[Continuing the off-topic trend]
OuTcAsT - I know what you're saying, but I disagree to an extent. When newbies (or downright lazy folks) are scolded for not using the search function, they are being told, in essence, that their question has been answered many times in the past. They are not being told that it is necessary to post in the old thread. IOW, resurrecting an old thread and adding 2 cents is not the solution for not searching and asking an old question.
In the case here, the added info could just as easily have been a new thread in the rifle forum instead of added to an ancient thread in this forum. Besides it appears to have been instigated by politics anyway.