Name That Gun or Gun-Related Thingie Contest: Straight Ahead Gaze Edition

Wazzat? One box (25 rounds) of Hornady Critical Defense 9mm LUGER 115 gr FTX ammo to the first person who IDs the pic. UPDATE: We have a winner! TTAG commentator htown9 recognized the picture as the NERF Clear N-Strike Maverick REV-6. [Explanatory pics after the jump] Or he may have guessed it from the clues. The headline referred to Johnny Nash’s I Can See Clearly Now: “look straight ahead, nothing but blue sky.” Clear gun? Geddit? Barbie Girl: “life in plastic, it’s fantastic.” Ten pins down: strike. As in NERF Strike. If all that seems way too obscure and the pic inherently unidentifiable, rest assured that the next one will be equally absurd. Thanks to all who played.


  1. avatar Aaron says:

    I think it’s a closeup of a red-colored sight of some type.

  2. avatar Hunter S. says:

    got to be a closeup of some pistol grips!

  3. avatar Mike says:

    Looks like a used sabot to me.

  4. avatar KRR says:

    Is it the stain on the ground after Russia got a hold of you?

  5. avatar nemesis says:

    Trijicon fiber optic.

  6. avatar Elliotte says:

    I’m gonna go with a used shotgun shell.

  7. avatar No Caliban says:

    the edge of a clay pigeon?

  8. avatar Rich Keagy says:

    1/2 oz Claybuster .410 shot wad.

  9. avatar Robert Farago says:

    Not a sight. Not shotgun-related.

  10. avatar RuffRidr says:

    Extreme closeup of a gun safety?

  11. avatar Coyote Gray says:

    Looks like the nickel casing from a Hornady Critical Defense 9mm LUGER 115 gr FTX ammo. The person taking the picture is wearing red and seen as a reflection.

    1. avatar Coyote Gray says:

      Or reflecting the image of the fingers holding the nickel casing.

  12. avatar Gossven says:

    Closeup of the follower from a 10/22 magazine?

    1. avatar Brian says:

      this was my guess

  13. avatar Chaz says:

    Closeup of shiny JHP bullet reflecting red from the room.

  14. avatar Ben says:

    I would say a magazine follower of some kind.

  15. avatar Walrusleather says:

    Screwdriver handle

  16. avatar ready,fire,aim says:

    side of a plasma rifle in a 40 watt range

  17. avatar GS650G says:

    red hot barrell

  18. avatar Nico says:

    Looks like a closeup of someone who played too much CoD and decided to red-stripe their handgun. Clearly without enough headshots on their record.

  19. avatar Evan says:

    Side of a shiny, but used, Springfield XD/XDM magazine reflecting something red.

  20. avatar OldSquid says:

    Closeup of a Beretta NEOS grip with red trim?

  21. avatar Derek says:

    Those look like wear marks on someting painted red. I’m going to say it’s the top of a painted and worn ar-15 or ar-10 mag.

  22. avatar Dustin says:


  23. avatar Patrick says:

    Some part of the TTAG Liberty Gun…. which conveniently shoots 9mm. Where’s the 5:00pm EST clue?

  24. avatar Robert Farago says:

    Sorry the website went down.

    Here’s your clue: I’m a Barbie Girl. And re: the title of the contest, the actual words are “look straight ahead, nothing but . . .”

    1. avatar Patrick says:

      I went and looked up the words to Aqua’s “Barbie Girl” in search of a clue. I will never forgive you….

  25. avatar Dustin says:

    Roof of a covered shooting station

  26. avatar BlackRifleSAM says:

    Painted Ak-47 magazine

  27. avatar JustSomeGuy says:

    Rain poncho/jacket?

    1. avatar JustSomeGuy says:

      My other thought was corrugated plastic roofing over a firing line…But I think Dustin covered that one.

  28. avatar lee n. field says:

    lipstick (on something. But what?)

  29. avatar Van says:

    Polymer tipped round?
    something like that:

    1. avatar Van says:

      What gives? I’m Van and I don’t recall making this entry. Hmmm…

  30. avatar Walrusleather says:

    Shotmaster rifle stand base?

    or the throwing arm of a clay thrower for trap or skeet

  31. avatar David H. says:

    Closeup of the bridge or temple piece of shooting glasses.

  32. avatar Casey E says:

    Rifling as seen through a bore-scope?

  33. avatar Jay W. says:

    A closeup of the Hornady logo?

  34. avatar David says:

    Lubricant in-between the ribs on a rifle slug?

  35. avatar Eric says:

    The plastic (hence Barbie) sabot off a muzzleloading round (big puff of smoke that clears “look straight ahead, nothing but…”).

    Logical… yes??

  36. avatar Robert Farago says:

    It’s this or . . .

  37. avatar HD76 says:

    Part of a gun rest?

  38. avatar Robert Farago says:

    Part of a gun. Which gun?

  39. avatar NxSW says:

    That has to be the frame of some shooting glasses.

  40. avatar nemesis says:

    Loaded chamber indicator

  41. avatar nemesis says:

    Tracer round

  42. avatar Travis Leibold says:

    Fiber Optic Band of a trijicon acog mounted on an AR?

    1. avatar Nemesis says:

      I guessed that one hours

      1. avatar Travis Leibold says:


  43. avatar Walrusleather says:

    Paintball marker?

  44. avatar Dustin says:

    Water gun

  45. avatar Robert Farago says:

    Getting closer.

  46. avatar Gossven says:

    Red Charter Arms .38

  47. avatar Nemesis says:

    Simuntion round.

  48. avatar Walrusleather says:

    Cap gun?

  49. avatar Walrusleather says:

    red ryder BB gun

  50. avatar DonovanM says:

    Part of a flare gun?

    I’m a Barbie Girl = it’s plastic
    Blue skies = you shoot it into the sky…

  51. avatar Robert Farago says:

    Ten pins down.

  52. avatar DonovanM says:

    Nerf gun.

    1. avatar Robert Farago says:

      Correct! Which one?

  53. avatar Ed says:

    Kimber Pepper Blaster II?

  54. avatar Varmint Hunter says:

    It’s the red F (fire) on the bolt of the Weatherby Vanguard Carbine.

  55. avatar Jay. says:

    Kimber Pepper Blaster?
    And Ed beat me by 3 minutes.

    1. avatar Ed says:

      Great minds…

      1. avatar Jay. says:


  56. avatar Jay. says:

    Fury Tactical Pepper Strike?
    another wild guess

  57. avatar Dustin says:


  58. avatar NxSW says:

    Training gun?

  59. avatar Robert Farago says:

    DonovanM got it right: NERF gun. But which one?

  60. avatar Walrusleather says:

    nerf n strike vulcan

    or its the trigger on the maverick

  61. avatar Dustin says:

    N strike strikefire

  62. avatar Nico says:

    Fail guess is fail, good guess below.

  63. avatar Nico says:

    Wait. It’s got to be the Vortex.

    Vortex Proton, to be specific

  64. avatar DonovanM says:

    Vulcan EBF-25?

  65. avatar DonovanM says:

    Vortex Vigilon? Vortex Nitron?

  66. avatar Dustin says:

    Recon cs-6

  67. avatar DonovanM says:

    Stampede ECS

  68. avatar Silver says:

    N strike Barricade?

  69. avatar HD76 says:

    Part of an Airsoft gun?

  70. avatar Dustin says:


  71. avatar HD76 says:

    Nerf Long Shot?

  72. avatar Ralph says:

    I have a deer rifle, but I do not have a NERF gun. Thus, I must ask a few questions: What are NERFs? Why would anyone need a special gun to shoot them? Are they dangerous? Are they difficut to field dress? Is there an open season for NERFs? Does NERF meat taste like chicken? Has anyone tried eating smurf and NERF? These are the questions that try mens’ souls.

    1. avatar Bob H says:

      I think it stands for Nearly Evanescent Rapid Fauna. Your name needs to be Miculek if you want a chance at one…

    2. avatar Gossven says:

      I don’t know but I’ve seen a few scruffy nerfherders in my time.

    3. avatar Brad Kozak says:

      I thought the went extinct about the time the last Nauga was slaughtered for it’s hide.

      But as to your rhetorical rumination on Smurfs, it reminds me of the question: “What you call sexual congress between two of the little blue people?”

  73. avatar HD76 says:


  74. avatar HD76 says:

    Firefly Rev-8?

  75. avatar GoHogs!!!!!!! says:

    Titan AS-V.1

  76. avatar GoHogs!!!!!!! says:

    Nerf Elimination Office Set

  77. avatar Robert Farago says:

    Well it’s a NERF gun alright. But which one? None of the ones mentioned. I hope my clues with clear enough.

  78. avatar htown9 says:

    Clear N-Strike Raider Rapid Fire CS-35

  79. avatar htown9 says:

    Clear N-Strike Recon CS-6

  80. avatar htown9 says:

    Clear N-Strike Deploy CS-6

  81. avatar htown9 says:

    Clear N-Strike Nite Finder EX-3

  82. avatar htown9 says:

    Clear N-Strike Maverick REV-6

    1. avatar Robert Farago says:

      A winner! That’s it! You’ve won. Ping [email protected] with your address and I’ll send your ammo. Well done to everyone who played!

  83. avatar htown9 says:

    Yes i went with the spray and pray method, but i was CLEAR with my guesses, was i close?

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