New Snap-On LaserMax Manta-Ray AR Light at NRA Show

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I’m not sure how many TTAG readers hanker for a light for their AR. If you do, you might want this one. The new $219 LaserMax Manta-Ray (a.k.a., LRM-M) features “adjustable brightness and a unique light signature.” It “snaps on and off rifle rails in seconds. Driven by a powerful on board rechargeable battery, LMR-M provides superior performance in close quarters and guards the operator’s vision from harmful reflection. An infrared (IR) version (LMR-IR) is also available for use with night vision.” You can test it out at the NRA convention in mid-May. Full press release [via] after the jump . . .

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Guns for Beginners: Don’t Catch a Falling Gun

Some things seem so obvious they don’t need saying. Only when it comes to guns, they do. For example, “always keep a firearm pointed in the safest possible direction.” “Make sure your gun is completely unloaded before cleaning it.” “Don’t leave a gun where a toddler can get it.”  There are other more obscure — but equally common sense-based — gun handling rules. For example, “Don’t spin a loaded revolver on your finger.” “Don’t shoot an AK-47 at a wedding party.” Oh, and add to that list, “don’t catch a falling gun.” While that advice seems worthy of a “duh,” careful! You need to think about this . . .

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Fast and Furious Investigation Slow and Tedious

U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry writes [via]

Since December 2010 the government program known as Operation Fast and Furious has morphed into a program that could be accurately labeled as Operation Slow and Tedious. The objective is to delay exposure of the truth until that exposure has no political or personal impact on the various players involved. Efforts to get at the truth of the scandal got a boost in January when . . .

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Carrying a Gun and Being a Fireman – Two Sides of the Same Coin [Contest Entry]


By Jonathan Tracy

I became a firefighter because of the tragic events on September 11th, 2001. It’s a trope, I know, but that was the day I decided I would never be a victim. I was fresh out of high school, and I distinctly remember watching with horror as brave firemen rushed into those towers, only to perish as they tried to save lives. I watched hundreds of people, dazed and in shock, as they waited for help to come. I made a decision that day that in the future, regardless of circumstances, I would not be one of those shell shocked masses. I decided that I would not wait for help, but that I would be the help . . .

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Javonnie James Tate: Irresponsible Gun Owner of the Day

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Criminals gotta criminal. I don’t approve, but there it is. The problem with a lot of criminals: they’re not the sharpest tools in the box. Drive-by shootings, for example, are a pretty poor way of killing a targeted individual or group, and an excellent way to injure or kill innocent bystanders (a consequence that heavily incentivizes police to capture the culprits). By the same token, bad guys are not known for their firearms skills: marksmanship, strategy, handling or storage. Speaking of storage . . .

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DeSantis Gunhide Question of the Day: When Was Your “First Time”?

The young lady — disappointingly on the right — is against guns. Surprise! She’s never touched one. I can relate. Thanks to my anti-gun Mom, “gun free” liberal community and Quaker school, the first real gun I touched was an Uzi machine gun at an Atlanta gun range, fired in my first year out of college. Big fun! But it wasn’t until I got to grips with a pistol — a Browning Buckmark — that I “got it.” I suddenly understood that I was in control of the gun. That it was entirely up to me what it did and didn’t do. And that I was responsible enough to be responsible with it (i.e. safe). I know that sounds weird, but we’re talking about overcoming decades of indoctrination. Do you remember the first time you shot a gun? How old were you? What was your initial reaction? Were you safe?

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NRA Response To Obama “Smart Gun” Push, Soc. Sec. Reporting

President Obama (courtesy Facebook,)

The National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) issued the following statement on President Obama’s latest gun control push:

President Obama’s obsession with gun control knows no boundaries,” said Jennifer Baker, director of NRA-ILA Public Affairs. “At a time when we are actively fighting terrorists at home and abroad, this administration would rather focus the military’s efforts on the president’s gun control agenda . . .

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President Obama: “Smart Guns” for Feds! Later, Soon

The current President of the United States posted the following on his Facebook page re: his new “smart gun initiative”:

I want to update you on some important progress we’ve made to protect our communities from gun violence. As I said in January, these commonsense steps are not going to prevent every tragedy, but what if they prevented even one? We should be doing everything we can to save lives and spare families the pain and unimaginable loss too many Americans have endured. First, we’ve jumpstarted the development of smart gun technology . . .

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Blue Force Gear Quote of the Day: The Spectre of Sexism

“Whether Dr. Swann would have or should have revealed more skin does not matter to me. I was let down when she defended 007 with a shot to the big goon’s arm instead of his head. With all the unrealistic weapons handling and fantasy tactics, why not satisfy us women with one successful shot to the head to protect the hot man? Women ain’t blind. Success and satisfaction are great for everyone!! Keeping one’s ally alive is good in any book. C’mon Hollywood, give it to us ladies how we want it!” – TTAG commentator Ines Moorhouse underneath our post Movie Review: Spectre



TTAG Daily Digest 4.29.26 – Pro(ish) Gun Jezebel, Minorities on Guns, and Absorbent Projectiles

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It Was Me and a Gun – “So I sat at home on a Saturday, scrolling through photos my husband had taken of me at the range while I unwittingly focused on my posture and aim. I picked my favorite—one of me in pink noise protector earmuffs, rifle in hand—and texted it to a close friend with the caption channeling my rage. Next, I sent her one of my target, which had been shredded by the tiny bullets. I had to admit, it looked good.” A moderately pro-gun piece? At Jezebel of all places? Will wonders never cease? . . .

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