Originally Posted by dcbiii
Jack, I would be very careful of placing your integrity and the future of your company in the hands of someone with such a sordid past.
I wish all parties the best of luck.
I hear you.
About the sordid past.
Smart Parts - the guns (most notably the new Impulse) were excellent quality. I believe they would do business with him again.
GI Mil Sim - again guns were good quality. They would do business again.
Valken - would do business with Spurlock.
All the Dragon Guns - good reputation - most liked the guns.
Loader problems - nobody knows the answer there - but it was the big boy against the little guy. I liken this to all the electronic patent stuff and the demise of AKA and Bushmasters - nobody blames AKA.
Quest ZR1 - that is where most of this "sordid" talk started.
I have tried to keep a low profile here, but I just today read the post in the news section about counterfeit guns being sold and the "thief" of parts. I thought the post very slanderous and misleading. So I will say what I know of the situation.
Before I was working with Spurlock I was working with Jim Eaton and the same type of fight was going on with Eaton and Chris Cole then as is now happening with Spurlock. Jim was very verbal about finding out who was doing business with Quest and telling them not to do so, saying that Eaton was owed money because Eaton had made the prints and was never been paid for them. He was one pissed off guy!
I was also in Taiwan when the first Zodiac guns were being shipped and was there again a month later. I spent my first week there trying to solve the bore bottoms scratching on the ZR'1's. This because Mike was so concerned that he couldn't move on to my gun, so out of self preservation I was helping Chris Cole. The bolt/spindle wasn't supported at the end of the stroke. Once an additional O-Ring was added the scratching stopped.
The week I went back I heard Mike tell Chris that, even though Mike was not the cause of the problem, he was going to replace all the bolt assemblies at no cost. Mike wanted to keep the goodwill between them.
I also heard many other things that were going on between them that month and from my vantage point I believe that Mike has done everything reasonable - and more - to keep up his end of the bargain.
I'm understand the "where there is smoke there is fire". Still as I see it Mike has been reluctant to say things, and with the hopper, he signed a nondisclosure settlement.
While many/most are hammering Mike, the fact is that most people believe the first thing they hear. The first thing said was usually not Mike saying it.
I too wish all parties the best of luck - this helps no one.