FPSRussia’s Weapons Guy Found Dead, Single Gunshot to Head

There’s a story out of Carnesville, Georgia that Keith Ratliff, weapons provider for the popular YouTube celebrity FPSRussia (the man with the FFL that gets him his toys) was found dead, reportedly tied to a chair (unconfirmed sources on that tip). Police say the cause of death was a single gunshot wound to the head, and are treating the incident as a homicide.

From Lake Hartwell Radio:

According to  Franklin County Sheriff Stevie Thomas, the body of 32-year old  Keith Ratliff of Frankfort, Kentucky was found about 5:45p Thursday evening.

At the time, authorities would not release any information until the victim’s relatives had been notified. On Sunday, Thomas said Ratliff’s body was discovered after a 911 call.

“We received a call about a possible DOA,” Thomas said Sunday. “Upon the deputies arrival, they found a white male who was unconscious and not breathing. EMS personnel came and determined the man was deceased.”

Thomas said they are treating the death as a homicide until the investigation proves otherwise.  He would not say why the man was in Carnesville or give any other information.

Investigators, Thomas said, determined Ratliff had died of a single gunshot to the head and that his body been there for some time. Thomas said investigators found numerous guns in the area where Ratliff’s body was found.



    1. avatar Matt in FL says:

      I would like to associate myself completely with Tim’s comment.

      1. avatar Sanchanim says:

        Agreed… Listen we might make fun on occasion of FPS but this is serious!
        Zhit just got real!!

        Thoughts and prayers to him and his family.. That is messed up!

    2. avatar blinkypete says:

      Me three. Also, que tinfoil hattery nowish.

    3. avatar Dryw says:

      Russian Mafia wants its (faux) accent back.

      1. avatar Billy Wardlaw says:


    4. In fake Soviet Russia, guns shoot YOU!

    5. avatar Cnelson says:

      You are all missing the point!!! The dude was shot mob style and not a single gun was stolen… He supplied fpsrussia with there guns…. Fps Russia is the biggest “pro” gun group out there with literally millions of views…. This is the second mystery killing of a pro gun figure since the school shootings…. Not to mention none of the 1000+ dollar guns where stolen he was silenced that’s it

      1. avatar Alan Rose says:

        What (who) was the first?

        1. avatar Matt in FL says:

          I’m telling you this with the caveat that I think it’s lunacy, but I believe in allowing you the information to draw your own conclusions:

          John Noveske died in a car accident in Oregon this past Friday night. He apparently lost control (or something broke) and he ran off the road. He was reportedly not wearing a seatbelt and was thrown from the car.

  1. avatar Michael F. says:

    And the plot thickens….

  2. avatar Eric says:

    I’ve a bad feeling about this one….

  3. avatar Michael B. says:

    Oh wow.

  4. avatar Derek says:

    …Holy sh!t.

    Is FPSRussia accounted for? He’s not dead or on the run is he?

  5. avatar James R says:

    That’s not good. Why do I have a feeling some of those weapons are missing and they’re class III.

    1. avatar Thomas Paine says:


    2. avatar Mr. Pierogie says:

      Their gun safety was pretty lax judging by their videos, so I wouldn’t be surprised if those nice guns were not stored properly either.

      1. avatar William says:

        Too bad he didn’t put you in charge of his gun safety.

        1. avatar Mr. Pierogie says:

          What is that supposed to mean?

        2. avatar lolwut8898 says:

          It means exactly what it sound like.

    3. avatar In Memphis says:

      Another spree killing about to happen but this time with actual assault rifles?

      Sorry, my tinfoil hat got stuck

      This actually does worry me about our future. These guys reckless bull&hit makes us look bad enough as it is. If this turns in to more, we’re in for a very rough ride

      1. avatar Cory07ink says:

        No Firearms were taken.

        1. avatar Kevin says:

          And just where did you hear that? NEWS Article specifically states, “Thomas said investigators found numerous guns in the area where Ratliff’s body was found.”

          Numerous does not mean none were taken. It also doesn’t mean any were taken. It just means there were alot of guns on scene. What else would you expect given who he was…

    4. avatar Molon Labe says:

      My thoughts also.

  6. avatar OHgunner says:

    The question is… Do I use the triangle fold for my tinfoil hat on this, or fashion a tin-foil top hat?

    Okay, now that I have my hat folded and placed, this is very concerning. The death of Noveske and the manager of a firearms pop culture phenom within a day of each other? Are the Obama hit squads on patrol?

    1. avatar Bill says:

      My friend and I had a half serious discussion about that kind of thing today, before I heard about this.

  7. avatar Howdy says:

    I am begging that this is a hoax. Please let this be a hoax.

    1. avatar blinkypete says:

      Crossing my fingers right there with you.

  8. avatar Randy Drescher says:

    Maybe the same guy that sawed Noveske’s tie rod most of the way through. Seriously though, sounds like a vigilanti killer, Randy

    1. avatar aaronw says:

      Mark Craighead (Crossbreed Holsters) died of unexpected complications associated with an outpatient procedure…

      1. avatar chris says:

        Not that it doesn’t deserve mention, but that did happen in August of last year……not seeing the correlation.

    2. avatar Matt in FL says:

      If you are serious, you are out of your damn mind.

      This comment is directed not just at Randy, but at the 2-3 comments above him in the same line.

      1. avatar AlphaGeek says:

        +1. Perhaps you should all start a support group email list so you can share your dark mutterings without making the rest of us look like lunatics by association.

        Yes, yes, “wake the fsck up”, the Illuminati and the Jews did this, etc. Whatever. I’m all stocked up on crazy, go sell it somewhere else.

        1. avatar Coyote Gray says:

          Well AlphaGeek….

          Lets not discount the Tinfoil theories so easily.


          The Guardian in the UK, uncoverred PLENTY of evidence on how the US government cracked down on the Occupy Wall Street movements (OWSM), 1A; Collaborating with the banks and entities OWSM was picketing. They even drew up plans for assasinations of key leaders and figure heads.

          I’m not saying thats what happened here, but lets not put it past our government to do it.

          Crap…where is my tinfoil hat. I just saw a black chopper flying over head.

        2. avatar AlphaGeek says:

          CG, I can at least take you seriously because you’re able to joke about black helicopters. That shows a certain amount of self-awareness and rationality lacking in real conspiracy nuts.

          There’s a huge difference between Federal surveillance (and yes, sometimes overstepping of boundaries) of large-scale movements like Occupy vs. an alleged murder involving two dudes producing a popular gun channel on YouTube.

          It’s too soon to speculate — but it seems to me that it’s far more likely that FPSRussia’s FFL/manager was involved in shady stuff that went bad for him. Reference the data pointing to the majority of home invasions being drug-involved crimes. (Or that this was an accident during a video shoot. Can’t rule that one out either…)

      2. avatar JoshinGA says:

        agreed. all we need is for the antis to be able to say look, they really are the lunatic fringe. and for it to actually be true.

        1. avatar Paul W says:


        2. avatar Coyote Gray says:

          The Occums Razor philosophy we both appear to subscribe to Alpha. Against another backdrop, we’d toss it up to the tragedy of threes. Still, no worries about Gun grabber hit squads. Why worry about secret killers when they are doing just fine killing us in the Media for all to see.

      3. avatar Randy Drescher says:

        Matt, you ok there? I’m used to calm cool & collected, what happened? Randy

        1. avatar blinkypete says:

          John Noveske was driving too fast for conditions in a 30 year old truck, failed to wear a seat belt and was tragically killed. This fellow seems to have been murdered, and we’re all still waiting for details.

          If your reaction is to make the grand canyon sized jump to conclusion that these cases are connected, apropos of nothing but their participation in the same industry then you clearly don’t understand how things work in the real world. I’m sure many share your beliefs, but rest assured you are all almost certainly wrong.

        2. avatar Brandon says:

          Maybe he was being chased, or had cut brake lines? Do you think that kind of thing doesn’t happen? We will never know will we because a car accident isn’t scrutinized like an aircraft accident, oh wait, what was that, where is the black box from Flight 93? Hm, good question, but I digress..

      4. avatar OHgunner says:

        For my part at least, I was joking. I had a smiley face at the end, then went in to edit grammar and it disappeared.

      5. avatar In Memphis says:

        Im not preaching or even thinking of a gun grabber hit squad. I believe these are all isolated incidents.

        BUT I am concerned over two things on this particular incident.

        1) The obvious: FPSRussia is all over the net and makes us look bad

        2) The type of gun they have access too

        Flame on…

    3. avatar James R says:

      That would be interesting. Straight out of a movie for sure. But if there’s a psycho killer out for blood against anyone who deals with guns or owns then we all have to be careful.

    4. avatar justin says:

      Boy those Brady campaign people are getting militant

    5. avatar WLCE says:

      lets stay focused on finding the facts first.

      there are conspiracies, but we have to examine the evidence and not draw to any wrong conclusions.

  9. avatar Rob says:

    Can it be that the gun control crowd is now employing the same means that the Pro Life abortion clinic bombers used? Murder to “save lives”?

    1. avatar Robert Farago says:


      1. avatar Rob says:

        It’s not beyond reason though, even if unlikely.

        1. avatar blinkypete says:

          Nah, it’s probably beyond reason too.

    2. avatar Derek says:

      They probably would’ve killed FPSRussia himself if that were the case.

      1. avatar Rob says:

        If you cut off the head, the body dies.

        Not to mention if you set up a meeting with the manager under false pretenses he’ll likely come alone. If you set up a meeting with the talent under false pretenses he’ll likely bring his manager. Easier to hit one than two.

        In the end though this was probably something completely NOT to do with the current gun climate.

    3. avatar bontai Joe says:

      The same thought popped into my head about the tactics used by the fringe “pro-lifers”, but I’m not real sure that the anti’s would know these particular gun people. I would think that they would go after the bigger fish in the pond. And I’m thinking that tin foil in the hat might be better replaced with a few layers of kevlar.

      1. avatar JoshinGA says:

        Just to be clear, FPSRussia has the third most viewed channel on the whole of Youtube. Youtube has 4 billion views per day. That amounts to a lot of views normalizing guns, and making guns “cool” to the current generation. FPSRussia is a “big fish”.

        That said, I dont subscribe to this conspiracy theory about anti-gunner assassinations.

  10. avatar uncommon_sense says:

    I subscribe to the notion that there is no such thing as “coincidences”. I personally speculated about foul-play in the death of John Noveske of Noveske Rifleworks simply because of the timing. (The TruthAboutGuns posted here: http://www.thetruthaboutguns.com/2013/01/foghorn/john-noveske-killed-in-car-accident/.) Now a second person in the firearms community dies of an apparent execution. If a third person in the firearms community dies in the next few days, I will definitely not consider that a coincidence.

    I hate to even bring that up. But several gun control proponents have publicly called for the death of various people in the firearms community.

    1. avatar daveR says:

      Oh, for Pete’s sake.

      1. avatar blinkypete says:

        Don’t bring me into this.

        1. avatar Logan P says:

          I see what you did there.

        2. avatar Sanchanim says:


    2. avatar 16V says:

      Last time I read about Noveske, he was not wearing his seat belt. While one should certainly have that freedom of choice, just like playing Russian Roulette, it’s an odds-on loser.

      He was most likely killed by a combo latter of overconfident driving (typical in 4wd accidents) and then the obvious not wearing his seatbelt being ejected from the rolling vehicle.

    3. avatar WLCE says:

      what facts do you have in regards to Noveske???

      you obviously know something we dont.

    4. avatar jwm says:

      The computer allows every one to exercise their 1a rights. Even when it’s obvious they shouldn’t.

      1. avatar AlphaGeek says:

        Good one. That ranks up there with someone else’s recent comment to another local hothead commenter that not everything that goes through their head needs to hit the keyboard.

  11. avatar JoshinGA says:

    Like it or not, FPSRussia helps bring the younger generation over to our side. He shows guns in a way that is appealing to young kids. If this stops or slows down his video production, it will be a huge hit to the gun community, even if he does not follow standard safety rules like wearing eye and ear protection.

    1. avatar Adam says:

      Supposedly he wears custom molded clear ear pieces… 🙂

      1. avatar Logan P says:

        I don’t know about him, but I have those too. If your hearing gets jacked up enough working flightline, the BE clinic (at least at Edwards) issued them. They rule.

  12. avatar Sammy says:

    This is WAY beyond FUBAR.

  13. avatar hoppes#9 says:

    And unicorns!

    1. avatar Molon Labe says:

      I knew it was the unicorns. Seriously lets wait for some facts.

  14. avatar gloomhound says:

    Seems like some folks are “jumping the gun” on this topic. No pun intended.

  15. avatar Stephen - Ky says:

    This is in Georgia. There is no Carnesville in Kentucky and that’s not the name of the Franklin Co Ky sheriff.

    1. avatar Matt in FL says:

      The confusion might be that Ratliff is originally from Frankfort, KY. According to http://franklincosheriff.net/ and this story about his recent reelection, Stevie Thomas is the Sheriff of Franklin County, GA.

      That said, please let’s make sure what is written is accurate, and not turn this into the debacle that this site experienced with Newtown and “breaking news.”

    2. avatar Gib says:

      Correct, this occurred in Carnesville, GA – Franklin County Georgia. Coincidentally both Carnesville and the victim’s hometown of Frankfort, KY both happen to be located in Franklin counties within their respective states.

  16. avatar Johnny says:

    Something tells me this is more of an FPSRussia video gone bad than an actual homocide.

    1. avatar Logan P says:

      Well, yikes. Now that would be a non-coincidence I could see. Then again, Mr. NotRussianDude tends not to have other people in his videos.

    2. avatar Oddux says:

      Apparently the reports of a gunshot wound to the head were speculation and rushed reporting, it now seems that a refrigerator fragment was the cause of death.

  17. avatar John E > says:

    In my experience there are no coinidences…

    This would sure make an interesting plot point in a novel.

    1. avatar blinkypete says:

      Really? No coincidences? That’s a ridiculously broad statement.

      1. avatar Logan P says:

        My dog and I just farted at the same time. Pretty sure that qualifies as a coincidence.

        Pardon my crassness.

        1. avatar Billy Wardlaw says:

          Nope, that was absolutely planned by your dog…but i am certain he won’t admit it.

  18. avatar Slappy says:

    This guy was not the manager, just the weapons/props person. Manager’s name is Kitty Wandel. If you have a Twitter account you can follow her @Kitty_Paintball. She has several updates on her account, but nothing mentioning any missing/stolen firearms. Not saying there are none, just that you can get updates from a credible source if interested.

  19. avatar stateisevil says:

    This guy probably had a lot of cool stuff and was murdered for it. There aren’t any details yet that I can find. Not that the government and those close to it don’t have hit teams. They most certainly do, but you have to be in a position to embarrass or incriminate someone important. For example, the scientist who supposedly released the anthrax in 2001 and the “D.C. Madam” were the victim of hits.

    1. avatar Michael B. says:

      I think it’s likely that the US government has assassinated people in our own country at some point but in the two cases you mention I think they just blamed one crime on a dead guy and the other one was a legitimate suicide.

      Real political assassinations usually involve poisonings or shootings. See: Putin’s Russia.

      As for Noveske and this guy’s death being tied in? I don’t believe it. People need to mentally put themselves in the shoes of the assassins they’re imagining. Why go after two nobodies (no offense) when there are way more lucrative targets?

      More than likely this was a robbery or something. No tinfoil hattery necessary.

      1. avatar Brandon says:

        Two nobodies? Do you know who you are even talking about??? Ratliff is world renowned for his weapons and explosives and Noveske is ALSO renowned for his precision weapons, please just research for like 5 mins before you post.

  20. avatar ChrisH says:

    That sounds strangely like FPSRussia’s promotional video where he was raising money for a video game or something. Is it possible this is all just a hoax?

    1. avatar jwm says:

      If you have statements from local LEO’s about bodies and investigations I’m really hard pressed to see how it could be a hoax.

      1. avatar ChrisH says:

        But do we? The link is to a radio station, and I found the identical article here, http://www.independentmail.com/news/2013/jan/06/gbi-to-help-investigate-kentucky-mans-shooting/

        Though I can’t find any related press releases or news on the GBI or Franklin County Sheriff’s pages.

  21. avatar Billy Wardlaw says:

    Didn’t someone say this stuff happens in threes. Maybe Ronnie Barrett should lay low.

  22. avatar Dustin says:

    *Puts on tinfoil hat*
    Just a hypothesis; execution of known gun enthusiast by radical anti-gun elements. If he’s tied to a chair, we’re looking at either a sexual situtation, or mulitple assailants. By tying him to the chair it paints the picture he was interogated and either noncompliant or the information was gleaned so he wsa executed. Multiple guns found in the area? Yeah if it were strictly a robbery they would ALL be taken, not just a few. This wreaks of agenda driven driven political statement style execution. If my hypothesis, notice hypothesis not theory proves correct, that shot to the head could be the start of something this country hasn’t experienced in a very long time.

    1. avatar JoshinGA says:

      Watch out, I think the black helicopters are getting closer!

      1. avatar Dustin says:

        Gack! I can see them! They’re trying to scan my brain!

    2. avatar hoppes#9 says:

      And more unicorns!

      1. avatar speedracer5050 says:

        Hell the unicorns are flying the black helo’s over my house!!!
        Got a tinfoil hat over my whole roof!!!

        1. avatar Mister Dumas says:

          Wait a minute! Unicorns can fly without helicopters…But someone has to fly the unicorns…But that someone has to have a long ponytail hair-do. The unicorn doesn’t start unless you put your ponytail up it’s butt.
          Okay, put out an APB for a blue guy with a white ponytail that has a brown tip which smells like unicorn poo!
          That’s our guy!! He did it!! It’s all his fault!!….. I solved the case. You’re welcome.

  23. avatar Milsurp Collector says:

    I refuse to dawn a tin-foil hat and join the party. I guarantee you if this turns out to be a homicide, Ratliff was probably killed over a proposed “off the books” sale gone bad or some other shady business. Relax people, the Obama Youth Corps of Illuminati FEMA camp guarding moon-base pirate-ninja children is not carrying out hits on well-known personalities in the firearms community.

    1. avatar Dustin says:

      Personally I don’t buy into the “IT’S A CONSPIRACY WARGARBLE!!!” But some left leaning wacko or two, yeah that I can buy.

    2. avatar AlphaGeek says:

      Well put, but now we have irreconcilable differences because you maligned pirate-ninja children. Clearly you have not met my youngest offspring or you wouldn’t have written that, you horrible little man.

      PS: 🙂

    3. avatar Mr. Pierogie says:

      Don’t forget all those empty autorack trains waiting to be filled with FEMA coffins…

    4. avatar Rob says:

      Haha, “moon base”. That just what they’d want you to believe as they laugh at you from their Mars base.

      1. avatar AlphaGeek says:

        Who, the Nazis? (All of my favorite Cold War era science fiction stories about secret moon bases involve the Nazis.)

        1. avatar 16V says:

          Iron Sky!

  24. avatar Jeff says:

    Here’s hoping its a stupid publicity stunt.

  25. avatar lolinski says:

    Am I the only one who think its weird that they had to have the EMS team come over to determine that he was dead because of a gunshot wound to the head? I thought GSW’s to the head were pretty obvious, especially when the victim is dead,

    1. avatar Loyd says:

      Someone in an official medical capacity has to make the declaration. In many jurisdictions that can only be done by an MD (the county medical examiner in the case of a murder), but some instances that can be delegates to EMS crews. It all depends on the local policies.

    2. avatar AlphaGeek says:

      It’s not the LEO’s job to declare death, even when it’s blatantly obvious. That’s a function performed by a medical professional.

    3. Typical for EMS to be the first to be dispatched if the caller who stumbles on the patient/victim/body/deceased is uncertain. EMS would then “run a strip” (portable EKG/defib) to confirm likelihood of death. Assuming a lack of “activity”, the strip would be left with the body, LEO would stay on-scene and the coroner would be called.

      1. Oh, and EMS has access to “medical control”, who can instruct EMS personnel to call time of death.

  26. avatar ctay says:

    In other news Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., has announced legislation to ban single gunshot wounds to the head, rope in any amounts exceeding 10 feet and enforce registration of chairs. “I be damned this happens again” Feinstein said while speaking at a luncheon today for mentally challenged liberals.

  27. avatar Jessica Stapleton says:

    This entire story makes zero sense to me. Keith Ratliff was well armed. I am wondering how the hell someone who has a house full of guns and knows how to use them, would allow themselves to be tied to a chair and shot in the head, without at least taking a couple of people with him.
    A man who has that many guns has to have a certain degree of paranoia about them. I find I can not grasp that he would let any stranger that close to him. This crime had to be done by someone he knew well enough to let them in and get close to him to tie him up.

    1. avatar Dryw says:

      I know literally nothing about this case, other than what’s written above. But a possible answer to your query: coercion through threat of violence to a loved one is a nefariously powerful tool.

      As looney as it may seem; as home invasions become more prevalent in my area, I’ve regularly worked through a number of “if -> then” scenarios with all my loved ones pertaining to being (or even better, not becoming) a hostage. Hated every minute of it too. Stuff scares the snot out of me.

  28. avatar Matt Uguccioni says:

    Ok folks is going hot. Obama has started systematically taking out people with strong ties to guns.
    The guy who was a strong maker of AR barrels just dies in a car crash now FPS Russian guy is dead. Hes a strong promoter of guns.

    Folks we are straight up under attack. American better get awake and stand up to this tyrant!!! This is some serious crap getting ready to drop on this country!!!

    1. avatar jwm says:

      *SIGH* I should have invested in tin instead of silver.

    2. avatar hoppes#9 says:

      And now unicorns with serious mental illness!

      mikelotsanumbers may be right – it’s not the criminals people are worried about.

  29. avatar MotoJB says:

    Wow…some of you are coming off as nuts and are part of the reason antis are so scared of us gun owners. If some of you can actually believe some of the sheet you are writing, they think you are capable of anything.

  30. avatar Erik says:

    Does MrColionNoir have an alibi?

  31. avatar Erik says:

    I believe a “conspiracy” is likely, but no one was trying to silence him. maybe some anti-gun nut may, but nothing involving the US Government.

    It has anyone investigated Mr. Ratliff before? what about his ATF inspections?

    You know what I think, I think someone may have been dealing “under the table” or “laundering” guns or money. or he just got involved with the wrong people with drugs or criminal rackets.

    That’s the type of conspiracy that makes sense.

  32. avatar FLUF says:

    i’v read all of these and the only few that i beleave are the unicorns one and the ones about this either being a robbery or a intergatian gone bad. but when you really think about many people that where deep in the “gun community” have been killed in various ways but all seem like planned assassinations including the two most recent ones being the “car crash” that killed John Noveske of Noveske Rifleworks and obvielsly this on on the death of Keith Ratliff so i think the goverment is starting to get scared. you know call me crazy but i dont know if anyone else knows this but the goverment had multiable highly trained assassination teams and i think there killing everyone with overage in gun knowledge that is’nt helping the goverment in someway notice how they said only a few guns where taken probally ones that where either “rare” or ones that where non-marceted easly conseald weapons they could make sure they stayed off the market. Call me crazy if you will but that what i beleave

    1. avatar kingfisher says:

      huh? ^^^^^

  33. avatar b says:

    Jeez, he got caught with his pants down. Wach yourself ladies. get ur small guns

  34. avatar B Heard says:

    It seem to me like someone was careless making another one of their stupid videos. No surprise there since safety doesn’t appear to be a top concern for those guys.

  35. avatar preston says:

    i think someone might have done this to intimidate FPS into stopping his videos probobly temporarily because of the possible assault weapons ban because his videos are mainly watched by kids

  36. avatar 629 says:

    And Kyle makes three.

    1. avatar Alan Rose says:

      Don’t forget Massad Ayoob, and another instructor whose name I can’t recall, survived a helo crash last week. So that’s 3/5.

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