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Who are your favorite gun YouTubers?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by American_Fusilier, Mar 28, 2020.

  1. D.B. Cooper

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    I don't really understand why he made that video. He said he had "legal reasons" for making it, but I can't see what those would be. I foresee this becoming a tit for tat as I'm now seeing others join in. (That' I'm also not watching.)
     
  2. D.B. Cooper

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    I ordered mine the first day of the kickstarter. Just got it last week. I'm loving it this far. Vive la France!
     
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    The only one I consistently watch is PH, mostly because he is not commercialized and can provide objective reviews without sponsorship interference.

    However, I do see the trend of this past week. The "new gun owner" episodes kind of irked me. Not that new gun owners irk me (that aspect is good), it was that YT'ers saw the response that a couple of new gun owner videos were getting and then literally everyone had to make a copycat for their channel to get in on their share of views. I get it - they have to create new content and gain viewership to secure sponsorship, grow the channel, gain more sponsorship, etc.

    Most YT'ers I prefer have actual firearms and testing. The purely opinion/editorial pieces, talking heads in front of a greenscreen, and "top 5 whatever" lists are overdone and get old really fast.

    Product demos are good, but they only hold attention for so long. Is it sad that I skip through the actual shooting parts of Hickok45's demos since they are so repetitive? The cowboy, the dueling tree, the gong, the plates, the soda bottles, the pots, etc. It's literally the same **almost** every time that I really don't care about watching him shoot anymore. I will fast forward to the speaking parts since it's more entertaining to hear him verbally dance around the problems with a certain gun by saying, "Maybe you are someone who likes..."

    The problem that I see the product demo YT'ers have is that they are running out of new products to review. There may not be 52 new guns in a year. Many "new" guns are just older models with minor styling changes. This drives many YT'ers to the archives so to speak to demo and review older products or make the "this gun versus that gun" videos to piggyback on a previous installment.

    This reminds me that ammo testing video isn't all that interesting anymore either. Six to seven years ago, the gel block ammo testing video was a hot commodity, but there was a ton of different SD ammos to test. How were these new products going to stack up against older designs? Now, there is so much information out there now about these ammos that there isn't much new content to create without new products to test.

    YT'ers, blogs, and other digital forms of test and evaluation reviews are the gunwriters of our day.

    While....
    Sponsorship money is actual compensation. Most may not be professional presenters, but most ARE professional advertisers, promoting goods, services, gun related education, or asking for personal donations as compensation for the means with which to produce, edit, and create content.
     
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  4. Corpral_Agarn

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    I like Garand Thumb, Paul Harrell, Armed Scholar, Warrior Poet Society, jeffshootsstuff (a THR member).

    I have a channel, but I have to admit the videos are not that great LOL
    I do shooting, whips, horse kinda vids.

    My single action reloading and herding cattle vids get the most traction.

    I can't remember the last time I watched an hour long youtube vid, but I watched that one.

    I cannot understand what compels people to try to gain fame by trashing on others.

    And that clowns motto is "run your gun not your mouth" LOL
     
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  6. .38 Special

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    Capandball videos make me happy. His is the only purely gun channel to which I subscribe.

    Master Ken is more of a general martial arts guy, but he does a lot of gun/weapon stuff. All serious CCW men should watch and subscribe.

     
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  7. Mike OTDP

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    Capandball is the standout. I support him with Patreon. Him I know personally, he's the real deal. He ran the 2016 World Muzzle-Loading Championships, competed in the matches...and still found time to do video. I have no idea when he slept.

    Ian at Forgotten Weapons is the other A-lister. Although to a degree he's an ad for Rock Island Auction...but that gives him access to a range of Really Odd Stuff.
     
  8. D.B. Cooper

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    I dunno, man; I don't think John Corriea, over at Active Self Protection, would approve of that guy's holster/carry method.
     
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  9. .38 Special

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    John who? :p
     
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    None.
     
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    No "favorites" for me. That would imply having at least 2 regulars; or even repeats.

    The only one I have ever deliberately returned to is Hickok45 - many times.

    I've seen others I've liked but failed to save.

    I've seen many make me scramble for the keyboard due to either RIDICULOUS music or meandering, stream-of-uncontiousness verbal gas and then there are those with excessively dynamic presentation.

    My issue is that I don't care to be entertained, distracted, titillated or filled with bogus bad-assery. I merely seek out information and if it's enjoyable without working at it; so much the better.

    I dig the hell outa Jerry Miculek but don't really think of him as a Utoober.

    Todd.
     
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  12. WheelGunMan

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    I'm a Paul Harrel fan. Just like his style and presentation. I also follow Hickcock 45.
     
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    I got some good ideas from you guys, thanks.
     
  14. MeanBean

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    It's been said, but Paul Harrell tops my list. No nonsense, dry wit, and pertinent information.. 'nuff said

    Hickok45 is also pretty entertaining. But not a sub. I would thoroughly enjoy a day at his range though.

    I also watch TheHonestOutlaw if he's reviewing a gun I'm interested in. But I've also been known to just search the aforementioned firearm and just start watching.
     
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  15. URIT

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    I like many of those mentioned above. I don't subscribe to many YouTubers, but watch them if their video contains info I'm researching at the moment.

    Recently, I've found and like the LEO Qual videos from different states done by HR FUNK because he is a lot like Paul Harrell - real and doesn't use his favorite pistol to do the vids. The different state's LEO qualifications shown on the vids provide some challenging drill options for range practice. I get bored with the same old, same old.
     
  16. 460Shooter

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    I like Hickok45, but I've leaned heavily away from YouTube in general.

    If I'm interested in a particular gun I'll go searching, but I'm trying to actively limit the number of material goods in my life. Watching Youtubers fawn over this or that doesn't help.

    Most of the shooting videos out there are repetitive and not very interesting. So many of them seem to have some lame heavy metal music in the background and there's little real information in them. Videos from champion shooters sharing tips on shooting technique I do find interesting, but Joe Neckbeard? Not so much.
     
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  17. Gladius

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    Forgotten Weapons and InRange TV are my absolute favorites. I go to Paul Harrell for serious gun advice and Hickok45 for the fun of it. There are a few others I view occasionally, but those are my favorites.
     
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    I have watched videos from most of the names mentioned. I have lost interest in the long and iften rambling videos from nutnfancy. They are just too long as product videos go.

    The all have good and bad moments but the best of them for me tend to be well edited ten or fifteen minute videos on something I find interesting.

    Lately I have been watching medcram and peak prosperity for the latest virus news. There are also a several guys who produce videos of themselves operating excavators I find interesting for some reason.

    I have some videos I posted a few years ago mostly of me and the dog hiking local parks and forest preserves. Just stringing together snippets of video without much editing is a time consuming thing.
     
  19. SSN Vet

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    Easier to describe what I don't like....
    1. obnoxious voice/music (I could listen to Ian McKellen all day)
    2. cramming 5 min. of useful info. into a 25 min. video.
    3. pontificating ones unsubstantiated opinion as factual information.
    4. failing to do any research and spitting out factually untrue info.

    Forgotten Weapons and Lucky Gunner are probably my favs
     
  20. WheelGunMan

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    Forgot about Lucky Gunner...I like their videos too.
     
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    Mike Glover's Fieldcraft Survival has some interesting videos.
     
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    I watch most of the above mentioned however I didnd see anyone mention "TAC" he is funny, talks about knives, firearms, homesteading ect. all around good guy I would love to his neighbor, check his stuff out im sure he has some topics you could relate to. "And until the next time we meet" lol
     
  23. WheelGunMan

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    As a history buff...have you read
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    Textbook of Pistols and Revolvers: Their Ammunition, Ballistics and Use
    Julian S. Hatcher

    Great read on their take on handguns on the turn of the 20th century.
     
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    •Paul Harrel- Odd and very dry but funny

    •IV8888- Good open flow of information and good shooting footage, interrupts Chad every time he attempts to contribute

    •GarandThumb- Good information, decent reviews, a lil heavy on the whole high speed Operator shtick

    •warrior poet- arrogant, kind of a gun snob condescension coming from him but still some good stuff here and there

    •T. REX- lucas seems like sort of a condescending spoiled diva but I respect the skills and the fact that his organization are staunch 2A supporters and he seems committed to the cause. Very skilled shooter.
     
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    Paul Harrel then Hickok45.
     
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