Jeff686 Posted February 1, 2008 Share Posted February 1, 2008 Dear Mr. Keefe, I am active in the shooting sports, a member of the NRA and USPSA, and a viewer of American Rifle TV. Since the main purpose of this letter is to provide feedback on American Rifle TV, let me begin by thanking you for your hard work and dedication to producing professional, high quality episodes. Although sometimes excessively used, the flashy graphics, theme music, and special effects do give the show a nice look and feel. However, I believe there are several improvements that could be made that would significantly increase my enjoyment of the show. My comments are intended for the series as a whole, but I will take specific examples from the January 30th episode 5. 1. Scripts: I tire of the excessively flowery and verbose scripts. It seems that there is an attempt to use impressive (yet vague and meaningless) adjectives and adverbs to add fluff to the commentary. It is beginning to sound more like a romance novel than a gun show. At times, it approaches hyperbole. An example of this was the segment on the Winchester Model 70. I felt like the commentator wanted me to snuggle with the rifle, not shoot it. Additionally, I understood the meaning and message of the alliteration “Rifleman’s Rifle” the first time. I did not need to hear it as many times as I did. 2. Details: I think the biggest shortcoming of many of the segments is the lack of details. Gun owners are, by nature, technically minded people. We appreciate an elegant technical design and understand how form and function interact. Give us more details and explain more about specific parts and features. An example of this was the new trigger on the Model 70. A few minor comments were made about the ‘lever system’ improving the performance of the trigger. I was extremely disappointed when you omitted an explanation and demonstration using the moving model/poster seen on the wall. An additional 30 – 60 seconds of technical explanation would have turned that segment from ordinary to exceptional. 3. Midway Gun Smith: Obviously, Midway USA is a big supporter of the show. Many thanks to them. Sometimes it is not clear if I am watching an advertisement or a show segment, therefore I do not know if the Midway USA Gun Smith footage is technically part of the show. If not, it should be! Increase the length! I would love a recurring segment that shows gun smith techniques and tools. I would not undertake many gunsmith tasks myself, but I really enjoy knowing how they are done. 4. Instructional and Informational: I would enjoy a recurring segment that includes instructional and informational content. Please teach me something. A range of topics could cover things like shooting techniques, equipment selection, reloading, ammunition selection, ballistics, physiology and human factors, range etiquette, and safety. Specific examples could be: barrel twist vs. bullet weight, how to use a rifle sling, cross-eye dominance, shooting positions, moly vs. plated vs. jacketed bullets, point blank range, using a chronograph, wood vs. synthetic stocks. Once again, thank you for your hard work and dedication to the NRA and American Rifleman. I hope you find my feedback constructive. I look forward to future episodes. Sincerely, Jeff686 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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