Our Spring Content Contest Winner Is . . .

It’s never easy picking a winner when we run our popular content contests. We get so many well-written, interesting posts that settling on one is like trying to pick the best barbecue joint in Austin. But choose we must and chosen we have, and our choice as Grand Prize winner of a new APX pistol from Beretta is Garrett Owens and his post, Pawn Shop Denizen: Buying My First Gun. And for an honorable mention effort, we’ll also be sending a Beretta APX-branded Benchmade Mini-Griptilian to Kurt M. for his review of the M69 Romanian bolt action .22 rifle.

Once again, we appreciate everyone who participated. We’re blessed with the most knowledgeable, talented readership in the gunblogosphere. It’s what has made TTAG the success that it is and thank you for reading.


  1. avatar Gov. William J Le Petomane says:

    I was robbed!

    1. avatar Gov. William J Le Petomane says:

      Where’s Kanye when you need him?

      1. avatar Vhyrus says:

        Ima let you finish, but my triple review of the 3 pistols was one of the greatest handgun reviews of all time… ONE OF THE GREATEST HANDGUN REVIEWS OF ALL TIME!

        1. avatar Nigel the expat says:

          See the power of delusion! Heh.

          Okay, I did like it though.

    2. avatar Nigel the expat says:

      I was robbed of my youth. Is there where I file a complaint?


      1. avatar jwm says:

        Two offices down. On the left. Take a number and wait to be called.

        1. avatar Geoff PR says:

          The receptionist’s name there is Helen Waite…

    3. avatar BLoving says:

      As I recall, Gov, you said that Beretta was a “plastic abomination” , so no major loss there.
      As a consolation to you and me, his first gun was a Ruger after all… and a good read it was.

      1. avatar Gov. William J Le Petomane says:

        A plastic abomination to be sure, but that was MY plastic abomination!

        I had a P89 back in the day and I still have a P95. I wish Ru ger would bring back the hammer-autos.

  2. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

    That was a good read.
    Congrats to the winners!

  3. avatar former water walker says:

    Congratulations…I do remember the review as “colorful”?

  4. avatar ucfgrad93 says:

    I would love to see a picture of the mini-griptilian you are giving away.

  5. avatar Pete says:

    I’m glad none of the crappy ones won.

    1. avatar Bobiojimbo says:

      Thanks for that wonderfully, constructive criticism!

      1. avatar Pete says:

        Hehe, well, I was way more specific in comments made to a few of the worst offenders, but really this contest was like a tsunami of garbage, I couldn’t possibly criticize it all in detail.

  6. avatar Mr. AR says:

    APX = ’71 Boston Whaler Outrage “Dump Truck hull”. Can you get Evinrude 235 hollowpoints?

  7. avatar Bobiojimbo says:

    Congratulations to the winners!

    1. avatar Bobiojimbo says:

      To Garrett: Your story was far better than my review, you deserved to beat me. Very well written. Well done.

  8. avatar Geoff PR says:

    “…our choice as Grand Prize winner of a new APX pistol from Beretta is Garrett Owens and his post, Pawn Shop Denizen: Buying My First Gun.”


    Support your local Pawn & Gun.

    Also, support your local Hooker. Buy a hand-made rug today! (Just ask Ralph.. 😉 )

    (If it floats, flies or fornicates, it’s cheaper to rent…)

    1. avatar KarlB says:

      Were/are you a rugby player, or do you mean a professional hooker?

  9. I stopped reading at “I voted for Obama both times”.
    Big tent my fucking ass.

  10. avatar Ditty says:

    Gunz suc

    1. avatar jwm says:

      If they did we’d have no reason to get married.

  11. avatar Ing says:

    Congrats to the winners. (You bastards.)

  12. avatar Robert15 says:

    The story was great. Man, it sure brought back some memories of when I shopped for my first pistol. Just thinking about it now makes me smell stale cigarettes and see some yellow teeth poking out from behind an unkempt beard.

  13. avatar Garrett Owens says:

    WHAT!!!! HOW COOL! Thanks TTAG for running a really unique and fun contest with a bad ass prize to boot. I’m really looking forward to some range time with this pistol. Cheers.

    1. avatar Matt Matteson says:

      Congrats Mr. Owens. Job well done! Give us an update on your avocation once she comes in, ok!

  14. avatar Hoplopfheil says:

    What gives TTAG? This is the second time in a row you’ve ignored my submission!

    I’m not saying it would have won, but it was at least better than some of the entries that got ran this time…

  15. avatar Kurt M says:

    Wow that’s so cool! I never win anything!

    Congratulations Garrett enjoy your Beretta!

  16. avatar BC says:

    Well shoot, I was hoping I had a chance. Congrats to the winners!

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