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VICE took a look at the hobby:

Looks like fun.  Are the airsoft handguns even slightly accurate at any sort of range?  Seems like a smooth barrel that short with minimal velocity and a lightweight projectile would be next to useless.

2:35 – 86 people killed in two years by police, who thought their airsoft guns were real.  Yikes.. NOT ideal.  Shitty situation for everyone involved.. its not like law enforcement could trust the presence of an orange tip, even if the guns had them though.

4:34 – Cool, that girl follows me on IG and I recognize her from the comments section of some of my posts.  She goes by thetacticalunicorn.  Actually I did some poking around her page and found her husband, and he follows me too – theedesertfox.

6:01 – haha briefly tense father-son moment.

8:29 – I like MilsimWest’s style.  Keep it non-political, and don’t be a dick.

Thoughts?  I remember airsoft getting so much flack from real steel gun guys like myself like a decade ago.  It’s definitely embraced more widely now though, mostly I’d say due to the fact that top companies like Magpul and Glock etc.. are doing the whole licensing thing so the familiarity when switching from real to airsoft is there.

On a side but related note.. I can’t believe how excessively monetized some of these YouTube videos are now.  I had to skip so many ads while trying to watch this vid.. almost makes me want to get that premium subscription.

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VICE did another vid about guns and gun culture etc..

I won’t bother commenting on timestamps in this vid, but I’ll just say that the VICE correspondent did a good job.  He came at it all with an open mind, and really enjoyed himself too which is always nice to see.

I’m glad NFA Review got a lot of airtime.  Definitely an underrated YouTube channel / person.

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I wonder if any of the most popular gun people have experienced anything like this?

Before I get into it… this guy in the YouTube vid still and at 0:12 is giving me Lucas from T-REX Arms vibes.  There’s more of him towards the end of the video..  this doppelgänger goes by Social Repose.

Judging by the comments I see on the YouTube videos, the audience on the videos of some of the more “low hanging fruit / cringe for views as content” gun guys.. their fanbase definitely seems to skew young.  I really wouldn’t be surprised if some of those parents are driving their kids to some of YouTubers we know in person.  That’s cool as long as its not done in a stalker way.  Showing up at someone’s house is absolutely batshit crazy.

While watching the video, I was thinking.. you know what, the homie Brandon (the AKGuy) was actually doing a hypehouse type thing for a while with BrassValley.  That was obviously a TON of work to pull off in the fashion he did, and thankfully the guys he picked were actually not children.  It would be cool if there was a full time gun content hype house, with adults.  I realize that logistically a bunch of dudes in their late 20s – 40s probably are not going to want to live together though.. so the next best thing would be like a “hype Co-working space”.  After typing that out, it actually seems like what some of the guys in Texas have going on.  Everyone always featuring everyone local in their videos.  I’m not mad at it, however you fellas know I have my favorites.  It pains my heart when a non-cringe YouTuber and a cringe YouTuber collab.

Holy, when some of that hypehouse content started rolling at around the 2:00 mark in the video I had to almost turn away. 😬 grim.

2:44 – A huge mob rolling up on the house of this Megan Zelly girl that has only 102,000 on instagram?  Wow.. I didn’t think that was a follower count people had to worry about stalkers at.

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LOL Vice actually did a segment on them:

0:35 – I know I bring this up from time to time, but I still don’t get the “WE WON’T COMPROMISE” type bravado, when in fact all these guys do on a daily basis is compromise.  The guy directly across from him literally has a what I’m assuming is a semi automatic with a brace on it.

1:37 – I bet there’s a lot of arthritis, high blood pressure and 1911s in that crowd.

1:41 – He said Unorganized Militia 😏 .. a part of history which I also made into a micro-brand and made a cool logo for a long time ago.

2:09 – Like clockwork, yet another brace.

2:51 – “Clean’er up a lil bit” hahaha

4:11 – Fudd gets up on the mic and puts his 90ft long flitlock under his chin as he’s talking.  Nice…

6:19 – He definitely has “big FORD energy”

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VICE documentary warning 😏

2:04 – They definitely have some sort of “no adjustable stocks” rule there judging by the next few pictures.

2:10 – Police say more than 60,000 weapons were turned in and $66M was paid out in total.   I crunched the numbers and that comes out to an average of $1100!  Obviously that number goes down a bit if the # of weapons turned in is higher, but still.. someone getting $1100 for turning in a gun is UN HEARD OF in the US.  Typically gun buybacks in the US, net people $100 – $200 giftcards.  Granted I’m sure guns in New Zealand are likely more expensive to buy in the first place.

2:49 – Shocking *sarcasm*, the gun store store owner said that the government uncertainty made him a lot of money.  That actually does look like a really well stocked store.   Impressive.  The guy is really well spoken too, so that was nice to see.

5:33 – I don’t know what’s going on here, but I’m both frightened and intrigued at the same time 🤔.

7:32 – Yea I get it, police don’t like gangs.  However, as always criminals don’t follow laws… so whatever they come up with is going to make absolutely zero difference.

9:14 – They seem like a really nice bunch of people. It’s always heartbreaking when terrorism or crime in general, permanently affects the lives of regular people.

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Not my style in particular, but cool that he found something he loves doing which pays well:

I disagree with what he says at 3:18 – “Decorating these pieces has the purpose of giving them more value”. I think it does exactly the opposite in this case (and most cases actually). I assume people who buy these are getting them because they want something fancy that their friends don’t have, a piece of “art”. I would assume it would be less sellable (liquid) too.

Holy, that Revolver Taco Lounge has 4.0 – 4.9 stars depending on where you look and tons of positive reviews. I love tacos, I’ll have to check it out someday.

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