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TTAG’s Guntruth Podcast, Episode 3 [Now Available on iTunes]: Snauzerschutzen, A Good Guy With an AR and the Bay State Bump Fire Ban

Sat, 11/11/2017 - 20:00

RF, Jeremy and I gathered again this week in beautiful downtown Austin, Texas to discuss the latest, the greatest and the most infamous developments in the world of guns. You can listen right here. Your browser does not support the audio element. And if you want something more portable, you can also listen on your […]

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SSK Industries Rifle Chambered in 950 JDJ (a.k.a., “Fat Mac”)

Sat, 11/11/2017 - 18:00

In the video below, Rock Island Auctions shoots the 950 JDJ Rifle. Why? Money! And, of course, because they can. And just so you know, “this behemoth was developed by the cartridge’s namesake and president of SSK Industries, J.D. Jones. It is 20x110mm Vulcan Cannon cartridge shortened and then necked down to .950 caliber. It’s so […]

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The Truth About Rifle Optics

Sat, 11/11/2017 - 16:00

John Farnham writes [via ammoland.com]: Last weekend, a student brought an H&K MR762A1 Rifle to my Armed Response to a Terrorist Attack training course last weekend. It’s the commercial version of H&K’s 417, a gas-piston, autoloading, military rifle in 7.62×51 (308) with an “AR profile.” My student fitted his long gun with a 6x ACOG optic (6×48) mounted on the upper […]

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Everyday Carry Pocket Dump of the Day – Dee

Sat, 11/11/2017 - 14:00

Dee calls this “the Pew Pew version of my work carry.” See what he’s packing along with that M&P Shield at Everyday Carry . . .

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Question of the Day: Why Don’t YOU Train More Often?

Sat, 11/11/2017 - 12:00

In the video below, Thunder Ranch’s gravel-voiced gun guru Clint Smith [not shown above] addresses the top five reasons people don’t train with their firearms. I don’t have the time or money. The weather sucks. My gun is too nice to shoot. I already know how to shoot. What’s your excuse?

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Did Massachusetts FFL The Gun Parlor Help the Mainstream Media Demonize Online Ammo Sales?

Sat, 11/11/2017 - 11:00

According to members of NorthEastShooters.com, Justin Gabriel, owner of The Gun Parlor collaborated with WCVB 5 News in taking out an ammunition mail order competitor. Apparently, the Massachusetts FFL shut down his store and range to give WCVB 5 News a set and props for their hit piece on online ammunition orders. A member on NES stated: They allowed themselves […]

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Obscure Object of Desire: Spain’s Exceptional Star PD 45 Pistol

Sat, 11/11/2017 - 10:00

In 1975, a company in my ancestral home of España (Spain) released to the shooting community what was then one of the most desired handguns in the world. A compact, lightweight aluminium framed, .45 ACP pistol styled after the 1911. That company was Star Bonifacio Echeverria, S.A. and the pistol was the Star PD 45. Star […]

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Believing in Jesus Means Being Disarmed: Quote of the Day

Sat, 11/11/2017 - 08:00

“How do you justify that you’re following a person who prayed to God to forgive people who were killing him, and at same time take up arms?” – Rev. Dwayne Black in Some worshippers packing guns at churches and synogogues (sic) [via sun-sentinel.com]

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Thank You, Veterans

Sat, 11/11/2017 - 07:35

Few people still think of the guns falling silent on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month any more. As we all know, The War to End All Wars wasn’t. And while every day should be Veterans Day, this is the one that’s been set aside to recognize those who have […]

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TTAG Daily Digest: Mass Shootings in “Gun-Free” Nations, Tactical Tacos and DC Carry Permits

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 20:00

Narrative alert! . . . Mass shootings in gun-free nations The global history of mass shootings demonstrates that the vast majority of these crimes are perpetrated in places where citizen firearms ownership is close to nil. While people can argue about cause and effect, the facts are indisputable. This might seem surprising to people who […]

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What Happens When You Shoot a Super-Heavy Shotgun Slug at a Running Weed Wacker?

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 19:00

You probably know what’s going to happen in this video, but somehow you have to watch a shotgun slug hit a running weed wacker anyway. TAOFLEDERMAUS, as he is wont to do, tries out some pretty odd experimental ammo and is apt to shoot his various projectiles at some awfully weird targets. This one, a running […]

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Weekend Photo Caption Contest – Win a Box of IMI Systems 9mm Range Ammo

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 18:00

Sometimes the early bird really does catch the worm and last week’s winner was the first entry off the bat, Mike Oregon. This week’s winner, as long as he or she gets their entry in before Sunday at midnight, will win a box of IMI Systems 9mm range ammo. Good luck.

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How to Trick Out Your AR-15 Rifle for Best Performance [VIDEO]

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 16:00

Much to Diane Feinstein’s chagrin, the AR-15 is America’s favorite rifle. And for good reason. It’s the adult Barbie of guns, letting you easily add, swap out and otherwise dress up your AR to fit your fancy and your individual needs. The AR’s modularity lets you add anything from flip up iron sights to lights […]

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Psychiatrist: “Making Gun Violence About Mental Health Is Nuts”

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 15:00

Jonathan M. Metzl is the mainstream media’s go-to guy for sound bites about psycho-killers. Back in 2015, the professor of sociology and psychiatry and the Director of the Center for Medicine, Health, and Society at Vanderbilt University wrote Mental Illness, Mass Shootings, and the Politics of American Firearms. Rehashed ever since, most recently in a Politico polemic, […]

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Everyday Carry Pocket Dump of the Day – Will

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 14:00

As Will says, “Provided I’m not precluded from #CCW, this is my basic setup, supported by first aid items in my travel bag. When #CCW is not allowed, I utilize a Liberty HD-100 safe cable locked inside my vehicle.” See all of his gear at Everyday Carry . . .

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Enter the 12 Days of Spyderco Giveaway Contest to Win Knives and Gear!

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 13:00

(sponsored content) Click the image above to enter the 12 Days of Spyderco giveaway. You could win one of the best EDC blades on the planet, the Sypderco Native 5 featuring S90V a super steel blade. You could also win one the best knife sharpening system made, the Spyderco Tri-Angle Sharmpaker or the innovative, compact […]

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Question of the Day: More Guns, Less Democrats?

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 12:00

There’s a strong correlation between gun owners and Republican voters. As we can see in The Washington Post-prepared graphic above based on exit poll data from the Virginia governor’s race. “Voters were about evenly split between those who live in households with and without a gun,” the WaPo reveals. “[Democratic candidate Ralph] Northam won voters […]

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Country Singer Faith Hill: “The NRA Needs to Tell the Truth About Guns”

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 11:00

I’m not sure what country singer Faith Hill (above) wants the National Rifle Association to tell the The Truth About Guns. Stop hectoring us for not reaching out to minority communities? Don’t slate us for legitimizing and empowering ATF bureaucrats? Shut up about our support for the NFA? Not gonna happen…the NRA’s PR flacks blacklisted TTAG […]

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Gun Review: Hudson H9 9mm Pistol

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 10:00

Hudson Mfg’s H9 pistol was the belle of the SHOT Show 2017 ball. And why not? Hudson was a brand-new company making a brand-new pistol — a truly unique pistol, at that. Today, the first production H9s are hitting distributors. It’s time to see if it lives up to all that hype attention. The H9 is […]

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Democrats’ New ‘Assault Weapons’ Bill Would Ban the GLOCK 17, More Semi-Auto Pistols

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 09:00

The text of Senator Dianne Feinstein’s assault rifle ban bill is now available on her website and, contra Nick’s expectations, it isn’t simply a copy-and-paste re-run of the failed Clinton era assault rifle ban language. It’s worse. Much worse. How bad is it? In the first four pages, it bans the popular GLOCK 17 9mm pistol, a […]

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