Category Archives: New Shooters

Gear Review: Smoke ‘Em Targets – Colorful Smoking Targets

December 1, 2013 // Christopher Dine, //


I had the pleasure of doing some target shooting over the weekend.  Having spent most of my hard-earned money along with a wild mob at Wal-Mart on ‘Black Friday,’ I was in the mood to do some good old-fashioned plinking.  If you don’t know what plinking is then you’re new to the shooting scene, and that’s fine.  Welcome.  Plinking is what shooters call shooting .22s, or other small calibers.  Something made this weekend’s plinking a little more fun, and that was shooting some colorful smoke emanating targets from Smoke ‘Em Targets.


Smoke ‘Em Targets is a relatively new company, so you may not have heard of them (particularly if you didn’t know what plinking is).  Well here’s how their targets work:  1) You shoot them; and 2) colorful smoke plumes out!  Pretty simple really, and much more interesting than shooting paper.  The smoke indicates a hit, and it just plain looks cool!  Here’s some videos of the targets in action, including one of ours: Smoke ‘Em Targets Videos.  Not only are these targets fun to shoot, but they’re 100% made in the USA.  And when you run out of “smoke,” you can put clay pigeons in the smoke cartridge holders, or just order more smoke from an American company.

I had a lot of fun shooting these targets, and I think you would too.  When you’re shooting .22lr, why not splurge on some premium targets to make things more interesting?  Smoke ‘Em Targets are an especially good option if you’re taking your little one shooting with you, or hosting a youth shoot.  They offer a variety of reactive shooting products.  These targets offer good old-fashioned, wholesome shooting fun.

(PS – I didn’t spend any of my hard-earned money at Wal-Mart or anywhere else on Black Friday.  That was a literary embellishment.  I was safe and sound on the couch!)


Falia Reviews – Female Perspective on Firearms, Concealed Carry and More

April 3, 2013

Here’s another great YouTube channel I want to share with you: faliaphotography.  Her channel description reads, “Female Perspective on Firearms, Gear, Concealed Carry, and Preparedness.”  This channel offers excellent reviews on firearms, holsters, concealed carry issues with a particular focus on issues that interest many female gun owners.  That being said, the information she provides is also very helpful to male gun owners too!  Her reveiws provide a lot of great information, and we think you’ll agree.  Turn off The Real Housewives of Atlanta, and take a few minutes check out some of her videos!

– Gun Think


Five YouTube Gun Channels You Should Be Watching

February 9, 2013

Whether you’re new to the shooting scene, or a seasoned pro, here’s five YouTube channels you should be watching:

1) HICKOK45 – Over 425,000 subscribers know that HICKOK45 is very experienced when it comes to shooting, and he shares not only his knowledge but also his joy for shooting.  If you’re new to shooting, check out his “Basics” playlist. |

2) Military Arms Channel – This channel provides excellent, comprehensive and very informative reviews of all types of firearms, from the Makarov to the FN SCAR. If you want to know all the little features of a firearm and how to operate it, this is the channel. |

 3) The Nutnfancy Project – With over 123 million views, this is “The Original Outdoor and Tactical Gear Adventure Channel with heart, humor, and quality information for LE, military, and responsible civilians.” “Nutnfancy” addresses the potential uses of guns and gear, and is a big advocate for personal responsibility when it comes to your own safety.  This is a great channel for comprehensive reviews of guns and gear. |

4) FateofDestinee – “Weapons, Gear & Fitness with a Twist.” Destinee understands that fitness is a critical part of protecting yourself and preserving your life (For many people, their couch poses the biggest threat to their lives).  Check out this channel for tips on guns, concealed carry, holsters, fitness and more. |

5) MrColionNoir Gun Channel – “Firearms Aficionado, Concealed Carrier, Gun Reviewer, Budding Attorney, Youtuber, but most people call me Mr. Colion Noir.” He speaks his mind and he’s a strong supporter of concealed carry. |

YouTube is an excellent resource for the new shooter. This is not a “Top Five” list, but these are five great channels to start with if you’re new to YouTube.  It would be difficult to identify the five best gun channels. The truth is there are dozens, if not hundreds, of great YouTube channels that provide comprehensive gun reviews and advocate for your Second Amendment rights.  Check back soon for a more comprehensive list of YouTube gun channels we recommend.

– Gun Think