Weary of the reviewer cynics

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    ClearedHot
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    Pardon me while I grimace here, or something even more demonstrative. With all due respect without singling anyone out, I get so weary of all the cynics here and elsewhere that seem to imply that ANYONE that is compensated for their reviews is automatically suspect or should probably be dismissed outright. It’s an insult to both my intelligence and YOURS and of the hard, careful work required for those reviewers/ videographers to do these well and in way that is both entertaining and informative and reasonably subjective. Are there a few sponsored reviewers out there where their sponsored/compensated reviews virtaully never find fault with their product lines? Sure! But over time those few with only a modicum of simple scrutiny by the viewers are exposed. Most of us have enough sense to look to other reviews and user’s realtime experience to make our own conclusions. 

    As just one of many examples seen, I was so pleased to see a new video by Ted and merely commented on how much I liked it as well as the new MTC scope he was using. It looks like it has a lot of potential for my needs. Ted didn’t even review the scope. Rather, he just pointed out some of feature set emphasizing the gear reduction turret which really appeals to me. 

    The first follow up poster felt the need to REMIND me and all of YOU once again that Ted is compensated and to beware. Oh, P-L-E-A-S-E… Spare me!! How many times MUST WE ALL have to ENDURE this “DERSION seemingly on autopilot from too many?”  And, it begs the question, where does it come from? Jealousy? Maybe. Then again, I wonder if it’s genesis is the pervasive mentality by some that ALL corporations are bad and Capitalism is inherently evil? Fortunately, that mentality and the policies put forward might have been put in abeyance somewhat from this last election. But seriously, are we all such mind-numbed robots incapable of critical thinking or lacking the intellect to prosecute further inquiry on our own? If you have a problem with Ted or any other reviewer, why not take it up with them personally rather then disparaging their name all over the Net and their efforts directly or indirectly implying there is something nefarious going on just because one gets compensated for their efforts. 

    Look, I don’t know Ted or any other of the top of the tier reviewers out there, but I suspect he is hardly getting rich at whatever compensation he might receive, nor to do I care. God bless him for whatever he receives. I truly believe he does these because of the sheer joy this sport has afforded him, the measure of success he has had and the fact that as a teacher he enjoys sharing his knowledge with other enthusiasts. In short, it’s mostly fun for him and it shows!  And when it stops being fun or has other demands on his time these videos all but cease as evidenced by his own words and actions back when he first reviewed the Impact. For you blind cynics out there, if he was such a corporate shill and so damn well compensated, then why haven’t we seen a plethora of videos from him in recent times? 

    And so many of you seem to forget how much his contributions have brought us. Countless really, but the revision of that first Bobcat’s stock done by FX at his and other’s behest completely redesigned ergonomically was quite extraordinary. It’s a fabulous platform now! 

    So, to all you naysayers cut us some slack. We’re not all stupid nor do we necessarily have to labor under your world view.  

    Rock 

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    Tominco
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    You just got a + from me! Very well stated (much better than I could have done!). 
    Tom

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    Kitplanenut
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    Well said! I’m with you 100%. Good for Ted if he can get paid, but I suspect he doesn’t make enough to cover his airgun addiction. 

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    CampFussell
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    Accuracy points coming your way brother! Well said!

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    bowwild
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    I agree with those sentiments as well.  I always check out multiple reviews when they are available, video and text.  I can discern if there are variations between the reviews and then decide what MY take away will be.

    I don’t know any of the reviewers but I sure like the reviews by Mr. Holdover (I know, nickname) and that Chapman fellow. Others as well.    

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    iride
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    I think I agree. Ted has been cut off AOA and the FX payroll and I do expect him to expand his air guns a little.
    I hope you do not think his FX impact came off the assembly line that everyone else’s came off, 
    He got a blue printed gun to start with,
    Mike

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    Ziabeam
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    “iride”……I hope you do not think his (Ted’s) FX impact came off the assembly line that everyone else’s came off,
    He got a blue printed gun to start with,
    Mike

     

    
Is this fact or opinion ????
     

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    Jonah
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    I’m with Clearedhot.  Great write up.  Wish I could have said it that well.
    Ted, keep them coming.  I’ve enjoyed every one of your videos.

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    Erik
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    It’s fact. He got a handbuilt gun tuned by the Big Guy made entirely for EBR. We get mass produced guns with poor quality Control

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    Goodtogo
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    I read it on the internet so it must be so? ;) And its been said that Martin tests every RAW rifle that is sent out?(which I believe) And the “Big Guy” was also shooting in that match? Who tuned his rifle? So how many think they could take the top 5 rifles from EBR and finish in the top 5?

    I’ll vote first…………….Not me

    Nice thread ClearedHot.

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    russinbaja
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    ClearedHot, Nicely done.

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    Kitplanenut
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    In 2015 FX brought a couple of pre-production Impacts to EBR to show and compete with. I don’t know about them being (blue printed) and I don’t think there was an assembly line at the time for them to come off. They were just Impacts. If you look at the EBR 2015 results there are two Impacts that finished 12th and 13th in the pro extreme. After EBR Ted and Tom ended up with  Impacts. Tom can jump in and tell me if I’m wrong. Ted took that gun and customized and learned and tuned it and came back and won the EBR Extreme this year. Assuming its the same gun. I don’t believe the gun was any better or special then any other Impact coming off the line. It was Ted’s ability, time invested, understanding of the gun and PRACTICE that allowed him to win EBR. And Erick, Your statement of ( We get mass produced guns with poor quality control ) I respectfully disagree with. There is nothing poor quality about my Impact. And the Impacts at 2015 EBR. I was there and handled them and talked with Fredrick about them. 

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    CampFussell
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    Kitplanenut
    Well said my man!     ” It was Ted’s ability, time invested, understanding of the gun and PRACTICE that allowed him to win EBR.”
    That’s it a nut shell!

    I bought a very expensive Thomas FT rifle and although it has improved my personal FT scores drastically, I would be crazy to think I could compete with the top shooters at our club unless I invested the time to practice, practice, practice!!!!! But in reality I just don’t think I have the ability. So most of the time, it’s not the gun, it’s the shooter!

    Ted is one heck of a marksman and one heck of an ambassador to our sport!

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    Sam63
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    ClearedHot well put. Excellent post. 
     

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    “Erik”It’s fact. He got a handbuilt gun tuned by the Big Guy made entirely for EBR. We get mass produced guns with poor quality Control

    I suggest you read the title of this thread again.
     

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    Erik
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    There is a difference between poor quality and poor quality control.

    But no doubt I will find out for myself, I get mine next week.

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    Erik
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    SPC-Racing

    I suggest you read the title of this thread again.
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    I was answering Ziabeam, not the OP

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    iride
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    “Ziabeam”

    “iride”……I hope you do not think his (Ted’s) FX impact came off the assembly line that everyone else’s came off,
    He got a blue printed gun to start with,
    Mike

     

    
Is this fact or opinion ????
       
    Just ask him, He will tell you that it was built just for him,  Its a fact
     

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    Kev
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    Yes, some top  AG reviewers produce little more than ads, but when I bought my last pickup truck  you better believe I watched all the commercial videos on it I could find.  I appreciate the time and effort it takes to produce AG reviews whether it’s from South Africa or somebody’s garage in New Jersey.  They all have a common theme which is a passion for the diverse universe of Airguns.  Isn’t that what this forum is about?!

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    Regarval
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    I personally don’t believe everything I hear from a gun reviewer, specially those that didn’t pay for it or didnt get it from a big batch like everybody else. I do believe some reviewers got a cherry picked gun, that’s for sure, I don’t know if Ed got one of those or not, I don’t really care! I do really enjoy his videos and he always makes laugh with his silliness :) I got my Impact not bc of him of someone else, I got it bc of the idea behind it was wonderful, I knew from the beginning about the problems with some of the guns but I still pulled the trigger, knowing I could return it if I got a lemon, fortunately I got a good one and I’m very happy with it.
    I do believe the EBR is a FX showcase, good for them! It’s a really cool shooting event, hopefully ill make it next year, but I’ll definitely bring my Cricket for sure! ;)

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