Looking for a fun way to while away your day? Get a comfy chair and settle in with these great YouTubers.
When it comes to firearm-related content, more and more people are turning to YouTube for a gun fix. Mainstream media has taken online series and turned them into successful TV shows, but for firearms enthusiasts leaving the online realm hasn’t happened yet. Who’s to say what might transpire down the road, but for right now here are eight YouTube gun channels you should be watching…if you aren’t already.
Unlike many TV shows, YouTubers often have names that are reminiscent of a screen name because it was the user name created when they were just a fledgling channel. Eric Blandford served, as his username suggests, with the Third Infantry Division in Iraq. Now he and his coworkers from Moss Pawn and Guns out of Jonesboro, Ga., make YouTube videos that have racked up over 100 million views. The channel consists of gun and gear reviews, torture tests, gunsmithing, how-to’s, reloading and much more—and of course some explosions. Eric and his costars are a fun crew that are easy to relate to, and frequently sport an array of facial hairstyles—particularly Barry—that are sure to make you feel at home.
If I could choose any YouTuber to teach me how to shoot, I think I would have to go with former competition shooter and all around good-guy Hickock45. He’s a no-nonsense, drama-free shooter with amazing aim. In his videos he is calm and cool, always practices safe shooting and is another great portrayal of a responsible gun owner. This channel is particularly helpful for youth shooters, “New shooters and young shooters seem to especially find our videos useful,” says Hickock45. “At least that’s the constant feedback we get.” Hickock45’s shooting range is right in his own backyard, and watching each video feels like visiting an old friend.