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Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by valnar, Mar 14, 2019.

  1. valnar

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    So does anyone get annoyed at YT videos that are 20 minutes long with 4 minutes of product view? I now go out of my way to read text/pic reviews of products, but alas, sometimes 30 seconds of a visual representation is worth it. But 20 minutes is not.

    I wanted to see how a red dot looked on a pistol but had to FF through a dozen minutes of blabbing about nonsensical stuff. Anyone else?
     
  2. rpenmanparker

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    Some folks talk for 20 minutes and never say anything except, “I really like this gun.” You gotta know when to bail out.
     
  3. Walkalong

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    Yep.
     
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    I especially like the ones devoted to showing you how to open the box, open the case, examine the packaging, show you the outside of the manuals, count the magazines and measure the firearm ... :(
     
  5. DeeTV

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    This is a big problem with many Utube videos. Too many people who love to hear themselves talk and ramble on pointlessly.
     
  6. Wisco

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    If it’s over 10 minutes, generally, they’ve lost. I prefer 5. I also need the who/what/when/where/why in the first minute or I’m done.

    I do the have capability to focus for things like movies and books, but for news/reviews/etc I need it brief so I can decide what else I want to look into or not.
     
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    Ah yes, the famous "unboxing" videos. These are common across many topical areas.
     
  8. Good Ol' Boy

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    I generally only watch reviews from major players. If it's a video that's 10-15min or less and only has a few views its probably a sure bet it's not worth it.

    Hickok45's videos are generally at least a half hour but I've never had a problem watching.
     
  9. bersaguy

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    Yup, most of the reviews I've seen are pretty unwatchable. hickock45, MAC Channel, forgotten weapons, Iraqveteren8888(for the most part), demolitionranch (mainly just for entertainment value) are pretty good for the "feature length" YT videos. You can watch nutnfancy, but you'll never get that hour of your life back
     
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    A little old, but pretty much sums it up
     
  11. Obturation

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    I watch several youtube channels and have for years. I dont watch the drawn out junk with little to no real info, thats most.some videos must be an hour and the production and editing make them great to watch - C&Rsenal is that way. It really all depends .
    Hour videos can be great, usually not however.
     
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    There are at least two great ones. Military Arms Channel and MrGunsngear.
     
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    I cant watch demolition ranch (recent videos), too much ads , products, singing and nonsense. I prefer my nonsense from carnikcon or mattv2099 - sadly neither produce content anymore.
    Forgottenweapons is a top 5 channel for me.
    Yankeemarshall is probably my least favorite popular youtube gun expert.
    True, you will never get your nutnfancy hour back, his videos could be done in 5 minutes but you get a half hour of look at my awesome watch, this model airplane, a bunch of things not related to the review. I still watch though.
    I really like paulharrell.
     
  14. Mn Fats

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    Two types of gun related youtube vids I watch. Hickok45 with a beer or while I'm on the can. Gunsmith type videos to help me diagnose and fix a problem. More so to help me remember how to put it all back together.
     
  15. PlumRotten

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    Hickok45....is a joke
     
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  16. Mn Fats

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    How. He never claimed to be super serious. Just a guy shooting various guns giving his impressions.
     
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    DING! DING! DING! DING! DING!

    WINNER!!!!!!!!

    You beat me to it, but Paul Harrell is probably the best, and most underrated, gun guy on the internet.

    There very fact that he has only 1/4 million subscribers and Hickock45 has nearly 4 million...a.) pisses me off and b.)kills my faith in humanity.

    I really wish Harrell would run a firearms training program like Gunsite or something.

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6QH13V2o68zynSa0hZy9uQ
     
  18. D.B. Cooper

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    Funny, but it's wayyy old. (Sotch00 at 200k subs? more like 800k)
     
  19. .455_Hunter

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    I don't understand the facination with him either. He could probably make good videos for insomniacs.
     
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  20. Obturation

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    Hickok45 makes videos for mass consumption, no thinking required. Trouble is hes been at it so long its very predictable , shoot the gong, shoot the cowboy...shoot the pot...see how big it is compared to a glock . I still watch and i think it is still a decent channel compared to what else is out there.
    I like mark serbus stuff, good for a laugh and proof hes nuts. Taofledermaus is always good. Lifesizepotato made some good videos but rarely puts any out now. MannyCA is a good no bs channel and its to the point and accurate. The real gunsmith has some good content but its a bit dry. Another favorite is the anvil series on C&Rsenal, excellent content.
    If you can survive watching demolition ranch or fpsrussia or fullmag or yankee marshall youre a stronger man than me. That is pure garbage.
     
  21. blue32

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    Print media will always have a niche of the market. That's why I never went to YT or similar. Its a lot more difficult to stay fresh with video vs putting that capital into getting more guns / gear. For those who manage to pull it off and rack up views I applaud them but I definitely wouldn't want that pressure with my full time job. An ammo sponsor and T&E provider puts a lot of pressure to put out a high quality presentation complete with sponsor shout-outs. Considering viewership metrics, I think there's a lot of temptation to make entertainment over pure info because that's what brings in clicks. You're going to win over the masses with melon massacres far more than you would with detailed explanations of lock work and the like.
     
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    Obviously from Kentucky.

    I find myself going to hickok45 mostly because of the sheer amount of content he has. There are very few guns I am interested which he has not covered once or even twice. Plus I like the older versions he usually personally owns. I would say it is not a great firearms review channel. I watch a lot of the content still for the reasons already mentioned.

    Paul Harrel is my favorite too. His vids came up on my feed for awhile and I didn’t watch them because he did not have the right “look” of someone who would make good firearms videos. Glad I finally clicked.
     
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    Thanks for the pointer on Paul Harrell. Just watched a couple of them and like his approach.
     
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  24. valnar

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    I've seen several of the recommended channels mentioned here but in general I don't follow the channels per se, but seek out a review for a particular product and just go with what comes up. What prompted this thread is trying to find reviews of the Shield RMSc red dot. There are only a few, and I think only one video is halfway decent.
     
  25. Equestrian

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    Part of the issue lies in the monetization scheme that YouTube runs on. Videos over X length are categorized differently than others. Some of the length is attempting to work the algorithm which leads to massive worthless padding
     
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