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Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: Butler County - 2D ; Camp - 2F
Who's still on top of their game in 2014?
I was thinking about something lately. Never before have hunters and shooters had so many options as far as firearms go. You can't even walk into a gun shop nowadays and narrow the next purchase down to one choice.......it's probably 3 or 4. BUT, it occurred to me that a lot more opinions are floating around than ever before as well. It seems some gun manufacturers may be slipping on quality control and innovation, while others are just as good if not better than they've been in past years or decades. I think this is an interesting and maybe somewhat important topic that I haven't seen discussed in any depth. Sure, there are a few comments and opinions thrown around like I said, but without any real basis for those comments other than just being a fanboy of a certain make. But that's OK because everyone has their favorites for good reasons, just elaborate why. I want to know what everyone likes and really dislike nowadays? For the older fellas, have you noticed changes from your 30+ year old model to the identical new models of a given make? Recent purchases that you're really happy with? Recent purchases that you wish you didn't make? So, who in your opinion is still churning out really nice weapons and who do you wish would pick up their slack a little bit more? This isn't meant to bash any manufacturer whatsoever, but the quality of a gun shouldn't be compromised past a certain extent. And I'm not necessarily talking about the custom jobs that may run a hunter $1,500+ for a rig, nor am I talking about the Saturday night specials where a 9mm or .45 can be bought for $150. I'm looking for posts about the run of the mill factory production rifles, shotguns, semi-auto handguns, revolvers, and muzzleloaders that the average Joe hunter/shooter goes for.
I myself have various rifles, shotguns, and handguns made by Savage, Ruger, Remington, Thompson/Center, Marlin, and Winchester. I'm overall pleased with all of them. Yet, some I think are made with higher quality than the others. Some are new and some are old
Again, not bashing ANY manufacturer out there. The only point of this post is to rant about who you think is doing well and who is struggling. DOMESTIC OR FOREIGN MANUFACTURERS....
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