TFB Announcement

TFB News

Earlier this year TFB writer Nathan S., who worked in the defense industry, told me he wanted to pursue his dream of working in the gun industry. Even though I knew this might mean I would lose one of my team members, I supported him, as I would any one else on my team. It is not for me to stand in the way of a team member realizing their potential in the industry they love, and if TFB is a stepping stone helping them achieve this, so much the better. In fact, I told Nathan I was happy to be listed as a reference on any job applications.

I am pleased to announce that Nathan has accepted a position within the industry as a Director of Sales, Marketing, and Operations at Faxon Firearms. He will be starting on Monday the 19th.

Nathan has been open and honest during the job finding process. Faxon gave Nathan their blessing to continue blogging on TFB, and I have agreed to keep him on the team. Nobody wants there to be any suggestion of bias. We don’t, you don’t, gun companies (including Faxon) don’t and nor does Nathan. We are taking proactive steps to avoid conflict of interest and keep TFB 100% independent – especially concerning the reviews that you trust.

Nathan will no longer be reviewing or writing about modern sporting rifles (non-hunting semi-automatic rifles) or accessories that compete with products Faxon sells or plans on selling in the future. Instead, he will focus on other shooting accessories, optics, pistols, shotguns and non-semiautomatic rifles. 

Before Faxon even advertised the job, Phil White had arranged for Sam C. to do a review on a Faxon rifle. This review, which has yet to go live on TFB, was written without any input from Nathan, and without Sam knowing Nathan had applied for a job at the company. I have no doubts whatsoever that the review is unbiased.

If you have any concerns, please email me:

Below is Nathan’s statement on the new job:

I am excited to start a new role with the incessantly innovative Faxon Firearms.

I must profusely thank TFB, Steve and Phil for their support and the opportunities that TFB has provided (where else do I get paid to play with guns?), The combined experience with the blog and my history in Defense sales was the right “fit” for Faxon.

I am looking forward to being a steward of growth for the Faxon brand and company while continuing the daily coverage here at TFB. While my Reviews responsibility is evolving, I will enjoy publishing often on perspectives from within the industry. An “Ask Me Anything” will certainly be in the cards.

Lastly, and most important of all: thank you to you, our readers! Your support, demand for content, and feedback has been utterly addicting. Without you, this would not have been possible and I look forward to providing the best product (both TFB articles and rifles) I can. Lots of exciting things to come!

Semper Fidelis,

Nathanial S.
Staff Writer / Reviewer

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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  • Andy

    Great to hear! I’m moving the family for a new job myself next week, so hopefully both of us will find success.

    • The best of luck Andy and congratulations!

    • DiverEngrSL17K

      As Phil said, x2! Take care and best of luck to you and yours.

    • Azril @ Alex Vostox

      Good luck to you brother. Both of you.

    • Hopefully! May your move be fruitful and as stress free as possible.

  • Mack

    Nathan is a world class guy, good luck to him and his future!

  • David

    well handled by TFB & Congratulations.

  • Timothy G. Yan

    Congrat Nathan! Maybe now I could get a sample of it.

  • Joe

    Thanks, and good luck with the new job.

  • Congrats, Nathan. May your career at Faxon be a good one, you deserve it!

  • BattleshipGrey

    Congratulations Nathan! Enjoy.

  • Congratulations, Nathan.

  • EthicEnforcer

    I find it laughable that you’re being so open and honest about bias and worry about the perception of conflicts of interest when you use a fake name and allow your staff to remain anonymous.

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  • DiverEngrSL17K

    Nathan, Steve, Phil and company. — I think you have all not only done the morally correct and ethical thing while being completely transparent about the process, but that you have, collectively set a proper standard for others to follow.

    Faxon Firearms are also to be complimented for their understanding of what could potentially be a delicate situation, and for their cooperation and invaluable support in the matter. I honestly wish the same could be said of a lot of other companies, especially some of the huge national and multi-national corporations that seem to be the darlings of Wall Street, the London Stock Exchange, et al ( as if all of the latter would do something like this without putting self-promotion and gain first and foremost, regardless of the situation at hand ).

    All in all, a job well done. Nathan, I wish you only the very best in your new endeavours with a generally solid, reputable company, and it is gratifying to know that you will continue to stay on at TFB as an unbiased writer and contributor.

    • Thank you sir! We certainly do appreciate your comment.

    • Mo Lassis

      Ok àss kisser. How about judging people and products on their merits and actions? Brutal honesty helps everyone. I want to know the issues, and not be left guessing or assuming. I heard there is a group buy now being setup by Nathaniel. I wonder if there is any truth to dis

      • Mo Lassis–I see you joined only three days ago. You may not be aware of the rules and I gave you the benefit of the doubt this time. The rule in this case is simple we treat each other with respect and act in a civil manner.
        I did indeed edit your comment to remove the insult to a fellow reader. As far as brutal honesty that should have been constructive criticism.
        TFB is not one of the forums or some blogs where anything goes and fighting back and forth is the order of the day everyday. We don’t do it or allow it.

        To answer the question you posed no there is not a group buy in the works.

  • Blake

    Good luck in the new position, Nathan!

  • Azril @ Alex Vostox

    Congratulation Nathan.. Thank you for everything. We’ll always behind you. Good luck and Don’t worry be happy.

  • To Tin Fung

    All the best in your job! 😀

  • Kevin S

    Welcome aboard, Nathan!

  • Mo Lassis

    Most reviews on here are candy àss. No offense, since it’s the way backs are scratched in this type of bidness. But goodluck on choosing your path in life!

  • Mo Lassis

    Damn dude was the bestest speller in the hizhouse

  • claymore

    Good luck Nathan may your dreams come true.

  • C.

    Wish you all the best in your new role, Mr. Director! The ARAK-21 sure looks intriguing.

  • Adam aka eddie d.

    Congrats, Nathan!
    So, does this mean we’ll see you next year in the Shot Show coverage on YT? 🙂

    • YT?

      • Adam aka eddie d.

        Meant YouTube. 🙂

        • So that’s what the kids are calling it these days.

          Probably, but Bob Faxon is a little more photogenic.

          • That’s for sure!!!! I had to couldn’t help it—LOL!

          • Adam aka eddie d.

            I see, thanks Nathan!

            Would be nice to be a kid again, haha. 🙂
            No money, no work, problems…
            Sadly with my 26 years it’s quite hard to feel like it.

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  • dp

    You have well informed (and informing) team here and presence of Nathan had been one of reasons I keep returning to TFB. Good luck at new position!

  • mechamaster

    Congratulation !

  • nova3930

    The appearance of impropriety is just as bad as actual impropriety, and I think you’ve done everything possible to counteract both. bravo.

  • DiverEngrSL17K

    To Mo Lassis :

    Your half-baked, disrespectful comment was appropriately deleted by TFB for exactly what it is — a half-baked, abusive comment masquerading as a demand for so-called brutal honesty. I have always been even-handed and open-minded on this site, and been completely honest with issues as I see them. I do not need an individual of your kind, or anyone else for that matter, to tell me how to think or act. If I make a mistake, I will be the first to admit it. You do not know me or my background, and therefore you are in no position to judge, let alone make comments like this.

    Also, if you have “heard” that Nathan is setting up deals as you — and presumably others — claim, you will need to fully substantiate your allegations and address them directly to him and TFB if that is truly your sincere concern, instead of abusing other readers and contributors.

    • I have never set up a group buy of anything, ever.

      If anything, I am flattered that I am famous enough someone is trying rip off my identify and reputation.

      • DiverEngrSL17K

        Hi, Nathan :

        I know that you have not done such a thing. My reply to this so-called “Mo Lassis” was meant to address his or her unwarranted allegations and abusive comments. Frankly, I am glad that TFB’s moderators saw fit to delete this person’s remarks ( which is why it may look as if I’m addressing someone out of thin air ), but I saved a copy for evidence just in case.

        On a different note, I am happy to read about your new career and sincerely hope you will find much success and fulfillment!

        • Well sir it didn’t take long for me to delete that idiotic comment as well as all the others he made in the one day he was a member. I have the ability to check his activity via Disqus,on other blogs and he is a racist and just full of hate. I actually banned him a few minutes after I deleted the comment.

          • DiverEngrSL17K

            Thanks very much, Phil. That is often such an onerous task, and your efforts are greatly appreciated!

          • In this case it was an actual pleasure. Most times I don’t like to ban anyone but in cases like this it’s a public service!

        • I know. 😉 My comment was directed at him as I assumed he would be back to read any responses.

  • Congrats man… You will do will in the he industry!

  • MOG

    Somebody got a job??

  • Congrats Nathan! This is excellent news, and I’m excited for this next adventure in your career!