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The Truth About Guns prides itself on telling the truth about guns. If a gun is good, we say so. If it’s a dog, we let loose the dogs of war. We understand that these are tools you may use to defend your life some day, God forbid. For many of our readers they represent a significant slice of their hard-earned income. That’s why we work with writers who are honest, informed, passionate and fearless. Just like our readers. In fact, all but one of our writers – the jefe himself – started as TTAG commentators. So when Nick told us that new gun reviews were the best way to get off our current stat plateau, and RF said he wanted new blood, we decided to reach out to our Armed Intelligentsia. While our door’s always been open to reader-contributed reviews, we’re looking for more brilliant writers. To do that, we’re offering a little incentive . . .

Namely, a pig-slaying machine. That’s right, pen the best gun review and you’ll win an Underground Tactical Bacon Maker Six 5 Ultralight rifle in 6.5 Grendel (actual rifle pictured above).


Here are the specs on this marvelous pork poker:

  • 6 lb. 5 oz. weight
  • Forged upper and lower receiver mil-spec with indexing marks and M4 feed ramps
  • 416R stainless steel 18″ light contour stress-relieved barrel
  • Mid-length direct impingement gas system
  • FDE Cerakote finish
  • Underground Phantom Twist flash hider
  • Free-float Keymod hand guard system
  • Magpul CTR carbine stock, grip, trigger guard and MBUS sights
  • Underground Tactical adjustable flat adjustable (2.5-4 lbs.) precision trigger
  • Underground Tactical charging handle with tactical latch
  • Underground Tactical 25-round 6.5 Grendel magazine

To take that bad boy home, write an honest, thorough and entertaining gun review that follows our general review format. We have a style guide and a set of guidelines. Looking through our back catalog should give you an even better idea of what we’d like to see come over the electronic transom (see here, here, here and here for examples).

Choose any firearm you’d like, but a writer who critiques a gun or guns we haven’t reviewed stands a better chance of bringing home the bacon. Cover the gun’s basic functionality, takedown and maintenance, ergonomics, accuracy and reliability. Include a selection of (focused) photos (video is fine, too) that show the gun’s bits and pieces (don’t forget to include shots of both sides of the gun).

Again, follow the template. Include a specification section (including MSRP) and full star ratings (5-star scale) for style, ergonomics (shooting AND carrying, if appropriate) customization, reliability and an overall rating. Each rating must have a sentence or two explaining the stars you awarded. Again, see the examples linked above.

bacon maker

Photos can be included in their intended spots within the review in the Word doc, but are best when sent as separate attachments to your email. Multiple emails are fine if you have a lot of photos. If you don’t include your pics in the body of your review, please note where you intend them to appear (though we reserve the right to place them where they make the most sense).

Email your review or reviews in the body of an email or (even better) as a Word document to [email protected]. Put the words GUN REVIEW – (GUN MAKE AND MODEL) in the subject field (e.g., GUN REVIEW – FNH FNX-9). Your email submission must be date-stamped by midnight Friday, December 19. I’ll choose the best review by December 31.

Think you have the right stuff to write for TTAG? No c.v. required. Just the best damn gun review on the internet.

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    • Go ahead and try. I’ll hang on to it for you if you win. I’m big hearted that way.

      [edit] Dang youse Barstow Cowboy! You beat me to the click!

    • There are plenty of FFLs that will modify a gun to compliance. Even if you don’t live near one that offers such service, there are out of state middle man FFLs that will do it for you. Of course, this will cost more money compared to just paying transfer fees, but certain worth it if you do happen to win.

      Or just ask them to send the lower to an FFL, and everything else directly too you?

        • +1. Go for it, jwm. I like your style and will drive up to pay you half price, after taking care of Mark N’s mods to CA legal. However, I suspect you will be hunting and/or lending this to your son in short order, for bacon harvesting…;).

    • Lowers can be modded to CA legal (barf!), you could accept just the upper, or I could transfer you one of my CA – legal lowers for this one. You should be able to work it out if you have a good FFL that does out of state transfers.

      • BARF! Exactly. I’m not a big fan of the AR to start with. And modding one to CA legal status turns me off even more.

        I think I’ll just keep my review of the 40 watt phased plasma rifle to myself, thank you.

  1. What about threats and vitriol?

    I think there’s far too little naming names and calling-out gun-grabbers as the mf cack-sackers that they are.

    • From the post: “Choose any firearm you’d like, but a writer who critiques a gun or guns we haven’t reviewed stands a better chance of bringing home the bacon.”

      BTW, your avatar and your handle seem contradictory, no?

      • ‘BTW, your avatar and your handle seem contradictory, no?’
        Been wanting to change it for a while. Finally got around to it. Thanks for reminding me.

  2. I don’t think there is such a thing as “4168 stainless steel.” It is probably a keypunch error for “416 stainless steel.”

  3. ps: I volunteer to review this gun, and the CA “how to make it legal thru ffl” process.

    And the boating accident later…

  4. Just some words of encouragement here, folks…

    Your work WILL be edited into something prettier than you wrote. This is normal and GOOD. It means your writing was worth publishing. Usually it’s just any grammatical issues, or word choice to improve flow. (They’re pretty good at it too.)

    I got a story about a 686, and a story about a purple LC380. Both of which are better than you can do. So don’t bother trying too hard. It’s in the bag.

  5. So, I would love to win the rifle BUT I am concerned about the job description that comes with the prize. For future gun reviews, how would we obtain new firearms? Would TTAG issue us loaners? Would we be required to pay for them out of pocket? Personally, I would love a job that “required” me to buy the latest and greatest in firearms BUT I could see that creating some marital discord when I my wife sees our bank statements…

  6. Can I do a review of firearm accessories? I wanted to review a 10/22 takedown stock to compare to the AGP stock that was reviewed some time ago. I had that stock for a year but recently switched to the Adaptive Tactical Stock due to various issues with my build (read: couldn’t fit the damn thing in the case with a scope on there, too). I have a firearm I can write a review for.

  7. What about those of us who live behind a “gun rights iron curtain” or the East Berlin of the U.S. in states like NY? If I won, I am banned by my state government under the pain of imprisonment from taking possession of my prize.

  8. Damn, I’ll have to overcome my current computer woes and get something together. I did buy a CAI M70 AK back in September. Got to get camera working with computer again, first!

  9. Phoenix Arms, I would like to purchase a Phoenix hp25 for my wife . Please send to me information pertaining t this firearm. Anthony Cspobianco


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