legislation by the Gardaí.” Skipping ahead a bit we learn that “self-defence and the defence of property do not constitute a good reason when applying for a firearms certificate. Applications made for firearms certificates for such reasons will be refused.” And yet there they are, farmers and farming communities plagued by crime, admitting that they’re sleeping with shotguns under the bed. Also illegal! But what you gonna do when gun control somehow mysteriously fails to curb firearms-related crime – or any other crime. Quite the opposite in fact. As they say in the Old Country, God is good, but never dance in a small boat. Or something like that . . .



Bring Back the Burgess Folding Shotgun!

Over at, Ian McCollum gives us a look at the Burgess folding 12-guage repeating shotgun and a history of the man behind the gun. Faced with a patent on the pump-action shotgun, Burgess designed a cool work-around: a sleeve around the rear of the action (including the trigger) that cycles the gun. The best bit: the shotgun folds up as above. It deploys quickly and easily. Equally, it’s easily secreted in a holster. If some clever dick decided to recreate the design . . .

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Gun Hero of the Day: Australian Senator David Leyonhjelm

Senator David Leyonjhelm (courtesy

Pity poor Australian gun owners. They’ve been more or less stripped of their natural gun rights. Well, more. As is the way of such things, the Australian government can’t get enough of that sweet, sweet gun control – violent firearms-related crime be damned! Or praised, as it gives them an excuse to crack down further. Like the “temporary” ban on a lever action shotgun. Australian Senator David Leyonhjelm’s not down with that. In his crusade to restore the gun to the acceptable list, the man Down Under dared – dared, I tell you! – to call antis “hoplophobes.” Dripping with sarcasm. is having none of it. Like this . . .

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New From TriStar: TT-15 Trap Guns

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As a phrase, “budget trap gun” is kinda like “military intelligence,” “government ethics,” or “postal service” – it’s a contradiction in terms. TriStar, however, has just announced three new high rib Turkish import trap guns, all designated model TT-15. You can get them in over/under, top single or un-single configurations, depending on your how you like to swing. The fully adjustable walnut Monte Carlo stocks look lovely in the promo pics. We’ve requested one to review, so will let you know if they’re as nice in person when ours arrives. Here’s their press release . . .

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This Is What Happens to A Disarmed Populace: UK Looks to Ban More Guns Edition

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“Internal police documents seen by UK Shooting News have revealed that police firearms licensing employees want to ban: .22 semi-autos; magazine-fed shotguns; all 50-cals; section 2 certificates; free 1-for-1 variations; old spec deactivated firearms; antique firearms; and appeals to courts against police decisions. UK Shooting News’ author assures readers that this is all real, and not some feverish nightmare.” An assurance that should resonate here in The Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave, in the sense that . . .

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Question of the Day: Home Defense Shotgun?

Like President Obama’s thinking on gay marriage, my views on the home defense shotgun have evolved. Despite owning all three of the Benelli shotguns shows above, I’m no longer convinced a scattergun should be a home-defender’s go-to firearm. Don’t get me wrong: a 12-guage shotgun loaded with 00 buck offers the best chance of a one-shot solution. We’re talking about a firearm that unleashes eight .33-caliber, 53.8-grain pellets, each packing about 172 foot/pounds of energy. That’s roughly equivalent to shooting eight rounds of.380 ACP at Mr. Bad Guy in one go. Yes, well, amongst the downsides . . .

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Jon Wayne Taylor: Now Are the Doves! (Texas Season Opener)

Mossberg shotgun and dead dove (courtesy Jon Wayne Taylor for The Truth About Guns)
For America, for me, hunting season started yesterday. September first is the opening day of Dove Season here in central Texas. I think that’s a few days earlier than Louisiana; as far as I can tell it’s the first day of dove hunting season anywhere in the country. Dove are the most hunted animal in America, at over twenty million a year harvested. And yet, their populations remain strong. Here in Texas, we kill over 600,000 White Wing Dove a year. For much of the state, opening day of Dove Season is a family and friends affair not to be missed.  Unlike deer hunting . . .

CONFIRMED: Walmart Stops Selling AR-Style Rifles and “Personal Protection” Shotguns. Responding to Church Lawsuit?

Walmart gun department (courtesy

We’ve spoken with the Pratt, Kansas Walmart [not shown] regarding reports that the store had stopped selling AR-style rifles and certain shotguns. We can confirm that Walmart HQ sent the store – and others around the country – an email stating that the retail giant would not be replenishing inventories of AR-style rifles and “personal protection shotguns.” The communication went out in March. (How this story flew under the radar is a miracle of modern PR.) Again, we’re awaiting official confirmation from Walmart, along with the reasoning behind their decision. Meanwhile, the end of Walmart AR-stye gun sales may have something to do with a related development last March when . . .

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BREAKING: Walmart Pulls ARs and “High-Capacity” Shotguns


A TTAG reader just texted us the above map. It’s a camera phone shot of a Walmart salesman’s computer screen at a store in Pratt, Kansas. The image shows which states’ residents are not allowed to buy long guns in Kansas Walmarts – despite the fact that you can buy long guns in any state provided it is legal to own in your state of residence. The salesman offered the map as justification for the fact that his store was removing all AR-style rifles and “high-capacity” semi-automatic shotguns from display cases. Furthermore, the salesman said that the relevant inventory in the display case had been liquidated and the stock in the backroom was returned. We’ve contacted Walmart for comment. UPDATE: TTAG readers are reporting Walmart stores around the U.S. are ending “assault rifle” sales.


Australia’s Adler Shotgun Ban Overturned…Sort Of


By Dennis DeMartins

The ongoing battle over the Adler shotgun in Australia has taken a new plot twist. PM Tony Abbott who last week personally intervened to ban the Adler, pulled another fast one over firearms owners heads. Staying true to form, in the early hours of Friday morning Abbott moved the goalposts and changed the Customs Act to prohibit the importation of lever action shotguns over 5 round capacity. Not really surprising, particularly when one reads Tony Abbott’s pre-election promise to firearm owners.

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Defensive Gun Use of the Day: Ferguson Edition

“After being looted two times in the past year, the Ferguson Market and Liquor Store employees decided to take things into their own hands,” new2share reports in their description of the above YouTube video. “Armed with shotguns and handguns, the employees stood at the front of the store to ensure that no one could enter. When shots rang out in the middle of a protest on West Florissant Ave., many people ran towards the market, but quickly dispersed when guns were drawn.” What else needs saying, really? . . .

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