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.


  • SpudGun

    Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition. Went through and had a look at the full link and they are spectacular sculptures. I bet they’re not cheap either.

  • Hrachya Hayrapetyan

    Very nice mosque …a lot of fun :):):)

  • Jim S

    Looks like a pair of Jennings J-22s. No loss to the shooting community there. But, they are a fun plinking gun. The main reason they get such a bad rap is that the barrel is such a soft metal that when the firing pin hits the rimfire cartridge, it causes a small bulge in the chamber.

  • bbmg

    The use of Uzis for the synagogue is a nice touch.

  • Martin (M)

    I admire the use of spent casings and bullet components to create art, but it really rubs me the wrong way when they grind up guns as well.

  • anonymous

    As long as those artillery lugers are replicas/decommissioned I’m fine, but if those were shooters…
    Quite nice sculptures, good workmanship, but about as subtle as a political cartoon.

  • I’d just like to know where those guns came from. If they’re still operational, that’s a lot of 4473 forms to fill out. I didn’t see any cut receivers there, but they could be welded. More pictures of the artist’s work here:

  • Airrider

    Why’s it always for controversy? If one did these sculptures in a rather proper way with weapons and buildings which correspond to, say, their country of origin, like the synagogue thing, it’d be like that part of History Channel’s “Tales of the Gun” narration: “To understand the gun is to better understand history.”

    Think about the symbolism behind weapons and ammunition that made places and eras what they were by defending them, attacking them, being built in them.

    A frontier boom town made out of Wild West-era period shells and casings.

    The Brandenburg Gate made out of 7.57 Mauser casings.

    The Kremlin out of 7.62 x 39 casings.

    Replicating paper cartridges to create the pre-White House President’s House.

    Showing that much like anything else in human civilization, conflict is a nasty part of life. It shapes us and must be understood before it does anything particularly nasty to us.

    That our weapons are not our masters: we are the masters of our weapons.

    Making art “To spark controversy…” especially when it involves weapons or the imagery of weapons, all I can read that as is “To be cynical.”

  • Will

    These were displayed in California? I’m not gonna lie, but I think it would be illegal to do that, possession of unregistered firearms. Also I don’t think you could show this in New Jersey as it contains hollow points, and don’t even try in Chicago without a FOID with that much ammo and firearms. Even though they (probably) aren’t functioning, if I took an AR receiver into any of those places I’d be hit with a felony most likely.

  • subase

    Hear hear Airrider

    Come to think of it, guns, ammo and bullet ridden stuff make for poetic building and sculpture material. Better than junk and trash for sure.