TTAG Gun Review Contest: And the Winner of the Underground Tactical Rifle Is . . .


We don’t know where Tim Going lives, but we sure hope there are feral hogs there, pests though they may be. It would be a darned shame not to put his new Underground Tactical Bacon Maker Six 5 Ultralight to its highest and best use. Then again, we’re sure the 6.5 Grendel gun will be ever so effective on Bambi and his brethren, too. After a lot of very stiff competition and much consideration, Tim took the grand prize in our first ever reader review contest for his take on the Mossberg 715T rifle. Here’s an excerpt:

I will be the first to admit that sometimes, a cheap gun is a cheap gun. Don’t even get me started on the SIG Mosquito, my life lesson that when ALL the reviews you read say something is bad, it probably is bad. But if you think that any gun less than $300 is not even worth wasting your time, well I find your lack of faith disturbing. My Mossberg Maverick, GSG 1911-22 (purchased after the review of the gun on TTAG) and my SCCY CPX-1 all stand as testament that a reliable, accurate, and fun gun can be had for less than three bills. However, the biggest proof of this point is my Mossberg 715T . . .

There were a lot of excellent efforts turned in. In fact, there were so many that we’ve also chosen a few additional notables to receive special recognition. They are:

Aaron James – Kellogg’s Pop-Tart Pistol
Paul Jeong – LWRC M6IC
D. Ruiz – Legacy Waterfowl Extreme Shotgun
Paul K. – HK P2000, Phoenix HP25A, Ruger SP101

That fantastic four will each receive a CMC Triggers Tactical 15/10 Trigger Group for their efforts. And an invitation to submit more reviews to TTAG for the honor of truth, the glory of excellence, free ammo, access to T&E guns and yes, maybe even cash money.

Please note: TTAG remains an open door to new talent. If you didn’t win the gun or a trigger, you can still submit a gun review (or rant or blog post) to [email protected] One caveat: all non-contest entries may be edited for length, coherence, accuracy, snark infusion, etc.

We hope you’ve enjoyed these reviews as much as we have. It’s extremely gratifying to know that our readers share our unflagging commitment to telling the truth about guns, and literary excellence. Thanks for playing. Next up (after a suitable pause) another editorial contest with another wicked awesome gun as a prize.


  1. avatar Tim Going says:


    1. avatar Curtis in IL says:

      Congrats, Tim!
      I enjoyed all of the viewer-submitted reviews.

    2. avatar Jeremy says:

      Great submission. Well considered and written.

      Unfortunately the 715T that I owned was an unmitigated disaster. But as much trouble as it caused, I can think of no more fitting reward than a real deal AR that functions without fail.

      Great job.

    3. avatar Johannes Paulsen says:

      Congratulations, Tim!

    4. avatar Paul J. says:

      Congratulations, Tim. Well deserved.

  2. avatar Puyallup Devil Doc says:

    Super jelly…

    1. avatar Ed Rogers says:


  3. avatar JS says:

    Not even top 5??


    Congratz TIm

  4. avatar Cameron b says:

    Pop tart pistol was a true gem

    1. avatar Mike says:

      I agree Cameron. I found it entertaining, exceptionally well written, AND particularly appropriate in light of the news of the day. Additionally, I noticed that Pop Tarts had over 2000 Facebook shares, driving a ton (LITERALLY) of people to the TTAG site.

      1. avatar Felix says:

        Well, that’s the short of it, but not the long.

  5. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

    Congrats Tim!!!!
    That was a really good review.

  6. avatar Rokurota says:

    Many mazel tovs, Tim! And hats off to the judges for choosing the best-written review rather than a review of the coolest gun.

  7. avatar PeterK says:

    Congratulations, Dude! Well earned!

  8. avatar Spectre_USA says:


    I didn’t even make the also-rans.

    Ah, well, congrats to Tim…

  9. avatar Usriflecaliber.30m1 says:

    Are all reveiws going to be posted?Mine still hasn’t been posted.

    1. avatar DJ9 says:

      They usually trickle them out over a long period of time, so don’t despair that yours hasn’t yet been seen. It might take a couple of months or more to get them all published.

  10. avatar 357M28 says:

    Congrats, Tim. I will trade you a case or 2 of Ritz crackers for it. JK

  11. avatar SigGuy says:

    I bet he’s gonna put a really nice optic on it. Like a BSA or maybe even a Simmons.

    1. avatar Tim Going says:

      I’ve got a sweet Centerpoint would look sick on it…

      1. avatar DJ9 says:

        Whoa there buddy, no need to drop that much green on it; it’s just an AR…


        Well-deserved Congratulations!

  12. avatar IAB2 says:

    Congrats to Tim, and kudos to TTAG for giving new writers a place to shine, and other new gun owners a place to learn from many diverse voices.

  13. avatar IAB2 says:

    PS: thanks to everyone who submitted a review- learned something from each, and enjoyed them all.

    How did I miss the PopTart Pistol- Lol!

  14. avatar Former Water Walker says:

    Congratulations and go out and shoot some hogs.

  15. avatar D.Ruiz says:

    Big congratulations to Tim. That was a quality review to say the least.

  16. avatar John Longchamp says:

    I’m glad to see the Pop-Tart pistol review receive the recognition it was due.

  17. avatar ghost/shadow says:

    Congratulations Tim. There are cheap firearms, inexpensive firearms, and firearms I can not afford. Mossberg comes under the heading of inexpensive for me.

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