Really? Huh. I mean I've made so secret that I know Mike, I play in league with him, but we're not like close buddies or anything. To be honest I only recently put together his pinside name with the guy I see at league (we have about 65 active members, I definitely don't know everyone by name). Before that he was just the guy I saw putting up old machines at fair prices, and since they move fast other people seem to think so too. I knew he was local to me, but that's it.
Really I just see a shooter rod that looks like a decent sculpt, and if you want a Smaug shooter then boom, you're covered. I think lots of shooter rods are dumb, feel like crap in your hand, and just look stupid. I keep my mouth shut for the most part, if you like it on your game then who am I to crap on your preferences?
I'm working on a personal shooter rod myself right this moment actually, primer is drying while I type this. If someone doesn't like it, then they're free to not plunge my Metallica in protest.