Recently an email from a collector who reads the FORUM asked me " why do you always get the last word ". A similar sentiment was posted by a regular user of the forum recently in his answer to a question.
The short answer is I DO NOT.
My interest is a small part of ammunition collecting and there are many posts which I do not comment on at all. Military rifle,MG,artillery and explosive ordnance AND police ammunition are my interest along with the development of ammunition from rocks to rockets.
Many members know far more than I about their subjects of interest AND MINE. I read the posts when I can and answer what I can-sometimes several at a time. In addition I mention the ammunition reference materials offered by CSA as often as possible to encourge the diffusion of knowledge. That is one of the missions of the Smithsonian and I take that as a responsibility of the ordnance field. I will likely never recover the investment made in transfering the Buttweiler Archive onto CD BUT it is VERY important to collecting and consistent with my aims of promoting and encouraging collecting and knowledge in the field.
I suppose that is why my FORUM name is posted much.
The FFPP does me no special favors.
John Spangler and his crew do all the work and get the last word. I am a passenger on this train .