[su_heading size=”30″]The proliferation of Internet video channels featuring knowledgeable hosts sharing engaging ﬁrearms content has added new ﬁrepower to our computers, tablets and phones.[/su_heading]
STORY AND PHOTOS BY OLEG VOLK
The best job, people say, is doing what you love. A similar saying goes, “If you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life.”
For decades, ﬁrearms aﬁcionados have successfully found ways to combine their passions with proﬁt. Some became manufacturers or gunsmiths, or opened retail gun shops. Some sought work as trail and hunting guides so they could spend the maximum amount of time armed and outdoors. Others turned to sharing their knowledge and experience for a variety of print publications, and still later, radio and television programs. For those who sought to expand their hobbies into full-time employment, it was nice work if they could get it.
David Nash, also known as “22plinkster.”
That same time-honored tradition of “working at what you love” continued as the 20th century became the 21st, but in some diﬀerent ways. Today, a new generation of ﬁrearm fans seeking knowledge or information is as likely to access a computer search engine as they are to tune in a broadcast program or pick up a print magazine [Editor’s note: We think magazines are still pretty awesome], so it’s logical that many of the current outdoor industry’s most popular “media” personalities got their start online.
Like those who came before them, these social media mavens began as ﬁrearm fans before ever posting a blog or uploading a video. Far from killing the romance, this transition enabled them to do more of what they love and to bring their passions to the world. And while outsiders often erroneously perceive members of the traditional gun culture as stodgy and standoﬃsh, these new ambassadors are welcoming and engaging to wide and diverse audiences.
Tim Harmsen of the Military Arms Channel (MAC).
IAN MCCULLUM, the author of Forgotten Weapons blog and channel, started shooting while in school and continued recreationally afterward, often hanging out with collectors, where he learned by listening and reading. In 2010, a French friend who had some unique manuals and drawings of Pedersen devices – not just for M1903 Springﬁeld but also for M1917, Mosin, and Lebel – died. All of his info, including these unique and irreplaceable documents, were discarded by his family. That event prompted Ian and his friend Karl to begin to archive historic information about arms for the education of future enthusiasts, and his Forgotten Weapons blog was born. A supporting video channel launched in 2011.
Forgotten Weapons deals with historic and mechanical information in an academic format, rather than rely on ﬂashy Tannerite or exploding watermelons. The appeal to viewers worldwide, in turn, gives access to more gear. As the blog and channel’s reputation grew, museums and private collections became more readily available for perusal. Rock Island Auctions and the James D. Julia Auction Company gave Ian access to numerous unique arms all at once. The rise in viewership to 445,000 subscribers, and the promotional value of work done with auction companies turned a labor of love into a self-supporting enterprise. In addition to his own blog and video channel, Ian writes an “Exploded
view” column for American Riﬂeman. On the extra-serious side, he is a technical forensic adviser to the Association of Firearm and Tool Mark Examiners (AFTE.org).
Ian McCullum, of the Forgotten Weapons Channel and blog.
TIM HARMSEN was taught to shoot by his uncle in the early 1980s, and he became a regular reader of Guns & Ammo, Combat Arms and several other print publications. Tim began collecting ﬁrearms in 1985 with a Ruger 10/22 bought by his mother. A Colt AR-15 Sporter and a Government Model 1911 came the following year, and more have shown up regularly since then.
He launched the Military Arms Channel (MAC) in 2008, originally making short videos about new guns he had purchased or to illustrate points made on one of the many discussion forums of the era. Thanks to the breadth of his own collection and to substantial industry support, he has been able to feature many weapons that otherwise we would have only been able to see in video games.
At the time of his launch, he was very active on the forums, posting reviews of personally owned guns and accessories. Slowly, he switched to making videos and posting links instead of writing the posts. More and more people liked the videos, asked for more and started subscribing. Tim increased the frequency of his videos, while maintaining independence from manufacturers. He does not accept money for favorable videos or product placements; he only reports on things he owns and shoots. Unlike other “traditional” reviews, MAC videos often delve into minutia down to the level of “this screw turns left and this one turns right.” In a nutshell, Tim records range sessions using items of personal interest, and brings viewers along through the camera.
David Nash gets some shots downrange using this Roni-converted pistol carbine. Nash hosted this particular gathering at his private range.
For 20 years Tim worked as an advertising executive at Omnicom companies and Hearst, both prominent international companies. Then he traded that career for doing
what he loves, shooting and ﬁrearms, and hasn’t looked back. The big pay cut was compensated by his passion being fed, and being happy to wake up and go to work every morning. The Military Arms Channel – which currently has 545,000 subscribers and many more occasional viewers – Copper Custom Armament and the Full30.com ﬁrearm video hosting site have comprised Tim’s full time work for the last two years.
Gun rights activist and writer Yih-Chau Cheng fills the air with 12-gauge shells from this Saiga shotgun.
DAVID NASH, better known to the social media universe as 22plinkster, has been shooting since age 5. His video production experience goes back to December 2011, when he rose to a dare by a friend about hitting a golf ball with a bullet at 100 yards and documenting the process on video. He hadn’t planned for fame, but 300-plus videos and 380,000 subscribers later, fame has clearly found him. Fifteen months ago he was able to turn “pro,” working mainly with Henry Repeating Arms, Vista Outdoors and the Sonoran Desert Institute.
The 22plinkster channel features mainly trick shots, gun reviews and “redneck” science (for example, how many balloons or silly string cans in a row would a .22 bullet penetrate?). He also does new product announcements, often getting to see preproduction samples long before anyone else in the industry. As with the other creators, David gets to have fun for a living, a nice gig indeed! Being able to lean over the porch railing with a lever action, make steel ring in the distance and call it the day’s work sounds pretty good to me.
Hickok45 (left) towers over Yih-Chau Cheng’s niece “Dora” at a recent firearms training get-together.
While David possesses the technical skills required for much more sophisticated video productions, he has deliberately maintained the look of a backyard hobbyist on all of his pieces. Often shot with a single camera, the simple, accessible look and feel of his stories invites and encourages viewers to get into the game as well. Like many people in the outdoor industry, 22plinkster is supportive and cooperative rather than competitive, subscribing to “the more, the merrier” view. His goals include expanding the shooting sports, the attendant culture and the supporting industry, and most other members of the gun-themed new media hold the same values.
THE MAN KNOWN AS HICKOK45 may be the most reclusive of the currently popular online video personalities. His desire for privacy is easy to understand when you consider that a few of the 2.5 million subscribers occasionally turn up on his doorstep to worship the celebrity in person. That kind of attention, while ﬂattering, can creep out the family. Plus, at 6 foot 8 inches tall, he’s pretty distinctive, so we’ll use his screen name here as well.
A retired gentleman of leisure now, Hickok45 has shot guns all his life. He’s also always enjoyed photography, and was an early adopter of digital. When decent-quality pocket digital cameras became available, he always carried one. It was with the humble pocket camera that his ﬁrst video, now at a million views, was made. All it showed were ﬁve shots taken at a steel buﬀalo target with the .45 Colt SAA – but the viewers loved it. He made several silly videos back in 2006 – including ﬁlming himself shooting metal targets through the open doors of his car – mostly just fooling around. That was one of ﬁrst things he posted on YouTube, thinking that was just for “silly stuﬀ.”
With help from professional trainers such as Kris Paulson and John Bibby (below) …
Later, when teaching the novel Shane at a school where he taught for 23 years, he decided to ﬁlm “cowboy” guns in action and show the video in class so his students could see what arms the title character carried and used. That piece and a couple of Glock videos produced an unexpectedly high volume of positive feedback, encouraging him to make more content.
Neither he nor his son knew how to edit video at the time, so they just turned on the camera and let it run. They soon realized, just like 22plinkster did, that the simplicity and realism were a key part of his appeal to the viewers. Hickok45 had no idea that YouTube paid anybody, and so had no intention of making money from his channel. But a year into it, YouTube oﬀered to monetize his channel and share ad revenue. After some hesitation, they accepted the oﬀer, and the rest is history. As with the others above, his fame was largely accidental. Unlike some others today, he had no plan to create a big YouTube channel or to make money with it. His goal of simply ﬁlming for fun and sharing information kept expanding until it became a viable business. Hickok45’s most popular video has had over 15 million views, and ten more are currently at over 5 million views. Those are respectable viewer numbers for a large TV station, much less a father-and-son team having fun on their backyard range. While some of the guns featured are the latest and greatest high-tech models available, many videos show much simpler and inexpensive ﬁrearms. These, however, are often presented in a new light, such as smoothbore shotguns being successfully used with slugs against 200yard steel targets.
… Dora was able to become comfortable with a variety of firearms in one focused day of training.
IT’S NO SURPRISE THAT people who have risen from humble hobbyist beginnings remain very friendly to other enthusiasts, including beginners. Recently, 22plinkster provided his personal range for a Midwestern gathering centered on a visit by California gun rights activist and writer Yih-Chau Cheng and his niece Dora (not her real name). At 14, she has not had an opportunity to shoot guns, nor had access to the NFA class of weapons brought for the occasion by Kris Paulson of DTV Tactical Innovations. Hickok45 was able to show up as well. Having several ﬁrearm instructors and two of the most popular online personalities all supporting the learning experience enabled her skill set to go from zero to competent with pistol, submachine gun and belt-feds in one day. It also underscored the diﬀerence between the cultures of Middle America and those found in those “less than gun-friendly” states such as California.
Here, Dora enjoys the fruits of her training day with pistol, submachine gun and belt-feds supplied by DTV Tactical Innovations.
Each of these four – Ian, Tim, David and Hickok45 – possess a staggering amount of knowledge. But unlike museums that merely hold that knowledge for the occasional visitor, the quartet broadcasts what they know for the world to learn. What they don’t know, they investigate and then share.
The massive numbers of viewers indicate that the knowledge they spread is of substantial interest to American and foreign audiences alike. More recently, similar channels have sprung up in countries such as Hungary and the Czech Republic, presenting the best side of the gun culture to wider audiences. Hopefully, this positive trend will help reverse much of the oﬃcial anti-gun rhetoric inﬂicted on the European and American populations alike over the past century. ASJ
Editor’s note: On the day this article was completed, YouTube pulled all advertising from ﬁrearms-related pages. The decision seemed to be driven by their parent company, and may likely push much of the technical and right to keep and bear arms (RKBA) content to other sites. By the time this issue is in print, we will all know more.
The gun videographer known as Hickok45 fires a belt-fed minigun under the watchful eyes – and cell phone cameras – of a variety of trainers and Internet personalities at this firearms-centric gathering.
How about one that’s actually two pistols welded together? Hickok45 does some close range shooting with this double barrel 1911 pistol.
Hickok45 got another chance to make double holes with each shot using a double-barreled 1911 pistol.
The pistol is actually two pistols in one welded together. Named the 2011 Dueller Prismatic this double barrel beast fires two .45 ACP cartridges with each pull of the trigger. Two large holes appear side by side in targets with each single pull of the trigger. Now, that is pretty slick. Remember, a single full metal jacket .45 ACP slug weighs, on average 230, grains. Imagine the power of two simultaneous hits from this hard hitter.
Hickok45 Here, giving you a little close-up of the Dueller Prismatic. Pretty cool, huh? You’ve seen it in action, and we thought maybe another look up-close with some long-range targets might be fun! [chuckling] And you know what I mean when I say ‘Loong range targets’, don’t you, when we’re doing a close-up video. Just in case you didn’t get enough gun-porn.
Now we have all sorta ‘a targets here! We wanted you to see the hits, okay? One more time, like right n- [SHOT] There! So you see what happens when you shoot this thing at about, whatever, three-four-five yards. Now if you hit a bottle of water… [POW] [chuckling] That’s what happens! But if I shoot that metal… [POW] that’s what you get. Let’s put a couple right above that. [POW] and a couple more [POW] [Chuckling and more shots] Artwork! You’ll notice they’re pretty consistent, but not totally. A little different pattern there. Now that’s the double-mag that comes with it. Pretty cool. Appreciate being able to get this at Bud’s. By now it’s probably back, and one of you probably has it! Actually, maybe one of you got it on eGunner. And you might be shooting it today! You might have shot this firearm the same day I’m shooting it. Wait a minute, that ain’t- Oh I forgot. That’s kinda one of the weird idiosyncrasies of it, like a regular 1911 you just pull back the slide and it’ll go forward, but on this one when it’s locked back, in the first time there you have to hit the lock lever, slide lock. Pretty neat! Now let’s kill this bottle. I don’t wanna get wet, it’s too cold today to get wet. [POW] Argh. [Chuckling] It’s still new so sometimes I gotta punch the slide to get it on in there. [POW] Need to get a better grip, probably, too. [more shots] That is one of the most interesting things about it, honestly, is just seein’ the holes that end up in whatever you’re shooting at. I think I have two more magazines, so let’s just shoot a couple more. I want to see some more holes. So you could use individual mags of course, it’s just that you do need two of them [blows it off] Dirt in my pocket. Alright. Oop, ok, gotta remember to release that. Alright. Might just work on these three and leave that guy for another day. Alright, let’s just shoot a little bit. One, two- [rapid shots] [laughter] Shot the stick down! Oh boy.
Dueller Prismatic. Pretty interesting piece of hardware. No doubt about it. You notice it is rather thick, right? So it is a little bit like holding a 2×4, but definitely an interesting firearm, no doubt about it. And I’m pleased to be able to try it out. Life is good.
[su_heading size=”30″]A Classic Machinegun from WWII[/su_heading]
This classic piece of weaponry shoots from the open bolt position with the capability of sending rounds down range on semi and fully automatic. If you’re not familiar with the STEN gun history, here’s the short scoop on it.
During WWII, the British needed a submachine gun similar to the U.S. Thompson machine gun, which they were buying from the U.S. But due to the demands because of great hardware loss. The British had to come up with a solution.
British Royal Arms factory came up with the STEN gun which was an easy design, easy to operate and quickly manufactured in huge quantity greatly helping the fight in WWII.
If you haven’t shot one, have a look at Hickok45 shooting it and taking it apart. This piece of weaponry is easy to operate from shooting to disassembling.
Hey, Hickok45 here, got some World-War 2 vintage stuff on the table. Hardware, 1911 and a thompson sub machine gun. I believe this one was carried through France and Germany, by two or three different soldiers in World War 2. Took good care of it, didn’t they? Look at that. Beautiful gun, beautiful gun. Haha, actually this is an Auto Ordinance, it’s not an original World War 2 Thompson, but it’s a nice one, isn’t it? Not nearly as pretty as this gun, though.
STEN gun, the British STEN. Beautiful gun, huh? Lookit that wood, look at that walnut grain, is that gorgeous or what? [laughing] Now this is about the British STEN and uh, this is an interesting firearm. We’re gonna take some shots with it, it will fire in semiauto or fully-auto. So. It’s a 9mm. Let’s see if it works, how’s that? I’ll put my ears on, whether it’s shooting fast or shooting slow, it will be loud. So, let’s do that. We have it on the fun switch right now, so let’s just play a little bit! Take a couple of shots at… Hey I see some clay pots! Wonder if I can hit those.
[Auto fire] [laughter]
[Auto fire] [laughter]
Aw is it empty already? Lookit that! That’s the problem with full-auto, let me grab this other magazine here. Haha. Oh man, I’m gonna take a couple more shots. Pull the bolt back. Alright. We’re in full-auto mode, let’s try a burst here on that propane tank.
Even though it’s full auto, you can get by with two or three shots if you want to, or you can get more out!
[much more fire]
[laughter] tried to get away from me!
Okay. oop, slipped the handle off, here somewhere. Let’s go, there we go. pretty cool, pretty cool. So, she’s empty. That is an interesting gun. You might have seen it verses a 55-gallon drum already, and so far we’ve had no issues with it. I think I might’ve pushed the button there on that stock, I don’t know. Very very interesting firearm with, of course, interesting history, because you know it’s all-auto action in world war 2, and even in Korea. Let’s take it over here, maybe we can take it apart and show you a little bit about it. I mean, it’s simple enough to blow up something with one, but I’d like to give you a little bit of information. I’m not an expert on these, but uh, pretty interesting.
The British were buying Thompsons-speaking of Thompsons- from us, and of course we entered the war, and the demand was great for those, and then from what I have read, the allies, the British lost a lot of allies, a lot of hardware. Small arms, large arms, and everything at dunkirk, and it just really hard-pressed needed firearms.
And they commissioned the Royal Arms factory over there to come up with something, and to more or less duplicate or replace the Thompson, and this is what they came up with. They needed something simple, something quick to produce, that would work, that’s functional. And the STEN pretty much served that perpose [laughter]. I was just joking, it’s really not that pretty- In a way, it’s a functional –you could consider it pretty, I guess– let’s let you take a look at how it works here.
So you push this button, and you slide the stock down -and that’s what happened over there a minute ago, I don’t know what went on with that- oh and then uh -we are clear, of course- If the bolt is forward, guess what. It’s [laughter] it’s going to probably be empty, because it fires from an open bolt, if you noticed, mkay. So it’s a different design, if you’ve never fired from open bolt. Even if I fired it semi-automatic, when I pull the trigger it shoots from right here, it fires from that configuration, the bolt’s gotta fall forward. So let’s releast the bolt, and let’s take the back out. You just take the handle off, you turn that about a quarter turn, take the spring out with this little cup and everything. How’s that for pretty cool?
And bring the bolt back, pull out on it -the bolt handle- and bring it back here, and you pull that out, right there, it’s a certain spot, just like the Scar 17. In fact, this gun is a lot like the Scar 17, isn’t it? Was that funny, or was that not funny? I told you I’m gonna be a comedian when I get old. Uh, and that’s the bolt. It only weighs about probably 40 pounds, that’s an incredible bolt, but it’s a blowback gun, you know, there’s no fancy gas systems or anything, and uh, that’s just a heavy bolt. As long as it’ll knock the bolt back, that’s all you need. And you can see right through there, it’s just a piece of tubing, with a barrel attached to it. I mean, John and I have made these in the barn several times. -No, just kidding, just kidding! Do not call the ATF, we would not do that.- But it does look like something you could almost put together in your garage. You know, like Steven Jobs could do, probably. If he hadn’t wasted his time making computers, he could’ve been coming up with one of these. See, it’s just really simple, let’s take this off the barrel, let’s see, this has to be down, you pull that out, move that around, take off the barrel shroud? D’you reckon it’s a barrel shroud? There we go. And there’s your barrel. Reminds me of an Uzi in that sense, the way it works, and I got the bolt out– y’know, there’s not much to it. It really doesn’t– it’s similar to the American Grease Gun, isn’t it? Really looks like a Grease Gun. Put a tube in it, take it to home depot, and there you are. You’re ready to go.
Just simple to manufacture, just stamped, with welds here and there, totally different from the Thompson. So they were able to produce quiite a few of these. I think around four million throughout the war. Then the germans later made something similar. So, lots of variations of it, and some of you know more about it than I do, but it is an interesting, interesting gun.
Now let’s put it back together, put the barrel back in, and the shroud back on there. You see these in the movies, don’t you? That’s what’s neat about things like this, this is actually a firearm that was used. And you can, they’re not cheap. We’re appreciative of Eric from NC Silencer, happened to be in the neighborhood again! He just drives by here every now and then, and he’ll have a truckload of firearms sometimes, so we’re glad he gets lost and ends up here. Of course, he has licenses for all this stuff, and we’re able to shoot it, so it’s pretty cool! Pretty cool. There we go. So that’s ready, I’m gonna put it forward, the bolt. Put the mainspring back in there. Always good to have that. And put the cap on. Really simple design. Don’t you just love something that’s simple and works? At least it seems to work. Stock back on. Isn’t that a beautiful stock? [laughs] Needs a walnut insert, doesn’t it?
And there you have it. Turn this back around. Ooh. You have to fire it from that position. Now I’m not putting –put my magazines back, that were magically reloaded somehow– magazines are gonna be loaded from the side, I’m not doing that just to look cool. Oh man. How’s that. That’s the way it operates, even though this spins around, that’s just for storage. Pull out on that -really tough to do- hat’s just for storing the gun. Doesn’t really– you cannot get the magazine up in there for enough, it just won’t work that way. So, not trying to be cool, it actually needs to fire from right there. One of these magazines is a little bit stiff, sticks a little more than the other one does.
Ok now the safety, in case you were gonna buy one of these at walmart or something, you need to know a little bit about it. Pull out the bolt, like I’ve done it before, just forgot myself there. Then you lock that in. That’s a pretty good safe, you can see, it’s pushed into there by the mainspring. So when you push the magazine in, you’ve got the rounds there, vicious looking rounds there and everything, ready to go, but pulling the trigger will not do anything. I’ll show you.
See, it will do no good. That’s not gonna fire. But that’s really the only safety that I can see on this thing. So you just gotta keep the bolt locked back. Alright, Pretty interesting gun, let’s take a few more shots with it, and… I know what to do! Since it does work semi-automatic as well, let’s put it on semiautomatic, we’ll take a couple shots with it, see if we can hit anything.
Now you’ll notice, see, again, though it’s semi-automatic, the bolt– bolt’s gotta fall, pick up the cartredge, and then fire it. [laughter] So all that has to happen when I pull the trigger. Alright, so, I’m not sure this’ll be a great four-hundred-yard precision rifle. Let’s uh, let’s try the gong. I believe I determined I need to shoot a little bit low. [FIRE, RING] There we go! Hit the gong! [Firing] and again! [firing] [laughter] let’s try those pigs over there. [firing] Alright. [more firing] alright! [firing] [laughter] Oh boy. Oh, I’ll really get brave, try the red plate. [firing] [laughter] So it will fire that way! In fact I’ll try a twelve-ouncer here. [muttering, firing] There we go. [more firing] [laughter] Let’s put it on full-auto. Ok. [sigh] Oh I know what I was gonna do! We’ve got a paper target here, we gotta get started putting those back on Ebay for some project after the Wounded Warriors fiasco, we kinda got away from doing that, so let’s just put some STEN rounds on that target! [Firing rapidly]
There you go! Alright! We’ll sign that dude, and you’ll see it on eBay! Oh, I’m out of ammunition! Let’s see if we have another magazine over here on the table. I should’ve had that in my tactical magpouch but I neglected to do it. So we’re still on full-auto, notice we’re on safe, that’s our safe, it’s a pretty good safe, it’s easy to see and it works. Let’s try this two-liter here, and the drum behind it. [Rapid fire] I’ll shoot another two-liter. [More rapid fire] [laughter] Uh-oh, I’m outta ammo. [Pistol shot] Ok. That’s why you carry a sidearm, ‘cuz you always want to be prepared. You never know, do ‘ya? So that is pretty neat. That is interesting. Again, the simplicity of it. Look at that, you know? Just that big ‘ol spring, looks like something you pick up at Wal-mart, doesn’t it? Just a big ‘ol spring, heavy bolt, and a tube of steel. With your welding holding it together. I wonder how long it took to make one of these things. They probably had it down to a science where it was– who knows? Just a couple hours, I don’t know. But they turned out a lot of them. Again, I think it was about four million. You know, when it comes to war, you’re in battle, chips are down, you need the firearms, the most important thing is that you have something that works. And it doesn’t matter whether it’s ugly, whether it has beautiful walnut or not, look at that front sight. I mean is that class or what? That’s something you think you could buy at Brownells to put on your 1911 or put on one of your other custom guns? [laughter] Man, that’s cool.
Hey, didn’t even know that magazine appeared over here. Well let’s take some more shots! What have we not shot? Oh we’ve got a few things that need working over, I think. I tell ‘ya I wouldn’t mind having one of these. Not bad– oop, you know what, I didn’t have– I should’ve had that bolt right there when I put the mag in. You watch me now, I mean my finger’s not on the trigger, but you wanna be plenty safe, here. Now we’re figing, just so you know, this is not special world-war-two ammo or anything, we’re firing a mixture of some of this, some Aguila and Winchester white box, we just discover that anything we put in this thing seems to work. It’s, I think it’s all been fifteen-grain ammo, but it seems to work. So uh, there’s apparently no need for any specialized ammo. Mkay. At least in this one. So. Who do I wanna shoot? I think I wanna just go down here and– let’s go ahead and shoot this watermelon. He needs to be shot. He really does. [rapid fire] [laughter] Mowed him down! Let’s go over here after these 12oz-ers here, I’m really not even gonna use the sights, just [rapid fire] maybe I should. [click] [laughter] Should use the sights. That’s the only problem with full-auto, got one round there– oh, we’ve got a couple more rounds! Definitely runs out early if you don’t get all your rounds fired. So let’s try that 2-liter down there, sitting on the stake. [Firing] There we go. Alright.
Now for those of you who have not fired a full-auto anything, it is fun, and of course holding it in one place even with nine-milimeter is not extremely easy. But by and large, a firearm like this, firing nine-milimeter, it’s not that hard to maintain. This has a cycle rate of about five-hundred rounds per minute. Now that doesn’t mean you can fire it for a full minute unless you have a magazine that’s about as long as from here to the gong. But that’s just how it’s rated on the rate of fire. If you had a magazine that long, you would get five-hundred rounds per minute. That’s relatively slow, you notice it said ‘poppoppoppoppop’, which makes it fun actually. There are other firearms that fire on full-auto that can crank ’em out twice that fast or more. And very difficult to hold on target, even at 9mm, so don’t make fun of the slow rate of fire of a firearm like this, there are some that are even slower, because it really does enhance your ability to keep it on target, and it makes it more fun, honestly. Alright, so, we’ve got a few more targets right here that are desperate to be shot! And we’ll keep it on full-auto. I mean, we have to, don’t we.
Alright. We’ll get that two-liter and the cowboy and the pizza-pan! Anything that’s in the way! [firing] Ha! Shot the target over. I know what to do with the last rounds in this mag, let’s see– I’m gonna put ’em on that tombstone, let’s see if I can hold ’em on there, on the tombstone. [rapid fire] Ok! I think most of them did, honestly, I was actually using the sight a little bit.
So. British STEN gun. Pretty cool gun, you would call it ugly, probably, I– maybe? But the thing has functioned. We’ve had really no major errors with it, couple of things, maybe, I’m not sure, maybe I did something, but by and large the thing has worked, and I don’t know if you have one or you know a lot about them, if there are any other peculiarities that you notice with your friends or people that have them, but they seem to be pretty functional, and operate pretty well.
Tell you what, that’s the kind of thing you could carry around, and you could take the stock off, put it in your pouch, couldn’t you? Not a lot of trouble. And there you’ve got a select-fire 9mm. Pretty cool, pretty cool. Kinda like the grey finish and everything. S’nice. So, British STEN. Saw extensive use in WWII and even in Korea, and at the Hickok compound, actually, today, right? So uh, glad you all could come on out, and have some fun with me and help us enjoy this interesting piece of history, and kind of a different 9mm, right? So, life is good, do I have to tell ‘ya? [Slow-mo firing]