The Five Best AR-15 Rifle Slings


By Norman Gray POMA Member

Arizona ( –  The humble rifle sling is one of the most valued, yet strangely enough, under used part of a rifle. Anyone who has ever served their country or just hunted this great land knows the value of a rifle sling. It is used in the act of shooting, transporting your rifle from place to place and allows you to use both hands while keeping your rifle close or transitioning to a handgun. In the worst of times it has served as a tourniquet and saved lives. But most of the time I find it’s left behind until the time its needed most and not available. Wise hunters and shooters carry their slings with them for times like this. But which sling to buy, one point, two point, three point, quick detach, sport, professional, educate yourself before you purchase, this will help make the wisest choice for your application. . . .

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Iowa State Anti-Gun Op Ed Writer’s Never Fired A Gun

Sorry I had to do the spoiler thing in the headline, but it puts the lead to Iowa State volleyball player Madison Ward’s editorial –  New Iowa firearm laws miss the mark – into its proper perspective. Here’s the wind-up: “I very much wish I could see the world as I did when I was a child or that world was the reality. When people were just people, not threats, and the only weapons I knew of were the Nerf kind that would irritate, not harm. Although leaving the mindset of a perfectly peaceful world was a gradual one, it was still rather mind boggling to think that a human could have it out for another. But none the less, with each year it becomes steadily more apparent that there is more danger in the world than I had really known. The one light of hope, I had previously thought, was the government and its obligation to protect the public, but even now, that is starting to fade.” The thing of it is is . . .

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Gun Hero of the Day: Ed Peruta

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Cruising Facebook at 0 dark thirty, I saw this comment on the TTAG feed by Edward Peruta. Mr. Peruta was reacting to the Ninth Circuit Court’s decision to rehear his case – throwing out San Diego’s “shall [not] issue” permitting system – en banc. As our man Dan pointed out, the Court’s action doesn’t bode well for Mr. Peruta or Californians’ gun rights. Or maybe it does . . .

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Walther Returns for 2015 Texas Firearms Festival


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The Walther PPQ has one of the best if not the best out-of-the-box triggers in any semi-automatic pistol for sale today. No need to go aftermarket; it’s clean and crisp with a sharp reset. It’s also a supremely comfortable gun, with extremely palm-pleasing ergonomics. Walther brought the PPQ to the first Texas Firearms Festival; it was a firm favorite with shooters. Walther will be bringing the PPQ back to the 2015 event – and other fine handguns for your dining and dancing pleasure. (Remember: ammo’s free with your ticket.) In fact they reckon they’ll debut . . .

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Three (Mostly Tactical, Partly Ideological) Arguments Against Open Carry


By Chris Hernandez

I’m not a fan of openly carrying a pistol. Before you accuse me of being an “anti-gunner” or liberal activist, you should know I’m about as pro-2nd Amendment as they come. I’m a 20 year cop, 25 year Marine and Soldier who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, and am 100% supportive of armed citizens. I’ve written extensively on the importance and need for the 2nd Amendment, and effectiveness of armed citizens against a variety of threats. Having said that, I think open carry is a bad idea . . .

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New from Bergara Performance Rifles: B-14 Timber and B-14 Hunter

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Every time we post something about a really expensive firearm on TTAG or (God forbid) Facebook, nickel-and-diming naysayers come out of the proverbial woodwork. Why would anyone buy a Cabot 1911 when they could buy thirty-nine GLOCKs and a new refrigerator for the same price? Why would someone shell out a grand for a Benelli pump-action shotgun when a Mossberg 500 does the same job for the price of a Starbucks venti and a couple of Porterhouse steaks? Good news for Scottish-minded gun buyers! Bergara’s got budget rifles! Their new . . .

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Question of the Day: What’s the Dumbest Hollywood Gun Fail You’ve Ever Seen?

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TTAG reader CC sent us the above image from The Walking Dead. It’s not a fail, exactly, but “tea cupping” a pistol like that is pretty darn dumb – especially when the undead are coming for your brains. Speaking of brain dead, Hollywood has a long and ignoble history of making guns do things they can’t. Bad guys fall down dead from a single shot. Or get blown off their feet – backwards – by a shotgun blast. Good guys have magic mags that never require a refill. While most people don’t know or care, The People of the Gun do. So, cowboy, what’s the dumbest gun fail you’ve see on the silver screen or within the glowing confines of the boob tube?


TTAG Exclusive! Gun Review: SIG SAUER MPX Pistol


The SIG SAUER MPX might be the most anticipated new “rifle” among TTAG’s readers. Sight unseen in the civilian market, they awarded it the highest honor last year naming it 2014’s Best New Rifle, and now after months of delays the first guns are assembled, boxed, and shipping out. Wanting to avoid the same kind of kerfuffle that surrounded the Remington R51 launch, we chose not to review the gun based on pre-production models and instead waited until the production version was available. Thanks to our friends at SIG SAUER we here at TTAG were given exclusive access to the first ever production MPX, as well as full access to their team’s collective knowledge and expertise. So, does the finished product live up to the hype? . . .

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Now Shipping: SIG SAUER MPX


This, ladies and gentlemen, is the very first civilian production SIG SAUER MPX. We here at TTAG central command have been given exclusive access to the very first production MPX in order to test it (review posting in a few minutes), but we thought y’all might be interested to know that the first batch are shipping to distributors today. Named TTAG’s 2014 Reader’s Choice Rifle of the Year, (yes, rifle) the gun has been delayed for technical reasons, but is finally headed for a store near you . . .

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Guns for Beginners: Three Tips for Open Carry


When I blogged the heinous murder of a Philadelphia dog walker in a “safe” neighborhood, two things struck me. First, that the killers admitted to searching for an easy target. Second, the murderous villains would not have considered a dog walker openly carrying a firearm an easy target. Yes, there is that. I’m a firm proponent of open carry for comfort, firearms normalization (which defends and extends gun rights) and deterrence. But there’s an important if statistically improbable concern: firearm retention. You don’t want someone using your gun against you. If you’re new to guns and want to open carry, excellent! Here are three tips for dealing with that issue . . .

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Quote of the Day: Arsenal Owners of America Unite!

“This is why the NRA is so extreme: The arsenal owners control it. Poll after poll shows that the NRA’s political positions do not in any way reflect the opinions of gun owners or even rank-and-file NRA members. The NRA is run by and for a group of people who have invested a huge amount of money, time and emotional energy in their gun collections. That takes them far outside the American mainstream but also makes them willing to fight so hard for unregulated guns that it seems completely irrational. But understand, to the arsenal owners, it isn’t.” – Bernie Horn, Gun Ownership Is Declining, So Why Is The Gun Lobby So Powerful? [via]