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Well, I was about to grab my torch and go after Ol’ Rick, but you know what? He DOES comment on some of the cons. You just have to listen carefully as he doesn’t like to dwell on them or really call a lot of attention to them.
When he says something like: “It’s not a competition rifle…” it means you have to carefully look at his groups, and assume they are the best that gun can put out after break-in and cherry-picking the best one of the day.
When he says: “It’s a little on the heavy side, but ….” Look at the weight spec, and compare it to guns you have; think about how they feel to hold up.
Despite all that, production quality seems to trump a lot of more genuine content on YouTube: the fancier it looks and sounds, the more views.
Now, back to the original question. Time will tell, but I don’t think so. It might be a fad that is popular for a few years, then disappear. (again) To me, in 90% of the cases, for a repeater to be genuinely useful for follow-up shots, it has to be semi-automatic. Otherwise, they’re just not going to be fast or unobtrusive enough, except on really distant unwary game. For any other type of shooting, a slow repeater that requires a lot of arm-waving doesn’t buy us much.