This month’s American Handgunner 2011 Annual (is it that time already?) has a feature by gun guru Clint Smith on the Volkmann Custom 1911 [not shown]. The opening sentence—blown up for the hard of seeing—reveals that Mr. Smith is not averse to burying bad news. “I am constantly getting requests to review, test and write up firearms that range from really good stuff . . . to bluntly, ‘losers’ I choose not to write about.” No surprise there. Back in the day, TTAG revealed The Gun Guys sins of omission: they sent back rifles that sucked and then developed rifle-specific amnesia. My problem with this? People are betting their lives on these guns that suck: weapons whose faults jobbing journos are sweeping under the carpet. “I know full well people are betting their lives on these guns so I take them and what I write about them very seriously,” Smith writes. Ah, but it’s what Clint doesn’t write that could really put buyers lives in danger. Just sayin’ . . .