Originally Posted by TekGreg
You have to do research. Research written by experts in the field, or peer reviewed sources. YouTube is a social site where any idiot with an opinion and a video phone can vomit his opinion onto the public. FaceBook, MySpace and Twitter are not "expert" sources. Wikipedia is not a vetted source, just a different kind of social site, unless using the "Cited" sources at the bottom and they can be validated. Since the quality of writers has dropped precipitously in recent years, magazines and newspapers are no longer credible sources. You need to find someone with accurate data that has researched the subject extensively. Libraries and book stores generally stock huge volumes (500+ pages) that have data and history, but you have to buy or rent the book and actually READ it! The difference being that you yourself will become so well-versed on the subject that others will consider you an expert!
Remember the Internet Credibility Rule: if its on the Internet, it's NOT credible!
People are really lazy...maybe to lazy to take some time and learn everything they need to know about the weapon they are using.Frankly speaking...I am not no a big fan of literature and books...I do prefer to learn things directly on the field- by keeping my mouth shut and listening to someone who know MUCH MORE THAN ME-better if he has used it in service/on the field(I usually buy military rifles only)!!!!I have paid particular attention each time I handled a new/unknown rifle, I've learn to use the rifle by listening to the vets, shooting, stripping the rifle thousands of times and well...even by reading some books.
A firearms can be a great thing, if you know what you're using and use it properly.