More than a few members of TTAG’s Armed Intelligentsia took exception to our post Springfield Adds Two New .45 ACP Model XD-E Hammer-Fired Pistols. Commentator Robert spoke for many when he wrote . . .
You can give up trying to push Springfield crap at us. They are a POS company and will always be a POS company. There is nothing they can produce that will cover their past sins. And, Dan Zimmerman, by association, you are right down there with Springfield. I will dump all your articles automatically from now on.
Regular readers will know that TTAG exposed Springfield Armory and Rock River Arms perfidy when their lobbyist engineered a carve-out on a deeply unconstitutional Illinois firearms dealer licensing law. An exception that included big box stores and enabled the bill to proceed through the legislature. Not to mention years of SA and RRA-funded cash payments to anti-gun rights legislators.
Those following the story will also know that the duo repented publicly (denying foreknowledge of their lobbyist’s spin) and spent big bucks lobbying against their lobbyist’s lobbying. The bill — recently resurrected — is dead. Again. For now.
Regardless, TTAG will not “punish” Springfield Armory, Rock River Arms or anyone else who endangers our Second Amendment protections. We will continue to cover their news and review their products fairly — despite the fact that these and other gunmakers “punish” TTAG for our no-holds-barred coverage by refusing to provide T&E sample guns and excluding us from press junkets.
So be it. TTAG is not an advocacy group per se. We’re a firearms blog. We provide news, reviews and editorials as truthfully as we can. So we don’t blacklist or boycott anyone in the firearms business, nor seek retribution for their actions or inaction.
In short, we report, you deride. OK, we do too. But without fear or favor. Thank you for supporting our work with your time.