Hickok45: “I’m in jeopardy of really getting burned out”

53 responses

  1. avatar
    February 14, 2011

    I’d hate to see him get burned out and stop doing what he’s doing.
    His videos are always well done, and he strikes me as a really nice, affable fellow.
    He represents the gun enthusiast community very well.

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      September 18, 2011

      Hi Aaron,

      I hope site visitors don’t confuse us.

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    Paul M
    February 14, 2011

    I have watched several of his videos. Not all of them are “winners”, but he has many good points. If he makes one that does not appeal to the information I am looking for, I just skip over it.
    Good information, interesting topics, and a dang good shooter. Keep doing what you are doing, and most of all, keep it fun.

  3. avatar
    February 14, 2011

    Keep on keeping on, Hickok45, and we’ll keep watching!

  4. avatar
    February 14, 2011

    hickok45 has the best youtube channel. he does a great job representing shooters, his video’s are fun to watch full of info and actually feature him shooting the gun. i don’t see the big deal, he shot some snow with a shotgun, it was a 1 min vid…..he should be invited to post on TTAG.
    P.S. HIckok i just wish you would says the specs about a gun real quick. like the other day i was counting the rounds you were shooting before reloading in the mossberg because i was wondering what model you got.

    that drives me crazy about nutnfancy, he takes to long to make a point.

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    February 14, 2011


    I wonder if he is related to Gecko45 ?

  6. avatar
    May 14, 2011

    Talk about taking Hickok45 out of context in the title.

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      Matt Smith
      April 28, 2012

      Not a bad article, but yes, the title takes Hickok45′s comments way out of context. Once you read this entire article and see the very last sentence it’s clear that the title is misleading at best.

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        May 11, 2012


  7. avatar
    Mark Shaw
    June 3, 2011

    Think about why he’s so well liked… I like Hickok45 cause he’s fun and he makes shooting fun. Simple really.

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      December 25, 2013

      I like hickock 45. Hes a personable and knowedgable guy. All his videos are Very informative while fun to watch. And given his background, he warrants respect for safe gun practice.

  8. avatar
    June 4, 2011

    Something free never loses it’s charm.

    Moral: Enjoy the videos. If not, don’t watch. Simple.

  9. avatar
    John Garcia SR
    July 26, 2011

    A friend of mine told me about Hickok 45s videos, and i have learned a lot! and made some good choices on hand guns and know i just don’t think of my self riflemen. people use wagons sometimes to haul BBQ stuff !!& me and my family and my brothers use it to haul our armory, people at the range are thinking holy shit! the range-master is laughing were unloading hand gun’s rifles boxes of shells eye protection ear protection gloves. thanks John Garcia SR

  10. avatar
    August 17, 2011

    I really like Hickok45′s channel. He does a really great job of portraying the shooting sports in a positive light. He keeps it fun, light, interesting and leaves all the mall ninja crap out of his videos. Great job!!!

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    Michael Haering
    August 24, 2011

    Hey Pard,

    Keep it up. You gotta fresh viewpoint and a good eye.

    Jess keep hittin that gong!

    Lost Creek Ranch
    Colville, WA

  12. avatar
    Rookie with Firearms
    September 6, 2011

    I’m in Canada and New at this,
    There is NO OTHER PLACE on this whole WWW that you can go for FREE and get the info about Firearms that Hickok45 gives you. Look around. The Guy is full of info, great vidoes, lots of tips, and he always shoots the Gun for you. Oh Yeah…He can hit a Gong at 230 yards with a Handgun like it’s an every day thing (which it is for Him). I watch his videos every day. I always learn something new!!!


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    Jeff Hudgins
    September 6, 2011

    My wife used to be on my case about owning so many firearms and wondered what the facination was with them. I played a few of Hickok45′s videos for her and she has an entirely different viewpoint. Now she sees the nature of the hobby and understands why I am so enthusiastic about gun collecting. I wish I could visit his shooting range. He has created the dream range I think all of us wish we had in our backyards. That would be the ultimate finishing touch to a great hobby. Keep up the great work you are doing for all of us enthusiast out here, Mr. Hickok45. By the way, what is his real name anyway?

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    September 18, 2011


  15. avatar
    December 26, 2011

    great job keep shootin

  16. avatar
    December 29, 2011

    You really took a lot of liberty with your title. This has absolutely nothing to do with hickok45 getting burnt out. Kinda reminds me of how the mainstream media would title an article and try to spin it.

  17. avatar
    January 13, 2012

    simplicity, functionality, reliability, versatility, all words that i would like to describe myself as a person and my weapon. GLOCK ……perfection, keep up the good work brutha

  18. avatar
    January 17, 2012

    Your videos are interesting and fun.
    Hang in there and work over the gong!!!!
    Love Glocks.

  19. avatar
    February 9, 2012

    Just now listening to Hickok. Love this guy, and sure hope he never gets burned out. Right now he’s debating the ‘one in the chamber’ argument. Personally, I usually have an empty chamber. I carry, and my SR9C sleeps next to me, under a pillow.
    Anyway, love you Mr. Hickok, and get the biggest kick out of watching your videos. Thank you so much for making them. You’re just good ole common sense, and that really adds to the enjoyment.

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    Mark B
    February 13, 2012

    I found Hickok45 about a month ago and became an instant fan.
    He is just plain fun, and yes he is the American spirit.
    Great advice about a lot of things including the value of practice, as in any sport or discipline.
    Who needs TV?
    I’ve got another 500 Hickok’s to watch.

  21. avatar
    April 28, 2012

    I recently found Hickok45 and now watch his videos when I want to know something about a particular handgun. He clearly is a happy man who is doing what he likes to do in life. Reminds me of the Dahai Lama with a gun. His chuckle after a string of well-placed rounds is a delight to hear, rather musical, akin to having a wind chime on the range. He has his style, and he can shoot. And oh, did I mention, he can shoot. These days, with the Internet, I easily can get the technical specification on any gun. Hickok45 gives me the practical information, the stuff I really want to know, like accuracy, failures, if any, ease of carry, and the like. Moreover, he shoots the subject gun enough to spot any real flaws and to bring out any deficiencies. He shoots slow and he shoots fast. Those are many of the things I want to know about the gun. Plus, he clearly is an experienced and talented shooter, likely a current or ex-competitive shooter, a long-time carrier of concealed weapons, and by his own words has worked with the sheriff’s office in an LE capacity (I am assuming as a reserve or posse member.). Please don’t go away any time soon Hickok45, I am just getting to know ye.

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    danny woodruff
    May 4, 2012

    HICKOK .45 i enjoy all the videos you shoot for us that can’t always get to the farm to throw some lead at some targets.hope all is well with your family and, keep on shooting.wish i could shoot as well and as much as you do,so shoot the gong for me one time.danny woodruff

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    dirty 1911
    May 21, 2012

    Hi I live upstate NY and have my own pistol range on the compound along with a clay shooting range and a quad track.my 17 year nephew turned me on to Hickcock 45 about a year ago every night
    I tune in on my I Pad and watch him for at least an hour.Im addicted to him like my own hand guns which is approaching 50. we know what a great shooter and personality Hickcock is. There is one thing I think that the utube audiance would like to see and that is have his son John shoot with him.x
    So put the camera on a tripod and lets get to slinging lead. keep up the good work love to here back from you and your thoughts

  24. avatar
    June 15, 2012

    As others mentioned, the title is unfairly misleading.
    I believe Hickok45 is just having way too much fun just doing what he’s doing.
    He is so popular because he can REALLY shoot, he fairly reviews a wide variety of guns, he often evaluates different ammo while shooting each gun, and (most of all) his aw-shucks personality without the being a braggart really makes him a pleasure to watch, keeping it real even as he slams steel from extended range with a short barreled handgun.

  25. avatar
    August 3, 2012

    Well, between the arrogant tone of the author, supposing to know how another man should conduct his life, and the trashy, deceptive, New York times style “headline” of this post, TTAG had lost another reader. Goodbye.

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      October 15, 2012

      I’m with you on that.

  26. avatar
    August 27, 2012

    He giggles too much when blowing up soda bottles to be burnt out…Just an observation.

  27. avatar
    September 8, 2012

    Hickok45 is doing a wonderful job in his own style. Enjoy him for what he does or simply go away.

    Like he said, start your own channel, there’s room. Hope yours is almost as interesting.


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    October 5, 2012

    Greg is an excellent ambassador of the shooting sports. His son John does great camera work but I’d like to see him shoot more. My son and I shoot together as often as we can and it’s a bonding thing.
    P.S. I still miss the dog

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    Mike WR
    October 12, 2012

    Hickok45 RULES.
    He should have his own TV show!!!

  30. avatar
    October 15, 2012

    In my opinion, you might have reconsidered ripping his last sentence out of context to use as a headline.

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    Timothy Gran
    October 25, 2012

    Hickok45 you are awosome and have learned alot watching you videos.I tell me friends to watch you because are a guy who is down to earth and looks like you enjoy doing what you are sharing with us.

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    Ace 2
    November 5, 2012

    Hickok 45 is without doubt the best gun reveiwer I’ve sen. He gets to the point and says what needs to be said about the gun. Not like some of these other B.S. video reviews, if thats what you want to call them. Keep on doing what your doing Hickok 45, your videos are awesome!!!

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    Dyspeptic Gunsmith
    November 5, 2012

    Almost everyone who puts in Hickok’s level of energy into something gets burned out. I used to fight for RKBA facts and rights back in the late 80′s and early 90′s, when stupidity was seriously on the march and we seemed to be in retreat. I got burned out and sort of handed off the baton to younger people – I serve the cause best by reminding younger folks of “institutional knowledge” – stuff that isn’t well documented unless one knows where to look in the “Before Internet” times.

    There are days when I don’t want to talk about guns, I don’t want to see guns and I don’t want to deal with guns, gun owners, gun vendors, etc. It isn’t that I don’t like guns, it happens that I’m burned out repairing and working on guns and I want to do something different. Then there are some days when I’ve had to deal with serious gun or gun owner stupidity that I almost want to put on women’s clothes and take up pressing wild flowers, but (happily for bystanders) it never gets quite that far.

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      November 5, 2012

      Great attitude you have have there.

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    Bob & Wife
    November 24, 2012

    …if you ever start to get burned out, JUST SHOOT VIDEO’S will do too! We the public love your shooting and your RANGE! Where do you get all the 2 liter bottles? I hope you don’t drink all that soda. What do you fill them with? Just remember when the public starts getting burned out they go to HICKOK45 for awhile and feel a whole lot better, and you do put the smile back on our face. As you say…LIFE IS GOOD! Thanks for the enjoyment you bring, Bob

  35. avatar
    January 23, 2013

    I always tune in to see what Hickok has posted and have enjoyed everyone of them, didn’t agree with some but nothing says we all have to have the same opinons. I have been collecting firearms since i was 13, almost 40 years, and I have been into reloading for the past 20 years. I still find myself learning new things when I watch some of Hickoks videos, the day we stop learning will be the day they plant us in the ground. I own many of the same firearms Hickok has used on his videos and others I have never seen in person, so it’s great seeing someone giving an honest, and very biased, review on them. It’s also always fun to watch someone have so much fun firing different firearms and very refreshing to see them do it in a family friendly and safe manner. I look forward to many many more videos from this great man.

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    jeff smith
    March 25, 2013

    hickok .45 is clearly a hapypy man: that fact translates directly into his videos and is left there as a gift to anyone lucky enough to stumble onto his channel, and smart enough to return as often as possible. without preaching, he communicates just about everything i have found good – and enjoyable – about guns, and about the uniquely american freedom to use them as tools and enjoy them as toys. i tell my friends and acquaintances i’m a redneck liberal, and hickok .45 strikes me as the same sort: liberal in his love of humanity and redneck in his down-home delight in ringing that gong.

    life IS good, and so is hickok .45.


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    Don Jeske
    May 21, 2013

    Hickok45, you do a great job and I pick up some good info from your videos . I really enjoy what you are doing, I share the info with my firefighters at the station because we all carry its just that kind of world now. Keep up the good work, and as always its a good day.

  38. avatar
    May 31, 2013

    Hickok is the uncle every young boy wished they had, before all this political correctness crap began. Too many young men are video game and cell phone junkies, with role models like justin beebler.

  39. avatar
    September 4, 2013

    More info then I can handle at one time, love the show.

  40. avatar
    September 4, 2013

    Hickok45 is an enjoyable and interesting You Tube series for which there is viewer supper and a viewing need, to be both entertained and instructed by a very knowledgable and enthusiast individual. He also possesses a very affable personage and his videos are well made and consistent.

    About viewer fatigue, this happens with any type of venue that is over-viewed in a short span of time, o do yourself a favor and partake of moderation in viewing, say 4 or 5 video clips every two weeks or so.

    I for one hope that he expands his firearms video reviews to belt-fed weapons.


  41. avatar
    November 4, 2013

    I like hickok45 a lot. You, not so much.

  42. avatar
    Mike Jones/ Mount Juliet, TN.
    January 2, 2014

    I just found your web site about a year ago, and I watch it every week. I love how you talk about all the different guns and compare them with each other.
    I am getting into reloading and your videos on reloading has helped me understand more about how to go about it.
    I still am amazed how you keep hitting the gong with all calibers you shoot.
    Your videos have meant alot to me, very informative, and a whole lot of fun to watch. Especially the soda bottles.
    I carry a Clock 27 also.
    As you say, “life is good”.

  43. avatar
    Ali from Upfuqistan
    February 15, 2014

    Hickok45 is a rockstar!

  44. avatar
    February 27, 2014

    Sir, I enjoy your videos!!! Please keep them coming. I mostly enjoy the muzzleloading ones. I have one T/C .50 cal Hawkens, percussion, One T/C .45 cal Hawkens, flintier, pre-barrel warning, 4 digit SN, Malteze Cross on bottom of barrel. One CVA .45 Cal Kentucky long rifle in which I’ve shot for 40 years. Anyhow, keep up all those great videos. Have a great smokier day!

  45. avatar
    March 11, 2014

    Another spin on this ther are those that may be hospitalized or home recovering and for a little while we can escape to Hickock’s range and enjoy his company, the outdoors and watch some awesome shooting. Thanks Hickock, life IS good, keep it up.

  46. avatar
    March 24, 2014

    Talk about misrepresentation. Your article title smacks of sensationalism. That is NOT what he said. Then again it would not be the first time Farago with about 5 years gun experience has ignored someone with Hickok45′s lifetime of knowledge.

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    Robert Gauer
    March 29, 2014

    Hey, Farago- This is a real departure from your usual format, isn’t it? I for one, want to thank you for giving us a prime example of “editing/misquote” technique REGULARLY used by the ‘mainstream’ media. That got my attention right away! But please, don’t use that technique regularly, or even again, please, or I’ll be tuning you (read TTAG) out too, just like some others have. It was a happy day when I watched my first Hickok45 video and to to think of him getting burnt out got my immediate attention! The man is an real encouragement to many, including me; I’d surely love to meet him.
    And honestly, I don’t really care what his ‘real’ name is, although I’m sure there are ‘those’ who do. Incidentally, one of these days I’d laugh to watch him shoot down a drone! (I don’t think they’ve started issuing licenses or setting limits for drones just yet, have they?)
    P.S.: His comment about “….10,000 rounds of practice ammo.” -that’s just spot-on.

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