In fact he tried to sue AKA about the Merlin and the judge dissmissed the case because they had _no_ patent, _no_ trademark, _no_ copyright, _no_ trade dress. Then Bud went and got the trademark on his name, Jeff's, Autococker(tm) and 'Cocker(tm). That's exacly what they actually have. I repeat, NO PATENT, NOT SIMILAR NAME.
Have you went and seen the AM Illusion? IT'S A PUMP!!! It's not even close to an Autococker. And the Sniper was an improvement of the Sheridan. Only the bolt back of the Illusion is similar in appearance with the AC. But so is the Omen.
Go read at http://www.network54.com/Forum/messa...eid=1087019210
Now, I want an intelligent reply. The rest are not the ones that will avoid that this sports became a three or four big marketoid driven market.
Regarding that it was probably K2 and not Bud's decision. It's the first thing he must agree when selling the company. It's actually playing with his name and image. In my view if he's a responsible adult the moment he gives those powers to Marketing and Legal at Big Company he's still responsible for what they do in his name.
Regarding not caring. Some people doesn't care. Ok, just don't care. When you can only choose between a Shocker 06 at $1800, a Matrix 07 at $2000 and an E-Cocker at $1900 and NO OTHER OPTION IN THIS INDUSTRY. Then you'll care. It's just like the consumer interest groups. You think you don't care. But it's a vocal few that keep business straight.