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Frankly, without a SHOT Show Gundies party this year and the booze that I can only assume flows freely there, my motivation to win a 2021 award is severely depressed. But it isn’t so low that I won’t shamelessly request your votes. Please click HERE and vote for me, Jeremy S., for “Influencer Turned Entrepreneur.”

Presumably I was nominated for this because:

As you’re likely aware, I’ve been writing for TTAG since late 2012 and have been Testing & Reviews Editor for many years, recently becoming Editor or Deputy Editor or some such thing.

While I really dislike the term “influencer,” obviously I’ve been on the media side of the industry for quite a while focusing on in-depth gun and gear reviews, posting to TTAG’s Instagram feed, mostly ignoring my crappy YouTube channel (though it’s close to 50k subscribers now, so there are some masochists out there with nothing better to do), and sometimes acting as the worst gun bunny perhaps ever.

In 2019, Chris H. and I launched Black Collar Arms. So now I’m also on the other side of the firearm industry as a manufacturer, running and attempting to grow this little, bootstrapped start-up.

So, “Influencer Turned Entrepreneur?” It’s fair to say I’m at least giving it a go. Now that I’ve been nominated for The Gundies Awards I hope at least not to embarrass myself, so I’d appreciate your vote (or votes? You may be able to vote multiple times on different days).


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  1. Sure…if you quit referring to anyone as “the poor’s”. Lot’s of folks entering that epitaph during the Scamdemic!

    • “The poors” refers to a state of mind, not a state of finance. Someone without a lot of extra money might scrimp and save to afford a decent mid range optic, a poor buys a cheap knockoff on Wish and says it’s just as good, while patting himself on the back for outsmarting everyone who just “paid for the name”.

      • I didn’t know scopes could be mounted on a HiPoint until my friend poored me a drink and handed me a role of duct tape.

    • LOL if I’ve said “the poors” before it was in jest. It’s an HK joke. Being “a poor” would be an upgrade for me, though! πŸ˜†

  2. I really really don’t like the new layout. Not trying to be mean. You look like every other site now. Please change it back.

    • On account of setting up accounts I do not have to count out two of the girls with guns. That was turning into a real conundrum.

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  3. My vote has a lot better chance of happening if a case of 115 gr. 9mm arrives on my doorstep.

    The esteemed Mr. Daniel Z. has my contact info.

    (“Bribery” has such an ugly taint to it. Do it anyways… πŸ˜‰ )

    P.S. – Dan gets half of the case for his troubles. πŸ™‚

  4. Sorry, dude. As a C&R junkie I have to stick with Gun Jesus (Ian McCollum, Forgotten Weapons).

    I feel bad for all the easily lead suckers just voting for pu**ie. πŸ˜‰

  5. Dan et al,

    New Site: Too much white space! It’s rather gawkish to look at.


    Back in college (we still used stone tablets and chisels – rock dust mixed with Elmer’s glue to fix mistakes) I took a class (Policy Lab 3400) which was a business class on designing and conducting feasibility studies. My only question is: Which demographics are you trying to appeal to? I’m up for change…but, meaningful change, not change just for change’s sake.

    If I remember correctly, this format appeared a few months ago for about a day…was that an oops or part of an early beta test release to generate feedback?

    As far as Jeremy…yea, most of your articles are pretty decent, straightforward and with a touch of humor…a style that earns my vote.

    EDIT: maybe not. You have to create an account on some rando site…giving them your info for them to spam you with later on. Have to think about this one.

  6. It seems that I’m not especially “well informed” when it comes to the gun scene today. I registered to vote, and failed to recognize anyone in some of the categories. Geez, Louise!

    I noted there was only only one black person – I gave him a vote. I also noted the number of women. Call me a sexist, but I did NOT vote for women in bikinis. If she doesn’t even look like a serious shooter, she should be in the running at a modeling contest, I guess. How many guys go to the range in a pair of Hanes briefs?

    That little girl – sorry, I’m bad with names – but I’ve watched a couple of the Youtube videos. I like, and voted for her.

    The rest of the votes were tossups. If I recognized a name I voted for him/her. Random choice for the remainder.

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