April 2002

Rankings Explained

Reader Bill Vogel recently had a question that periodically requires explanation. He said:

“I have just subscribed and received my first issue. I have a question. I understand what “Don’t Buy” means. But what is the difference between “Buy It,” “Buy,” and “Conditional Buy?”

Buy It and Buy are two ways of saying the same thing. Most often, our rankings take the imperative verb form of a recommendation, such as on page 24 in this issue. There, we write, “Springfield Armory MilSpec 1911A1, $682. Buy It.” But we could have just as easily have written, “Springfield Armory MilSpec 1911A1, $682. We would Buy this gun....”

Conditional Buy means there is some “condition”...

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