Finding the best gun YouTube channels can be tricky if you don’t know what to look for. Nowadays, some of the guys and girls who get behind the camera are either biased or on the company’s payroll.
This could leave you buying or shooting something you shouldn’t be.
I’ve been sifting through the BS for years and now make sure to stay away from those channels, and today, I’m going to fill you in on who is worth the time.
Some of them you may have never heard of. Most of them you have (or definitely should have). And before we get into this list, I’d like to say that not all of the ones made the cut. So don’t worry if you don’t see them.
Mind you, these are in no particular order. Each of these YouTubers have their strengths and weaknesses. Let’s dive in.
Best Gun Youtube Channels
- 7.37 Million Subscribers
- 2.6k Videos
- Joined YouTube on January 6, 2007
Hickok45, or Greg Kinman, is a man everyone who loves firearms is familiar with. His information is never biased; most of his firearms come from Bud’s Gun Shop, and it’s rare (from what I’ve seen) for manufacturers to send him anything.
Hickok’s videos are ASMR for many of us. He isn’t one of those high-speed dudes who throw on full battle gear and shoot guns that cost more than many can afford. They are simple, truthful, and humorous.
Who wouldn’t love to “smoke pot” with Grandpa Hickok?
His shooting ability is uncanny, and he can easily hit “the gong” with any firearm he uses. It’s a nice reminder that you don’t need a $700 optic to be a crack shot with your guns.
I’ll admit I am a bit biased toward Hickok45. I have been watching his videos for as long as I can remember, and he is the grandpa I’ve always wanted. I admire his easygoing nature and ability to communicate his point with few words.
Did you know he’s 6’9, a former competitive shooter, and a retired English teacher? He also served the community as a reserve police officer for ten years. He can teach you literature and how to put a hole in a flea’s wing from 100 yards away.
2. Garand Thumb
- 3.28 Million Subscribers
- 385 Videos
- Joined YouTube on May 9, 2006
Possibly one of the most entertaining gun YouTubers to ever exist, Garand Thumb (Mike Jones), or as we like to call him – “Flannel Daddy” – is a former SERE Instructor and Air Force veteran.
Mike is a character, often opening his videos with “If you’ve ever..” which, a lot of the time, is very relative to those who have been in the military. Especially the one where he talks about the “Silver Bullet.” If you know, you know.
Mike has a wealth of combat knowledge. His urban and mountain survival guides come from a place of experience. When he reviews guns, he’s always transparent if the firearms were indeed provided to him by the company.
And it never sways his judgment. If the firearm is terrible, he is quick to let you know. He torture tests firearms in extreme ways, like placing them in a cooler filled with dry ice while they are wet.
If entertainment is what you seek, along with great guides and truth bombs, then Garand Thumb is a channel that you should visit. But, if you’re here, I’m sure you’ve done that already.
Oh, and by the way, he is definitely Travis Haley’s son…grown in Travis’ shed.
- 98.9k Subscribers
- 185 Videos
- Joined YouTube on March 29, 2015
School Of The American Rifle (SOTAR) is a no-nonsense YouTube Channel run by Instructor Chad. SOTAR is dedicated to teaching the millions of AR-15 owners the ins and outs of the Armalite Rifle (AR-15).
Chad discusses what could happen when gas rings go bad or when your bolt carrier group is terrible. He teaches armorer courses to anyone willing to learn, and as an armorer myself, I’ve learned plenty from him.
And I haven’t even taken his course yet.
Unless you’re interested in the things that make a good or bad AR-15, what to look for when parts wear, or how to spot bad parts in the first place, then you may grow bored of SOTAR. His channel is for those of you who seek armorer knowledge.
There is minimal humor (unless you follow Chad on Instagram), so you aren’t going to topple over from laughter, but you will learn a thing or two.
4. Paul Harrell
- 801k Subscribers
- 392 Videos
- Joined YouTube on April 22, 2012
Regarding no-nonsense gun reviews and tests, Paul Harrell is one of the best. His articulation on various subjects, from the 1986 Miami Dade FBI Shooting to how .32 does as a personal defense round, comes from years of experience.
As far as I know, Paul Harrell has more real-world experience than any other YouTuber mentioned on this list, including having been in two situations where he had to shoot a man in self-defense and being a USMC Combat Marksman instructor.
Paul is not another fast-paced YouTuber who straps on $80,000 worth of kit and entertains. He is straight to the point, with no frills and subtle hints of humor. His production looks like something out of the 80s, and knowledge is more of a focus than crazy 4k entertainment footage.
One of my favorite features about Paul Harrell is his ability to speak fluently, coherently, and with a wealth of knowledge that is second to none. You will never hear “Um” or “Uh” come from the lips of Paul. He knows what he’s talking about in every video and test that he does.
It’s rare to hear any gun YouTuber speak with such confidence. And Paul is rarely, if ever, wrong about his statements.
- 1.38M Subscribers
- 1.7k Videos
- Joined YouTube on September 4, 2008
No gun YouTuber list is complete without Sootch00, or Don Porter. He’s one of the OG gun YouTubers I’ve been watching since I was 14. I’m 25 now and credit most of my knowledge to YouTubers like Sootch00 and Hickok45.
Don Porter’s channel is dedicated to in-depth reviews of firearms ranging from Glocks and Sig Sauers to Heritage Rough Riders and even BB guns. He gets his hands on all of them and tests them, so you don’t have to.
Don runs two channels. Sootch00 and SensiblePrepper. His second channel is dedicated to, well, prepping for SHTF. So he’s sort of the complete package.
There are not many things you can’t find a review on the Sootch00 YouTube channel. You can find funky things like a cellphone gun chambered in .380 and a less-lethal pepper spray pistol.
Not much is known about Sootch00, but when I look at him, I hear Creedence Clearwater Revival in my head and feel insanely patriotic.
Long live the republic.
6. Milspec Mojo
- 172k Subscribers
- 87 Videos
- Joined YouTube on August 6, 2015
Mojo. Ladies love him, and dudes want to be like him. Milspec Mojo is relatively new to YouTube, but his skills with shooting fast and accurately are the best of all the high-speed gun YouTubers out there, if I may say so myself.
Don Majillo served in the USMC as a radio operator and was attached to Alpha Company 1st BN 2nd MarDiv. After his four years, he became a police officer but was fired for not getting the COVID-19 “Vaccination.”
A man willing to lose his job over his beliefs is a man indeed.
Milspec Mojo gets his name from his tendency to run milspec parts on his firearms. He doesn’t tack on Geissele triggers, Radian charging handles, or run high-end bolt carrier groups that some of us may have trouble affording.
He shows his viewers that you don’t need Gucci products to be efficient and effective. To Mojo, it’s all about the training, which is a huge focus on his channel. No matter what you use, whether an SR-15 or an M4E1 from Aero Precision, you can do some serious work…if you put the time in.
Which everyone should be doing. Training.
7. Colion Noir
- 2.64M Subscribers
- 1.3k Videos
- Joined YouTube on January 2, 2011
Colion Noir is one of the most articulate gun YouTubers on this list, next to Paul Harrell. While Paul focuses on guns and ballistics, Colion focuses on guns, current events, politics, and cars.
Yes, cars. His badass matte black Porsche 911 GT3 and the vast gun collection he films in front of show how good his taste is. Colion also can draw his viewers in with a vast amount of legal knowledge, which would make sense as he is a lawyer.
Being a lawyer helps him convey his message, and he dives deep to find truth and ways to make liberal politicians look like idiots. And we’re all here for it.
You won’t see him in full battle gear and shooting steel in a hasty manner. His ‘first shot’ videos are done in a sandpit. With regular street clothes. Most times, with a beautiful foreign vehicle in the background.
Like his G63 AMG, his T-Rex, or 911 GT3.
He doesn’t just catch your eye with the firearms but presents an aesthetically pleasing video with his collection of firearms and vehicles. Just look at his ‘nightstand’ gun videos.
Colion was the one who convinced me that guns need to perform well and look good. I live by that now.
8. Gun Made
- 268 Subscribers
- 67 Videos
- Joined YouTube on April 10, 2022
Last but definitely not least, you have us! I’m not saying we’re the best (yet), but we are your best source of authentic, unbiased reviews. And we have a wonderful ginger bearded man by the name of Opie to serenade you with gun content.
We have many things planned, from blowing things up to shooting more guns than the amount of brain cells between us.
If you haven’t already, you should check out our YouTube channel and subscribe to avoid missing out. Trust me, once you get us together, you’re in for one hell of a good time.
How We Chose Our Top Picks
Again, none of these are in any particular order. And there are definitely some great gun YouTube channels out there that are not listed here, like IraqVeteran8888, Tactical Hyve, and Forgotten Weapons.
These are some of my personal picks I’ve watched for a long time. Well, as long as they’ve been on YouTube, anyway.
I made sure to choose YouTubers who are unbiased and put out great content.
Who Is The Biggest Gun YouTuber?
The largest gun YouTuber is Demolition Ranch, a channel that features various firearms, explosives, and other destructive devices. Demolition Ranch has over 11.5 million subscribers and more than 1.8 billion views as of September 2023.
Why Is YouTube Demonitizing Gun Channels?
Because they think guns are wrong. YouTube believes it will solve mass shootings overnight if it demonetizes enough gun channels.
Are Gun Channels Banned On TikTok?
They are not banned, but if you insert magazines or anything of that nature, your video will get flagged and taken down. Unfortunately, our Gun Made TikTok has been banned three to four times now.
There you have it, my top picks for YouTube gun channels.
I’ve been watching them for a long time, and I’m sure many would disagree and argue that other channels deserve to be at the top spot, but remember, these are in no order.
Who is your favorite gun YouTuber, and why? I’ve been looking for some new folks to watch, so let me know in the comments.
Be good and take care.