2013 TTAG Reader Survey: Take it Now! Win a Book!


We did our first reader survey last year and it gave us a ton of great information that we used to inform the kinds of articles we publish and how we run the site. Now, one year later, we’re looking to see if we’re still on the right track. Because after all, without our readers, we’re just talking to ourselves. And just to sweeten the deal a little bit, if you include your email address at the end of the survey, we’ll randomly draw one of you to get a free copy of Chris Kyle’s book American Gun.



  1. avatar Scrimshaw says:

    Questions got too personal, so I got paranoid and stopped.

    1. avatar D says:

      Lol! Me too.

    2. avatar SRMC says:


      1. avatar JAS says:


    3. avatar ExMonk says:


    4. avatar JoshinGA says:

      You’re fooling yourself if you think the government doesnt already have all the info they ever wanted about you. You’re probably on a list (or multiple lists) somewhere just for being on this site. Frankly, in this age, there is very little you can do to avoid privacy invasion by the powers that be, short of eschewing all technology and becoming a Luddite.

      1. avatar ChrisH says:

        If you’re not already on a list, you’re not doing it right. 🙂

    5. avatar dook says:

      Sigh. My rampart paranoia is showing. Glad some other folks stopped as well.

    6. avatar JWhite says:


      Cuz da TTAG Major League Door Kickers are goin’ ta’ find ya and take ya’ guns.

  2. avatar imrambi says:

    Survery says……

    imrambi won the book….

  3. avatar C says:

    “If employed, what kind of job?
    Desk job
    Real job ”

  4. avatar Steve says:

    Did it all.

    And I work a real job. Not too many jobs more real than that of a Paramedic.

    1. avatar In Memphis says:

      Amen brother!

    2. avatar Geoff says:

      True that, unfortunately the employment quest didn’t have the Full + additional jobs being a paramedic requires to pay the bills round here.

  5. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

    I like the last page after submitting the survey. Made me chuckle.

  6. avatar gyrfalcon says:

    Keep the book, and your questions.

    1. avatar JAS says:

      This ^^ My privacy is worth more than 20 bucks.

    2. avatar Felix says:

      I figure the gubmint knows far more already than I want them too, and even if RF or google were piping the answers and IP address directly to the NSA, which they probably are no matter how much they don’t want to, this little survey is nothing new to the powers that be.

  7. avatar Bob says:

    Made it to the “how many guns” question when I saw the “powered by Google” logo.

    Sorry, guys…

    1. avatar Geoff says:

      Unfortunatly in my state that is already a public record.

      1. avatar Roscoe says:

        It is in CA, so there are really no secrets to hide.

  8. avatar Mike in NC says:

    I completed the survey last year, but will not finish this one. After skipping up to half the questions on pages one and two, page three was just too detailed for me to fill-out at all.

    So with that, here is my concise survey response for 2013:

    Ain’t. gonna. happen.

  9. avatar Hermit says:

    The paranoia…it is deep in here.

    1. avatar ensitue says:

      “Deep in here is the paranoia that Obama made, it is”

      1. avatar Roscoe says:

        You’ve got that right; him and all his political and administrative operatives; and the line there is very blurry as to which is which.

  10. Considering most of my “meta data” is out there already, I don’t think a survey powered by Google is going to blow my secrets. We’re already screwed as it is. Unless you paid cash for every single firearm you own, then you’re probably SOL. At this point, it’s going to take a BIG turn around to end the privacy shenanigans.

    Not that I want to just roll over and die, but I know my purchase history, personally, would be all to easy to track as it is. Oh and I live in MO, so the feds know I own guns since I’m a CCP holder… rat bastards.

    1. avatar Evan says:

      Or if you read TTAG with any frequency. Then the NSA has you screwed.

  11. avatar Gyufygy says:

    Didn’t ask for my name, address, phone number, Social Security number, and the number of my primary bank account?

    Meh, sure. I’ve forgotten how many of my various email addresses have been run by Google in one form or another.

    1. avatar Church says:

      Google already has all that info. It’s probably an auto-fill when you submit your survey. Lol.

  12. avatar Rick says:

    a bit to personal and agree,my privacy is worth more than a book. then saw the google crap and bailed !!!they can screw themselves.as far as metadata I try not to give info to them on purpose and for no good reason.book=not good enough reason…for me anyway

  13. avatar 505markf says:

    I didn’t have any problems with the questions, but I’m not sure about the book. It’s a “want to read”, certainly, but I’m suspicious that it will have had Nick’s grimy paw prints all over it. Now, I’m not too proud to take a hand-me-down, mind you, it’s just that I’m pretty sure Nick or Robert or some of the other editors might have gotten, well, excited while reading it, if you know what I mean. It is a pretty hot topic, I do admit.

    I just want to make sure that if the book heads my way, some kind soul hits it with a little Lysol before it hits the USPS. That’s all I’m sayin’.

    1. avatar Gyufygy says:

      You’re a bad person.

      I laughed, so I’m also a bad person.

    2. avatar gyrfalcon says:

      Anything by Chris Kyle I’m not too keen on. Now if the TTAG wanted to offer some .22LR bricks, then we might be talking.

      1. avatar Ducky says:

        That was my suggestion in the survey. “Keep the competitions coming, make the rewards a brick of 22, or maybe a few boxes of 9, 40, 45, 223, etc…”

        1. avatar UcsbKevin says:

          I would write a 20 page research paper for a brick of 22lr right now

  14. avatar phoenixNFA says:

    as a security professional, i dont think this survey had anything that makes black helicopters come to my house.

    what did you guys think this survey was about? kittens and rainbows and what is your favorite twilight movie?

  15. avatar K says:

    It’s a trap! Don’t complete the survey! If you do, I might not win the book!

    1. avatar Anmut says:

      IT’S A TRAP!

      1. avatar Gyufygy says:

        IT’S A TARP!

        1. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

          Oh great. Now I have the p3nis headed space guy from Star Wars stuck in my head.
          But mi still laughing

        2. avatar Roscoe says:

          @ Tom in Oregon
          Actually thinking of Mark Kelly, I think you are.

  16. avatar Paul says:

    Why would a person or a blog concerned about freedom, big government, gun rights, etc even use Google? Scroow Google!

    1. avatar Nick Leghorn says:

      Have you seen the pretty real-time graphs that they generate from the responses? It’s like a statistics nerd’s fantasy playground.

  17. avatar James1000 says:

    Keep the book…sorry guys. That was a little too much.

  18. avatar Matt in FL says:

    The paranoia here makes me laugh.

    You do realize that except for the basic demographic stuff on page 1, virtually all the answers are optional, right? You don’t HAVE to answer how many guns you own, but you could still fill out the “How are we doing? / What are we doing right? / What are we doing wrong?” type questions, y’know.

    But hey, do what you want. Or don’t do it, as the case may be.

  19. avatar Sean says:

    There should be a random drawing for a tin foil hat prize for those that are afraid to take the survey.

  20. avatar Paul McCain says:

    Survey fail.

    Too long.
    Too much goofy in it.
    I started and quit.

    1. avatar Gyufygy says:

      Too long? It was 4 or 5 pages. Took me 5 minutes to fill out.

      Then again, I’ve got time to burn. 🙂

  21. avatar Don't Tread On Me says:

    It’s funny how you’ll get more feedback from people complaining in the comments section than you do from the actual survey…

    @Tom in Oregon: Your Star Wars joke took me about 13 seconds to get, then made me laugh out loud and get a dirty look from my boss.

    1. avatar Gyufygy says:

      IT’S A CARP!

      (Yes, I will keep this up. Ackbar makes me giggle.)

  22. avatar spacecoaster says:

    I should have read the comments before I completed the survey. It never dawned on me just how subversive TTAG must be. Using Google to collect all that firearm information. It’s truly diabolical. Why I bet that book even comes complete with a NSA approved, micro tracking device.

    But, all seriousness aside, here’s what really has me scratching my head. Why would people who are so paranoid about their privacy be posting on a pro-gun blog in the first place?

    1. avatar Matt in FL says:

      Cognitive dissonance.

    2. avatar Roscoe says:

      It’s called engaging mouth before putting brain in gear.

  23. avatar Church says:

    “Don’t take the survey”

    No one is going to check our answer if they’re correct. Answer them truthfully, don’t answer at all, lie about your answers or exaggerate them and then put in a new email address you created before you started the survey. Problem solved.

    Google knows everything about you already, just by being on this website shows you aren’t too worried about Big Brother. They have your ISP number and google uses all your searches to get a profile of you.

  24. avatar tfunk says:

    I forgot to add to my survey…much more Jessie Duff. Yowza. My plan…which I’m relatively sure is foolproof…is for you to post pics of her. Her husband will get mad and tell her to stop having her photo taken. She’ll say the attention is a compliment to both of them. He’ll say “Well, I never get MY picture posted!!!” and divorce her out of jealousy. That’s when I swoop in to pic up the pieces.

    I’ve thought this through from every possible angle and can find no faults. Please start Phase 1 of my plan immediately.

    1. avatar Church says:

      I second the motion.

      And I call dibs.

      1. avatar tfunk says:

        You come up with your own plan, sucka!

        1. avatar Church says:

          I take my seconding back. Now it’ll NEVER happen! Your loss.

  25. avatar Blehtastic says:

    Needed an option for those that have scheduled a CCW application appt. but don’t yet have one because everybody in the state wants to apply for one right now.

    I filled it out. I buy my stuff online with credit cards. They already know what I’ve got. People that think they can hide that are silly. Unless you only buy in private sales, with cash, never in a retail shop or gunshow that has cameras, they know what you’ve got.

    1. avatar Church says:

      Also need an option for having a CCW from a neighboring state.

  26. avatar IdahoPete says:

    Already have the book. For anyone who is NOT the lucky winner – buy the book!

    Excellent history of the essential American firearms, well written, good info for your next range BS session.

  27. avatar KD says:

    It felt like a 6th grader wrote the survey.

    I expected more professionalism from TTAG.

    1. avatar S. Nolan says:

      You must be new here…

  28. Next time you ask about desk job/real job you better provide a space for a “maker of things”.

    Engineers get shit done, then get shit on…

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