Media Day disclosure

In the interests of full disclosure, these were the free gifts given to me at Media Day (the industry shoot before SHOW Show starts).

What you have there is four caps, one notebook, eye and ear protection (not really a gift), a backpack and a Otis cleaning kit-in-a-can (a promotional version of their kit, I think).

These were not given to me personally, but were on offer to all attendees of Media Day.





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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  • George

    Well, ethically, the only thing you can do would be to raffle these off. Please consider this as my entry 😉

    But in all seriousness, this isn’t even a ripple in the pool of giveaways that could influence a journalist. Remember when FNH gave away a pistol to every journalist who attended their shoot?

    • George, LOL. Of course this is not influential, but I like to be fully open about any industry gifts I get.

  • David

    I heard that SR9 cap is under recall. No Prince Albert in a can?
    /shows self out door

  • SpudGun

    Some baseball caps?! You’re Steve from The Firearms Blog dammit! Don’t these people know who you are?!

    Personally speaking, I think you run the best firearms website on the GoogleTubes and that the manufacturers should have bent over backwards to accommodate you.

    Then again, maybe your spouse reads this blog and you didn’t want to mention all the hookers and cocaine you were showered with. 🙂

    I suspect that you were being far too ethical and honest and as a result, the big boys thought that you couldn’t be bought. Try to be more dishonest in 2010 and you’ll get loads of free guns at the next SHOT.

  • Beaumont

    Grammar Geek Alert!

    The advertising industry, in particular, has developed a habit of referring to “free gifts”. I’ve uttered that ridiculous phrase myself. Of course, “gifts” are “free” by definition. We’d do this industry a favor by avoiding that type of abuse of the language.

    • Beaumont, the IRS takes a different view on some gifts and some “gifts” require something in return 😉

  • Whoa…! A ruger SR9 hat? I didn’t get one of those! I am jealous! 😉