Well said moxy
This is one of the only places you get honest reviews
I have never read a bad one in an air gun magazine
And you won't!! Has anybody ever read a negative review in any gun mag??
Even the hatsan crap gets rave reviews.
No they don't. You have to learn to read what is written - they won't say "this is rubbish", they will say "suitable for back garden plinking" - what ISN'T written is as powerful as what is. If it doesn't say it is good for long range Rocky Mountain Elk shooting - then it isn't......diplomacy is used, but if you actually READ the reports in Airgun Shooter, they do point out the pitfalls or where things can be improved. Nigel actually had a rifle tuned, a cheap rifle, and it was smoothed out and performed incredibly well. i shot it and couldn't believe how it had been transformed.
So many of these negative comments are made by folks who think nothing of having to spend £000s on a small hatchback to make it go and stop properly....but they aren't rubbish cars at the outset are they! The way the magazines work is, if something is THAT bad, they won't review it at all - if you don't see a review on a particular rifle, steer well clear!
So sponsorship and advertising money dont play a big part in the mags then
I have had a time where i skimmed through a mag or two, but im guessing that my ignorance and lack of intelligence didnt enable me to READ the reviews or the articles and i only managed to look at the pictures. But that was a long while ago and there isnt a chance im now going to be paying to look through a catalogue.
Just to make this clear, im not having a pop at any magazine in particular, they have their place but not for me.
Also to add im having a little pop at a certain manufacturer for my own reasons and these are my own opinions, however, you can only polish a turd so much.
Back to my earlier post which you failed to include in your quote of highlight in red, or you simply just didnt READ,
"There's nothing wrong with negative opinions. Without them you don't get a true review.."