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As always, our readership showered us with an embarrassment of riches in pursuit of a free gun. With a REX zero 1 on the line as first prize – not to mention stuffed NSSF swag bag for second place — you made our job of picking the best very difficult. But choose we must and our winner is Mr. B. for his epic poem, Lining Up the Sights. Taking the bag o’ goodies is Gabriel Carter for his 1883 Purdey shotgun review. Congrats to both winners and thanks to everyone who submitted the fruit of their labors. We appreciate it and, judging from the comments, so do our readers.

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  1. (Boo hiss it wasn’t me)

    Enough of my whining.

    Congrats, Mr. Carter, that was an enjoyable read and a drop-dead gorgeous shotgun…

  2. Literally just logged on to see what was happening in the world of TTAG and saw this – hugely honored!

    Big thanks to the TTAG readership and to the judges! 🙂

  3. Congratulations fellas….

    Since I did not win, I have a tough decision to make…siphon money from the new motorcycle fund or return that new hammer drill to home depot….

    Decisions decisions….. Lol

    Seriously though my wife did suggest that I get a smaller frame pistol for her and daughter to use when I am away
    …..I see a single stack 9 in my future….

    • Love your family more than that… get them a double stack with good trigger reach, P320, P07/P09, VP9. All those guns can be tuned to have great ergonomics for the small fisted among us, and will be a hell of a lot easier to shoot competently than any of the skinny 9 offerings.

  4. The poem was okay up to the point where you realize he’s talking about his kid. After 5 minutes of reading though, I got bored and couldn’t finish it. At the time, I didn’t want to be critical as others and say TLDR. I also think it is dirty pool to use children to win writing contests. We need two categories. One for tug at the heart strings and another for everything else.
    This is not sour grapes. I don’t think my entry would have won. Especially up against a “look at this baby” epic poem. I just thought my true story was interesting enough to share with you guys. And it wasn’t alcohol related. To bad they file 13nd it.

    • No edit function

      To be clear, the poem wasn’t boring to me because he talked about his kid. It’s just that the reveal happened so soon that the rest of the poem was merely an exercise in rhyming.

      • My favorites were JR’s Gun and the Rossi Wizard review.

        Not that mine wouldn’t have been awesome…


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