I'm a little confused at the notion that this is some sort of CAI bashing society.
I read a lot here, but don't participate much as I don't have a VZ-58 yet.
Reading through all the posts on these guns (and not just this thread) I don't get the idea that this is some sort of CAI bashing society. Rather it seems to me that CAI (like many other importers) has had some fairly serious "issues" at some point in their existence. Issues that may or may not have been corrected.
This is not uncommon. At one time, Spanish Shotguns were considered "Junk". It took a long time, but that notion has been changed and Spanish doubles are now considered to be some of the better doubles made.
The same is true of Turkish shotguns. 10 years ago it was common to hear comments like "Tomato stake", "boat anchor" or "handles like a 2x4" when referring to Turkish shotguns. Now they are beginning to be recognized for making some fine shotguns.
What about the Winchester shotguns made in Japan??? For a long time they were considered junk. For that matter when I was a kid "Made in Japan" was synonymous with "junk". Certainly not the case now.
As a fairly impartial observer it appears to me that CAI had some fairly serious QC issues at some point and that like most anything else, "You only get one chance to make a first impression". Once someone decides that a certain company does not produce quality merchandise it's very hard to change their minds. I'm a perfect example. For over 10 years now I've refused to buy anything made by Remington due to lousy experiences with 2 of their guns I bought.
The fact that some gun owners here had some fairly serious problems with CAI guns and that they say so does not make this a "CAI bashing society" any more than happy CAI owners posting here makes this a "CAI Love Fest".
Part of hanging out on gun forums involves the fact that you are going to run into people that don't like your preferred brand of gun. Happens to me all the time because I am a fan of Turkish made doubles.
There are plenty of people here who think well of their CAI guns....and plenty who don't like the ones they bought and got rid off. And then their are people like me who have to read what the two sides have to say and make our own decisions on how to spend out hard earned cash.
Nobody should complain just because they don't like what someone has to say.
This is after all The Internet.