As promised earlier this week, I put together a video of my experience at Remington with the people who work there these days. If you are pressed for time, don’t bother with the 20 minutes or so that I am waxing way too long about what in essence was a simple message. We have all had very little hope for a very long time that Remington would turn around and be a productive and useful member of our community again. From what I saw, I think that has changed, and I am willing to be a very controversial cheerleader for seeing that happen.
When I was invited to Remington, I initially planned to use it for a fun attack. As most of you know, I’m kind of a jerk, and I’ve tried to commit myself to using less swear words, so I’m not going to say what I really am. If you care to watch the video, I explain the story of how my perspective changed, and why I genuinely think that though the RP9 is not a great design, at the pricepoint it is acceptable. We all wish that it was better, especially from Remington, but my goal in the followup review was to just give Remington a fair shake, and represent the gun in a valid light.
I am quite sure that the comments to this will roll in mostly on the negative side, but tens of thousands of you will read/watch it without commenting, and I know that you all get it. Unfortunately our educational system has created a climate of anti-capitalism that has spilled into our gun world. And because most of them are un or underemployed, they tend to be the people who need to feel valuable by commenting, and I don’t have to worry about offending them, because few of them would read this far, or even three sentences into a paragraph.
The worst thing so far on this whole deal has been the Youtuber who I criticized in my followup review. Rather than address the specific point that I made, and even numbered, he went into the Youtube comments and attacked me personally. As if my employees needed to tell him that I was unbalanced lol. It’s a left wing 101 kind of tactic, but not surprising, because as I said, he had no interest in sending the gun that he had problems with back to Remington so that they could see if perhaps there had been an errant process in the manufacturing. It would have been the decent thing to do, because in the gun industry we are a very small family, and we tend to try to have each other’s backs, even when we screw up. He also claimed that his ammo was not reloads, but he was shooting white box Freedom Munitions, which is generally “Remanufactured.” It was a great marketing idea for Freedom, and the stuff is generally flawless, but reloads are reloads, regardless of what you call them, and reloads are far more likely to have a blip than new manufacture.
Now he’s done a video defending himself that he isn’t pimping ammo, because his trolls are also anti-capitalist. I, nor anyone else here, ever said that Freedom Munitions was not good ammo, or that them sending in ammo for reviews was a bad thing. Almost all of our ammo is “donated” as he calls it as well. And Freedom Munitions not only sends us ammo, they are an advertiser here.
My point was that when you do a negative review that will go out to a lot of people, you have a duty of sorts to make sure you tell the whole story. Remington especially has been viciously attacked by the left wing anti-gunners, and as I recently explained, it is impossible that the 700 has endemic problems with the trigger system. People lie. Money is always the goal, and the anti-gunners have lapped up every attack on Remington that came along for decades. I would never say pad the truth, as he and the useless masses seem to think I said. But tell the whole story, and the story is that the gun is big and ugly, but it runs.