Back from holiday


I am back from holiday for a few days. I had a crazy time. I managed to crash my car on a mountain pass after the weather turned foul. I thank the Lord I am alive. I am fine, but my car is not.

Just a heads up – I will be traveling later in the week.

Also, my email is REALLY backed up. Please do not be offended if I do not reply to an email.



Steve Johnson

Founder and Dictator-In-Chief of TFB. A passionate gun owner, a shooting enthusiast and totally tacti-uncool. Favorite first date location: any gun range. Steve can be contacted here.


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  • Aurélien

    Welcome back them. Next time buy an all-whell-drive. Expensive to service sometimes (especially when changing tire) but life-changing.

    Cheers.

  • Concerned_Soldier

    Glad you are alright!

  • So glad you weren’t injured!

  • Ouch!

    Very happy to hear that you are ok.

  • Jon

    That’s awful! Glad to hear you’re alright – and sorry about your car.

  • Glad you are not hurt.

  • Y-man

    Hey, great to hear you are okay. Welcome back. Wishing you the very best this New Year 2010…

  • Good to hear you are in one piece.

  • Carl

    Four wheel drive is good. A good electronic stability system is better (one that can brake individual wheels to keep you pointing in the right direction). Both is of course optimal.
    And make it a full time AWD. People rarely use the ones you have to switch on manually.

  • SpudGun

    Glad to hear that you are back (and in one piece). Maybe you should cut down on travelling through mountain passes in bad weather rather then buying a more expensive car – just a thought.

    Have fun at SHOT and take lots of pictures of tacticool guns, hopefully with loads of rails on them. Yes, I am that shallow.

    Stay safe and welcome back.

  • Matt Groom

    I have a New Years’ Resolution for ya’ Steve: Avoid driving in the mountains during bad weather. Hey, it’s gotta be easier than “quit smoking” or “go on a diet” or something! Glad you’re okay.

    By the by, what kind of car was it? Everyone seems to assume it wasn’t AWD/4WD, but is that really the case? Mountain Roads can be tricky in good weather, so do you think a different car would have fared better?

    Best to all in this new year!

  • CMathews

    We almost had a wreck on the Wolf Creek Pass in Colorado this week. It was crazy and scary, I’m glad you came out without any injuries. Be safe in your travels later this week.

  • Jim

    Aurélien- 4×4 cars are no more difficult to replace the tires on than a standard two wheel drive car, provided you aren’t trying to change the tire while the car is still moving.

    • Thanks for your concern guys. Yea, a 4×4 would have helped, but so would have puling over and/or driving slower!

      Jim, I think he may mean they wear out more often, so more replacing is needed.

  • Lance

    Get that rilfe/pistol for Christmas Steve???

    • Lance, I did not 🙁

  • Aurélien

    “Aurélien- 4×4 cars are no more difficult to replace the tires on than a standard two wheel drive car, provided you aren’t trying to change the tire while the car is still moving.”

    AWD need the replacement of all wheels at the same time. FWD only needs the change of the front wheels, on a RWD you usualy chage the back wheels first.

    I did not mean a big SUV, only a standard car with AWD. Even if i’m a big fan of Land Cruisers, they are quite expensive to buy and service. But even a small car (like the almighty Fiat Panda AWD) would do the trick.

  • DavidR

    It has been said that 4WD empowers drivers to get stuck in more-remote areas! 🙂

    Glad you’re OK Steve.

    Happy New Year!

  • Darrell

    Flatlanders.

  • Glad you are back and glad you are safe! Really looking forward to your coverage of the SHOT show.

  • Carl

    FWD only needs the change of the front wheels

    No, you should rotate the wheels so they wear evenly, then change them all at once. Tires get old and dry with age even if they don’t wear down.

    Also, use winter tires when driving on snow. The difference in traction compared to summer or “all-season” tires is like night and day.

  • Aurélien

    “No, you should rotate the wheels so they wear evenly, then change them all at once. Tires get old and dry with age even if they don’t wear down.”

    What i meant was, you dont have to change all 4 wheels at the same time, just 2 at a time. The most common swap is front wheels go at the back, and new wheels go at the front.

    And of course you should stock some winter tires if you have to drive on snow.