History repeats itself???
By any chance do you guys remember the USFA ZiP 22? Ten years ago, it was damn near impossible to get to the USFA booth to look at one; throngs of people were three deep. After all, it was an interesting li'l pistol, but to your point, Moonzie: "Why?" Rumors on the SHOT floor were already circulating about the FTF issues at range day. I was stunned -shocked, actually- to see that to cock the ZiP involved putting your hand way too damn close to the barrel. (All I could envision in my mind was a brace of lawyers licking their chops.) Regardless, I still wanted one, just because I like weird pistols. (I never did get one.) In the end, the pistol got a lot of attention but sadly it failed to deliver.
Good article here: What Happened to the USFA ZiP .22?