I certainly don't consider myself an expert in this whole area but I am fairly well versed on a lot of it having much training and background.
I recently did a Google search on an old S&W Victory revolver I have, they are a very well documented gun and I have read a lot about them. I was shocked by the misinformation that was out there by people claiming to be 'experts' of course I also found correct history and information from other trusted sources but the point I want to make is be careful where you get information from. People will claim to be a master gunsmith, NRA instructor, military expert etc. but you don't know for sure. Even on forums one person will state something wrong and many times almost everyone else will confirm their statements even if they don't know because they want to appear knowledgeable. I want to be quick to point out I am not referring to anyone I have read on these blog pages but more on general internet searches.
The gun craze has made a lot of armchair experts and this can be dangerous because they read bad information then give their own interpretation and spout it as fact.
I will give an example which comes to mind.
A long range target shooter will bad mouth a certain gun and say it is inaccurate and shoots all over the place (meaning he can't cover his shots at 100 yards with a quarter) Others will agree and spread the word that the gun is a piece of junk and can't be trusted and someone will read this and go overspend on another gun when in fact the gun in question may put all shots in a 4" circle at 100 yards, while maybe it's not a good competition gun it may be a perfect battle rifle.
The trouble is there is so much technology out there in the gun world you have to sort out the hype from whats real, go with what you know and have tried or experienced and put it together with trusted sources. As a side note there are many good and smart gun store employees however there are just as many who are idiots just trying to make a sale.
I am sure this is old hat to many of you but we need to be reminded sometimes.
Oh well that is my rant for the day.