Originally Posted by dallascj
How exactly does Taurus build knock-offs using tooling provided to them by the manufacturers in question? The S&W tooling came from them when they partnered with Taurus to begin manufacturing S&W's there, but later backed out of the deal. If I buy a GM plant and begin producing cars with the tooling I bought, are those cars knock-offs?
Yes, they are knock-offs. Same tooling
doesn't = same product. Since there's about a thousand other factors that go into the manufacturing (material quality and skilled craftsman come to mind just a bit.
) of a specific product, there's no way they could ever be the same.
I'm not saying that "knock-offs" are necessarily bad. Ruger pulled a historically mysterious move in the production of the .44 Magnum. Smith and Wesson (Elmer Keith) already had a prototype of the model 29 and had been developing cartridges of .44 magnum power/pressures for years (time-lines often conflict) before Bill Ruger had begun experimentation, yet Ruger managed to release the first .44 magnum pistol available to consumers.
Was that a knock-off. Some say no
, I say YES.
You ever want some great reading check out "Sixguns"
by Elmer Keith
. Awesome history book.