The Firearm Blog Acquired By

I am excited to announce that The Firearm Blog has been acquired by AllOutdoor will be launching soon and will be a sister site to The Firearm Blog that will focus on all things outdoor, including firearms and hunting.

I have been working with the new owners and I really like their vision and new ideas. I think they have what it takes to push TFB to the next level. They are very connected in the gun industry and bring skills and relationships to the table that TFB has not previously had.

To help answer any questions, I have prepared a brief FAQ …

Will The Firearm Blog remain “Firearms, Not Politics”?

Yes! This was the first thing I asked. They definitely do not want change the focus of TFB.

Will Steve remain as editor?

Yes! I am staying on as editor and all our writers are staying on as well.

Will TFB remain editorially independent?

Yes it will.

What will change?

I am working with the new owners to bring new design to replace the really outdated site theme I originally designed back in 2007. I can’t wait for the new site theme to go live.

All the gun industry news from the around the world will continue to get just as much coverage, but we will be expanding the types of gun products we cover and we will be increasing the number of gun reviews.

Won’t you need more writers?

Yes we will. Later this week I will let you know how you can send your résumé to us. Please wait until I post instructions, do not send them in early.

I have some concerns.

You can always email me directly at with any concerns now or in the future.

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.


  • Lucky

    How does one get in on this?

  • Fyrewerx

    Congratulations. Looking forward to the on-going site (although, I’ve always thought the original format was excellent).

  • Renato

    May TFB get even better by the day. Congrats!

  • SAMMY!

    Who made/designed the pen-gun in the picture?


    • That pen gun is based on a design by the late Mr. Philip A. Luty, a genius improvised firearms designer.

      • SAMMY!

        Thank you Steve.


  • Joe Schmoe

    Congratulations Steve, best of luck to you and the site moving forward.

  • Derek

    What kind of pen is that? I’ve got a thing for em, And I like the way this one looks.

    • Derek

      Sorry, I failed to read the other comments. Disregard my previous comment.

  • MrMaigo

    Can you give us any info on what happened with your previous owners? I noticed Vuurwapen took down his articles about them also.

    • They had other priorities.

      • MrMaigo

        Great, good for you.

      • mp


  • Big Daddy

    It’s still the best firearms blog on the internet. I’m sure it will stay that way.

    Yes please keep politics out of the discussions as well as religion. I know it’s hard because when you talk about anything military it’s easy to bring politics into it.

  • Netforce

    Congratulations, Steve! However, I do hope the new site theme/layout would still be easy on the eyes like what we’re having now. It doesn’t give me an eyestrain :]

  • al

    Congratulations!! I love this website, keep on posting!

  • Bob

    Good work on maintaining a really interesting blog. Congratulations on your achievements with this site.

    I like this current site theme: clean, simple and fast to load. Hopefully you keep it like this for the next theme.

    • We are aiming (no pun intended) for a clean theme.

      To be honest I am very over this site theme. It was not bad when I put it together in 2007, but its 2012 now, it feels archaic.

      If we never upgrade we might end up looking like 😉

      • NI Shooter

        You should try something similar to the mobile layout, it’s simple and loads really quickly, I use it every morning on the bus 🙂

  • Brandon

    I like the current design, don’t change too much

  • Travis

    Will this mean improved spell checking?

  • sam

    Congratulations, but i say the same said by Brandom “I like the current design, don’t change too much”

    Your blog is the best technical firearm blog, and there are thousand of blogs.

  • runalltheway

    Wow, congratulations Steve! This is one of the most enjoyable firearms sites on the web, so I look forward to seeing how it develops.

  • gunslinger


  • Adam

    Congrats man! Great to hear.

  • anon

    Am I the only one who is wondering what it means to be acquired by a website that does not yet exist?

    • Komrad


  • cc19

    I’d certainly like to see a select few of the regular commenters here come out of the audience, put their money where their mouth is and attempt to become writers for this fine site.

  • Billy Bones

    Make it flipboard compatible!

    • AC

      Yes please!

    • I will take another look at it. The last time I looked it was a lot of work to support, with no guarantee we would get accepted into their directory.

  • SGT Fish

    i could write a few gun reviews here and there. i have a lot of firearms and accessories come through my possession and try to keep them fair and honest. I have written a few on the gear I have been using and field testing in Afghanistan and I have at least 4 new firearms to review when I get home. Let me know and if there is an open submission or I can send them to an editor to decide if they want to use them

  • din

    don’t make it a shitty looking, PITA-to-navigate site like gunnuts did with their new layout.

  • Nice!

  • CUrob

    Steve, Congrats!
    Please don’t change the design any/too much. Your blog is one of a few that i read that loads QUICKLY on any device i might be using.

    Keep up the good work, and make her load fast and smooth.

  • Robert

    I respectfully have a suggestion.
    I have seen many websites try to “fix” what wasn’t broken, with new design/ and or website management software, with disastrous results.

    We are all here because we like THIS site. The way it is now is what got you this traffic.

    the most recent example of this common situation is a website what’s basically an EBay for high end audio equipment, Audiogon. Audiogon wasn’t pretty, but the damned thing worked. People confidently sold stuff as expensive as $50,000 stereo parts like speakers the size of refrigerators on there. Then they “fixed” it. Now the site has lost %40 of its traffic and competitors have pounced on the opportunity.

    The audio nut types skew towards the older, and didn’t care to figure out some new interface. I’d bet gun types are a little older than your standard Internet audience too. They might just hate the small text on some new page, or another common one is that the comment system gets frustrating or straight up broken. another is that the site redesign is blatantly geared towards iPad/tablet viewers, which pisses off a lot of desktop/laptop crowd.
    Just my .02 food for thought.

    P.s. while I have your attention, more DIY gun build/pen gun, improvised gun gear stuff please! Love the air soft coverage too! Keep up the good work and congrats on your new deal.

    • I know what you are saying. Don’t worry, this is not going to be a major change. It is going to be a blog, just a blog that does not look as dated. The content will be the same (or better).

      There are many constraints with this blog these like being restricted in how large images can be.

  • Robert

    Oh yeah, I forgot to mention this, a site that’s fought that trend of redoing and remaking itself, with much success is Craigslist. They got bigger and still are the same basic site. The content is king.


    • I agree, content is king. We are going to increase the amount of content, while increasing quality.

      You guys need to trust me, I know what the code underneath this theme looks like … its not pretty. There are so many things I wish I was able to do but cannot.

      We take the feedback in the comments seriously. I am certain the new theme will improve the experience.

  • Aof

    Congrats, good for you.

    Just one thing:

    Flash –> NO
    HTML –> YES

  • Steve: Congratulations on the changes – however, I’ve been reading your site for a long time, even before I got into blogging myself. Don’t change too much – I’ve really enjoyed it as is – and despite my tendency to be resistant to change, I’m excited to see what you folks to with the site.

  • Congratulations! Cool deal!

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