lapel pin


September 24, 2003, 07:49 PM
Not taking the idea as my own but in the thread about "Have you ever met a THR member" one post suggested a pin or something so we could id each other on the street . Anybody on the board got the expertise to put such an idea into fruition? I would sure buy one or a THR sweatshirt or hat

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September 24, 2003, 09:05 PM
I looked it up rather quickly, and the actual production costs would be about 300 dollars. Then, of course, somebody has to design them. I would be willing to do the design in exchange for a free pin...

September 24, 2003, 11:01 PM
the "peace through superior firepower" pins do the trick

4v50 Gary
September 24, 2003, 11:07 PM
Correia "Molon Labe" with a Greek Helmet as the centerpiece?

To use 19th century parlance, if two THRers wearing these pins were to meet, would it be "Greek met Greek." It has an honorable connotation to it as both were worthy of each other (unlike fighting the Persians, Medes and what-nots).

Steve Smith
September 24, 2003, 11:08 PM
Not really. Some of us work for groups that don't appreciate the peace symbol at all and won't take an extra second to read the small print.

September 24, 2003, 11:14 PM
Really, an "exclusive" Molon Labe pin would say it all. After all, it means to be peaceful, to not make the first move, but that when your back is against the wall, you'll fight with all you've got.

I like the Molon Labe Idea. ;)


September 24, 2003, 11:24 PM

September 24, 2003, 11:45 PM
I just received two of those in the mail today. Very nice! geegee

Travis McGee
September 25, 2003, 02:33 AM
TFL and THRer "Gun-Fucious" created this logo, and I loved it so much, I used it for the centerpiece of my novel's cover.

I think it would look great on pins or hats or anything else.

September 25, 2003, 07:30 AM
Some of us work for groups that don't appreciate the peace symbol at all and won't take an extra second to read the small print.

Some of us can wear the peace through superior firepower button at work only because it has small print that people won't take an extra second to read the small print!:D


September 25, 2003, 07:57 AM
Secret handshake.

We need a secret handshake.

And maybe one of those coder/decoder thingies that came with old comic books... :D

Ian Sean
September 25, 2003, 09:46 AM
M67, "Don't forget to drink your ovaltine?"

I like Travis's picture design, but with a Molon Labe on it, I'm in.

September 25, 2003, 10:43 AM
How about our own pin in something simple like the initials THR with a gun below/behind it?

September 25, 2003, 10:58 AM


AJ Dual
September 25, 2003, 11:44 AM
After wearing my "Peace Through Superior Firepower" pin on a hat, my trapshooting vest, etc. I've decided that most people don't look at your pins.


September 25, 2003, 04:53 PM
They look!

I wear an NRA pin in my lapel daily at the college where I teach. It makes my day to hear their disapproving "Oh!" when I explain what it is!

To antagonize those who won't ask, I try to carry a gun magazine (the printed kind) with me.

A persistent rumor claims that I carry a pistol in my briefcase; I don't, but have not refuted the rumor.


September 25, 2003, 05:44 PM
Hey ambidextrous1.....great to hear about the pin.

I don't wear a pin because at the college where I teach, I never wear lapels.

I tend to wear jackets and ties only to funerals, and then only to the funerals of folks I really liked.

But I do drive a pickup to campus with a couple of NRA bumper stickers.

And I have a poster of Winston Churchill toting a tommy gun up in my office, near my newspaper clipping about Carlos Hathcock's death.

At my college, the most frequent comment about the NRA or guns I'm likely to hear is "Hey, when are you doing the next CCW class? My wife and I would like to sign up."


Nando Aqui
September 25, 2003, 06:11 PM
I would definitely prefer a baseball-style hat . . .

I wear a DSA tan cap, with the flag and rifle, and have had several people (strangers - non shooters) tell me that it is neat, even though they have no idea of what DSA is. I also wear an HK black cap (red letters), and have had friends ask me what HK is.

A cap with a logo that includes the American flag and a firearm would be nice... I think. If a cap is made, I hope it is the kind that keeps its shape, please.


September 25, 2003, 06:12 PM
This oughta do it:

Andrew Rothman
July 5, 2005, 06:27 PM
I'd still like to have a THR pin.

I was thinking something like this:

I'll be the first to say that I'm no artist. But what do you think? No guns, no snakes, just the web site.

Or maybe even this?

Spreadfire Arms
July 5, 2005, 06:49 PM

that looks great! how would we go about making them? i'd consider footing the startup if its only a few hundred dollars. of course i'd be able to resell them to recooperate my costs! :)

Larry Ashcraft
July 5, 2005, 08:14 PM
I have a good source for custom lapel pins. If you're interested, PM me or bump this tomorrow, when I'm at my shop (no catalog at home).

You can go really nice (cloissone), or there are cheaper options.

Larry Ashcraft
The Trophy Shop Inc.
Pueblo CO 81005

Rich K
July 5, 2005, 08:40 PM
Thumper,nice tat!.

Henry Bowman
July 5, 2005, 10:50 PM
Why not the header at the top of this page (with Oleg's permission)? That would be most recognizable to other members and doesn't yell "gun" or isn't quite as "in your face" like some of the others. Or let Oleg decide and design it.

I agree with Steve regarding the "peace sign." Doesn't work for me and most people can't/don't see the words.

July 5, 2005, 11:20 PM
Count me in! I like the THR overprint with the Flag. :D

July 6, 2005, 01:29 AM
The flag pin would be in violation of flag code.

Sec. 8. Respect for flag
No disrespect should be shown to the flag of the United States of America; the flag should not be dipped to any person or thing. Regimental colors, State flags, and organization or institutional flags are to be dipped as a mark of honor.

The flag should never be displayed with the union down, except as a signal of dire distress in instances of extreme danger to life or property.

The flag should never touch anything beneath it, such as the ground, the floor, water, or merchandise.

The flag should never be carried flat or horizontally, but always aloft and free.

The flag should never be used as wearing apparel, bedding, or drapery. It should never be festooned, drawn back, nor up, in folds, but always allowed to fall free. Bunting of blue, white, and red, always arranged with the blue above, the white in the middle, and the red below, should be used for covering a speaker's desk, draping the front of the platform, and for decoration in general.

The flag should never be fastened, displayed, used, or stored in such a manner as to permit it to be easily torn, soiled, or damaged in any way.

The flag should never be used as a covering for a ceiling.

The flag should never have placed upon it, nor on any part of it, nor attached to it any mark, insignia, letter, word, figure, design, picture, or drawing of any nature.

The flag should never be used as a receptacle for receiving, holding, carrying, or delivering anything.

The flag should never be used for advertising purposes in any manner whatsoever. It should not be embroidered on such articles as cushions or handkerchiefs and the like, printed or otherwise impressed on paper napkins or boxes or anything that is designed for temporary use and discard. Advertising signs should not be fastened to a staff or halyard from which the flag is flown.

No part of the flag should ever be used as a costume or athletic uniform. However, a flag patch may be affixed to the uniform of military personnel, firemen, policemen, and members of patriotic organizations. The flag represents a living country and is itself considered a living thing. Therefore, the lapel flag pin being a replica, should be worn on the left lapel near the heart.

The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning

Andrew Rothman
July 6, 2005, 03:01 AM
If the pin is in violation of the Flag Code, then so is the banner at the top of the page.

It passes my own personal moral code. It's not disrespectful, and in fact represents a site that embodies many of the principles that this country holds most dear.

(And remember, please: The flag is not itself a holy or sacred object, but a symbol of our country. We get in real trouble when we confuse the symbol for the thing it symbolizes.)

Henry Bowman, I like the banner at the top of the page, but it is most appropriate as a page header. it's way too long and narrow, and half a flag with a fade to white would look funny on a pin.

The designs I sketched are meant to evoke the top banner while meeting the aesthetics of a pin.

Of course, doing this at all would only occur with Oleg's permission.

One inch pins can be had for about $1.30 to $1.40 each (with a minimum order of 200). That includes setup, shipping, and everything, so whoever did the fulfillment would just have to shell out $280 for a lot of 200 and then mail out the individual orders. I imagine a net cost of $2.25 or so, or a "retail" price of $3 each to cover the poor sap's time and effort.

If I were to be the sap in question, I'd consider making the price $5 and earmarking $2 per pin to THR's server costs.

Here's a place that seems to make good pins cheaply:

Henry Bowman
July 6, 2005, 09:04 AM
Matt -- the "screen printed" version shown on the site you link would show the header (banner) version nicely (can show fade out color). Pins can be long and somewhat narrow and still look good.

I agree that the banner is not disrespectful at all. It is a good logo that is instantly recognizable to all who have used this forum.

Andrew Rothman
July 6, 2005, 11:26 AM
I'm inclined to let Oleg make the call on the art, and on permission to user the site name. Oleg, what say you?

Oleg Volk
July 6, 2005, 11:56 AM
I don't mind the idea. However, the designs I saw above have sharp edges and don't really stand out as much as I'd like them to. Let me think just a bit on this, maybe I can come up with a design or have suggestions for one of the existing proposals.

Andrew Rothman
July 6, 2005, 12:21 PM
(:) That's what I was hoping he'd say.)

March 3, 2007, 09:40 AM
Old thread I came across...but...

Did anything ever come of this lapel pin idea?

March 3, 2007, 12:32 PM
I didn't even notice the dates. I was ready to order one.:o

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