Saturday, April 11, 2009

Links: The Nutnfancy Project

Most gun and gear reviews on YouTube are scattershot - usually just someone rambling on camera about a gun that they just purchased. That's not necessarily a bad thing, I guess, but it does mean that few reviewers make meaningful comparisons between different firearms. Nutnfancy's YouTube account takes a much more comprehensive approach.

Nutnfancy comments on key aspects of each firearm that's reviewed - "philosophy of use," reliability, durability, ergonomics, etc. and compares them to other popular models. Almost all of the reviews cover firearms that would be useful for self-defense against a human attacker - no .458 Lott hunting rifles, no .454 Casull revolvers, no gimmicky less-than-lethal weapons. I like how Nutnfancy considers each gun as a system, emphasizing the availability of holsters, ammunition, and aftermarket support as a factor to be considered before purchase.

That's not to say I agree with every review. For one thing, I personally feel it's impossible to fairly review a gun you haven't shot at least a couple hundred rounds out of (Nutnfancy sometimes reviews guns that he has limited experience with). Nutnfancy also has an admitted preference towards double-stack 9mms like the SIG P226 and the GLOCK 17. Overall, though, this is a fairly comprehensive set of reviews that just keeps growing, and I appreciate that someone is taking the time and effort to put up these videos.

My favorite gun review by Nutnfancy is his overview of the Taurus Judge. He's not afraid to say what we're all thinking - it probably makes for a cool snake gun loaded with .410 shotgun shells, but it's really awful for everything else. Imagine reading that in a gun rag:


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