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TFB Staff at SHOT Show 2015

TFB Staff at SHOT Show 2015

Dear Readers,

TFB is in need of your support. Running TFB costs a significant amount of money, for tech support, wages , travel and equipment costs, and so we have to run advertisements on TFB.

Because many of you would prefer not to see advertisements, I have introduced a way for you to both support TFB financially, at a very low cost, with the added bonus of being able to disable most of the ads (and also our social network integrations and some other site features).

Not loading ads will have the side effect of speeding up access times to the site. In the future, I plan on adding some exclusive Team TFB only features.

Please note, joining Team TFB will allow the vast majority of ads to be disabled. For now, the top banner ad and one of the side ads cannot be disabled due to contractual obligations. All the other ads can be removed.

To join Team TFB, please select the membership level below. The only difference between membership levels, at this point in time, is the level of financial support you wish to give us. In the future we will be adding additional features for our +P+ members.

The first 50 TEAM TFB+P+ members (only +P+ members) who sign up get an exclusive TFB trucker hat worth $15.

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Nathan F. shooting a .375 Magnum Mauser wearing his TFB hat.

Nathan F. shooting a .17 WSM rifle and wearing his TFB hat.

Many thanks from Steve & The TFB Staff!

Level Price  
Team TFB $36.00 per Year. Customers in CA will be charged 7.5% tax. Select
Team TFB +P+ $49.00 per Year. Customers in CA will be charged 7.5% tax. Select

If you have any questions about Memberships, please email membership@thefirearmblog.com.



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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  • Gjert Klakeg Mulen

    I do not quite understand what people have against advertisement, it’s just there, you don’t to look at it. It’s even gun related ads, it makes it 100% better.
    I can’t not support you guys with donations, as I have no income (lazy teenager, but plannimg on getting a job), but i will support you guys if i can. I have already told the few of my friends who likes guns about this site and now they check the site regulary as I do as well.
    You guys are my homepage, enough said. Keep up the amazing job you do with this site.

    • Thanks very much we appreciate that. It’s great to hear that you’re spreading the word!

    • MR

      The static ads are fine, in my opinion. It’s the pop-ups and stuff floating around in front of the content that I’m trying to read that annoy me (Dasani water and Orbitz chewing gum, not really gun related)

      • Patrick R.

        Gotta pay the bills man.

        • iksnilol

          The gun bidness sadly ain’t as balling as it used to be. 🙁

        • MR

          The static ads are fine with me, though I suppose they may not pay as much.

      • Gjert Klakeg Mulen

        I haven’t experienced that on this site at all, no pop ups for me.

      • MR

        I joined, and it seems better so far. No banner across the bottom asking for my e-mail address (again), anyway. That stuff adds up when your phone has a small display.

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    Love the site for the most part.
    Dont mind the ads and even click them sometimes although not Dasani (I know everything I need to know about water).

    But you might want to recheck the value of that trucker hat, dude.

    • If I sold them, which I doubt I will, I would sell them for $20 (including shipping).

      • TheNotoriousIUD

        Well, I guess its worth whatever you can get for it but if you guys want to get into merchandise I think youd be better served by a more high quality offering.
        I might actually buy a good TFB ball cap.

        • MR

          I’m thinking a fedora. Or better, a Russian-style fur cap 😉 I generally don’t were hats unless it’s really cold.

          • Dan

            I like the Russian Hat idea

          • MR

            Wear…wear hats. Freak, how’d that slip through? Not an Earth-shattering mistake, but I try to set a better example for the kiddos.

          • iksnilol

            No, he was talking about werehats. People who turn into hats during extreme cold.

          • MR

            “Werehat?…There hat! There hat!” -paraphrasing “Young Frankenstein”

      • Adam aka eddie d.

        Personally, I don’t mind ads that are relevant to the content of the
        site (i.e. anything firearms related, outdoor gear, educational sites,
        courses etc.), actually I’ve found some nice things through proper ads.
        I’d be happy to see wiglinks go though.

        About the contribution:

        nice idea, I like it, but Steve, if you don’t mind a suggestion,
        you should also consider offering the option for one-time donations.
        Every country is different, wages are vastly different etc.
        (In my country an average monthly salary is around $460 net.)
        I’m kinda broke, but I like helping where I can.
        I’ve donated to Wikipedia and other international educational sites for example.
        Just some $5 one-time donations, because nowadays that’s about my limit for such purposes, but I did what I could for the cause.
        I’d like to help TFB too, but the yearly contribution is too much for me.

  • iksnilol

    Eh, I can live with ads. Besides, I consider myself almost a part of TFB simply through my silly and endless commenting.

    • Yep kinda getting used to you by this time:-)

      • iksnilol

        It’s kinda like a bent finger, you get used to it.

        • LOL—well not that bad! No seriously you contribute a lot.

          • iksnilol

            I guess I kinda do. It’s just I’ve been a bit down lately and that clouds my vision a bit.

            By the way, if you bend the right finger correctly it helps you reach mag releases on pistols. Silver lining and all.

          • Well that won’t do any good—sounds like it’s time for a range trip!

          • GaryOlson

            If you pull on that bent finger hard enough, it will reseat back in the socket, or set the broken bone properly. It’s not that bad if you ignore your own scream.

          • iksnilol

            Nah, It ain’t that bad. It is maybe 5 degrees off, it’s not like Denzel Washington’s 90 degree pinky.

            In other words, it doesn’t bother me. + it is a decent party trick since it isn’t gross or something.

    • USMC03Vet

      Not going to lie. The comments are the first thing I look at most of the time.

      • iksnilol

        Same here. It is almost therapeutic.

        • Cymond

          I’m so spoiled the comments on TFB that I frequently make the mistake of reading comments other places, which are mostly cesspools of ignorance. The depth of knowledge of some TFB readers is astonishing. Steve posts some mysterious, obscure prototype and a half-dozen readers identify it correctly.

  • felix

    Yall ain’t even have to ask, on a side note yall ever done a review of the chiappa rhino?

  • Wes Lathan

    “Most” of the ads? Can you provide more detail? I’m happy to pay for use but if I do I would expect to be free from advertising.

    • Steve can tell you that I imagine. You can email him—-

    • “Please note, joining Team TFB will allow the vast majority of ads to be disabled. For now, the top banner ad and one of the side ads cannot be disabled due to contractual obligations. All the other ads can be removed.”

  • Joshua

    so, you expect me to buy my news twice?
    once when my membership comes due and again when I get articles that contain information I can’t verify?
    if you expect me to do that you better at least apply some rules to the comment section

    • Oh we have rules for the comments.

    • Right now, you are not “buying” your news, nor is being a supporter “buying” your news. It is your choice to support us or not.

      • Joshua

        until you start rolling out “members only” content, that’s one of the reasons I like FW and Inrange

        • What makes you think we intend to roll out “members only” content?

  • Rick5555

    I have no problem supporting your channel and other endeavors. However, I only have one request. Please be honest and forthcoming in your reviews. I am not saying you’re not honest per se. I’m quite adamant, this channel, et. al. is very upfront and forthcoming in your reviews. But, they’re enough channels out there, claiming to be honest. When in fact, it’s quite the opposite. Many channels have some type of “Quid Pro Quo,” agreement or under the table de facto contract. Hence, those channels are not providing a sincere and upfront review. Frankly, this is concerning to say the least. Too many people rely on those reviews and are too blinded to ascertain the truth on their own.
    When you have a reviewer who emphasizes, that everything (they review) is “exceptional,” And then gets called out on it. Their response is…”well, I don’t review anything that’s crappy.” Please, per that comment/response, the person is biased and jaded already. They never have a criticism or mention a flaw regarding the item(s) being subsequently reviewed. And yet too many fools, take these people at their word. I’m careful in whom I elect to support. Due to what I emphasized in the aforementioned.
    I believe this channel and your other projects are sincere and trust worthy. So, please continue down this path. And I will continue to support your endeavors.
    Respectfully,
    Dr. Rick S.

    • That’s a very important rule for us. No company pays for reviews or gets a contractual relationship. They also don’t get to read the article before it’s published. The only change a company can request is a factual error change. All we want is the product to write an honest review on. People spend hard earned money for guns and gear we review so it’s up to us to be honest and not encourage people to spend money on a sub par product.

      • Rick5555

        Phil, thanks for the reply. I want to reiterate, that I was NOT implying this site or TFB-TV (on You Tube). Is anything remotely what I said in my initial comment. It’s why I have no problem, supporting this website. I don’t even mind the ads. I’ve clicked on a few. Since, most ads are gun related. But ,ever so often, we ALL (myself included) need a friendly reminder. To remain on course, to remain focus, etc.
        I believe, with the added revenue, TFB, will have better and perhaps more content. When I get some down time at work. I bring your site up before anything else. Because, its informative and I enjoy reading what’s going on. Off topic here. a website that’s informative too. Is a website of physicians, who are into firearms. They’re articles are supportive regarding firearms. You might find it of some interest to you and your readers….www.drgo.us/ The site is about Doctors for Responsible Gun Ownership and supporters of the 2nd amendment. We believe, there should be NO restrictions on gun ownership. In that safety and training is the sole responsibility of the firearm owner. And people shouldn’t be forced to do this or get that.

        • Oh no I didn’t think you were saying we were like that. I just wanted to say what our feelings/policies are toward that kind of behaviour. You’re right there’s too much of that on other sites.
          I’m familiar with DRGO and I was sure glad to see it when I ran across it a few years ago.

    • kipy

      You wouldn’t happen to be talking about a certain long bearded gentleman on YouTube would you?

  • USMC03Vet

    You should consider more enticing benefits for different tiers of membership such as…
    Chris Cheng criticizing how badly you shoot in very public youtube video format.
    A James Reeves stuffed animal sized autographed t-shirt.
    A personal copy & paste letter from Katie A disclosing she is not a robot.
    A Patrick R. coffee mug with his trademark “I can’t explain it. I just don’t like it” quote.
    A Y-Man “go away boko haram” door mat or Y-Man designed cowboy boot spurs.
    A picture of Alex’s majestic gun safe partially open but not open enough to tell exactly what is in it.
    A 1034 page reprint of the last two Nathaniel F. articles about the metallurgy of the front sight post of a pattern 1861 Enfield musketoon and why it was a poor design.
    A compilation book of the best Lance comments on TFB with a warning message stating may induce disabling laughter.

    • imachinegunstuff

      The Lance comments are the best. I would buy an ebook of them. I just dont get the guy at all. He trolls, but in the most elegant way (Trolling elegantly is not elegant in the traditional sense)

      • nadnerbus

        He’s too convincing, prolific, and enduring to be a troll. The guy has been scrawling half literate comments on gun and military related sites for years.

    • Feeling left out here!

    • Wowowowow, way to leave the two jarhead writers out of that comment there USMC03Vet…. especially me being an 0311, no pit love here guy….. lol

    • Grindstone50k

      Replace “Lance” with “JINZ”.

    • Y-man

      Graphich Dead Boko Haram Bastard Door Mat AND Advanced Tactical Boot Spurs coming up shortly!

      I was going to play the dumb African and ask: “What are boot spurs?” but of course, knowing what they are [From watching Rawhide as a 4 year old kid] I just could not help laughing at the idea…

      Imagine detachable boot spurs that can serve as a Multi-Tool [Up yours, Leatherman!] and a rifle cleaning kit, as well as a Boomerang-returning Ninja Throwing knife… Imagine!

      Hmmmm…. Cogwheels beginning to turn… Now where did I keep that darned Dremel?

  • John Posey

    Yep. Businesses HAVE to make money or they won’t exist for long. obama voters notwithstanding, socialism won’t work for long. I’ve bought several things off the ads since being a frequent visitor.

  • Grindstone50k

    Your ads aren’t autoplay, unlike some other firearms site, so I don’t mind them. Sorry, but I’m not going to pay a subscription for a site that mainly just links articles.

  • Don Ward

    There’s 10 staffers pictured and – presumably – one more taking a photo. Heck guys. That’s almost enough for a TFB Hot-n-Sexay Calendar! Time to oil up with that FireCLEAN!

  • Renegade

    I understand the advertisements; it’s just business.

    I follow only 3 blogs. One of them, she calls her “free ice cream machine”. Lots of folks want their free ice cream.

  • datimes

    I’m going to be a bit of a contrarian and enthusiastically financially support this site. I spend several hours a week reading articles (some old) and it will cost me 75 cents a week. I blow $50-60 a night going out for a few beers.

  • I used to be a devoted TTAG reader, but found them to be light on guns and heavy on half-baked libertarianism and faux moral outrage. You guys, on the other hand, are just plain fantastic. TFB sold me on the AR platform despite my obstinate resistance to it. The comments are superb and the authors are friendly and knowledgeable. 10/10 would definitely glean knowledge from again.

    • Kjk

      I agree 100%. They used to be a good site but then somewhere along the way they turned into a hardcore political, negative, police hating site. There’s not much relevant firearms content anymore. It’s pretty much them crying about Obama and dems every other post. This site is way better now.

  • Patriot Gunner

    AHH HAHAHAHAHA pay for this? Um no.

    • No not for “this” but to get rid of ads and get extra content.

      • Patriot Gunner

        Or you can get Epic Privacy Browser and have no ads….for free

        • Yep true enough but if a reader desires to help us it’s very much appreciated. It gets more expensive to do every year. That and you may not know it but all of the writers except those on TFBTV purchase all the ammo they use in reviews. So if I said in an article I shot 500 rounds I purchased the ammo and the same goes for everyone else. It would be nice if we could get some ammo given to us. We love our jobs both the writing and shooting then being able to write about it and share it with the readers.
          It’s everyone’s choice and of course there aren’t any hard feelings because a person can’t or chooses not to help.
          I can promise you this is to help take care of expenses not to use as income.

        • Clearly this new feature set is not for you. It has been requested by a number of our readers, however.

  • cs

    Do what i did long ago: Add TFB to your Adblockers Whitelist, cause ammo ain’t cheap!

  • Bronezhilet

    Mind adding a Paypal option? CC isn’t all that common/popular in Europe.

  • TechnoTriticale

    Don’t mind the ads, but don’t see most of them anyway, and if you aren’t getting much click-through (or serve-through), you need to know the following…

    The web is a dangerous place. I have various defenses installed, one of which is NoScript. I didn’t install it as an ad-blocker, but it ends up acting like one. Flash is of course turned off (and HTML5 video auto-play will be as well, as soon as Firefox enables that).

    The present TFB page is typical of many I visit. Much of the content is not rendered to me unless I click the NS Options election to “Temporarily allow all this page”. Then the Options button re-appears, and if I click Taatp again, more content appears. Most likely what’s happening is that the ad content is itself loading further remote content (but it could also be that the source of the content is changing with each page load, or both).

    It took NINE (9) such clicks to get all the content loaded for this page. You are serving stuff that is 9 or 10 degrees removed from your own .com. There is no possible way that such an ad-supported site can have any real idea what they are serving to their readership from page load to page load (which is also going to be tailored by IP address, cookies, hosting page content, and other snoopy user metrics).

    Yes, I have had my AV software tell me that a hosted ad, served by an otherwise trusted site, contained malware. So we users block. Ads in print media never had this problem. Web media, and their sponsors, need to come up with some way to fix this if they want the ads to even be seen.

  • GaryOlson

    Hats…make my head sweat, the sweat runs in my eye, and then the target gets all blurry.
    A TFB brass catcher would be both unique and distinctly appropriate.

  • ozzallos .

    Was kind of hoping “Join Team TFB!” entailed more than just “send us money!”.

  • I never said content.