I think there’s some kind of law requiring every publisher of any kind to do some kind of lame end-of-the-year post looking back on the last 12 months. We try to avoid complying with those kinds of mandates, but we get fairly regular questions via email asking what our most popular post is/was, and far be it from us not to give The People of the Gun what they want.
Gun reviews are and always have been our biggest traffic-getters as a category, but our posts on breaking topics of interest tend to be the most read individually. So with that in mind, here are the top five most-read posts of 2022.
Number 5 – Dick’s Sporting Goods Admits Decision to Abandon Gun Sales Cost Shareholders $250M in Revenue
Long ago, in The Time Before, Dick’s Sporting Goods sold guns. Lots of guns. And then the son of the founder decided to get woke and stop selling guns at all but a handful of the chain’s stores. After being hailed as a progressive, forward-thinking, responsible retailer, the company now admits that going woke and kicking guns to the curb cost it (and its shareholders) $250 million in revenue. (read the full post here)
Number 4 – A Third Primer Manufacturer Now Tooling Up For Production in Texas in 2022
While lots of calibers of ammunition are slowly returning to many store shelves, primers haven’t really reappeared in any meaningful numbers since The Time Before. The two major players in the market, Olin (Winchester) and Vista Outdoor (Remington, CCI and Federal) have maxxed out their production with most of the output going to loaded ammunition.
This seems like a very good time to add a third producer and more capacity. Good news: investors are doing just that, starting up a new company in the great state of Texas dedicated to making primers by the truckload. (read the full post here)
Number 3 – Man Who Saved Lives by Killing the Indiana Mall Shooter ID’d as Elisjsha Dicken of Seymour, IN
Authorities on Monday identified the gunman who shot five people at a suburban Indianapolis shopping mall, killing three of them, before a shopper shot and killed him as a 20-year-old local man.
Jonathan Sapirman, of Greenwood, began firing after leaving a bathroom at the Greenwood Park Mall shortly before it closed Sunday evening, Greenwood police Chief James Ison said at a news conference.
Sapirman continued shooting people until he was shot and killed by 22-year-old Elisjsha Dicken, of nearby Seymour, who was shopping with his girlfriend, said Ison. (read the full post here)
Number 2 –James Yeager, RIP
According to sources, James “MF” Yeager passed away this morning, September 2, 2022. He’d been fighting amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease) for some time and that is believed to be the cause of his death, although no official statement has been released.
James was perhaps best known in the gun industry for Tactical Response. However, he had quite a colorful background prior to his teaching years. In the early 1990s, Yeager worked in a range of drug task force units and undercover squads. By 1996, he was still in law enforcement, but working as a patrolman and K-9 handler for the Big Sandy Police Department. He’d later spend a couple years as Big Sandy’s Chief of Police. (read the full post here)
And the most-read post in 2022 — by a wide margin — was . . .
Number 1 – Biden Administration Moves to Cut Off Lake City .223/5.56 Ammo From the Commercial Market
Apparently not content with its efforts so far to make gun ownership more difficult and expensive for America’s 100 million firearm owners, a source tells TTAG that the Biden administration is taking steps to reduce the availability of .223/5.56 ammunition available to the average shooter.
A person with knowledge of the situation tells us that, more than just “considering” the move, Winchester, which operates the US Army’s Lake City ammunition plant, has been informed that it may be blocked from selling M855 and SS109 ammunition produced in excess of the military’s needs on the civilian market. (read the full post here)