In addition to it being Field & Stream policy, here’s why I don’t disclose the names of companies whose stuff gives me trouble.

First, when it comes to equipment of all sorts, I’m a Jonah. I’ve had so much different stuff fail, at all price levels, over so many years, that I have to admit I’m cursed and accept the fact. A small example:

The late George Herron, who is now in the Knifemakers’ Guild Hall of Fame and who was as careful a craftsman as ever stepped up to a grinder, made 2,000 knives over a 30-year career. Of that number, the edges failed on two. Guess who got one of them.

Second, because of the nature of the Internet, whatever you write is bound to be distorted and go ricocheting around cyberspace where it will live forever. Thus, if I wrote that so-and-so’s MSR failed to extract and that I had to pull out a live round with a pliers, in two days I would read that the rifle had blown up and that I was carried from the range minus my left eye and brains leaking from a quarter-sized hole in my skull. You have to be aware that you can do a lot of unintended damage to companies’ reputations if you’re not careful.

Third is the acceptance of the fact that with guns, as with anything else, you have to live with a certain degree of imperfection. Take, for example, Perazzi springs. Perazzi, in some of its shotguns, uses flat springs instead of coil springs to power the hammers. The advantage to the flat spring is, it gives faster lock time than the coil, and unlike the coil, which loses strength over the years, the flat spring maintains its punch right up until the day it breaks.

This is the point at which you leap to your feet and bellow: “You mean I’m paying $11,000 [which is around what they cost] for a trap gun and the springs are going to break? Are you crazy?”

Well, yes, and so are a great many other shooters who use Perazzis and swear by them. Because spring breakage is a possibility, many Perazzi shooters, myself included, carry a spare trigger group, which can be changed in seconds, and/or spare springs and the little lever that you use to install them. I have two Perazzis. One is a sporting clays gun that I bought used in the early 90s. It had already seen a pretty fair amount of use and broke a spring after a couple of years in my hands. The other is a trap gun that I got new in 1985, have shot the daylights out of it, and nothing has ever broken.

If, when you put a Perazzi away you uncock it (and do this correctly) and don’t slam the trigger assembly back into the gun when you take it out (This can create stress risers in the springs.) the odds are you’ll go a long, long time before a spring breaks. If it ever does. So, if I have an extractor malfunction in an MSR, I won’t call down public curses on the company that made the rifle. I’ll send it back, and get it fixed, and find out what went wrong, and let it go at that. I have no doubt that after the extractor is cured, it will turn out to be a terrific rifle.