The internet is full of information, but there is also entertainment disguised as information, and no shortage of misinformation. Guns are no exception, and as emotions run high and legislation looms, insanity on the internet escalates too. Where do you go for good information presented in an honest, calm manner? I have three channels to recommend.
Paul Harrell is a calm, knowledgeable presenter who likes to qualify his statements with admitting his own knowledge, experience, etc. may be incomplete. No hype, just the facts.
Ian McCollum is a firearms historian and marksman who visits museums and auction houses to discuss old guns and oddball designs. He discusses historical context, design development, and other esoteric topics related to each firearm. He covers proof marks, serial numbers, and usually some tips if counterfeits and alterations are common. Most videos include disassembly and discussion of the internal design merits. Sometimes he even takes these rifles to the range so he can shoot them and offer his personal impressions, too.
Ian also frequently partners with Kyle Kasarda of InRange.tv to produce videos that range from serious reviews to history to silly "what-if" videos and experiments with historical weapons in shooting competitions. Definitely worth a watch.
There is a time and place for hype and theatrics, but I appreciate the way these channels maintain a relatively low-key, factual manner. Who do you recommend? Comment below! Include links!