Tag: Robert Farago

Chapter Three: How to Defend Your Home With A Shotgun: And the World’s Best Shotgun Is . . .

A burglar alarm. Think of it this way: you don’t want to have to shoot anyone with a shotgun. For one thing, it’s a messy business. Imagine blasting someone with a cannon at short range. Like that. For another, it’s traumatic. Some shotgun gurus say that a successful shooting will not leave you emotionally scarred; you’ll realize that you did the right thing to protect yourself and your family. You’ll feel the satisfaction of a triumphant warrior. Bullshit. The moments preceding, during and after the murderous mayhem may not haunt your dreams, but they probably will. Besides, it’s not all about you; do you really want your wife and/or children to see a human being blown to bits? And then there’s the fun of dealing with the police and the judicial system . . .

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Gun Review: ArmaLite AR 24-15C

Back in the day, stoners contemplated life’s mysteries from a tetrahydrocannabinol-enhanced perspective. So enabled, they’d confront cosmic karma with a simple statement: “that’s heavy.” Heavy was deep. Heavy was good. Even when it wasn’t. “Dude, your landlord’s here to throw you out.” “Whoa. That’s heavy.” Heavy was important. And then Japanese products invaded the America. Suddenly, small was beautiful. The Sony Walkman was infinitely better than the ‘rents entertainment center and the Honda Accord could run circles around a Buick. But something important was lost. Stuff became insubstantial. Cheap. Disposable. I first experienced the unbearable lightness of being when the computer guy threw out my Apple II’s motherboard, shoved in another one and called it good. Thank God for the AR 24-15C. In a world of cheap plastic guns (now including revolvers), it’s heavy, man.

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A Pain in the Bass Pro Shops

A gathering of the clans today, northbound and down for Bass Pro Shops. This monument to retail-tainment lingers in the shadow of the Patriot’s palace (football, not Congress). I made the pilgrimage to watch my youngest fall into their pond and drop $3k-plus on a Browning gun safe. Not so fast, Mr. Bond. The salesman was about as interested in taking my money as a Franciscan monk. He opened the top o’ the line big ass metal box and told me that Bass doesn’t deliver or install its safes. Can you recommend a local company to get the safe safely into my home? “Nope. I don’t know of anyone.” I looked inside. It wouldn’t be long before bald patches appeared on the mouse fur. Shelves were stacked up willy nilly. Hang on; where are all those cool pockets, the lights and mirror? “They’re optional extras.” So why does this brochure say they’re included? “I guess they’re downstairs in the box. It’s like a romper room in here some days.” [crickets chirping] Can I order one with a biometric lock? “Biometrics are an unproven technology.” Could it get any worse?

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TTAG Goes West

As part of this website’s ongoing evolution, I’m heading out to Colorado to investigate the possibilities of relocating TTAG to The Centennial State. More specifically, that bastion of liberal thought, Boulder; where I’m looking to build a TTAG members-only gun range. A video and web-enabled facility for research, analysis and reportage on various issues surrounding guns and gun ownership. I also envision a thoroughly modern handgun, shotgun, stun gun and rifle range where [both] TTAG readers can join us for private instruction and, well, fun. This range reconnaissance will take me away from my RI keyboard until next Thursday. I will, of course, bring my mini-me Apple and blog as much as I can from Boulder. Brad Kozak will be blogging and helming TTAG during the interregnum. While the posting pace may slacken slightly, we will maintain the writing and reporting quality that has brought us this far. Meanwhile, thanks for your time and attention. That’s why we’re here.

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Pete Eliadis: “It’s Not Time to Arm Students and Teachers”

Pete Eliadis is officer.com‘s Mass Violence Incidents Contributor. Imagine handing that business card to your daughter’s prospective private school headmaster. Still, someone’s got to tackle the issues raised by spree killings and other large-scale horrors, and Eliadis does it better than anyone. His columns offer a practical, no-nonsense take on terror, encouraging readers to think the unthinkable. And then prepare for it.

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U.N. Gun Grab Revealed

Inspired by its success with land mines, various groups within the United Nations are busy creating a Small Arms Treaty. The international body is devising a legislative framework for the international trade in small arms and light weapons that’s not a million miles away from America’s International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). Bottom line: the U.N. Small Arms Treaty is about preventing illegal trade in military small arms—not dictating to whom civilian arms may be sold or calling for their collection and destruction. In other words . . .

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Review: “The Hunted”


I thought Avatar was an incredibly silly movie. Why weren’t any of the blue people fat? And I don’t care how imperialistic, amoral and greedy humans are, when you get right down to it, I’m not going to root against my species. There are more serious criticisms: what makes James Cameron think he can rip-off Dances with Wolves whilst being hailed as a creative genius? More thematically, why do white guys consider it some sort of sacred duty to go native and become better natives than the natives so they can organize the natives to oppose the non-natives? It’s a question that sprang to mind whilst reading The New Yorker cover story “The Hunted.” Simply substitute the words “so they can save African wildlife” and there you have it: the twisted tale of Mark and Delia Owens, wildlife crusaders and accomplices to murder.

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Gun Review: Henry Repeating Arms Golden Boy

Don’t tell my kids, but I toured Europe on a BMW K100RT motorcycle. The “flying brick” was utterly reliably and Germanically comfortable (tough yet firm). When I returned to base, I looked for something suitable for intra-automobile London commuting AND long-distance tours. I bought a series of motorcycles, from extreme sports machines to urban two-strokes. They were all great bikes, fondly remembered. None lasted more than six months. And then I bought a Harley Davidson Fat Boy. It was slow, loud, ill-mannered, unreliable and woefully lacking in the braking department. And it was the best donorcycle I ever owned. That two-wheeled dinosaur had charisma. Charm. Personality. Presence. It even had nickname. Ditto the Henry Repeating Arms Golden Boy, or, as my family has come to call it, Franny.

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Chicago: Gun Laws Are Working. For Now. Ish. Detroit? Not So Much

This morning, The Detroit Free Press reports that Chicago Police Chief Warren Evans is declaring a victory in the war against crime. For the first quarter of the year. Compared to last year. Whilst warning that it will get worse in the summer. The Motor City’s main man claims homicides are down 16 percent for January through March; 60 murders vs. 80. And why would that be? “He credited the decline, in part, to an aggressive anti-gun campaign that has taken more than 1,000 illegal firearms off the streets this year.” And the other part?

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Alexis Evidente [Not Shown]: Buy Ruger Guns, Not Stock

I’m not saying that my previous feel for the auto industry gestalt (at The Truth About Cars) led to some excellent investments like, say, shorting GM stock. But if I had assembled a small coterie of automotive-minded investors, I reckon we would have done extremely well. Perhaps even well enough for me to tell my overlords to put it where the sun didn’t shine, and start up a new website. That’s the theory. In practice, I’m hoping that The Truth About Guns will one day earn that same level of interest from the finance folks. Rest assured, TTAG will highlight the biz side of the biz—despite the arms industry’s reticence to give [supposedly] damning data to their enemies. So . . . Alexis Evidente of gurufocus.com reckons Ruger stock is not for you. True?

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The Truth About Guns Clocks 18k+ Visits in its First Full Month

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.

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ATF Expands eTrace to Belgium. JPFO: Why?

Belgium makes some first-class firearms. The City of Liege has been at it since 1350ish. Thanks to Europe’s pervasive anti-gun culture (just sayin’), the country’s firearms industry is a shadow of its former self. But there’s still some action. In addition to its most excellent name-brand American exports and its military guns and ammo, Belgium’s Fabrique Nationale (FN Herstal) also manufactures and distributes Browning and Winchester-branded firearms and accessories. And now the country almost famous for french fries with mayonnaise has access to the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ eTrace gun monitoring system. In this, Belgium’s flic join more than 2,800 U.S. law enforcement agencies and 29 foreign countries (the ATF processed more than 340,000 crime-gun trace requests in 2009). The official ATF press release lauds the system after the jump. Another surprise: not everyone thinks eTrace is such a good idea . . .

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UK Teen Gets Three Years for Firearms Possession

As far as I can tell from this Daily Mail story, 17-year-old Chloe Goodman doesn’t have any history of violence or, indeed, juvenile delinquency. And yet the Manchester Crown Court sentenced Ms. Goodman to three years in prison for hiding guns for a “viscous criminal gang.” Not to mention a lecture about gun control from Judge Timothy Mort: “A gun is used to reinforce a culture of territory or drugs and therefore it has no place in our society. That is why Parliament brought in mandatory sentences. The reason for that is because everybody is so concerned about the availability of guns in the community. From access to your computer it is clear that at the time you saw it was cool to be associated with lads who were on the fringes of gun culture in the area.” One can only imagine her sentence if she’d been in the mainstream of local gun culture. Oh sorry. He’s not done . . .

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