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Old 10-26-2015, 07:23 AM   #1
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Not all gunsmithing resources are created equal

There are a plethora of choices for anyone interested in gunsmithing topics. From books, to magazines, to YouTube, to DVDs, to internet. Never has so much information been disseminated to so many by so few.

Quality of presentation and bottom line real value cover the whole spectrum from great to p**s poor. It is a great experience to be on the receiving end of the first; not so much on the second.

So, in my search for professional gunsmithing information, I happened to purchase a DVD titled, "Action Blue Printing DVD" from a professional who has a presence on the internet. The cost was what I consider premium, but thought that the quality of the presentation would also be on par with the reputation of the person making the offer. I was wrong to make this assumption. This was only my first mistake.

It is unfortunate that this highly regarded and highly knowledgeable person is hawking self-published DVDs with (20) year old content, of inferior editorial quality. I will not critique this offering here. Lets just say it is painful to watch.

When the unsuspecting customer realizes this and asks for a refund, Mr. GT gives a smug, wise a*s response and declines. GOTCHA!

He readily admitted via email, that these are not a "Hollywood presentation". What an understatement! What they are is an example of someone who would not invest in making a professional quality presentation, buts wants to sell a poor amateur effort for a premium price.

In a world where reputation is everything, I thought this individual would readily refund any customer, unhappy with his work. This was my second mistake.

His minions may rush to defend such unprofessional and perhaps greedy behavior, but it does not change the facts.

He lost any chance of obtaining my business and the wise consumer may wish to consider this experience when seeking rifle components, tools, and DVDs.

This post is without malice but it is not without disgust.

Trust this post does offend the delicate sensibilities of fellow forum users.
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Old 10-26-2015, 09:57 AM   #2
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I have never heard of this person, but then again I am not now, nor ever planning to, action blueprint a firearm.

I do know that, thanks to you, should I see anything else with his moniker on it that strikes my interest, I will pass on it.

(And yeah, at the $80 plus bucks I saw it advertised at, I would expect a quality presentation!)
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you'd be far better off taking or buying an armourer's book and READ THE THING
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Old 10-26-2015, 02:35 PM   #4
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This type of thing isn't limited to gunsmithing or little known folks. I once bought a tape by a NAME in the world of precision shooting. I found out why it was on sale.
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Some folks shouldn't be allowed near a typewriter or given a pencil and a Big Chief pad. Ed MCGivern fell into that category IMO. His book _Fast and Fancy Revolver shooting_ was the worst piece ever published. Yes, it contained lots of his knowledge gained over the years, but the prose was terrible.
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Not everyone can write, not everyone can teach.
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Not everyone can write, not everyone can teach.
Say for you easy that is...
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Almost sounds like something Yoda would say, Kevin.
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t-star...If you can provide specific titles and authors, that would be appreciated.
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Not everyone can write, not everyone can teach.

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All skills can be taught including writing and teaching or for that matter, shooting, firearm safety, gunsmithing and so on. (It is the critical thinking that can be problematic.)

In this case, I don't think that is the problem. It is apparent the man has firearms knowledge and skills. I can only deduce, he didn't want to invest the time and money to produce a professional grade DVD product.

He seems more than willing though, to dupe the trusting buyer and charge an aggressive price for what clearly is an inferior product.

This trait and his subsequent unwillingness to refund a discriminating customer who calls him on it, is the reason for the initial post. This and the desire to inform others of similar interests, who may be looking to invest in such resources.

What I contemplate is...Mr. GT produces and sells components for rifle action alterations. Does he take the same unprofessional business approach to this other side of his business?

Reflecting further on this rhetorical question...

This Colorado resident filters all comments on his YouTube videos so there will never be any negative posting. His website is likewise.

I find this telling on many levels.
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All skills can be taught including writing and teaching or for that matter, shooting, firearm safety, gunsmithing and so on. (It is the critical thinking that can be problematic.) >>>>>
They can be taught but that doesn't necessarily mean they can be received. There is more to teaching, writing, shooting, etc., than mechanics.
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I think the ability to teach and write well require critical thinking skills.
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Dean was a strong believer in "critical thinking." He and Charlie can write for sure. I've got Charlie's "Miami Shootout" piece around here somewhere. Loved to read a fellow Texican's work, but Skeeter has been gone close to 20 years.
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