Merry Christmas, Happy New Year & Thanks

UPDATE: Blog posting will resume on 29 December.

Words are cheap, especially online, and so is hard for me to convey real sincerity, but I will try.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all of you! I want to express my profound gratitude to you, the loyal readers of The Firearm Blog. Without your continued support, there would be no point in me blogging.

A special thanks to all the readers who sent in tips, photos, wrote articles, leaked news and commented on blog posts. You are an essential part of this blog. It would not be the same without you. I used to thank everyone individually, but now there are just to many people and I don’t want to leave anyone out.

Also thanks to GunsForSale. They lived up to their promises, both to you and I. They have given me absolute editorial freedom and not interfered in any way with what I write. Earlier this year I was threatened with legal action for publishing facts a company did not want known. Without some weight behind me I would have been forced to back down, despite having done nothing morally or legally wrong.

Last but not least: thanks to all my fellow gun bloggers for all their hard work. I know as well as anyone the effort you put into your blogs.

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.


  • Samopal

    “Earlier this year I was threatened with legal action for publishing facts a company did not want known.”

    I must’ve missed this. What happened?

    • I never mentioned it in public before. I don’t want to discuss legal matters in public. The attorney would not be happy if I did.

      • Scott

        Keep at it Steve…..thanks for everything, and you and your family have a wonderful Christmas……

  • BR50

    Merry Christmas! And
    Thank you for maintaining the world’s best blogs!

  • DW

    You better be good this year…cuz that Santa is coming to town…

  • Nadnerbus

    So now the army is switching over to Universal Santa Cam? They need to make up their fricking minds.

    • Anything is an improvement over Army Grey.

      • Cymond

        The Redcoats are coming!

      • Cymond is on the right track; the photo credits show that the door gunner is from the Royal Navy. If the camo wasn’t a giveaway, the long flashhider should indicate that the door gun isn’t one of the M240 branches of the MAG58 tree family.

      • charles222

        Lack of rails, too; the 240 variant for helicopters has them.

  • Pietro

    Thank to you, Steve!
    Merry Christmas!

  • Thank you for your work, Steve!

    Merry Christmas!

  • SpudGun

    Merry Christmas to you Steve. As always, thank you for the outstanding blog and keep up the excellent work.

  • Merry X-Mas Steve and keep up the good work!

  • Aeain

    Steve, Merry Christmas from Afghanistan! I’m a loyal reader and enjoy your blog very much.

    2-87 INF,
    3rd BCT, 10th MTN Div (LI)
    “With your shield or On it”

    • And to you also! Thank you for your service! Stay safe over there.

      • charles222

        Merry Christmas and Good Hunting, Mountain Brother!

        -SGT Charles Gaines

        formerly A 2-22 INF 1/10th MTN (LI)

  • Bob

    Thanks for a Wonderful Blog Steve! I always look forward to new postings! Merry Christmas to you as well!

  • Rob

    Merry Christmas! Thanks for an interesting blog. See you in 2012. I wish you safe travel (if any) for you and your family.

  • JMD

    Thanks for keeping us informed. Keep up the good work, guys!

  • Doug

    Thanks for keeping us up to speed Steve, Merry Christmas!

  • Beaumont

    Merry Christmas, Steve! You certainly deserve one, since you give your readers presents just about every day.

  • Just wanted to say Merry Christmas. I’ve never owned a gun in my life (due to the laws of the countries that I’ve lived) but your blog is the only one I’ve reliably read since I actually started reading blogs a few years ago!

  • Martin (M)

    Merry Christmas.

    Whenever I see door gunners, all I can think of is, “If they run, they’re VC. If they don’t run…”

    • mosinman

      “they are well trained VC”

  • Brad

    Merry Christmas! Thanks for doing what you do and giving me something to read every morning before school and work!

    Stay strong and don’t back down from companies that can’t handle their own truths. If someone is ashamed by what they did they shouldn’t have done it.

    Happy Hannukah to my fellow Jewish blog readers!

  • Zack

    Merry Christmas, Steve! Thanks for another year of great stuff.

  • Rijoenpial

    Hello guys

    Merry Christmas to you all and I hope all your dreams and ambitions come to fruition in the new 2012 ahead…


  • Greetings from Texas,
    Merry Christmas to you and yours Steve.

  • Julio

    Have a really excellent Christmas, Steve!

    As Beaumont said above, you absolutely deserve one, since you give your readers presents pretty much every day!

    Gentlemen, be upstanding and raise your glasses….

  • Hrach Hayrapetyan

    Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to everybody in TFB !!!

  • Alex Vostox

    Greeting from Malaysia. Merry freaking bloody good Christmas and let’s have an good new 2012 shall we?

  • Andrew Racek

    Merry Christmas indeed. I’m looking forward to the new year.

  • The “Futurama” version of “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” seems very appropriate here.

    He knows when you are sleeping.
    He knows when you’re on the can.
    He’ll hunt you down and blast your ass,
    From here to Pakistan.
    You better not breathe.
    You better not move.
    You’re better off dead, I’m telling you dude.
    Santa Claus is gunning you down!

    I always loved Santa Bot’s line: “Your mistletoe is no match for my TOW missle!”

  • W

    happy holidays. thank you for everything steve

  • Netforce

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2012 to you too, Steve and Merry Christmas & Happy New Year 2012 to fellow readers as well :]

  • Billy 10mm

    Santa’s obviously bringing gifts for all the good little insurgents.

  • Andrew

    Thanks for this mate, I look forward to reading TFB every morning.