Nathaniel F

Nathaniel is a history enthusiast and firearms hobbyist whose primary interest lies in military small arms technological developments beginning with the smokeless powder era. In addition to contributing to The Firearm Blog, he runs 196,800 Revolutions Per Minute, a blog devoted to modern small arms design and theory. He is also the author of the original web serial Heartblood, which is being updated and edited regularly. He can be reached via email at


  • FightFireJay

    if it had been Smith & Wesson instead of Canik (and happened 5 years from now) then people would have believed it.

  • Ruh Doktoru

    Why did you choose this pistol for joke tfb?

    • DW

      Turkish pistol, not in .40SW yet, best bang for the buck as of now.

      Popular opinion has it that Canik “out-glocked” the Glock.

      • I think that’s Nathan S’es opinion, but the Canik has a lot of critics.

    • Like DW said it doesn’t come in 40 which gives everyone another hint:-)

  • Don Ward

    First ya ruined Saint Patrick’s Day! Now you’ve April Fool’s Day! What minor holiday will you ruin next, Nathaniel?

    • Arbor Day!

    • Cal S.

      Earth Day (please)?

    • Major Tom

      Cinco De Mayo!

      • Bwahaha

        Sinko de Mayo. Fixed for ya

        • Jim

          I thought it was Stinko DE Mayo!

  • Hinermad

    I almost bought it but I just couldn’t get past the idea of the Army using .40 cal.

  • Cal S.

    Good article, though, and troll-worthy in the extreme.

  • John

    Well that’s just not funny! I ran out and bought 15 of them based on that story to arm our security force.

    We are the Fast Acting Response Team!

    We don’t like to publicize our acronym….

    • ostiariusalpha

      ? Silent but deadly. B-dumsh!

      • Tassiebush

        Except for when they’re splitting carts and paralyzing ponies.

    • Y-man

      So when you retire, you get to be known as “the old fart that lives down the road”?

      • Mike Lashewitz

        I already got that title.

    • Mike Lashewitz

      Wish I was. (Thats what she said)

  • zippiest

    I said it yesterday, I’ll say it again, phaq the Turks! They’re all inbread butt munchers.

    • dan

      They munch butt in bread?

    • Swarf

      Read your own comment again, and reconsider who might be “inbread”.

      • zippiest

        Can’t help Google auto correct. Sometimes it’s just going to do what it’s going to do.

  • Thomas S

    Hell the TP9 series of pistols would have been just fine as service sidearms.

    Not worried about the Turkish manufacturer, they would have had to set up a factory in the US. That even adds jobs if you want to look at it in that context.

    As to sending money to folks who potentially don’t like us. Hell we freely give billions away to such folk, at least in this case we get something for or few tens of millions. Add to that the fact that Turkey hasn’t been too bad until their current president and meh, bigger things to worry about.

    It was really the .40 Cal thing that got me. Can’t imagine why they would want to go that route.

    • David

      Haha, I’m right there with you. I saw .40 cal and immediately went to the comments to see people upset about that only to find everyone really just pissed off about the Turks.

    • Kelly Jackson

      Who are you kidding, Turkey has always been bad going back to the Ottoman Empire rampaging through Eastern Europe. I don’t why we let them into NATO.

      • Thomas S

        Not even sure where to start. If you look at the history, the Ottomans had plenty of reason to wage war in Europe. Just as several EU nation’s had reason to dislike the Ottomans (the Austrians for example). To end it all the Ottomans joined with Germany in WWI in order to free themselves of crushing debt because it was basically the last option left to them. They were doomed as a state otherwise. The empire fell, bad things happened and then you get the Young Turks revolution. That set them up as a largely Western state that we could do business with on good terms. Something we needed given the huge blunders largely by Britain and France in setting up most Mid East States.

        Hell there really is too much to type in here.

        In the end Turkey is in a bad spot politically and their leadership going further away from Western secular ideals is not a good thing for anyone.

        If we choose who our allies are, or who to do business with based on who started some war a century and more ago, we will have very few friends left.

        From our perspective, Turkey is the lesser of many evils and we have to deal with some of them. On balance dealing with the US is much the same for many nations. That’s life.

        Though we are more than a bit off topic here.

        • Kelly Jackson

          Yeah those Ottomans had plenty of reasons to enslave the Slavic people for 500 years. Vlad Tepes been with them was purely a misunderstanding.

          And we all know those Armenians had it coming, what with wanting food and all.

          • Thomas S

            Then clearly you hate pretty much every single modern nation on earth because if your upset about the terrible things done in the past, no nation that is a world power today looks very good, including us.

            If you are that worried about atrocities, at least worry about recent ones where the perpetrators can still be brought to justice. There are plenty to go around, including actions by the Turkish that are more than questionable.

            I never said Turkey was a great ally, we have worse though and we damn sure ignore better.

            Before you go condemning a national for crimes of the past, first hold a mirror up…

            Anyway, the US is generally terrible at international politics. The world is a screwed up place and you make the best of it that you can.

            Hey, we buy weapons from a country that murdered millions based on race an we are a nation that enslaved a people, murdered far more, had a system that was basically indentured servitude, ran our own concentration camps that treated citizens worse than captured enemy soldiers and that is just what happened on US soil, not counting the things abroad.

            I would ask why you think others should be held to a different standard but that would drag out a pointless conversation.

          • Kelly Jackson

            You mean other than the fact that the Turks refuse to acknowledge their genocide against the Armenians?

          • Thomas Weißhuhn

            Thats not uncommon.

          • Mike Lashewitz

            But they make good padded stools.

  • Rusty nail

    that`s funny,hahahaha

  • Blake
    • Don Ward

      Alex C looks really excited in that picture.

  • Tim U

    The best part of that April fools was it was actually plausible…. The current administration would try and buy from the Muslim world specifically to “improve relations”.

  • Bear The Grizzly

    This was one of the best jokes from the day. I was legitimately curious until I seen AF didn’t stand for “April fools”. I’m still trying to figure out if half the other stories I seen were true. What with all the tactical everything rage I’m going to be extremely disappointed if I can’t get a plate carrier for my cat.

  • Lol

    I literally emailed my broker as we were betting on s&w.. Never again tfb

  • zippiest

    Really TFB, you’re censoring me ragging on the Turks? Seriously? What are you, Muslim Turk lovers?

    • Yea really—-So far in the month since you signed up on TFB you’ve made two racial comments. Normally the first racist comment and you don’t get to make another. Since you want to complain watch the language and don’t make another racist comment.
      In case you missed it we have a fair number of Muslim readers who would take offense with the deleted comment. Those readers have been on TFB a long time and actually contribute.

      • zippiest

        For an editor, you’re not very well educated. Turkey is a nation. It’s comprised of several races of people, Middle Eastern, European, Eurasian and more; Turks are not a race of people. I lived in that country for years, they’re not very bright.
        Also, just a quick news flash for you, Islam is a religion, not a race. Islam is comprised of people of every single race on this planet.
        Therefore your argument that I’ve made racist remarks is 100% null and void. None of my comments have ever been racist nor will they ever be.

        You’ve fallen for the liberal lie. So what’s next, guns kill people? Climate change is caused by cow farts? You’re best friends with Obama?

        • What was it I said as far as TFB policy on insulting other readers and staff. I said don’t. Having done so your comment was deleted.
          This comment of yours is not worthy of a reply.

    • Mike Lashewitz

      Edi Amin was…. He loved the taste of turk.

  • Kelly Jackson

    People should have known this when the guns were all .40 caliber

  • datimes

    Here in Ft Myers the local Fox affiliate reported Trump had nixed the idea of a Mexican fence for a moat and Hillary had dropped out of the race for President to run for Mayor of Benghazi

    • Mazryonh

      A moat? I thought there were plenty of undocumented river crossings already made across the US-Mexico border, so it wouldn’t deter many people. Did that article show a real photo of people crossing a real river but captioned with “Trump’s Moat”?

  • You really should look at the definition of the two terms before making yourself look uninformed. The two terms are different if you’ll read below As far as Google I believe we understand what you meant considering the overall tone of the content of the comment.
    This back and forth is done. I believe you understood my warning on the subject. TFB does not tolerate racist comments, political discussion and ask all readers to be civil towards each other. Anyone can disagree with another reader without the crutch of insulting others.


    Race, as a social construct, is a group of people who share similar and distinct physical characteristics. First used to refer to speakers of a common language and then to denote national affiliations,
    Racism | Definition of Racism by Merriam-Webster

    Full Definition of racism. 1 : a belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race. 2 : racial prejudice or discrimination.

    1. a belief or doctrine that inherent differences among the various human racial groups determine cultural or individual achievement, usually involving the idea that one’s own race is superior and has the right to dominate others or that a particular racial group is inferior to the others.
    a policy, system of government, etc., based upon or fostering such a doctrine; discrimination.
    hatred or intolerance of another race or other races.

    • zippiest

      Whatever Phil. You’re right. Everyone else is wrong. Turkey has a common language, but there are at least three other languages spoken in that country. But OK, because they share a common thread, they’re a race. I guess that means Germans are a race. Russians are a race. French and French Canadians are a race.

      You’ve proven your blog has little credibility.

      • Maybe to you we have little credibility:-) I just posted what the definitions are from Webster’s dictionary. If you still think Webster’s is wrong call and tell them you know so much better than they do.
        If you think we don’t have credibility nobody is begging you to stay.

        • Bryan Brah

          Not necessarily defending zippy, but just because something is in the dictionary doesn’t mean it is correct or true. For example Webster’s 3rd international says that anti-antisemitism and anti-Zionism are the same. Teh interwebs on the other hand never lie.

      • Mike Lashewitz

        When I use a Turkey call I never know what I am saying..

  • Hardwood83

    Prepare yourselves, Fireclean will probably sue you over this ‘joke’.

  • DIR911911 .

    yeah , I typically ignore any post with ” .40 s&w” on it , so I missed that

  • Mazryonh

    I thought the April Fool’s 2016 article was suspicious, because why would the US armed forces adopt a handgun in .40 S&W when the FBI has just about had enough of it? You might as well adopt 10mm Auto and get an excellent round for a midrange SMG that might be able to share magazines with a service handgun.

    Speaking of Turkey, do they actually supply locally-manufactured small arms and/or ammunition to NATO forces?

    • Doom

      10mm would be too much for the smaller guys and most of the women, especially now that women are being forced into combat roles so they can shout YAY WOMEN! while decreasing unit morale and effectiveness.

      • Mazryonh

        You can see videos of female shooters handling 10mm handguns (like the Glock 20) just fine at the range, so it can be done with some training. Using 10mm in an SMG-type platform like an upsized MP7 is also much easier than using it in a handgun because you have more points of contact with an SMG.

        • Doom

          But it is a replacement handgun, not subgun. Some women can handle it accurately, most cant. especially a normal 10mm, not a .40 S&W in a 10mm case.

  • Nomar Abdiel Vazquez Vazquez

    hope the army buys the Glock.

  • Brian Carlson

    You ruined this for next year!

  • Doom

    I agree, overall our weapons training is pathetic. My cousin qualified for handguns on a 15 foot range for the Navy… FIFTEEN FEET! 5 yards is a joke. It is probably a realistic range, but they should train up to 25 yards if the need ever arises. I also agree that an SMG is far more controllable than a handgun, in any caliber. the third point of contact really improves accuracy.

    • Mazryonh

      I guess the “15 feet” range is supposed to reflect the kind of CQB environment aboard a Navy ship would create, such as during a hostile boarding action. Training at longer ranges would be useful though, because of factors like RPG-armed boat pirates and other people who want to create another USS Cole incident.

      The nice thing about using an SMG is that even if you can’t get a secure grip on the pistol grip (likely because the magazine loads into it), a foregrip and buttstock still make steadying the weapon much easier than it would be if you were using a handgun of the same grip size, so it will work just fine so as long as you can comfortably reach the trigger.