2 hours, but good so far:
I figured more than a few of you guys would want to watch this if you haven’t already heard it’s up.
2:34 + 15:25 – So he doesn’t work for the NRA? *scratches head* I don’t get it. He has been doing the NOIR show on NRATV for years now. Is this some technicality because maybe he works for the marketing company who the NRA hired?
Oh man… I sense a plastic wrap ban coming to the UK soon:
This same lil creep also made a sharp knife out of spaghetti, then after he tested it he cooked it and ate it.
I see what you’re trying to do Hornady. Here’s a playlist of all 5 episodes that are out right now:
I’ll let it slide, but it’s sneaky nonetheless. Dudes are going to be like “WeRe TheRe No AmEriCaN gIrLs To Do ThiS JOb?”… sure she’s likable, but I asked myself the same question. Yoooo the comments on the first video are funny as expected. The comments range from the standard m’lady ones, to outrage they would use a model to try and sell reloading supplies and equipment.
You might recognize Rosie from the 1987 Hot Shots Calendar. haha just kidding, she’s been in a few of the current ones, but I think she has mainly retired from that. She’s only 27 according to wikipedia, but in model years that’s like 490.
21:08 – “Like how much money were you making?”. Ugh, that’s the second question you’re going ask these guys William? Not classy at all.
22:38 – I’m surprised to see a channel like InRangeTV use an old iPhone to record the vids. I would have assumed something way more expensive / necessarily complicated.
23:29 – Drinking turpentine for better health?! WHUT IN TARNATION? Now I have to look that up.
It’s shitty YouTube is restricting content that I want to watch, however if YouTube were my own company and people were trying to tell me what to do with it I would be like “Uh, how about I do whatever I feel like doing because it’s mine, ok bRah?”.
VODA on his Fat Joe, Terror Squad shit… still at his aunties house:
0:08 – hmmm RR21 Tactical Self Defense hey? Never heard of it. Are they actually cool with VODA, or did he just shell out $42.90 for that sweatshirt?
Really nothing much else happens in the video.
Because I never waste an opportunity at a rap reference. Here’s the Lean Back video I referenced:
Thoughts? You like when VODA gets all science’y? You like when he turns the fake Jamaican accent up to 11 like in this vid? VODA really is important to the culture.
haha this makes me want to play both games:
On a side (but related) note. Is there any particular reason they aren’t blaming school shootings on violent video games anymore? Is it just because the first time(s) they tried that people were like HA… UH NO? Too bad the preservation of the 2nd amendment wasn’t as much of a priority.
Thoughts? You guys will be happy to know my girlfriend is still playing and enjoying FarCry5. The graphics on that game are INSANE. Looks very difficult though, so I don’t even want to try learning it. I know if I ever got even remotely good I’d probably be hooked haha.
hahahah this would really go over well at your next NERF game:
NERF has sure come a long way in last couple decades.
This is always interesting:
Reminds me of all the Alex Jones rants about this sort of thing. I watched a few of them, and there was definite confirmation bias so I lost interest. On a related note, is Alex Jones still around and ranting? (nm I guess he is… he appears at 10min in this video). Seems like he entirely vanished off the face of the internet since Trump got elected. I imagine if Hillary got in, it would have been much better for his business haha
Man, I’m not saying David Hogg is a “Crisis Actor” but holy that kid isn’t very likable.
12:40 – *spits out my coffee all over the screen and my parent’s basement carpet* ALEX JONES MAKES $50M A YEAR?! 🤔 😭
14:20 – Damn, even Wolfgang is caked up. Those have got to be 17ft+ ceilings in the crib.
14:49 – “Guns guns guns, it’s all about guns. New legislation. I think there has been so much misinformation given by the national news. Now even the president of the United States calls them out as fake news.” I’ll agree with him on that one.
17:01 – LOL David Hogg’s mother and her friends “went after” this man who threatened her online. LOL at it being the most effective strategy.
19:20 – WHOA now that escalated quickly. “No one came to this place you lying sack of shit government mf sellout bitch”.
21:15 – Holy they are gonna cap this guy. He better chill.
Like Wolfgang said, it seems to me that the media again is to blame. We are given SO MUCH information on all these massacres, even incredibly minute details. Since we don’t have ALL the information (homeland security reasons, graphic violence reasons etc…) people are bound to pick it apart (given what they know) and poke holes in the story which they feel was fabricated. I really don’t think a lot of these people could be convinced otherwise, unless they actually could walk through the scene, ID the victims themselves, and be next to the medical examiner who preforms the autopsy.
Clint Smith once he finds out that destroying the devices and their drives doesn’t remove the information “they” already harvested from their years worth of use:
Sorry Clint, the NSA knows about all those weird Anime videos you’ve been watching for years now.
I’m not surprised at these answers, because I’ve heard it all before. I always feel sorry for people that don’t value their own life, or the lives of their loved ones enough to want to protect them in the best way possible.
VODA is really feeling himself in this one. Fake Jamaican accent turned up to 11:
1:26 – Oh wow, a “contractor” that trained at Sabre Tactical, passed the knowledge down to VODA. WAY before John Wick came out… he had to emphasize that.
1:38 – LOL I love how he tries to be so smooth, and impress us with his little choreographed hand movements.
“The gaan” always. What’s a gaan? Does he mean gun?
5:41 – He tells us to not get our training from youtube… then goes on to say how he has paid thousands upon thousands of dollars to learn what he knows. I really doubt that, but you never know.
6:50 – haha oh man the icing on the cake was that little clip at the end of him being high speed at the range, controlled pairs, derp scans and all. Beautiful *tear rolls down my cheek*.
This guy is such a dumpster fire. The random backyard videos from his various auntie’s houses he’s couch crashing at are cute and all, but I really wish he would find a range that hasn’t banned him yet and do more actual shooting vids. That’s where the real humor was.
Ugh like are any of you rubes even “mining data” like this guy, in order to figure out the best possible course of action to take in your training? I’m talking really drilling down in the data… deep digging and filtering down to the threats in your exact zip code, and the ones you travel to. YEA I DIDN’T THINK SO. *smh* you people really embarrass me sometimes. I bet you don’t even use the block chain for anything shooting related either huh?
0:22 – “71% of civilian defensive shootings happen at about 6ft on a delayed and obscured draw.” Normally I like my statistics cited and accurate to at least 5 decimal places, but whatever Todd I’ll take your word for it I guess.
0:35 – “*BOP BOP BOP BOP BOP* I zip him up”. -Todd Fossey
Also Todd Fossey in front of the mirror:
Mmm bop, ba duba dop
Ba du bop, ba duba dop
Ba du bop, ba duba dop
Ba du, yeah-e-yeah
Mmm bop, ba duba dop
Ba du bop, ba du dop
Ba du bop, ba du dop
Ba du, yeah-e-yeah
Where did this guy mine data from anyways? Did Facebook sell it to him?
Oh in case you hadn’t already realized it, this video was brought to you by the FuNKeR TaCtiCaL marketing machine.
Some of them are funny… some of the answers are just condescending. If people don’t know guns, a lot of these questions actually don’t seem that dumb.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.