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 Jack and John (courtesy Jack Baruth)

When I left the Truth About Cars, I watched the website I founded founder. After a while, I stopped reading. TTAC had plenty of sarcasm and truth telling but no joie de vivre. No soul. No balls. No edge. No . . . bad craziness. With one exception: Jack Baruth. Jack’s pedal-to-the-metal automotive journalism made me glad TTAC hadn’t tanked. Contemplating the current Managing Editor’s psychology I knew it was only a matter of time before TTAC and Jack went their separate ways. (And that’s all I’ll say about that.) And so they have. The good news: my loss is my gain. Jack Baruth has agreed to become a regular contributor to The Truth About Guns. And I’ve been thinking about what to do with him . . .

Jack wants to write semi-demi-quasi-socio-historical pieces, like his most excellent article on the ill-fated Liberator pistol. No problem there. If that’s what floats his boat, anchors aweigh! But really the ex-pin-and-plate-match competitor needs a more challenging assignment.

Hunting. Jack needs to write about hunting. Dangerous animals. In dangerous places. With crazy people. (Ipso facto.) If anyone can challenge Earnest Hemingway for the title of world’s greatest outdoor writer, while channeling the spirit of Hunter S. Thompson, it’s Jack Baruth.

And so Dan and I are ringing-up our industry contacts, trying to find a foreign hunting junket for Mr. Baruth. If there’s a gun company guy or gal reading this post who organizes such things (*cough* Berettta *cough*) I implore you to email [email protected] with an offer. It’s a sure ticket to epic amounts of timeless PR and the best way to be a patron of the first-class firearms journalism—short of spending ad dollars hereabouts.

Meanwhile, I want to thank TTAG’s stable of writers for their time and talent. Publishing your work—without worrying about the page views any one piece garners—is  one of my greatest joys. I value each of you for your individual dedication to honesty and literary excellence. Thank you for helping me create a website that swells my heart with pride every single day of my life. And will do, for the rest of my life. Ladies and gentlemen, Mr. Baruth, hang on. We’re just getting started.

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  1. First Road and Track, and now TTAG. Looks like Baruth finally hit the big leagues. Congrats, Jack!

  2. Alternatively, partner him up with two freewheeling Irish vigilantes so they can take on the Russian Mafia in Boston.

    Alright, I’m all out of movie references for now.

  3. Yes! More hunting!
    Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate the political coverage, and I like scary black guns just like the next guy…..but…….MOAR HUNTING!

  4. Not sure what “leave” means, since Baruth just had a post on TTAC this morning. Anyway, hale and well met! More Baruth is never a bad thing…

  5. Good grief, give Ted Nugent a call. I’m quite sure Ted would be more than happy to take Jack Baruth on a bow hunting safari in Africa.

    (if Jack and Ted do indeed get together and go hunting, there should be video)

  6. Baruth was the reason i started becoming a regular reader at TTAC. his controversial “driving fast on public streets” guide kept me there for years.

    Glad he’s back here, he was the best writer there and the most unique voice.

  7. Hunting adventure? This has all the makings of a Top Gear style adventure/challenge/race/challenge. Take pictures(video)!

  8. Welcome Jack, we need some “pedal to the metal” stuff on here. We’ve beaten the shit out of the bradys here at times & as Eastwood said “they look too damned good”, Randy

  9. I will probably not read TTAC anymore. Their current crop of “imported from Autoguide” writers are by and large, not very good. Without Niedermier or Karesh, it’s not worth reading anymore. I really liked TTAC but if Jack’s gone I’m done. I’ll find another car blog to enjoy. I will miss Steven Lang’s writing though.

    Jack I look forward to your work in this space. Best of luck to you in your future endeavors. Your style has earned you a strong fanbase. I’m sure some of it will follow you here and perhaps take up the gun culture that is so strongly advocated here.


  10. Maybe Murilee could branch out? I love his posts. Maybe he could shoot at junkyard finds or find interesting firearms down the street in Denver? Please give him a call.

  11. For a truly riveting big-game hunting experience, world-renowned naturalist and big-game hunter Sir Hammerlock comes highly recommend.

  12. Please don’t try to turn him into Hunter S. Thompson Jr. He was awesome at TTAC; I even learned how to better drive my FWD car because of one of his pieces. I’m looking forward to his contributions here!

  13. Thanks, everyone!

    I’m actually allowed to comment in threads by the TTA*G* management so here I am. 🙂

    Over the next month or so, I hope to bring you guys and girls a few solid pieces about the development and politics surrounding the “battle rifle”. And with any luck, our august founder will ship me off to Africa so I can paint my face with the blood of a dead impala and kill a Cape buffalo with a handgun, Ross Seyfried-style, yo.

    • For the record, I expect to continue to contribute to TTAC and in fact have a few EXCITING! stories to tell there in the upcoming weeks 🙂

    • Welcome Jack. What would it cost us TTAG’ers to get you to take 2 Barrel Joe Biden to Africa with you and let him kill a charging Bull Elephant with his double barrel shotty??! Please!! I’ll even supply the 12ga #7 shot for him to use!!!!
      BTW: I am a Professional Smartass so please don’t try this at home!!!
      Once again welcome Jack and I look forward to reading your articles soon!!

  14. Jack is a welcome addition to any venue.

    But you might want to let him proof your articles before publishing. I’m sure he’s aware that it was “Ernest” Hemingway and not “Earnest” Hemingway, proving once again the importance of being “Ernest”.

    And I would like to see his take on concealed carry alternatives, and alternative philosophies of weapon of choice.

    An article on alternatives for home defense shotguns would be nice, also, including some options for ones that don’t need a half hour of polishing every time you pick one up in the middle of the night to investigate a noise in your back yard.

    Exotic weaponry would also be an interesting read: spycraft tools, extreme long-range sniper weapons, rail gun technology, a whole host of things most gun writers don’t bother to pursue, but that could benefit from Jack’s perspective.

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