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Has fanboy behavior ever turned you off a gun or accessory?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by wojownik, Oct 1, 2012.

  1. wojownik

    wojownik Well-Known Member

    Leaving brand names out of it, has the fanboy phenomena ever had a reverse psychology effect on you?

    For example, I've been considering an accessory, but the constant fanboy zealotry for that particular brand X, is actually turning me off. Same with guns - the more some folks are beating down a particular brand of rifle that I happen to own, the more I seem to want to cling to it.

    I really don't want to get into specific brands - rather just interested in the social phenomena of fanboy-ism and how it impacts peoples' buying (or even "keeping") decisions, if at all.
  2. Nathanael_Greene

    Nathanael_Greene Well-Known Member

    Yes, I'm that kind of contrarian.
  3. jimmyraythomason

    jimmyraythomason Well-Known Member

    ARs and Glocks have suffered due to the antics of fan boys. I dislike them for many reasons but one of the biggest is that you cannot post a thread about Ruger Minis or any other semi-auto rifle without AR fan boys hijacking it. Same with Glocks but not quite as bad. Sorry there is no way to address this without naming names.
  4. BurntPizza

    BurntPizza Member

    There are a few guns that I don't have an urge to buy because of the obsession some people have with them. Not to say there is no way I would purchase one but I currently have no urge to.
  5. wojownik

    wojownik Well-Known Member

    LOL - jimmyray - your signature line seems to address part of the equation :p
  6. David E

    David E Well-Known Member

    It's short sighted and immature to disregard a brand based on "Fanboy-ism"

    It's good or it's not. It fits you or not.

    While I may be baffled why some people have great fervor over this or that, I'm smart enough to reach my own conclusion.

    I bet most other folks are, too.
  7. jimmyraythomason

    jimmyraythomason Well-Known Member

    Well at almost 60 years of age(next birthday April 13th) and over 40 years of shooting,collecting and even being a licensed dealer I think the immature and short sighted part has been ruled out. I got my first AR 20 years ago simply because I wanted one. Never did find out what the big deal was. Have no desire for a 1911 preferring d/a semi-auto handguns. I believe everyone should get what they like for whatever reason they like but I also believe fan boys should acknowledge that their choice isn't everyone's choice and that those who don't share their choice aren't some kind of immature,short sighted neophyte who just doesn't know any better ;).
  8. Captcurt

    Captcurt Well-Known Member

    You like blondes. He likes redheads. I like them all. Everyone is entitled to their own opinions. But it sure is hard to put up with a know-it-all. Fleetwood Mac said it best, "Go your own way."
  9. HoosierQ

    HoosierQ Well-Known Member

    Hate the fanboy...not the product of which he is a fan!

    Fanboys are very prominant around some very popular and more importantly capable firearms. I do not consider myself a fanboy of any such products. I have some of the obvious ones because of what those products are good at...fanboy haters can just deal with it.

    I will refrain from names here. But I own two very popular fanboy firearms, and I shy away from two others...all 4 on the merits of the platform itself as I see things.

    There are also some fanboy items that I have yet to avail myself to that I hope to someday but because of practical reasons, I have not yet done so.

    Conversely, I have been in the camp of the fanboy on a platform or two and found myself disillusioned...and decamped.

    There are still others that, for whatever reason, have never captivated my interest. I am sure I am missing out...but I won't miss them.

    So no, the fanboys can do or say whatever they want, if I like what they tout, I will have one. If I don't, I won't.
  10. David E

    David E Well-Known Member

    I agree that some fanboys think you're stupid if you don't acknowledge their item is the best ever, which always gives me a chuckle.

    Once, someone posted "Glocks are the best!" I simply asked what brought him to that conclusion. I expected a list of reasons why he thought "Glocks rule," but his first response accused me of never having shot, never owned a gun, etc.

    My point is, I won't let a fanboy or hater keep me from evaluating something myself, then making my own decision from there.
    Last edited: Oct 1, 2012
  11. ny32182

    ny32182 Well-Known Member

    If you:

    -care what a "fanboy" (or anti fanboy) thinks
    -and define "fanboy" as someone who making his assessment based on factors other than performance

    ...then you and the fanboy are basically one in the same; emotionally driven creatures.

    Personally I only care about performance and my own tastes, and not what random people on the internet might think about it.
  12. The Lone Haranguer

    The Lone Haranguer Well-Known Member

    No. I buy what I want.
  13. holdencm9

    holdencm9 Well-Known Member

    I think the issue with fanboyism has nothing to do with the equipment itself, it is just that people don't want to be associated with that group. Although it is certainly a tiny percentage of perfection owners that do it, they really soured me on the perfect brand. I highly doubt I would own a perfect gun anyway, regardless of the fan-base, because although I shoot them well (not perfect though) they are just too generic, common, and blocky, and I feel like they are the go-to gun for people that don't care to do much research. Which is fine. They are a very safe bet. My issue is when someone got told by a friend that it is perfect, don't bother looking at anything else, so they buy it, like it (although they have no other real basis for comparison) and then vehemently defend it against any and all attacks, and blatantly bring it up in threads where it isn't even mentioned or called for.

    Of course not everyone is this way. If you tried dozens of guns and the perfect guns fit you better than the rest, more power to you! And I will never really bash the perfection brand, since I know they earned their rep, but if people are asking about which gun to get, I will just say, try one out, see if you like it, but there are several other options that are equally as perfect.

    How's that for keeping brands out of it? :)
  14. chhodge69

    chhodge69 Well-Known Member

    I tread more cautiously when there is a lot of hype around a certain item or class of items but ultimately I make my own decision.

    I WILL avoid a product for the opposite phenomena: brand bashing. No matter how good your specimen of brand X is you'll have trouble selling it if everyone is hating on the manufacturer.
  15. oneounceload

    oneounceload member

    I agree, except for me it is Ruger - had enough bad experiences with a variety of their products -but go explaining that, and everyone wants you censored and silenced
  16. Reloadron

    Reloadron Well-Known Member


    When I plan to buy a gun or accessory I do homework and read reviews. I try to make educated and well informed decisions.

  17. twofifty

    twofifty Well-Known Member

    Despite the widely held beliefs of our consumption-driven society and its fanboys, none of us are what we buy. A few men understand that from the get-go, for others it takes longer.
  18. Buck13

    Buck13 Well-Known Member

    I've been turned off to Glocks by the attention they receive. Last time I was in a big used gun shop, I decided to ignore my prejudice and take a look at one. I picked it up and immediately put it down. The shape of the grip just felt weird to me.

    Despite that, I'll probably shoot one soon. I want to try a 10mm, and the only Seattle metro range that rents a 10mm has only a Glock, AFAIK. I'll have to shoot the 9mm Glock as a baseline, I guess, also too.
  19. allaroundhunter

    allaroundhunter Well-Known Member

  20. coolluke01

    coolluke01 Well-Known Member

    I feel anti fanboy "fanboys" are a bigger turn off. It makes it hard to listen to them when all they do is bash people for being fanboys. I like what I like. If I didn't like it I wouldn't own it!
    I guess I'm now part of the anti "anti fanboy, fanboy" club.

    Appreciation of something comes from use and experience. It may be subjective and unfounded, but it's what they like. Calling them a brainless fanboy is far more ignorant and stupid. You don't know how that person came to the conclusion they did. There are very few fixed truths in this world, and even fewer apply to the world of guns. With the exception of Glock > 1911. lol ;-)

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