Does the Audio Recording of Shots Fired by Officer Darren Wilson Tell Us Anything?

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CNN is reporting that a Ferguson resident happened to have recorded what he claims were the gunshots fired by Officer Darren Wilson at Michael Brown. Click on the image above to go to the CNN report to hear it for yourself. If authentic, it clearly indicates two groups of shots fired; an initial burst of six rounds, a pause, then four more. “‘I was very concerned about that pause … because it’s not just the number of gunshots, it’s how they’re fired,’ the (recordist’s) attorney, Lopa Blumenthal, told CNN’s Don Lemon. ‘And that has a huge relevance on how this case might finally end up.’” Really? . . .

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Question of the Day: Would You Take This Shot?

Life’s a crap shoot (so to speak). You pays your money, you takes your chances. In terms of armed self-defense, you learn how to shoot, you carry, you decide on a course of action in a crisis, you take action (or not) and then . . . you deal with whatever happens. Your defensive gun use might work. It might not. Who knows? There are way too many variables – personal, social and environmental – to predict the outcome. So even though I’ve trained on hostage targets I don’t know if I’d be able to thread the proverbial needle if I needed to shoot a bad guy in close proximity to a good guy. The real question for me: would I try? I don’t know for sure, the decision would certainly be distant dependent, but I reckon yes. Yes I would. You? [h/t Doodie]


Gear Review: PWS CQB Muzzle Device


One of my notes during my testing of the PWS MK 107 was how loud the muzzle blast was. Specifically, I called it a downright religious experience to spectate while someone shot the MK 107 in and around your area. That blast is unavoidable when running a projectile with that much unburned powder behind it out of such a short barrel. And while the factory-installed Triad muzzle device did an admirable job of dealing with muzzle rise, it didn’t do a thing to baffle the boom. Enter the CQB Muzzle Device . . .

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Incendiary Image of the Day: Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America Can’t Handle the Truth Edition

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I named this website The Truth About Guns because I wanted to make sure that, A) we held ourselves to the highest possible journalistic standards, and B) we weren’t corrupted by the industry or, indeed, our own enthusiasm. Although we’ve made missteps, I like to think TTAG’s stayed true to our mission statement. With your help, we pursue the truth about guns. In contrast, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America is an organization based entirely on a lie. The words “gun sense” are a ruse designed to hide the fact that MDA’s out to deny Americans their natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms. If you pay even the slightest attention to their messaging, you can see the proverbial man behind the metaphorical curtain. For example . . .
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Self-Defense Tip: Move

Minuteman statue, Wesport CT (courtesy

Over the last five years or so, TTAG has chronicled government abuse of Americans’ natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms. There is no question: these insults are geographical. Arizonans do not face the de facto ban on carrying a firearm that bedevils residents in New Jersey, Hawaii, New York and California. Texans are not subject to the “assault weapons” ban imposed on gun owners living in Maryland. I’ve never suggested that people living in [what we used to call] “slave states” stop fighting for their gun rights. But there comes a time when a beleaguered gun owner must realize that an anti-gun regime puts them in the crosshairs. And decide whether it’s worth it to run that risk. Check out this Constitution State story . . .

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Quote of the Day: Second Amendment Advocates Are [Secretly] Racist Edition

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“The [NRA's] descriptive language doesn’t leave much doubt about whom they’re so afraid of, does it? Let’s just say that very few of those killers are likely to be big Toby Keith fans. Indeed, the picture that paints is of armed civilians in communities all over the country shooting and killing a whole bunch of people they think the police are failing to protect us from. It’s possible they truly believe that this will result in fewer Michael Browns being shot down by police, although it’s hard to see how that would be true. But one thing we can be absolutely sure of is that there will be a lot more Trayvon Martins.” – Heather Digby Parton, Fox News’ latest phony obsession: Ferguson, gun control and Second Amendment hypocrisy [via]


Text Released: Democrat-Sponsored Bill to Ban Body Armor


A couple weeks back we reported on a bill introduced into the U.S. House of Representatives by California Democrat Mike Honda to ban the sale of body armor to “civilians” in the United States. At the time the full text of the bill hadn’t been released, but a couple days ago it was finally posted to Congress’s official website. And yes, it really is as bad as you’d expect . . .

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Incendiary Image of the Day: Umbrella Lock-Down Edition

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Just what in Sam Hill is going on in the image above? OK, we know that cops were responding to a call of a man with a rifle at Cal State San Marcos. “Campus police said they located the man shortly after 9 a.m.,” reports. “He was carrying an umbrella, not a weapon. But what up with all the rifle pointing? Especially as the man in question was a professor who called himself in. Strategically, this is nuts. [Make the jump for another angle.] If you have a choice, why take a guy in the open like that? And if you do, best get him our of there lickety-split. Just sayin’ . . .

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TTAG Reader: Follow the 911 Operator’s Instructions

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“You sir are an idiot of enormous magnitude!” So begins a recent comment underneath my 2012 post Self-Defense Tip: Don’t Listen to the 911 Operator. “I think the thing that upsets me the most about this article is that it is written in such a way that what you are saying appears credible. Unfortunately the advice you are giving is dangerous, at best.” As you might imagine, this website does not want to give dangerous advice to armed Americans (or other nationalities). So, in the interests of personal safety, here’s 911 operator Sara’s takedown of my STFU with 911 thesis . . .

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This is What Happens to a Disarmed Populace: They’re Told to Frown at Terrorists

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I wish I was making this up. But I’m not, no I’m not. “Communist Party officials have told residents of China’s violence-stricken west to add a new weapon to their armoury for fighting the country’s war on terror: the frown,” reports. “Inhabitants of Xinjiang, a predominantly Muslim region that is currently the setting for a major security crackdown, should use the ‘angry stare’ as a way of intimidating terror suspects, according to official advice circulated this week on Wechat, the popular social networking service.” OK, that’s absurd. But is it that much more absurd than the rest of the Party’s advice? . . .

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Thin Guys. Fashion. Red Wine. Remington Hearts Ammosexuals

The fact that no one actually shoots a gun in Remington’s video for its 1816™ line of men’s apparel is kinda perturbing. Well, it is to old fat white guys. Pulchritudinous pistoleros for whom a button-down shirt – any button-down shirt – is the height of fashion. This gun range of ballistically-minded, sartorially-challenged gun guys – Remington’s base – would no doubt prefer the company to spend its time and money building better guns *cough* R51 *cough* – than stretch the once-storied firearms brand like a piece of Turkish taffy. “1816™ transcends the timelessness of our visionary forefathers to the sporting gentleman of modern day.” What does that even mean? How can you transcend timelessness? I wonder if any of this clobber’s made in New York . . .


FPSRussia Revealed!

For some reason, FPSRussia breaks character to answer YouTubers Q&A. To say it’s jarring to hear Kyle speak in his normal (gently Southern) accent would be like saying Barbara Palvin is kinda cute. [Note to Kyle: Disney doesn't let actors remove their costumes in front of the public. Ever.] Despite claiming he’s got the best job at the world, Kyle/Dimitri’s chafing at the bit, creatively speaking. He says he wants to do “behind the scenes” videos. In other words, he wants to be a reality TV star. He also aspires to be the Dear Abbey of guns. [Note to Kyle: racking a pump shotgun may not send burglars running.] This video shows Kyle’s affinity with Nutnfancy, if you know what I mean. Shark jumped?