Books. Bikes. Boomsticks.
"What fresh hell is this?"
"Overall, I was impressed with the Taurus 709 Slim, especially given its price point."
Except that I couldn't find the actual price point anywhere in his writeup. Did I miss it?
Click on the "Taurua 709" link at the top of the column.
Yes, you kid - you really meant G&A, didn't you?(Hey, shouldn't you be shoveling a sidewalk??)
"Overall" twice to start a paragraph? Is that the new "all in all"? If so, he's a shoe-in for any of the hard-copy gun rags. The only thing he missed was telling us about "acceptable combat accuracy", although "accurate as I can be" is a clever do on the overused "if I do my part".Gads. May someday there be an original gun writer...like the excellent one here at VFTP. The reason discerning readers don't buy 'mainstream' gun rags anymore: the premium writing is on certain blogs, like this one.
I liked the review, actually. And you'll note that the required facts are there between the lines if you know where to look, but not in a way that would piss off an advertiser.Robb's a funny guy, and it's good to see some new faces doing gunwriting.Besides, you wouldn't want to see what my columns look like before the editor gets to them.
Heh. Poor Robb...
Tam brings the grade A snark...LOL!
He didn't even find time to make fun of its toot-sweet folded Oragami looks?? Incroyable! ;-)
Oldie but goodie"How gun magazines write articles"http://theoxrant.blogspot.com/2006/05/how-gun-magazines-write-articles.html
Well, the site the review is on is Guns for Sale. Kind of hard to sell something you yourself don't like. ;)
True, there was a word misuse and a grammatical error. But the lack of spell check word substitutions and buzzwords concerns me.We need to see some"venerable 1911"s and so forth before this youngster is ready.
staghounds,"We need to see some"venerable 1911"s..."It is my understanding that all versions of MS Word after Word 2001 will automatically insert "venerable" before "1911".
Advertisers. You have explained an important component of which I was unaware. Thank you.In the new light, yes it is a well done piece. Thanks for sharing.I apologize for any offense.
There's always more than one advertiser. I didn't read anything about using the preferred advertisers cartridges, holsters, tactical lights.Perhaps an addition - The Taurus failed to fire twice, but after switching to MaxBooms 124.357 grain double hollowpoint rounds the pistol functioned acceptably. What I at first took to be unfinished tooling marks on the frame turned out to be light indexing points for properly orienting a LightningBug 600 lumen tactical light in the style taught at ThunderSight Academy.The Taurus fit well in my Sparky McBean deep cover pancake viper slide polymer kydex level 3 holster. The Slim line pistol hardly printed at all under my winter weight bomber jacket commonly used during New Hampshire summers.
Thanks for the kind snark ;)I'm new to the realm of gun-reviews (i.e. that's my first one ever). English isn't my first language. I'm not sure what my first language is as I'm from the South and say things like "I'm fixin' to go to the store. Y'unto?"Overall, I honestly did like the Taurus. Truthfully, I was expecting a lot less out of it. As for the FTF's / Slidelock issue, I believe they both stem from the mag followers not moving easily enough. That could be spring issues or possibly the metal being too tight and not allowing the follower the freedom to move forward.But even for its slim size, it was more comfortable to shoot than I expected. I was thinking P3AT 'oh God please let a stray round find my think-box before I have to shoot this thing again' kind of discomfort, but it was non-tiring.I was not fond of the trigger break being somewhere behind my elbow, however when I shoot guns, I don't judge them based on what I personally want because I tend to be picky and unreasonable. Instead, I look more for consistency as if you shoot something long enough, you get used to how it functions.I should have mentioned that those two FTF's came within the first 50 shots. Total was about 180 shots for the day.
Robb,You know I'm teasing; like I said in comments, I thought it was well-done.Besides, you're a lot more experienced a gun reviewer than I am now. :D
Oh, I know you're teasing. Even if you weren't I don't think it'd matter since you can't hurt feelings I don't possess.I was worried about the pistol being a, to borrow a Tam-phrase, pulsating ball of suck because I pride myself on at least being honest. I had issues with the pistol, and I wrote them up. The last thing I want to do is end up being untrustworthy where people think I'm a paid shill. Lord knows I didn't have a lot of nice things to say about my Para at first (3 trips to the shop in as many weeks was a little excessive).I *DO* ask however that people give me honest appraisals about what they think of the articles, what information they would like to see, etc. Because a better writer = more writing gigs = more toys to play with.I admit, I do it for ME!Captcha - reada - as in, I love all my readas!
So with this particular gun review, would it be damning with faint praise, or praising with faint damnation? ;-)I guess it depends on whether you aspire to write someday for G&A, Gun Reports, American Handgunner, American Rifleman, etc. WV: "auffu" - Salutation offered to gun review critics!
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