Getting ready to crack their 100 million views milestone, TFBTV has come a long way in just under three years. The channel has added new hosts, debuted exclusive review guns, educated us with historical and scientific episodes, and entertained us with fan-supplied mailbag “gifts”, Jurassic pumpkins, and youth swimwear.
Steve Johnson, James Reeves, and Alex C. started TFBTV at SHOT Show 2015, and the channel has seen explosive growth in a short time – 380 thousand subscribers, over 800 years of total watch time, and the aforementioned 100 Million views. With Steve retiring this month, James is TFBTV’s executive producer moving forward into 2018 (may God help us all). But let’s look back: TFBTV racked up 140,000 days of watch time in 2017, and these were the top 10 most watched videos published this year by total time watched.
Happy New Year everyone. Thanks for watching TFBTV.
Published on Jul 20, 2017
In this episode of TFBTV, James goes over what he thinks are the Top 5 movies from a gun guy’s perspective. James uses input from a poll completed by Patreon supporters in order to make this list. Gun porn need not apply, as all of these movies had positive critical acclaim, and a couple are even Academy Award nominees – you don’t need to watch a bad film to see a good gun movie.
Published on Mar 7, 2017
Killing a Hi-Point pistol is nothing short of hard to do, but we managed to do it. In this episode of TFBTV, Patrick, Senior Breaker-Of-Things for The Firearm Blog, sets out to review his Hi-Point JHP 45 but something unexpected happened when he ran out of ammo and had no mags to reload. While the Hi-Point stands up to just about every other YouTube torture test, it is no match for careless Patrick.
Published on May 17, 2017
The small arms markets of Darra Adam Khel have made themselves known throughout the world for the immaculate ability of talented Pashtuns to handcraft a large number of small arms and produce almost identical copies of numerous Western designs for over a century. In this episode, we look at a few rifles that were produced in Darra, along with their original Martini-Henry or SMLE originals. In addition, we take a look at a local monstrosity that is an 8mm magazine fed, M1917 Enfield action married with a Kalashnikov outline of a receiver and actual folding AKMS buttstock.
Published on Aug 25, 2017
In this very special episode of TFBTV, James has the privilege of introducing you the Glock’s new Generation 5 series of pistols. James was asked to visit Glock Headquarters in Smyrna, Georgia and shoot a case of ammunition through the new Gen. 5 Glock 17 and 19 at the Glock Operator Course over a two day period. In addition to functional and cosmetic changes, the Glock Gen. 5 has increased its reliability and service life, and James’ experience was no exception, as he and representatives from a number of other outlets shot thousands of rounds through the Gen. 5 Glocks without cleaning them, and they proved utterly reliable over the course period.
Published on Jan 9, 2017
In this episode of TFBTV, James tries to tackle a very big and surely disputable issue, ranking the Top 5 gun calibers. In this list, we have (5) a childhood favorite of all shooters (4) a controversial new tactical caliber that is making waves (3) a caliber that was invented for use in one particular platform, which platform has since ballooned in popularity (2) a caliber invented over a century ago that still continues to technologically advance and spread its influence, and; (1) a traditional, 150-year-old American standard used by sportsmen, hunters, and for home defense. Can you guess which calibers made the Top 5?
Published on Jun 15, 2017
In this extra-salty episode of TFBTV, James calls out five pistols that he thinks are extremely overrated. Unlike James’ Top 5 Most Overrated CCW Pistols video, James calls all of these out by make and model rather than category.
Published on Apr 19, 2017
The Welrod and Welwand are fascinating objects of a bygone era of espionage. Invented specifically for the British Special Operations Executive, they were purely weapons of assassination for use inside Fortress Europe or against Imperial Japanese Military officers. So effective and reliable were these weapons that the Welrod is reported to have been in active service until very recently behind the closed doors history of the British Special Air Service.
Published on May 12, 2017
Sometimes you are left wondering what the hell someone was thinking when they slapped their label on a product. In this episode of TFBTV, Patrick is going to take a look at his top five picks for the dumbest gun products he has come across either as a Senior Writer for The Firearm Blog or as a consumer. With the firearms industry growing at a rapid pace, there is a lot of room for less than scrupulous manufacturers to produce something that only checks the ‘cool’ box without addressing a specific need or use. There are far too many poor products on the market and as consumers, it is our job to spend wisely so that less than informed consumers aren’t roped in by the tacticool feels that they can be subject to.
Published on Jun 22, 2017
In this episode of TFBTV, James discusses 8 traits of the humble Ruger Mini-14 that actually best the high-speed, low-drag AR15. James also gives viewers a brief history of the Mini-14, including a discussion of improvements that have been made to bolster the Mini-14’s notoriously poor accuracy. Finally, James walks viewers through the firing, unloading, and reloading sequences to show the main differences between the manual of arms for the AR15 versus the Mini-14. It’s an assault rifle face-off in this episode of TFBTV!
Published on Mar 9, 2017
In this episode of TFBTV, James talks about five guns that he believes are under the radar in terms of being viable concealed carry options. While there are a lot of great concealed carry options out there (and while there are a lot more than five underrated concealed carry pistols, so…sequel?), all of these are worth a look even if they are niche guns geared towards users with particular needs.
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