Readers: Are you interested in us arranging AMAs?

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For those of you who do not use the social news/forum website Reddit, an AMA (Ask Me Anything) is an event where a celebrity, sportsperson or otherwise interesting person volunteers to answer questions about their job/career/sport/hobby submitted by the public. The AMA is scheduled in advance so Redditors know when they can start asking questions. They are usually interactive conversations between the public and the subject, rather than just straight Q&A, and so are often more interesting and enlightening than a conventional interview. Note, AMA stands for Ask Me Anything, not Answer Me Anything (the subject is not required to answer every question submitted).

An example of some interesting Reddit AMA’s are …

So my question is this: are y’all interested in use arranging AMAs on TFB? And if you are, who would you be interested in AMA’ing? Gun designers? CEOs? Military Weapon Repair Specialist? Competition shooters? Gun company HR staff? Ammunition makers? Collectors? Gunsmith? Police armorer?  Let me know in the comments.



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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  • Raoul O’Shaugnessy

    I’d be far more interested in an ‘industry AMA’. While it might be interesting to get insight into gun-related things from notable shooters and personalities, I’m *far* more interested in dirty little secrets and tidbits from some ‘anonymous insider’ at the major manufacturers.

    • That’s not going to happen. Anonymous insider sounds like somebody leaking confidential information.

      • bbmg

        That is precisely what the folks on reddit expect from an AMA – honest answers from someone who need not fear repercussions.

        A stage managed media event would add nothing to the conversation.

        • “A stage managed media event would add nothing to the conversation.”

          I disagree. While the person would not be willing to break an NDA or other agreement, it is a reach to suggest there is nothing to be gained from a conversation with someone who isn’t going to “spill the beans” on some of the behind the scenes things.

          Also, an anonymous person is not exactly a reliable source of information. If someone is afraid to use their own name and tell you who they are, how are you supposed to ascertain the veracity of their statements?

          Personally, I am tired of people hiding behind fake names online. It removes any sense of responsibility for their words and actions.

          • Steve (TFB Editor)

            What Richard said.

            Actually, most of the big AMAs on Reddit are media managed, explicitly to promote something (movie, charitable cause, new product)

          • bbmg

            That’s true, and those are the most uninteresting ones.

          • I certainly agree with all of the above! Hiding behind fake names to make inappropriate statements and the launching of attacks on people is rather cowardly and shows no respect for TFB or fellow readers.

          • bbmg

            False allegations by anonymous individuals would most certainly be inappropriate. Reddit does have a mechanism for verifying the reliability of the source for this reason.

            Perhaps my comment was misconstrued, I don’t think TFB should be a platform for whistleblowers to damage the industry – but if what we get from an AMA is equivalent to a company press release, what then is the point?

          • Hyok Kim

            You betcha! Talking about ‘farting loud’ in order to hide a small d###.

    • Steve (TFB Editor)

      Getting industry people is definitely something I had in mind, such as product engineers. But not anonymous. They would need the consent of their employer (be it a company, leo or mil org.)

      • Giolli Joker

        George Kellgren

      • AK™

        We don’t need anyone from Kel-Tec though..if we wanted advice on how to fix their guns,I’m sure you could ask your local ACE™ True-Value cashier on directions to the bolt section.
        😉

      • gunslinger

        i can see it turn into something crappy (see many twitter hashtag events ruined) where people complain about the ammo shortage and the gun companies sticking it to the customer.

        • Steve (TFB Editor)

          Yes, that is an issue.

      • Hyok Kim

        It would be better to have a former industry expert who is retired, who knows where ‘all the bones’ are buried. (So that he/she wouldn’t have to worry about making a living or burning bridges if he/she told the truth/facts about some of the ‘celebrities’ in the industry.)

  • Jeff Le

    I wanna hear from people at Remington and Sig! Or Youtubers!

    • Like Hank Strange on You Tube or MAC?

      • Jeff Le

        IV8888 as well! Watching milsurps shoot is awesome, and learning some history adds some real context to old guns.

  • ColaBox

    Yes. Get Jim Sullivan, Jerry Miculek, and the ghost of Audie Murphy.

  • Chief Homeslice

    It sounds like a great idea! It seems like it would be hard to get company folks saying more than their marketing department wanted them to though.

  • Giolli Joker

    The Breaking Bad link goes to the search page (keyword “gun”) on the AmA page of reddit… and among the others you can find: “I am Michael Moore. Ask me anything!”

    • Steve (TFB Editor)

      Fixed thanks.

  • ConLima

    Good idea. A few influential icons come to mind. Kimberly Rohde, Michael J. Sullivan, R. Lee Ermey, U.S. Army Ranger Matt Martini or FPS Russia.

    • gunslinger

      get FPS Russia and R.Lee Ermey together. that would be a hoot

  • 1911a145acp

    Oh Hell yes! Any Industry manufacturers and or trainers or Gov’t guys like ATF would be VERY interesting. You MUST be hard line though- if they agree to AMA… no BS allowed.

    • Hyok Kim

      Only problem is that people gotta make a living. Do you really think an expert making a living in firearms industry would really tell the truth/facts about some of the famous firearms celebrities? Burning many bridges?

  • An Interested Person

    Um…. I want the H&K president to do an AMA. That or LWRCI.

  • RKflorida

    No, there are plenty of answers available for any question. The last thing I trust are famous/infamous/notorious/celebrity persons to get an accurate answer.

  • JumpIf NotZero

    No joke… I want a AMA with Lance.

  • Blake

    Chris Costa

  • Renegade

    Ralph E. Cobb

    Bayonets are cool.

  • John Smith

    Sirs,

    I would suspect your readers would appreciate hearing from someone with real world experience employing firearms operating in tactical operations, such as retail threat management. Given society’s breakdown over the past few years, the average sheep do not understand the wolves that prowl in the darkness. Getting the chance to consult with a certifiable weapons expert and master of the arts of ninjitsu would really be a valuable use of space. Perhaps you could even find one that manufactured weapons related products, as well.

    • sheep dog

      Mr. Smith,

      Your idea is intriguing. I, for one, would like to hear from a firearms expert who could also comment on the employment of martial arts in threat neutralization.

      • 101nomad

        Use a firearm. Knife. Baseball bat. Anything heavy or sharp. Fight dirty, very dirty. If you have to use your hands, knees, elbows or feet, keep it simple. If you get hit and quit, your life is over.

  • Van the Handcannon Man

    Get Ronnie Barrett himself

  • 101nomad

    I told my gf she could “Ask Me Anything”. Mistake.

  • West

    Definitely.
    I would participate 100%.

  • Toby

    Yes, but this blog is not set up well for that kind of interaction. it might be better to set one up with one of the firearm mods on reddit, because the forum format there works much better for this type of thing.