InRange TV: The Gun TV Show for Gun People

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Ian McCollum, of ForgottenWeapons.com, and Karl Kasarda, who has often appeared in Forgotten Weapon’s 2-gun videos, have announced their project for an online TV show – called “InRange TV” – which is intended to succeed where syndicated television shows about guns have failed: In being informative, drama-free, and factually accurate. The first episode is currently available for a small fee on their website; I highly recommend readers check it out. The trailer is below:



Nathaniel F

Nathaniel is a history enthusiast and firearms hobbyist whose primary interest lies in military small arms technological developments beginning with the smokeless powder era. In addition to contributing to The Firearm Blog, he runs 196,800 Revolutions Per Minute, a blog devoted to modern small arms design and theory. He can be reached via email at nathaniel.f@staff.thefirearmblog.com.


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  • RocketScientist

    Nevah bin done befoh’

    • 262

      Sons of Guns had commercials. I guess the community gets the hosts and shows it deserves.

      • Just Because

        Was unaware Sons of Guns was a gun show… If I recall it was about him and his buddy whining to eachother, some chick who thinks she’s hot, and a guy who rolls through town thinking he’s tough… which he’s recently shown he’s not 😛

  • Jack Tors

    Not paying for it. Just run commercials.

    • 262

      Yep, all those shows with commercials have been fantastic.

      With commercials you pay…just with your mental health and quality of content instead.

  • sianmink

    33 seconds of black screen in a 1:25 trailer. Does that seem excessive?

    Not to take away from the show, but I hope its editing is a little tighter than the trailer.

    • Ian McCollum

      I cut the trailer to look like, well, a trailer. The show does not follow the same sort of rapid shifting style.

      • sianmink

        I don’t mind the style, but it maybe should have been done with quicker cuts, maybe some george lucas style wipes (I don’t know if those are acceptable anymore) or just smash cuts. 3 seconds of black screen between 1-3 second vignettes feels (and is) unbalanced and I don’t recall seeing any other show trailers do that.
        The extended preview looks great.

    • Ian McCollum

      Here’s the new extended trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dV6fZevPyfQ

  • Michael R. Zupcak

    Going about it all wrong. Most people don’t want to pay per episode (including me).

    A lot of people bootleg (i.e. Bit Torrent) just about everything they download.

    The smart companies that stream for free (i.e. Hulu) have essentially beaten them at their own game because they’re willing to watch the ads if they don’t have to pay, which is essentially still “paying” Hulu.

    You’re NEVER (yeah, I said it) going to get hundreds of thousands or millions of viewers paying $2.99 an episode, and it’s just that simple.
    However, if you broadcast your show free of charge and subsidize with ads, there’s a good chance that quality content+free viewing will lead to MASSIVE subscription which will lead to ad revenue far superior to any nickle-and-dime tactics.

    • Mr. Fahrenheit

      That’s a debatable point, I guess.

      Though I would hope a pay per model would avoid what I consider to be the most annoying thing about commercial sponsored series: There’s never a piece of gear or a firearm the show doesn’t like.

      I know this is also a complaint of print media readers, but, I haven’t seen a gun show on TV in a while that I truly enjoyed. I set the DVR to record them and I just wind up fast forwarding through most of the show – if not all of it.

      I wouldn’t mind paying $3 an episode if it was heavy into revolvers and less about ARs and AKs. More about historical firearms and less about seeking cover during a sh*t storm of blazing guns. More about craftsman and their methods and less about dragging guns through mud and snow and lakes and freezers and gasoline and chocolate pudding to see if they still fire.

      So there you go Mr. McCollum. Now please the masses.

      • Ian McCollum

        Yep, we will definitely talk about the negatives of products when we see them. However, I expect that there will be relatively little new-manufacture products in the show – we just aren’t really interested in things like new grips or rail systems or the like. The two pieces of gear that will be in upcoming shows, for example, are an EFA-2K Makarov holster (definitely pros and cons there) and a WWII-era Swiss ammo bandolier. Gear that is different and interesting, rather than being just another nylon-and-velcro tac vest add-on.

        Too much gun media goes for the low-hanging fruit – flashy camera angles on whatever the best-selling new thing is. We are going way beyond that, and looking at things that will actually interest the inquisitive and intelligent gun enthusiast. For example…

        – A critical look at the Type 14 and Type 94 Nambu pistols – is the Type 94 really as bad a gun as common lore says?
        – The French MAS 49/56, compared to the M14/M1A. Can the M14 really back up its sacred-cow status?

        – Old West gunfights (and not just Tombstone). What really happened, and where? We’ll look at the actual battle scenes, and examine what went down. First up? Dragoon Springs: Confederate regulars fighting Apaches.

        I can’t say there will be a ton of revolver content – neither Karl nor I are revolver specialists – but I do have some segments in mind that will use a variety of revolvers.

        Like you, Karl and I found ourselves pretty disappointed by the gun shows that have aired – so we decided to make one ourselves, and make it everything we think they should all be. I hope you’ll give us a shot (so to speak) – we have not had a single less-than-positive review from anyone who has seen the first episode.

  • Prax

    Paid for it, don’t regret it. Good level of polish for what it is, use some of that money to get a professional editor on staff and a second camera for the chat segments (cuts were a bit rough). Structural nitpicks aside, content is dead on. Keep it coming guys.

    • Ian McCollum

      Thanks – glad you liked it!

      • Anon. E Maus

        Think I’m gonna go give it a watch, big fan of Forgotten Weapons, so I’m rather excited, preview looks great!

  • John

    I’m sure as shrimp not paying per episode. Monetizing it with ads is fine but you’ll never catch me paying for content like that.

    • Ian McCollum

      Hopefully we will change your mind eventually – everyone who has watched so far has found it well worth the asking price.

  • Some Guy

    I’m waiting until the episodes are available for purchase (as opposed to the rental thing going on right now.) I have confidence though, Ian has always produced some of the best firearms related content on the internet and I’d be happy to pay a bit of money so he can continue to do so.

  • schizuki

    “intended to succeed where syndicated television shows about guns have
    failed: In being informative, drama-free, and factually accurate.”

    Apparently you’ve never seen “Gun Stories”. Or “American Rifleman.” Or “Shooting USA.”

    • dan

      Gun stories and American Rifleman are pretty decent shows, I tried to like shooting USA but I just cannot get into it.

      • schizuki

        On “Shooting USA”, I usually fast-forward to Garry James’ “History’s Guns” segment.

    • It seems you read an exclusion clause into that sentence that I did not intend.

      • schizuki

        Had I seen “most” or a similar modifier between “where” and “syndicated” I would not have done so.

        • You thought I meant that literally every syndicated gun show is crap? Alright.

  • KiwiShooter

    So if I buy it does that mean I download it and keep it?

  • DiverEngrSL17K

    ian and FW have always produced videos and articles in the best spirit and tradition of a really high-quality documentary —- factual, informative, educational, historically and technically accurate, and low-key yet straight to the point. At the same time, he has always managed to make the presentations interesting and palatable to a very wide audience and kept it all open to input of every kind, because this is how we all share and learn from one another, and better ourselves in the process. Believe you me, this is no easy task by any stretch of the imagination. This approach is also important in helping more people understand firearms, their usage and history in terms of the truth, not perceptions swayed by loud opinions and media hype. That understanding may lead to better support for our community and its values, instead of the confused clutter of mixed perceptions that seem to be currently prevalent.

    Some readers here on TFB have complained about the pay-per-view charges for InRange TV. Well, I’ll say this —- to begin with, try and understand that this is an independent production that has no corporate or investor backing. Such so-called “investors” as there might be are really members of the firearms community who crowd-fund and support this endeavour as best as they can via PPV or donations, in much the same way some of us crowd-funded Ian’s acquisition of a high-speed camera ( which has been put to incredibly good use ) on Indiegogo a short while back. In other words, it is a production by the people for the people, not some half-baked attempt at putting stuff out there, however good that content might be, while kow-towing to the advertising industry and whoever they represent in the name of the God-almighty dollar. In this way, there can also be absolutely no chance of a corporate sponsor or influential advertiser possibly steering the content in a direction that is anything but purely objective. THAT is the stark reality of what we have to deal with, like it or not.

    The costs of producing InRange TV are very real, and to be able to carry this out without resorting to the obvious commercial and political hazards of sponsorship or advertising, Ian has had little choice but to resort to PPV while ASKING — NOT DEMANDING — your understanding and patience at the same time. For the Doubting Thomases among you, please go to http://www.forgottenweapons .com and read in-depth Ian’s initial post and the comments that resulted. At $2.99 per episode, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that this content is excellent value for the money under the prevailing circumstances, especially since it is highly educational plus a whole lot more. Before anybody starts to go off the deep end, I will point out that there are a lot of people who will bitch and moan to no end about InRange TV’s $2.99 per episode, yet the same individuals think nothing of spending at least that amount, or more, every single morning at their favorite coffee shop, day-in and day-out, or spending a whole lot more on a commercial cable PPV movie ( most of which are, frankly, mediocre, to say the least ) on a whim. To them, I will say, “Where, exactly, is your sense of perspective?”.

    • Very true we did much needed help with the shortage of .22LR ammo. Nobody asked the reader just volunteered to help and did! I can’t tell the readers how much that was appreciated.
      The process of creating and running something like InRange TV is not cheap and it’s very time consuming. At $2.99 per episode I’d be surprised if they are doing more than just breaking even.

    • dan

      Wow! You sir nailed it on the head. There shouldn’t be any need for further comment

  • Limonata

    I have no problem paying, my issue is that you are renting and for a rental, the price is too much. I will gladly rent for $1, but not paying $3 if I can’t keep the episodes. With that said, I paid to watch the first episode and I liked it, but too much for every episode.

  • Smokey_the_Bear

    no thanks.
    ahhhh, What ever happened to the good ol’ days where you could make gun shows in the day, and rape young girls at night. s/

    • Smokey_the_Bear

      F’in censorship, I didn’t realize this was a communist gun site.

  • Michael Bane

    Gosh Nathaniel, speaking as the Executive Producer of GUN STORIES WITH JOE MANTEGNA, SHOOTING GALLERY, THE BEST DEFENSE and the Producer of DOWNRANGE.TV (www.downrange.tv) and the hugely successful Downrange Radio podcast, perhaps you could tell me which of my shows fail at being informative, drama-free and factually accurate.

    Michael B

    • dan

      Out of all those gun stories is the best one, the others eh not so much a fan of they are drenched way too heavily in Ruger drool.

    • I didn’t say any such thing, but if you’d like to take this article as a challenge to improve your programming further, you’re absolutely welcome.

      Cheers,

      -Nathaniel

  • wetcorps

    I support the pay per view system.
    I like the idea of people producting content and viewers backing it up with their monney if they think it’s worth, and Ian’s content definitely is.
    And I hate ads.

  • TyroneAlfonso

    2/3 of the trailer is a blank black screen…. not exactly confidence inspiring. I think I’ll pass.

    • Karl

      A new 15 minute preview will be released tomorrow which should give prospective viewers a better idea of the actual content.

    • Ian McCollum

      Here’s the extended trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dV6fZevPyfQ

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  • Zebra Dun

    For the love of all that is Holly, you guys please don’t go screwin’ your daughters.

    • Ian McCollum

      InRange is certified as being 100% molestation-free.