TTAG Instagram Contest: Show Off Your Mantel Gun for Free Stuff!


Over at the TTAG Instagram account (@guntruth) what started as a friendly competition between the writers to post the most awesome gun pictures has quickly spiraled out of control. For your benefit, that is. Jeremy had a brilliant idea this weekend about a way to get y’all in on the fun, and reward those with the best pictures with a little bit of free schwag. Interested? Here’s how it works . . .

The goal is to find the best mantel gun in the world. You know — a gun that feels equally at home adorning the top of your fireplace and on the firing range. Beautiful and functional at the same time. In other words, not a single thing that Chris Dumm owns. Or, at least, just take the best photo of a gun on a fireplace mantel.


In a little overΒ 2 weeks (November 27th — Black Friday) we’ll comb through the entries and select the best one. For your troubles, we will be sending a brand new muzzle brake (straight out of Jeremy’s muzzle brake shoot-off) as well as some other TTAG schwag to make your friends super jealous. How do you enter? It’s easy!

  1. Follow @guntruth on Instagram
  2. Post a picture of your mantel gun
  3. Tag that picture with @guntruth and the hashtag #mantelgunttag

It’s quick and painless to submit, and you can submit as many entries as you want! We’ll be looking for the best photo and will pick a winner on November 27th. Now SHOW US WHAT YOU GOT!



  1. avatar jwm says:

    Dammitalltohell! I got 2 weeks to build a fireplace, buy a good looking gun and learn to take pics and post them on the interwebz?

    You phuckers is stepping on my last nerve.

    How about a card board box gun?
    I got a couple that would look just swell on a used pizza box.

    Now i gotta sit and look at pics of all them gorgeous guns. What a downer. πŸ™‚

    1. avatar Rokurota says:

      One and a half words: Photoshop

    2. avatar Jeremy S says:

      Just go to some nice hotel, put your gun on their mantel, take a picture, and leave (run away).

      1. avatar Ing says:

        That’s what I’m going to have to do. I’m all gun, no mantel. (I’m not high-speed low-drag either, but I did just sprint out of the Holiday Inn lobby with the cops on my trail…)

    3. avatar schernobyl says:

      Yeah I’m still working on my work guns,
      You know the kind that aren’t meant yo sit on a mantle A simple sig sauer patrol 556 for plinking, my home.defense glock, my new carry sig p320, my kids 22s and my wifes concealed . Still working on the home defense sbr ar10 and my wife’s home defense AR15. Plus looking at a custom long range build. Then maybe I’ll get a bbq/mantle gun. But private school ain’t cheap

      1. avatar Jeremy S says:

        In my mind it’s more of a photography contest than a pretty gun or pretty mantel contest… but it’s fair to say that a sweet firearm and a sweet mantel help make for a sweet photo πŸ˜‰

    4. avatar Gunr says:

      Man, I really like that “Pizza” box idea. I see you have finally come down to my level!
      And of course the gun would have to be an “engraved Jennings”
      You could add a little melted cheese on the grips, and fill the trigger guard area with pepperoni, maybe some sausage oozing out of the magazine well!
      Dammit! See what you’ve done! Now I’m hungry for a giant pizza!

  2. avatar jwm says:

    Man. That’s a hell of a fireplace in that last pic. What’s that on the mantle? It don’t look CA compliant.

    1. avatar schernobyl says:

      Looks like the cz scorpion evo v3 thats been sbr’d

      1. avatar jwm says:

        So, a felony in CA.

        1. avatar Accur81 says:

          Sounds like a victimless crime to me.

      2. avatar Jeremy S says:

        That’s my Scorp back when it was still in pistol form. It’s sporting a pistol brace (SIG SBX one). Of course, I suppose the silencer makes it a CA felony regardless. Also it’s a wood-burning fireplace so I’m sure that’s like 5 CA felonies right there hahaha

        …all of the photos in this post are on the same fireplace mantel, actually. And a few more will be hitting the @guntruth Instagram account this week. Here’s a wider shot:

        1. avatar Geoff PR says:


          So why are there a pair of binoculars on the floor in front of the fireplace?

          Peeping at the 15 year-old daughter of the neighbor behind you?

          That’s actually a pretty sweet back porch set-up you have there…

          Messy as hell, but sweet…

        2. avatar Jeremy S says:

          Haha actually the binos are sitting on a coffee table. Some of that mess had to come off the mantel so the Scorp could go on it πŸ˜‰ …I can’t claim ownership of this place, unfortunately, just regular usage…

    2. avatar CarlosT says:

      I don’t know. What’s a California compliant mantel look like?

  3. avatar John says:

    Aw, I don’t have a mantel… Or a gun rack, for that matter.

  4. avatar GWHNick says:

    We don’t have fireplaces in Phoenix, so do we just take a fancy picture of a gun in front of a wall?

    1. avatar Geoff PR says:

      What are you talking about?

      We have fireplaces here in Florida!

      No where near as sweet as that slate beauty, but we gots ’em…

    2. avatar Jeremy S says:

      You have plenty of fancy outdoor fire pits and outdoor fireplaces in Phoenix!…

  5. avatar Stinkeye says:

    Shit. I don’t have a mantel or an instagram.

    That’s okay, though, because I don’t have a 5.56 rifle to use the muzzle brake on, anyway.

    1. avatar schernobyl says:

      Yep free swag requires you whoring your identity out on the internet for ad sellers

      1. avatar Geoff PR says:

        Some say ‘whoring’, others say…

        ‘Marketing’, I suppose…

        1. avatar Geoff PR says:

          It’s quite rude to refer to a woman a ‘whore’, ‘friendly’ is much politer…

        2. avatar Gunr says:

          How about “Friendly whore”?

      2. avatar Jeremy S says:

        In this case there’s no “signup” for the free crap and no spam. You do have to be on Instagram though. To collect, I think you just e-mail Nick & me and we mail the prizes to you. The winner will have a choice from a list of 5.56 and .308 muzzle brakes, compensators, and flash hiders. If you have anything threaded 1/2×28 or 5/8×24, I’ve got you covered. If you win and don’t have a gun that works with those things, we can easily figure something else out. Maybe Nick can send an autographed boudoir photo now that he’s a skinny, sexy beast πŸ˜‰

        1. avatar Tim Going says:

          Autographed Boudoir photos of Nick!!! Now you have my attention!

        2. avatar schernobyl says:


          I don’t facebook, instagram or twitter. The only social media I use is linkedin. And that’s only so i can keep an eye on old enemies.. I mean coworkers. My point is to do most contests nowadays requires being willing to give information to a site that requires more personal information then is necessary in my opinion. And that site is only a middle man to enter a contest for a third site, in this case TTAG. I understand the appeal of it and its marketing uses just not a fan.

        3. avatar Stinkeye says:

          If boudoir photos of Nick are a possibility, there is absolutely no way TTAG will ever get my mailing address.

  6. avatar Cliff H says:

    If no fireplace, does a nice barbecue grill serve as a substitute? Or maybe a patio firepit?

    1. avatar John L. says:

      I’ve been wondering what a barbequeue gun is…

    2. avatar Jeremy S says:

      Patio firepit would be sweet.

  7. avatar Geoff PR says:

    Can I fit a muzzle brake on a Daisy ‘Red Ryder’ BB gun?

    1. avatar jwm says:

      4 words for you. Duct tape. Red Green.

    2. avatar CRF says:

      Put a shoulder thing that goes up, a vertical grip, and a bayonet on your red ryder just to make to make the libbers angry.

      1. avatar Jeremy S says:

        Yes. And then take a photo of it on your mantel and tag it #mantelgunttag on Instagram πŸ˜›

  8. avatar pres stone says:

    this should be called “bragging mantle”

  9. avatar Retired LEO says:

    I would love to enter a 98 Mauser I built when I was 18. However since I was part of the T-Mobile hack, so much for the security freeze on my credit bureaus. I have dumped off every app that transmits any real information. My IP address is not mine, Wife, Son & I have had identify stolen twice. .The few Amazon, Midway and other purchases are paid for with a pre-paid visa, shipped to a friends business. Only thing that comes to me directly is C&R purchases have a Mosin arriving Thursday for turning into a long range sniper and found a deal on a mint condition Nagant revolver & couple of other items from a dealer retiring in GA.

    Is it possible you could have alternative method of entry for those that are a bit untrusting of all the hacking as it’s going to increase as the holidays arrive.

  10. avatar Kyle says:

    I got the gun, now I just got to figure out this Instagram thing.

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