Limited-Edition TTAG AR Lowers! Or Not.

Courtesy Chris Dumm for The Truth About Guns

Courtesy Chris Dumm for The Truth About Guns

A couple of days ago, Tyler stumbled across the web site of York Arms, a manufacturer who will make limited runs of AR-15 or AR-10 lowers with custom engravings, serial numbers, selector switch icons, or anything else. This got Tyler thinking in a direction of which Nick, Dan, Joe and I heartily approve: Why doesn’t Farago send us each a custom TTAG AR-15 for Hanukkah/Christmas/Festivus/Hogfather’s Night/Winter Solstice/Holiday Of Our Choice?  . . .

This idea caught on with us writers (well duh?) and ideas about our custom engraved ARs were soon flying around thicker and faster than lead in Kandahar. Nick suggested that the selector switch be marked SAFE/FIRE/GIGGLE, in memoriam of the full-auto ARs we’ll almost certainly never own. He also thinks they should be marked with the TTAG logo and URL so that we get some brand placement every time we take them to the range or use them to test components and accessories.

My own execrable Photoshop skills are on display in the title photo. I think our TTAG lowers need some kind of humorous but intuitive selector markings like those in the photo. Perhaps the Stars and Stripes for ‘FIRE.’ and a white flag of surrender (or the French Tricoleur – which is the same thing) for ‘SAFE?’

Engraving the TTAG QR code on the magazine well might be a cool idea, so that fellow shooters can scan our rifles with their smartphones and be directed straight to our blog. And I’d definitely want TTAG custom serial numbers to bring a whole new meaning to the creed “This is my rifle. There are others like it, but this one is mine.”

Now we put it to you, dear readers: what should we engrave on our hypothetical limited-edition TTAG-build AR-15’s? And how many of you would be interested in reserving one for yourself?


  1. avatar John says:

    Is it too much to engrave the 2nd Ammendment on the side?

    1. avatar AlphaGeek says:

      Why ask for a product that’s readily available on the market today? I’ve seen at least 3-4 AR lower receivers for sale online with the 2A engraved on the outside wall of the mag well.

    1. avatar Isarmann says:

      I really like those… It also made me think, for the same sort of buyer– how about MEH, LOL, and LMAO?

  2. avatar Jay W. says:

    Chris – Thanks for providing my first chuckle/laugh of the day.

  3. avatar sanchanim says:

    Ha I would so want one…

  4. avatar kalel666 says:

    Goddamn, I want one that says “I’m your Huckleberry!” Classic.

  5. avatar AlphaGeek says:

    I see we have a Terry Pratchett fan in the (editorial) house. Excellent.

    Personally, I’d like custom safety markings that say “Threaten” and “Destroy”.

    PS: Please no QR codes on a rifle. I see enough “robot barf” littered everywhere else. Don’t need that on my guns. Ain’t nobody got time for that!

    1. avatar OHgunner says:

      I second the threaten/destroy selector!

  6. avatar GS650G says:

    Which Israeli supermodel will be on the receiver well in vivid relief?

  7. avatar KnowWhatIamTalkingAbout says:


  8. avatar bobo says:

    i’ve seen these done before, and you want to make sure to have “(safe)” and “(fire)” underneath whatever wording or logo you use – i believe for liability reasons.

    Just a word of advice…

    When do we need to put in our orders?

    1. avatar Matt in FL says:

      Yeah, screw that “liability reasons” stuff. There are plenty of manufacturers (see: HK’s entire product line) that use nothing but pictograms for their selector swtiches, with nary an English language (or any other, for that matter) word in sight.

      1. avatar bobo says:

        When I accidentally shoot my toe off because I couldn’t interpret the safe/fire markings, I’ll rename this site “Bobo’s Truth (About Guns).” (i have a good lawyer)

        …just kidding…this didn’t hamper my chances of scoring one of these stripped lowers, did it?

  9. avatar IndyEric says:

    Peace, Firepower, Superior Firepower – always been my favorite.

  10. avatar Jeff O. says:

    I would love one!

  11. avatar David says:

    Shalom, Let’s get it on, Molon Labe!
    2nd Amend, and quote, “No freeman shall be debarred the use of arms…”

    1. David, i believe:”No Free Man, shall ever beDenied the use of Arms”. Was a quote, by Thomas Jefferson!… [one of my favorites!].

  12. avatar Kelly in GA says:

    How about growl, bark, and howl for the selector? A little reference to letting loose the dogs of war?

  13. avatar Rambeast says:

    I would get one in a heartbeat. A fitting way to tie my obcession with my favorite source of everything firearm related.

  14. avatar Kelly in GA says:

    I’d be in. TTAG013. And to think, I just posted earlier that I wanted another AR lower.

  15. avatar g says:

    French flag for safe/surrender? LOL, so mean.

    Sure, it’s fun to make fun of the French for weird movies, body hair, and getting owned in two different world wars, but I also like to remind the students that I teach that the French gave us the Statute of Liberty and dudes like Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette during that little thing called the Revolutionary War.

    I vote for SAFE, FIRE, GIGGLE!

    1. avatar Isarmann says:

      I just thought of one that’s like the answer to a riddle: How do you, by changing just ONE of the normal words, totally change the meaning of the other two?


  16. avatar Elliotte says:

    Here’s how you should go for the selector:
    Safe – MikeB302000
    Semi – Robert Farago
    Auto – Bruce W. Krafft

    1. avatar speedracer5050 says:

      Amen!! +10000000!!!
      I vote for these markings with 1 addition!!!
      Have The serial numbers be your username-1!
      IE: speedracer5050-1.

      1. avatar sanchanim says:

        LMAO oh man woke my kid up from laughing so hard!!!

    2. avatar Moonshine says:

      + another few million.

  17. avatar Guy22 says:

    They must be made by Ruger. I have heard it said if you get bored at a deer camp, you could always read your Ruger!

    1. avatar AlphaGeek says:

      Heh. Never realized it, but you’re right. There’s as much text on my Ruger Mark II Target pistol as there is on any three other guns I own, combined.

  18. avatar Peter says:

    I kinda like the one that u have in the pic but maybe add a nuke cloud for the full auto position. After that tell us the price. That all being said i suspect you wont get a general consensous and people will back out of buying them if you dont ask for cash up front.

  19. avatar Jimbthepilot says:

    If you’re giving it as a Christmas gift, shouldn’t it be “Naughty” and “Nice” with “Blitzen” for the optional full-auto position?

    1. avatar sanchanim says:

      Or for Chanukah, you can have one two and three candles lol

  20. avatar Gherkin says:

    Click …. Bang

  21. avatar russ says:

    Sign me up for an AR-10.


  22. avatar John Fritz says:

    Whatever is decided upon, remember that less is more. Clean, uncluttered and professional are desirable guidelines for any TTAG-branded product.

    I’d hate to see a TTAG lower (which I absolutely would purchase) end up looking amateurish or cheap. Especially as time goes by.

    I’m sure at some point in the past plenty of folks thought that goofy spider on one of my favorite ARs was a good idea.

    1. avatar Matt in FL says:

      To which goofy spider are you referring?

      1. avatar John Fritz says:

        The one that resides with our good friends in Apopka. 😉

    1. avatar John Fritz says:

      Sans arachnid. Well done sir.

  23. avatar Milsurp Collector says:

    The one with the “Das Reich” emblem made me do a double take. Can you say irony?

  24. avatar Robert Seddon says:

    Two fingers on a hand for “SAFE” like the old “Peace” symbol, and one middle finger for fire position ….
    very intuitive

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