New York Times Glock .40 1911

Definitely consulted a journalists guide to firearm identification:

It blows my mind how careless both the print and TV media are.

With social media being so prevalent now they might be learning some embarrassing lessons finally.  They have since removed the picture and issued the following correction statement:

A picture on Tuesday with an article about the weapons used in the Aurora, Colo., shooting was published in error. It showed a Les Baer .45 — not a Glock .40-caliber semiautomatic pistol, which was used in the shooting.

To make things worse, the article’s author James Dao is actually in charge of military and veterans affairs for the NYT national desk, and co-editor of the NYT military affairs blog “At War”.  How are these people getting promoted to jobs where they have no knowledge of the subject matter?  Even if you type “.40 Caliber Glock” into Google images, almost ALL of the pictures are actually of Glocks (unsurprisingly)… I don’t know how he managed to find a 1911 and call it a Glock if Google images is what he presumably used.


Hat tip: Spader



Jeff July 25, 2012 at 12:16 am

It even says 45 ACP on the slide…..


dave w July 25, 2012 at 12:30 am

“But in close quarters, they are plenty lethal. ”
really nyt? all you had to do was throw some likes and a dude in there.
but like in close quarters like they are like plenty lethal dude
i like that there is now a whole sport for killing movie goers.
If i had realized there were no qualifications required to be a journalist i could have made a good living typing utter crap.


BrowningBottoms July 25, 2012 at 10:25 am



James M&P July 25, 2012 at 12:31 am

Perhaps the experts they ask like to bullshit them. Its like Rachel Maddow. I seen her video of her going to a range. She probably asks the kid behind the counter about a “Scary” gun and the kid replies “Oh that! That’s an all plastic gun.” And thus Media stupidity is born.


dave w July 25, 2012 at 10:59 am

The temptation to mess with them if for some reason they were to ask me would be pretty great i have to admit.


Frank July 25, 2012 at 12:55 am

Holy shit is this a Gen 5?! /sarcasm (and fuck NY)


Cliff July 25, 2012 at 01:20 am

this is incorrect. he actually used a Glock 45 Assault Machine Gun that can shoot 100 bullets per minute and has a 100 round magazine.


Dan July 25, 2012 at 05:26 am

Actually it was a 100 round “clip”. Geez, get it right!


Jake Dorsey July 25, 2012 at 01:33 am

1. Many journalists aren’t familiar with guns.

2. Many journalists don’t want to get familiar with guns.

3. The Associated Press Style Guide is only so helpful in determining terminology. If you strictly follow the AP guide, you get pretty accurate stuff, if vague in specifics. It’s when journalists get away from the guide and into specifics that they get into trouble.

4. The police sometimes also don’t know any better, or they will dumb things down and make it more confusing for the reporter (i.e. the repeated line in AP copy about how the magazine the guy used somehow shoots 50 to 60 bullets per minute).

Long story short: Keep it simple, stupid. If you don’t know better? Don’t report better.


Peter in DC July 25, 2012 at 03:29 pm

Journalists should never ever ever attempt to influence national dialogue. Just write the facts, and if you don’t know the fact, either find out the truth or refrain from writing. Simple formula, eh?


overkill556x45 July 25, 2012 at 05:31 am

That’s not a Glock! That’s an AK47!


FR4NCH3K July 26, 2012 at 01:58 am

that’s clearly a DEAGLE brand FAMAS G2 Browning edition with 1000 round drum clips. One of the many attachments for this gun is an EOtech brand ACOG x3454678 holographic red dot. When mounted to the slide, this sight makes the automatic rate of fire 213476453213456 bullets a minute. It’s a cop/ movie theatre going killing machine!


Guilherme Atencio July 25, 2012 at 06:15 am

Brazilian media talked about a “Glock revolver, a weapon made in Germany”.


Church July 25, 2012 at 06:40 am

Way to go NYT… You are awesome!


sirkut July 25, 2012 at 07:12 am

Looks like the “journalist” fell into this trap:


ENDO-Mike July 25, 2012 at 02:06 pm

Dude, I linked that exact picture. I swear you guys do this just to troll me LOLOL.


sirkut July 25, 2012 at 02:44 pm

Always aim to please! HAH


Hard_Harry July 25, 2012 at 08:21 am

With all the shitty coverage lately, I’m brought back to my earliest days in the shooting sports, back in the mid-90’s when any kind of shooting that took place somehow involved an “arsenal” of weapons. Last I checked 4 firearms & 6,000rds. does not make an arsenal. Fuck the corporate media.


Mike July 25, 2012 at 08:55 am

Many people who know nothing about firearms think that GLOCK is a slang term for a handgun like “gat” or “piece”.

Either way, that doesn’t make it okay.


bbmg July 25, 2012 at 09:38 am

“first firing the shotgun, then using the semiautomatic rifle until its 100-round barrel magazine jammed”

Its what sorry? Is it a Beta-C, a Gatling?


Peter in DC July 25, 2012 at 03:29 pm

No, it’s an AK47-type of evil assault weapon.


BrowningBottoms July 25, 2012 at 10:05 am

But, where’s the shoulder thing that goes up? ;)


Heath July 25, 2012 at 10:36 am

Did you see the piece where Bill O’Rielly called the AR used in CO an AK? And by the way, Bill was calling for additional gun legislation in the same piece with Chaffetz.


RWC July 25, 2012 at 10:53 am

The other day he stated that it is outrageous that people can get bazookas without background checks. O’Reilly is a blowhard.


cc19 July 25, 2012 at 10:53 am

“How are these people getting promoted to jobs where they have no knowledge of the subject matter?”

This is pretty common, unfortunately. The whole, “fake it ’till you make it,” mentality runs rampant in office culture. It is however delicious when they’re caught. Had an old boss who might have well have been exiled from the US when his SF background was found out as hogwash.


Chas Clifton July 25, 2012 at 11:16 am

In (moderate) defense of the reporter, the page was almost certainly assembled by someone else after he had written and turned in his article — especially if it was to be illustrated with a stock (file) photo.

The real blame lies with whoever approved the layout for publication.


Jake Dorsey July 25, 2012 at 11:53 am

+1. Though being a copy editor, I tend to lame blame on reporters (hah).


JonMac July 25, 2012 at 04:57 pm

Absolutely. Every chance Dao didn’t even get to review the finished article. He WROTE it, he didn’t edit it, source the picture, or caption it.

This shit happens all the time in the media. You’re being too hard on the guy Mike.


ENDO-Mike July 25, 2012 at 04:59 pm

Sure, but his name is on it… tough luck for him if his credibility is eroded every time someone fucks up like this. They should re-structure the way articles are published if they actually care.


Cartridgeholder July 25, 2012 at 12:53 pm

Reading the article, they mention that the gunman used a “100 round barrel magazine”. What the hell is a “100 round barrel magazine”?


Linoge July 25, 2012 at 09:07 pm

Thoughts? Journalists are, by and large, idiots. Next.


Gunnutmegger July 26, 2012 at 05:02 am

The photo was taken at Hoffman’s, in Newington CT.

If you do a google search for images with the search term “40 caliber glock semiautomatic pistol”, the only examples of this image that show up on the first page of results are the NYT images, not the original shot.

So the author didn’t simply google for an image and pick the wrong picture.


Grayson July 26, 2012 at 04:25 pm

I wouldn’t use a copy of the New York Times newspaper for last gasp, emergency ass-wipe, as long as there was a towel or an article of clothing nearby.
Is there a single ‘journalist’ working for the NYT that knows their sphincter from a hole in the wall? Or an editor competent enough to organize a fuckup in a whorehouse?
Come to think of it, is there ANYONE in New York City who is mentally competent enough to read a newspaper?
Fuckups like the above picture should not EXIST in this day and age, damn it.


Crotalus July 26, 2012 at 06:17 pm

Oh hell, c’mon! Y,all know it’s Walter Mitty’s Webley-Vickers 50.80!


Crotalus July 26, 2012 at 06:19 pm

*ahem* “y’all”. Proofreading is my friend…


Daniel July 26, 2012 at 10:07 pm

Jut wanted to mention the ‘wrong’ pic of the 1911 used is from Hoffman’s. They are a local gun shop here in CT who’s motto is “Guns for the Good Guys.” Seems particularly poignant. Also all the more embarrassing if/when ever a crime is committed with a gun bought there by a ‘bad guy’.


Have Blue July 27, 2012 at 10:58 pm

Actually the shooting at the beer distributorship in Manchester was committed with weapons bought at Hoffman’s. And yes the local press did criticize them for using that advertising slogan.



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