Who am I?
by B.B. Pelletier
When this blog began, I was concerned about several things. The first is the fact that I write a lot, and I would be writing other blogs. At one time, I had five going at the same time. Now I'm down to three, and this one is the only one I keep current.
A second consideration was that I have written a lot of articles under my own name, and I wondered if I would need to see things from a different perspective when writing for a website that doesn't handle every airgun product on the market.
A final consideration was the internet itself. There are websites I will not visit because the posters seem to be having an eternal food fight. Other websites come and go as the miscreants gang up on whoever is trying to manage the site and wear them out. I have been in that situation in the past, having once operated the largest and most active airgun forum in the world. I wanted to avoid attracting that element to this blog, because they can pollute it in a very short time.
What I wanted was a place to talk about airguns. Period. No agendas, no personalities, no cliques. Just airguns. Pyramyd Air owner Josh Ungier agreed with that viewpoint. In fact, it was Josh who suggested the "No stupid questions" comment for my profile. Well, I believe we have achieved what we wanted. In three years and eight months of blogging five days a week, we have had only one attack, and that was shut down very quickly. The readers of this blog seem to be as concerned as I am that this place remains friendly.
And the fact that Pyramyd Air doesn't sell all airguns hasn't kept me from blogging any model I want to. So that concern wasn't real.
The only concern that was real was who I am. I have a large body of writing that I want to draw upon, but maintaining my disguise has prevented me from using a lot of it. I have used some of it from time to time and those who have recognized it have kept silent, which was appreciated.
But why tell them who you are?
Several of you have advised me to not do this. They worry that things will change when I do. Perhaps they will, but not because I want them to. I will continue to sign on as B.B. Pelletier and I will use that name when I answer your comments. In fact, I probably won't respond to my real name on this blog unless I happen to use it in a particular post for some reason. But I want you all to know who I am because there are some things I need to say, and can only say if you know my background.
I'll give you an example. I want to do a series on scopes for you. But I want to put in material that I developed before I was B.B. Pelletier. In fact, I have already done this once in the blog, in the 13-part spring-gun tuning series. I had to rewrite that material so carefully to keep from tipping my hand (yet I probably did many times). I am writing both a book and developing a video on this subject and I'd like the opportunity to preview some of that material here to see your reactions.
... I'd have to be Superman to do that." That's the stock answer I have been giving for years when people buttonhole me at airguns shows and ask if I'm B.B. Pelletier. For some, it is important to know, while others couldn't care less. I think I fall into the latter category. However, it is good sometimes to be two different people. Then, I get to read what people have said about my real identity. For example, just last week, a reader compared my writing style to B.B.'s and decided we were two different people because B.B. always tells the truth, but I sometimes lie for whoever I'm writing for. He mentioned an article I wrote for Compasseco's website and decided I must be in bed with them to say such nice things about Chinese airguns. But apparently he never read the article I wrote in The Airgun Letter, where I described a Tech Force 45 stock that looked,"... as if it had been carved by a rabid beaver." I have been very critical of Chinese airguns over the years.
The fact is that the Chinese have made great improvements with some of their air rifles. I'd put a Tech Force Contender 89 (AR1000) against a Beeman R1 any day - and I wrote a book about the R1! On the other hand, I see guns like the BAM B51 that sometimes work and other times don't, and I know the Chinese aren't there yet. So, when I write, I call them as I see them - one gun at a time.
Who I write for
When I started writing about airguns I pictured one guy in my head. He's a working man and doesn't have a lot of money to throw around. In my mind, he lives in Keokuk, Iowa - don't ask why. He may buy just one airgun this year, so whatever I tell him is very important. I worry about that guy when I see a gun that isn't as accurate as it should be for the price or a gun with a 12-lb. trigger or one that isn't going to hold up.
You LIED to us!
To some people, anyone who uses a pen name is an outright liar. And, I did have to lie to further distance B.B. from myself. In several blogs I said that B.B. was well into his sixth decade, when in fact, I just turned 60 this year.
Undoubtedly, I have used other misdirections throughout this blog to maintain my cover. That ends now.
I am Tom Gaylord.