Monday, August 18, 2008

Throwing Open the Doors

Well, is officially open to the public

There’s still some wet paint and plaster around, but otherwise we’re good to go.

Here’s a link to the forums:

And to registration:

Here's our welcome message:
This community was originally formed around the forums at what eventually became; which I have been a member of since the day they opened (I wrote the 4th new topic posted) just over four years ago.

I've had the pleasure of moderating those forums for most of the past four years. I think that in that time, we've built the best internet community I've ever been a part of.

Unfortunately, the owners of have announced that they are retiring from blogging, and as part of their retirement will be closing the forums down.

Thankfully, many of the members of the community don't want to see it go away. We've formed a tight knit community, and we'd like to keep it together.

So, I, and the other current moderators of the forums, CombatController, 308Mike, and Randy; have opened as a new community site, forum, and wiki; for the members of the gunthing, and for anyone else who cares to join, is interested in the community, and is willing to follow the (pretty simple) rules.

Let me be clear, this new site is only affiliated with the in that we will share some members. is not owned, operated, or affiliated with in any way.

When the forums were first split off; we sort of chartered ourselves as a place where people could go and talk about... well, all the things that you would talk about standing at the counter in your local gunshop... except without the tactical tommies, and the nosales people (if you don't know what either of those are, you really do need to join our community).

I thought that gun counter metaphor was a pretty good one for the kind of community we've formed. It really captures the type of talk we do... A bit of bragging (not too much), a bit of joking, a bit of pride in our toys and our kids, and our hobbies and adventures ... and a WHOLE HECK OF A LOT OF ARGUING... In a good natured way of course.

So here we are, at forums.

Update: The site, wiki, and forums have been shut down. Our announcement regarding this is on our front page.