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Trying to condemn a brand by using a few examples is a common tactic of those who have set themselves up as experts. I have collected firearms for over 55 years. During that time, I've seen new guns from every manufacturer that should never have escaped the factory. That doesn't, however, mean that an entire brand should be judged by those examples.

I've actually had MUCH more warranty work performed by Colt, S&W, Sig, HK, Wilson, and Ruger than I have Taurus. With the exception of Ruger, all of the guns in question cost a large amount more than a comparable Taurus handgun. Therein lies the rub. Somehow, if a gun isn't above some mystical price line, any necessity for Warranty work is evidence of it being a POS. Above that price line, that somehow disappears. No matter how many unsuccessful trips a Kimber makes to the factory, it's all about "send it in again, they'll make it right".

My question has always been why people buy guns with obvious defects in the first place. Telling the world that your revolver has a canted barrel, to me, only shows ignorance on the part of the buyer. The same with finish issues, and other very obvious things. Then, to compound the problem, these are many of the same people who don't bother to clean the gun initially, nor lube it. Instead, they load up with the cheapest ammunition available, and start firing.

Worse, they expect gilt-edged accuracy from the gun. Trouble is, most don't possess the skills of a factory team shooter, or the abilities on the key-board of a gun writer.

THEN, the bad mouthing of the gun, and it's manufacturer, begins to anyone who will listen. Social station means nothing when discussing competency in a manual skill. Nor does the number of firearms possessed.

One might also expect to hear of more problems with new to shooting people, as well. They have unrealistic expectations of what firearms will do, and how to achieve that goal that they expect. My first handgun was an Iver Johnson .22 revolver. Trigger was hard, and the trigger movement was long. Sights were terrible, and the grips didn't fit my hands. This was in the 1950's, and the market of aftermarket accessories was in it's infancy.

Yet, after a few months practice, I was pretty good with that gun in the field.

Today, such a gun is somehow beneath many shooters. They expect Cadillac performance on a Yugo budget, and will kick, fuss, and whine until they get it. Today is the Golden Age of firearms. Our choices have never been greater, prices are easily less than the "classics" when adjusted for inflation, and quality has improved tremendously.

With the political climate and leadership, we may get to see just how expensive ownership may become. Should the Draconian, and ignorant, restrictions now being bandied about come into being, it won't take long for the gun snobs to be washed away.
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