YouTube Gun Vloggers

Back when I was working for the state, one of my friends at work tried to get me to watch a shave-headed, arrogant sounding jack-genius talking about what needed to happen to rid our country of our nation’s first moslem-communist president.  While in a very unfocused and general way I tended to agree with some of the speaker’s stated opinions, I:

  1. Thought the guy was idiotically espousing actions that were unjustifiable given actual conditions and also clearly illegal.
  2. Didn’t have the patience to make a commitment to listening to the wackadoodle long enough to really “get” his core message.
  3. For several years paid no attention whatsoever to YouTube again r/t anything either controversial or mundane that wasn’t about folding kayaks.

Within the last year or so, though, I’ve spent more time target shooting and have dusted off some of the weapons I’ve had for decades.  Shooting the guns means I’ve got to clean them and some of them I hadn’t cleaned in decades.  Also was interested in researching handguns for self-defense and concealed carry.  You guessed it, I was able to find disassembly and reassembly instructions on every firearm I own and most of the ones I’d like to own on YouTube, as well as countless firearm reviews.  User forums specific to particular manufacturers have been helpful as well, in researching various pistols, rifles, and shotguns.

YouTube Wackadoodles

Many, many YouTubers fall into the category of unintentionally and comedically stupid, diagnosably sick of mind, or incompletely educated about whatever subject they’ve identified as their vlogging niche.

Intelligent YouTube Gun Guys

On the less disordered end of the spectrum, there’re a few YouTubers who, while they’ve got some quirks, generally provide real information of use to the interested viewer.

Silverado Shooting Academy

The Secret to Mastering the Handgun

I’m not sure why I didn’t post a link to this video when I first published this blog entry, but I’m correcting that omission today (3/10/2019).  The Obi-Wan Kenobi guy who narrates most of the instructional material is really good.  I’ve incorporated a lot of what he teaches into my shooting and my accuracy has improved markedly.  At the end of the video, there’s a presentation about how to interest girls in shooting that is worth watching, as well.

Hickok 45

One of the least disordered You Tube gun vloggers is an older guy who reports he’s a Middle Tennessee resident and has a video on just about every firearm offered for sale on Armslist.com, Hickok 45.  What is it about people whose measured intelligence is likely greater than one standard deviation above the mean that makes them so entertaining?  Who would have guessed the old gun-guy rides a bike?  Here’re the videos to prove it.

Paul Harrell

Another of the much brighter than average gun-vloggers whose videos I enjoy watching is Paul Harrell.  He’s a middle-aged ex-military guy whose speaking voice is a lot like that of Mark Hamill.  Compare this Luke Skywalker attempt to reason with Jabba the Hutt (begins at about the 3:04 mark) in this video to Harrell’s video diction in any of his own videos.

One of the things I liked about Paul Harrell’s videos immediately was the deadpan way he delivers routine statements like, “We’re at the range today, so please excuse the noise you hear in the background,” or when he describes to composition of a type of target he uses to test the effectiveness of ammunition and firearms.  I recognized his style of delivery as similar that which I, in a previous vocational incarnation, used when uttering a particular phrase, explaining from a manual, or administering an assessment’s stimulus query for the hundredth time.

There are three or four other YouTube gun guys whose videos I sometimes watch, but not many.  If you’ve got a little spare time, an interest in shooting and firearms, as well as a broadband connection to the Internet, check out the YouTube channels linked above.

If you were paying attention, you may have noticed two Star Wars references in this post.

Nanking FN Browning M1900

Here are a few pictures of the subject-line referenced antique which I mentioned in my previous post. I used them for an Armslist.com classified ad.  Because I didn’t get any offers I was willing to accept, and because I got a Christmas bonus sufficiently large I didn’t money from the item’s sale to purchase a 9mm pistol for every day carry, I pulled the ad and kept the counterfeited pistol.  Here are the photos:

Chinese-M1900-Disassembled

Chinese M1900 Leftside Disassembled

Chinese-M1900-Right-Side

Chinese-M1900-Leftside

Chinese-M1900-Barrel-Markings

And here are a few photos of the Nanking Browning alongside my FNS-9c.  As noted elsewhere on the Internet, this isn’t an apples-to-apples comparison.  However, both are striker-fired pistols designed for concealed carry.  The ersatz FNH pistol is designed for .32 caliber and the modern polymer FN pistol for 9mm. The former has a single-stack magazine with a capacity of about nine, if memory serves, and the latter a double-stack magazine that holds 12 rounds.

FN-Side-by-Side

FNS-9-c-Ersatz-FN-M1900

FN-Backview-Comparison

FN-Frontview-Comparison

Pistols for Everyday Use

It’s true, and you probably already knew this – I like firearms and have enjoyed plinking since I was kid.  Following my Astra Constable debacle, I’ve acquired yet another Walther PP “clone” – a FEG PA63 in .380 caliber, a Glock 42, and an FNS-9c.  Additionally, I’ve also discovered what I thought was my FN Browning M1900 is actually an “Asian” or Chinese copy possibly manufactured in the 1920s or 1930s in a warlord’s armory.

High Standard Supermatic Flite-King

With weighted barrel, this .22 LR pistol is a joy to shoot – close to zero recoil and not much report.

High-Standard-Flite-King

Walther PPK & Kel-Tec P32

These are two pistols I’ve carried at various times.  The P32 is great for bicycling and kayaking but was defective upon purchase and required warranty work.  Since the factory repairs, it’s been 100 percent reliable.  The Walther I have been keeping locked away now that I’ve got other, less irreplaceable options.

Walther-PPK-&-Kel-Tec-P32

FEG PA63 .380

I traded an older pistol that looked like it’d spent 50 years at the bottom of a well after having exhumed from a roadside ditch.  The PA63 is an accurate pistol and reliably cycles even antique ammunition.  As a bonus, it fits in a couple of my PPK holsters and I have a lot of .380 ammunition.

PA63-Leftside

PA63-Rightside

Glock 42

I traded, at considerable loss, my Astra Constable toward this Glock 42 back in June of last year.  The Glock malfunctions every round using the lower power, antique Peters and the modern PPU ammunition, however the antique Western Ammunition Service ammo induces no malfunctions.  The Glock also reliably cycles Buffalo Bore +P ammunition, which is what I keep in the magazine.

Glock-42-w-Antique-&-Modern-Ammo

FNS-9c, Anniversary Edition

Caution-Lady, my wife, picked out a ring with a lot of small diamonds in it to celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary.  What I wanted was a Walther P99 in 9×19, but I was unable to locate one at a price I was willing to pay around the same time as I bought my wife her new ring.  What I did find, and it felt like a kind of consolation prize, was a used FNS-9c.  After I bought it, I learned that FNH America has issued a voluntary recall on the FNS series.  I ordered Theis EZ-Clip holster for 9c and sent it back to the factory for service.  The holster arrived a couple of days before the pistol was returned.  Here are a couple of pictures of the weapon holstered – the first is all Pinteresty-looking.  Yes, the staged image is my attempt at a joke.  The second’s just a picture.

FNS-9c-&-Theis-Holster-Devotional-Image

FNS-9c-&Theis-EZ-Clip-Closeup

About the FNS-9c – it’s the only semi-automatic pistol I own that’s not malfunctioned due to cheap practice ammo or operator error.  I’ve fired close to 500 rounds of mixed quality inexpensive range ammunition and 41 rounds of good quality self-defense ammunition.  While it is not as aesthetically pleasing as a Walther P99c, the FNS-9c is a pistol I shoot accurately with confidence in its reliability.  I’m glad I’ve got it.

FNS-9c-17-Magazine