Hunting: First Round of Dove


After I received a Super Black Eagle II from Benelli, I knew I needed to proceed immediately to the field to attempt knocking birds out of the sky. At the moment, dove season is in full swing in the Texas Hill country and they’ve been flying like crazy. So I placed a call to my buddy Kyle who just moved back to the good part of Texas and he met me out at the ranch.

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Irresponsible Gun Owner of the Day: Eric Stayton


Chaires, Florida is about as idyllic a piece of country heaven as you could ask for. Horse farms and swampy woodlands within driving distance of Tallahassee. Land is pretty cheap there, too if you’re looking for a good sized parcel. Just make sure you don’t move in next door to Eric Stayton. In honor of his sister’s (Renee Chaires) 40th birthday, the suburban cowboy (not pictured above) decided to pay homage to one of the great gunslingers of history and recreate a scene from the 1993 classic movie “Tombstone” by doing a little gunspinning a la Johnny Ringo . . .

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Ohio Carry Holds Another Open Carry Walk in Vermilion

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Ohio Carry organized another open carry walk this past Saturday in Vermilion. This was part of their ongoing effort to educate the public about their constitutional rights in the Buckeye State. Note the completely different image from what the Bloomberg media campaign is trying to craft for open carriers. As reports, “In an effort to educate the public and combat stereotypes surrounding gun rights, Ohio Carry’s Northeast and Northwest chapters hosted a joint open carry and firearm education walk in Downtown Vermilion Sept. 13.” . . .

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Growing Pains at ATF’s NFA Branch

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I’m no fan of government regulation, but sometimes it serves a purpose and sometimes it’s an inadvertent subsidy to the manufacturers of over the counter migraine medication. This morning I got yet another ATF error letter in for a transfer to a colleague of mine in another state . . . Continue Reading


Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 2014 Strategy Revealed

In yesterday’s excellent post What’s Gun Control’s Next Target, former DHS risk analyst Nick Leghorn identified three possible fronts in the endless campaign to deny Americans their natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms: children, mental health and handguns. Nick didn’t reference it, but the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence recently released a turgid 16+ minute comments-disabled video called Pathology of Gun Violence [above]. It clearly indicates that the Brady Bunch is dead set on pursuing the “gun violence” as a “public heath issue” – despite the Civilian Disarmament Industrial Complex’s failed attempt to get a like-minded doctor appointed as U.S. Surgeon General. To spare you those precious minutes, here’s four major takeaways . . .

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Just Arrived: Benelli Super Black Eagle II

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A few weeks ago, I asked Benelli for a Super Black Eagle II thinking, “there’s no way they’ll actually loan me one.” But they totally did. Many thanks to Benelli, especially Carter Miler for expediting the shipment so I could have it for the weekend to go dove hunting. And while I’m thanking people, many thanks to Central Texas Gun Works for being so quick (and cheap) with the transfers. I wasn’t really sure what to expect when I opened the slim grey case, but seeing a camo SBE II neatly tucked away surely made me happy . . .

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Housekeeping: Is TTAG an Echo Chamber?

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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 . . .

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Self-Defense Tip: Call the Cops on the Cops

The money shot of any good open carry police encounter video: the “show me your papers” moment. I love the confusion on the cops’ faces when an open carry advocate politely informs officers that American citizens don’t have to show ID unless the cops suspect that a crime’s been committed. What crime do you suspect me of committing officer? Am I being detained? Priceless. Until it gets boring. Personally . . .

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Question of the Day: Off-Body Carry. Yes or No?

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I am 100 percent against off-body carry. Gun owners who carry off-body run the risk of A) not having a gun when they need one, and B) losing their gun when someone nicks their briefcase, gym bag, handbag, etc. Worse still, a child could delve into their bag, get their gat and trigger a tragedy. Slightly less worse (but a lot worse for you) an off-body gun could get hung-up inside its container; you could fail to extract your gun in a timely manner when facing an imminent threat of death or grievous bodily harm and . . . lose. While the market’s welcoming stylish, well-made, practical off-body carry solutions like the bag above, and Colion Noir carries off-body, I say humbug. There’s more than enough on-body carry solutions for every possible outfit and circumstance, for women and men. Am I wrong? Is off-body carry one of those “don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good” deals? Give me one example where it’s the only and/or the preferred choice.


The #1 Most Important Upgrade for Your New AR-15


There’s little doubt that the AR-15 is the most popular rifle design around. Everyone seems to have one, and while the design is solid it can definitely be improved. As a 60+ year old design it has aged extremely well, but there’s one specific improvement that can be made to the average AR-15 pattern rifle that costs less than $50, is easy to install, and yet can make all the difference in terms of the accuracy and usefulness of the firearm. What is this improvement I’m talking about?

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What’s Behind Anti-Gunners’ Assault Weapons Retreat?

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Reader Matt writes:

I think the antis are turning tail on assault weapons because, A) they see the futility in it, and B) because we are going to see a renewed push against handguns.  The antis turning around and agreeing with our points buys them ground with the public and puts us in a precarious situation. They can say, “See, we agree with you and acknowledge the fact that ‘assault weapons’ aren’t the real danger. We were wrong and admit it! And we’re even in agreement with you that handguns are used in more murders!  So…why aren’t you on board with doing something about that?” . . .

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KY Senator Mitch McConnell Fires Back Against Dem’s Gun Ad

I love these to-and-’fro political ads. They remind me of the “answer songs” of the 50′s, when artists would “reply” to a hit record. That said, there’s more editorial content in Big Mama Thornton’s Hound Dog than either Alison Lundergan Grimes’ “I’m not Barack Obama” ad or Mitch McConell’s reply above. The fact of the matter: I can’t find any evidence that Grimes voted for gun control, other than supporting the Democratic platform which, as we pointed out before, calls for a new “assault weapons” ban and the usual common nonsense gun laws. Then again, back in 1991, the NRA-supported sitting Senator from Kentucky voted for the Joe Biden-sponsored Crime Bill S. 1241. That bill would have imposed a waiting period for handguns and a ban on 14 types of “assault style weapons.” McConnell has also refused to say whether or not he owns a gun. The ball’s in your court, Grimes.