After creating, selling and leaving The Truth About Cars, I thought I’d never find a subject that would engage me as fully as all things automotive. Boy, was I wrong. The Truth About Guns (TTAG) is the most exciting project I’ve ever started, and man I’ve started a few. (Then again, too many to mention.) I am fully committed to TTAG’s creative, commercial and literary success. And we’re off to an amazing start. TTAG finishes its first full month of operation with 18,000-plus unique visits. We’re plenty sticky too; 2.19 pages per visit with a 2:55 average site visit time. It’s an excellent beginning to a thrilling endeavor. My thanks to our original designer and resident liberal, Jeff Puthuff, and our growing stable of staples: Brad Kozak, Don Gammill Jr. (AR-15 on the ‘morrow), William C. Montgomery (more!), Martin Albright, Robert Fure (the future’s so bright) and playas’ to be named later. I also want to thank the firearms industry, which is loaded with creative, open-minded and helpful people. No really. Props to our fellow gun bloggers, who have supported our efforts. I reserve my ultimate appreciation for you, our armed intelligentsia. Thanks for keeping us on target. If you could email a link to TTAG to your gun-aware pals, I’d be most appreciative.
TTAG’s Brad Kozak recently reported on defense contractor and ammo demilitarizer ATK (Why Is Ammo So Expensive? Ask Uncle Sam). In a nutshell, the company stands accused of doing an end-run around a Congressional mandate to release the military’s spent brass to the civilian market. Selling the brass to the bases that created it (for a higher profit), rather than a recycling facility for the general public. While our Jeff Puthuff has responded to the idea that the Obama administration plotted the move to thwart private gun owners’ desire for cheap[er] ammo to reduce gun ownership (Counterpoint: Obama’s Policy on Gun Control Did Not Make Ammo Expensive), ATK has responded to allegations of price gouging and civilian subversion.
ATK is a strong supporter of our armed forces, the shooting sports industry, second amendment rights and all of our customers who choose to reload ammunition.
In fact, ATK is a leader in the reloading market. The dated brochure and presentation have caused confusion in the marketplace and do not reflect the views of our company and will be immediately withdrawn.
As a service to our military customers, we routinely handle demil operations for various munitions and respond to requests from military installations for reclamation and recycling of military items.
Each contract is awarded through the military installation’s procurement process. The installations received fair value for the brass.
ATK fully supports the provision passed by Congress last year to ensure that demilitarized spent brass casings remain available for civilian use.Amanda Covington ATK Armament Systems