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:
- Thought the guy was idiotically espousing actions that were unjustifiable given actual conditions and also clearly illegal.
- Didn’t have the patience to make a commitment to listening to the wackadoodle long enough to really “get” his core message.
- 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.
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
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.
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.
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.