Hickok45 to Viewers: ‘Get off my lawn!”

Hickok45 has a very simple message for viewers who want to drop by his home unannounced: “Get off my lawn!”

In this brief episode Hickok45 makes a very reasonable appeal to viewers: Don’t bother him at home. While it’s okay to say “Hi” to the man when he’s out and about or at a gun show, convention, event, it’s not alright to show up at the man’s front door uninvited.

Yes, this is not only common courtesy but common sense.  So, leave the man alone while he’s at home!  Got it?


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  • Warren Thoma July 28, 2017, 6:16 pm

    Just a short note. I am currently 74 — also a former teacher. My father, way back when, was a 30 year, sworn, Pennsylvania State Trooper. Of all crazy things, growing up, I was never allowed to have a gun — even though my father had many guns but they were off limits to me. I took a liking to your videos, took some courses at Trop’s Gun Shop in Elizabethtown, PA and based on your recommendations I bought a Glock 19, Gen 4. Absolutely love it. I am also in possession of my fathers Smith and Wesson .38 Caliber — Pre – Model 10 revolver, his Colt 1903, .32 caliber manufactured in 1905 and his Smith and Wesson .32 hammerless revolver from maybe the 1940’s. The latter three guns have never been fired by me and as far as I know, none of them have been fired since at least 1955.
    So glad I accidently ran into your videos and at age 74 I am a brand new shooter. My wife is very supportive but thinks I am crazy for taking up shooting at age 74. I also joined NRA.

    Warren E. Thoma — Elizabethville, PA (a small farming community 25 north of Harrisburg, PA)

  • Gene Bellucci February 18, 2017, 4:41 pm

    I think he does not give glock19 gen 4 ,9mm enough credit ,I also own several glocks, but in texas it is a the gun everyone wants

  • Norm Arseneau February 7, 2017, 12:46 pm

    I watch you on U-TUBE a lot and EVERY time you rack a slide on a semi-auto it takes hardly any effort, how do you accomplish that.I know my 1911 takes more effort. Am I just weak or do I not know how lol ?????????????



    • Carlton February 17, 2017, 10:36 am

      He’s 6’8″ (yes, really) and has hands to match. All that “big” makes for a lot of leverage.

  • Scott Crockarell January 29, 2017, 5:33 pm

    I was at Cracker Barrel last night with my father and seen Hickok45 . I wanted to ask to get a picture with him , but out of respect for him I only said Hello . People at my gunrange in Pa. probably want believe me , but that’s ok .
    Keep on rocking those gun videos!

  • Tracy Curtright December 23, 2016, 7:36 pm

    I don’t even go on to my friend s and family’s places unless they know I’m coming. If you’re ever in Kansas here’s an open invitation to stop by for a cup of coffee.

  • Dan Brown December 8, 2016, 2:46 pm

    I stumbled on your you tube channel and must say i have watched many of them some more than once. You have rekindled my love of lever guns and i also have bought a marlin 45/70 and i love it. keep up the good work. Only one question, my daily carry is a 44 mag Taurus tracker with a ported 4 inch barrel. i know you prefer a smith or colt but do you have any thoughts on the Taurus revolvers. Keep Shootin, Dan

  • Joe Burnes November 14, 2016, 6:12 pm

    Dear Mr Hickok45 Have you ever seen a Remington pump action 30-06? I saw one at cabelas for 429.00 and was thinking about buying it if it was a good deal.

    • Travis December 17, 2016, 8:12 pm

      They kick hard for a 30-06 lol but they are fun and great rifles

      • Ryan March 5, 2017, 3:16 pm

        My father bought me one for my 16th birthday years and years ago……it’s still my go to deer rifle….follow up shots are so easy although I’ve never needed one 😂

  • im comming by July 10, 2016, 12:51 pm

    I live in america and im headed there right now i will find out his house and stop by asap soon u soon hickok

    • WhereAllIsEmpty November 26, 2016, 4:16 am

      You obviously don’t live in America or else you wouldn’t start the comment with “I live in America” for no reason.

    • Lee Johnson January 7, 2017, 5:46 pm

      Leave Hickok45 alone when he is at home!! In America, we believe in property rights and right to privacy! Don’t show up anywhere uninvited!

  • Charli June 21, 2016, 3:28 pm

    Mr. Hickok45, please do a video on what one needs for a safe outdoor shooting range for the family.
    Yesterday I took some youngsters out to my farm and we shot at a stump just like Hickok45 shoots at in his videos.
    Some of the bullets bounced back at the shooters before I realized what was happening and immediately stopped!
    We were terrified!
    Thank you.

    • diggie September 18, 2016, 1:56 pm

      Were you shooting steel bullets at a rubber stump? If not, you lie.

  • Bob Howard February 6, 2016, 10:28 am

    The sad thing is…. that you even had to make this video at all.
    I have watched a few in which you say “If you use or like this…… (name of product)…… Let me know.” So what is the best way to “Let you know”. Wife and I spend a lot of vacation time in TN, but I dang sure ain’t knockin on your door. 😉

  • Larry January 19, 2016, 8:38 pm

    I enjoy watching your videos I find them to be very educational and keep up the good work sir.

  • Ed January 19, 2016, 9:22 am

    Will you please make a technical behind the camera video of the techniques of producing one of your videos. The videos are great but a wireless mic would help some of the drops in audio level when you turn away from the camera and continue the narration. I am a public access producer and shoot videos for shut ins at my church. Keep the videos coming. You have helped thousand make informed choices.

  • John Stanford January 17, 2016, 8:07 pm

    hickok45, have you ever made a program about your range? I want to do something but I would love some input from you…Thank you…I just got back into shooting and really enjoy your videos.

    • JM February 26, 2016, 5:08 pm

      I like how you’re asking Hickok questions, when…..he…..isn’t…..here. Ha.. However to answer your question, he does have an older “range tour” video. Just search it on youtube.

  • Ta65 December 8, 2015, 1:52 pm

    That’s as polite as it can be said. Common sense isn’t so common anymore.

  • Michael Benningfield November 29, 2015, 12:29 pm

    I’m not new to guns, but I will say I’m a novice. My first two guns were and still are the Taurus 357 (bought in 1988) and the Astra A 90 45acp (bought in 1990). Where were you when I needed you? I retired from California (40 million people, high prices and high crime) and moved to Indiana (6.8 million people, lower prices and less crime). My new found freedom has allowed me to obtain a CCW and spend more time on the internet where I discovered hickok45. I love the videos and have acquired much needed knowledge for conceal carry. I was hoping to visit the Compound, but I guess that’s “of the table”. But still, life if good and that’s all I gotta say about that.

  • Nicholas Grand October 31, 2015, 11:42 am

    Two (2) questions. 1) What brand is your hearing protection, and the noise rating? 2). Any comment on ” Buds Guns ” giving very poor customer service? I realize that they let you test guns, and this is a catch 22 situation…. Retired CPD and worked at Medical Examiner of Cook County. (Gacy and flight 191). And remember that there are two things in life. REASONS and RESULTS and that ONLY RESULTS count. Stay well and keep up the good work!!!!!!

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  • Dan September 25, 2015, 8:26 am

    As much I as I enjoy and learn so much from your videos I would NEVER stop in to meet you without an invitation. I found your videos within the past year and simply cannot get enough of them! I do love your property and all it represents. You seem to have a great family and your son does an excellent job! Please keep the informative videos coming and THANKYOU! Stay safe and healthy Sir!

  • Frank September 22, 2015, 11:39 pm

    Hickok 45,
    I would never JUST show up ! I enjoy the videos you do very much. Other than what is on the videos, I don’t know anything about YOU. In this video you indicate you were a teacher. Were you ever a Law Enforcement Officer (L.E.O.) ? I ask just for Firearms background info, Please. Please, Give a little info on your background.
    I am a Retired L.E.O. I taught in a “Local Police Academy” for many years. I retired after nearly 30 years at one Dept. People showing up at MY house UNINVITED have received an education ! I had to deal with a fellow and his brother who came to MY front door. They were going to show me, ” That I was Human by making me bleed ! They were animal abusers and thought I was a dog ! I instructed them on the PROPER way to communicate with me through the PD. They Left ! One with the evidence of a dirty muzzle ring on his nose ! I would not blame you if this was required !

  • John Martinolich September 19, 2015, 6:24 pm

    You stop making videos, I am going to come and find out why. Haha.

  • Dale in middle tn. September 3, 2015, 2:27 pm

    All this bashing of a guy who signs off his videos with “Life is good.”.
    He just wants a little respect and privacy. A man’s home IS HIS castle.

  • Jesse August 2, 2015, 3:19 pm

    I live in TN, as does Hickok45. Lands cheap, bullets are cheaper. If on my land, would of been a different story. And I’m sorry, but have you seen this MAN SHOOT. C’MON. Ain’t no way I would trespass on his land. He’s shoots a G17 @ 230 Yards…. Lolololol. I like my balls in the sack. Not out

  • Douglas A Schultz Sr May 12, 2015, 12:06 pm

    Sir, I would never show up at your place uninvited. But an invite to the Great Compound of Hickok45 is on my bucket list! For some people you just can’t fix stupid!
    Have a Great day, stay safe, and keep the videos coming! Disabled Doug.

  • Mike February 19, 2015, 4:23 am

    Sir , I enjoy lots of your gun reviews ! Thank you for doing them for the rest of us that can’t . I have learned alot from watching you ! I enjoy your wit and humor ,yet you have a professional way about you and respect for the firearms . I totally agree with what you said on this video; Your home and land are private and should remain private and respected as such ! Have a blessed day !

  • J E Wilson February 17, 2015, 3:43 pm

    I have enjoyed your videos since finding them on You Tube, but haven’t left comments until now. I congratulate you and would shake your hand for a well done ‘put them in their place’ video. Privacy should always be respected. Keep up the good work on the vid’s

  • Raleigh Thomas February 17, 2015, 1:16 pm

    This shouldn’t even have to be an issue. What in the heck is wrong with some of these people anymore? I grew up in the South, Fla. in particular, and was taught to respect people’s property and privacy, and wouldn’t even think to just show up on someone’s home property uninvited. You could damn sure be looking down the owners gun barrel, if not just flat out shot VERY easily where I come from. Get a brain, or get a body bag! I really enjoy Hickock45’s videos; I hope he doesn’t have to stop making them because of an idiot.

  • Justin February 17, 2015, 12:05 am

    Would be nice if he actually reviewed the guns he shoots…

    • Joe January 2, 2017, 2:58 pm

      He does review the guns. You just need to pay attention. This man is one of the best shots I have watched in a long time.
      I thought I was a pretty good shot with a 1911, but he makes me look like a rookie in boot camp!

  • Russ February 16, 2015, 5:32 pm

    I could only stay tuned in for half of the video, as it became very redundant.
    I happen to be one of the 99% who understands his point of view entirely.
    I’ve enjoyed his videos over the years and they’ve helped me to see the performance of many firearms.
    Please don’t make this great guy have to bother with shooting your ass dead, he doesn’t deserve that.
    Thank’s Hickok45!

  • Sasnak1 February 16, 2015, 4:20 pm

    Never heard of this guy.

    • Dale February 19, 2015, 1:14 am

      Well then…your missing out!

  • BRASS February 16, 2015, 4:00 pm

    Someone with as much experience and access to firearms would not be my first choice to annoy uninvited on his personal property or anywhere else for that matter, but:

    When you are dead, you don’t know that you are dead. It is only difficult for the others.
    It is the same when you are stupid.

    • d'zaster February 17, 2015, 7:58 pm


      That’s a gem!!!
      Thanks to Brass

  • Bill McGraw February 16, 2015, 2:57 pm

    Hickok is welcome at my privately owned range anytime. Strangers are not welcome at my range unless invited by me or a member and trespassers will be prosecuted. Misbehaving members will be expelled.

  • jim tidwell February 16, 2015, 12:50 pm

    super nice guy…please respect his wishes………

  • Benjiman February 16, 2015, 12:29 pm

    Hickock45 may not want you showing up at his house uninvited, but I’ve found that he’s more than happy to answer any questions you may have for him. I sent him a message on Facebook asking for his opinion on cast lead alloy bullets and the risk of ground water contamination when shooting on your own property (figured he’s the man to ask since he has a shooting gallery in his backyard) and was surprised by how quickly he responded.

  • Poka Girl February 16, 2015, 11:56 am

    We love Hickok45! He’s got a good sense of humor, and it is addictive to watch the boy in him come out each time he shoots…it is obvious that the man has a lot of fun making his vids. Let’s support him for his contributions to the gun community. In these dark days of the Republic, let us all pull together and support each other starting with mutual respect.

  • gym February 16, 2015, 11:21 am

    I can’t imagine anyone thinking it’s ok, to violate someone’s privacy by walking onto their property uninvited. Of course in FL, we don’t have a heck of a lot of land around our home, so it’s possible unless there are signs all over to accidently wander on to someone’s rural land. But if it’s clearly marked, then unless you “broke down, or are delivering a package or mail” you have no business there unless invited
    Even here people get shot for that very thing, even Repo drivers with legitimate business. But Hickok does have a habit of taking a one sentence thought and making a three paragraph statement out of it, and always humbling himself to a fault.
    Just keep off his dam property unless he invited you, What is this the Beatles landing at JFK?

  • mark February 16, 2015, 11:06 am

    people are idiots! why bother you at home? what a bunch of losers

  • mark February 16, 2015, 11:06 am

    people are idiots! why would they bother you at home? what a bunch of losers

  • Steve Hopkins February 16, 2015, 11:04 am

    It’s difficult for me to believe anyone would be rude enough to show up at his home uninvited! Of course I’ve never understood people. I think Hickok45 does some of the best reviews, and does them with an appropriate sense of humor. Of course, he does make jokes about Kentuckians–very tasteless. I’m from Kentucky, but I now live in Franklin, TN, and I don’t want to go back. Keep up the good work!

    • mikelasnicov February 16, 2015, 1:49 pm

      Hickok is originally from Kentucky. I think that’s why he likes to crack on them so much.

  • WiscoGunner February 16, 2015, 10:38 am

    It is too bad that Hickok45 has to take so much time to make this video. Come on, people, use some common sense! How would you like strangers to knock on your door every day unannounced?!
    I appreciate Hickok45’s gun reviews and have used them time and again to make decisions about trying out a particular gun or recommending one to a friend.
    Hickok…keep up the good work!

  • Michael February 16, 2015, 9:16 am

    Hickok was getting old and cranky 30 years ago and just isn’t the same person anymore. He bad talks many of his subscribers and there honest comments. He’s become arrogant and he’s not the same guy anymore…

    • Bigshooter69 February 16, 2015, 9:50 am

      See above

    • Tom K February 16, 2015, 10:56 am

      Come on, do you know anyone who can please All of the people All of the time? What’s rude to you, may be acceptable, and justified to another person. Are you smiley, and giddy all the time? Your comment suggests otherwise.. You seem to be putting Hickok 45 on a pedestal, and I’m sure he doesn’t want to be there. He is human, with human emotions, and deals with life’s trials everyday, as you and I do.. If you want perfect love and attention, subscribe to Jesus.. Take 100 people, and you will have 5 different views of the same situation.. They will not all be the same as your or I or Hickok45 see it. If things were that easy, then Congress could all agree.. LOL…

      • bigshooter69 February 16, 2015, 1:54 pm

        How would you possibly know that he doesnt want to be on a pedestal? Watch your pea sized balls…he may gun for you next

    • George Veneziano February 11, 2016, 11:35 am

      What videos are you watching. Sounds like we are on different chanels..
      H45 is awesome I’ve have learned so much in a very short time Cuz of H45 please check yourself Hill keep up great work and I’ll keep learning thank you so much . PS. I now own my first Glock 23. What did it ? Glock 23 the run down thanks again George Veneziano Santa Rosa ca

    • Joe January 2, 2017, 3:03 pm

      No, Michael, you are arrogant and guilty of badmouthing Hickock! I would not want ou comng to my place unannounced either.
      It is people like you who instigated this video

  • bigshooter69 February 16, 2015, 9:15 am

    To all you hickok45 haters….I hope he shoots your small balls off at 50paces

  • mark February 16, 2015, 8:25 am

    Hickok45 is a valuable resource to the gun community and I’m certain most gun folks would agree. I agree with the things he states in this video except for his percentages on people who possess common sense and/or are clueless; the actual percentages, in my experiences, are far, far less. I think he’s being too kind.

  • Jet1200 February 16, 2015, 7:52 am


    Maybe so, but why should you care, if you get bored, just sign off and invest your precious time elsewhere!!!

  • Dean W. February 16, 2015, 7:34 am

    Well spoken, especially the logic of ‘safety’… just think of someone walking up from the road across the compound while he’s producing a video & racking some rounds? They might get their heads shot off.

  • Kimber February 16, 2015, 7:19 am

    Common sense would dictate ,dont show up at the mans house come on.

  • Baco February 16, 2015, 7:04 am

    Hickock45 is an air bag. He repeats hinself way too much. He takes ten minutes to say something that normally should take about 30 seconds.

    • Pila February 16, 2015, 7:29 am

      Hickock45 has to take ten minutes to say 30 seconds worth of sensible thought because it takes more than ten minutes for your pea brain to absorb the obvious.

    • William E Handy Jr February 16, 2015, 11:37 am

      Baco…. His appeal is directed at YOU!

    • John Martinolich September 19, 2015, 6:26 pm

      No, he is a beanbag into which one can comfortably settle.

    • Ken September 19, 2015, 9:12 pm

      I really wish that you Sir would just relax Hickok is one of the most calm men and you should respect the knowledge the man share with us all! I am Canadian up in Vancouver BC and when I am stressed from daily life, I love the mans voice and knowledge about rifles and guns I will watch some over again. To myself personally he comes across as a Gentleman, for me it would be a honor to meet him and his family, but even up in Canada you need that invite to visit and I am sure that he wants to enjoy his family at home without interruption’s from Stranger’s. The mans home is his castle just think of Hickock45 and his home with 20walls and a mote with a sign no garbage mail please! Bless you! Hikock45 you give me when I want to go do some targets and can’t, that get away and just enjoy watching you shoot away and that laugh makes it all worth the while!

    • Steve Crowley August 27, 2016, 1:08 pm

      The attributes that make Hickok45’s videos so wonderful and watchable are:
      1) His Passion!
      2) Knowledge and Enthusiasm
      3). That Amazing Compound
      4). His Amazing Collection and Access to MORE
      5) The Fact that We Would All like to have him as a Friend
      6) Don’t Forget Son John and his Fine Camera Work.
      7) He’s just a One of a Kind kinda Guy!
      Written by a guy that at ten years old was sitting on his bed after school reading Guns & Ammo, and also a Network
      TV Producer and Anchor. Hickok45 is TV “the way things oughta be.”
      Thank you Hickok and John and God Bless!

  • Frank Boffey February 11, 2015, 6:59 pm

    It’s not polite to come by uninvited, unless you’re Publishers Clearing House with that big check.

    • Andy West February 16, 2015, 7:31 pm

      Frank, I agree with you and Hickok 45. This should be common sense and respect practiced by all.

  • Reggie February 11, 2015, 4:15 pm

    Nicely put… & I agree! Please respect his privacy. Great reviews BTW. I used one just the other day for the possible purchase of an FN bull pup.

    • Sal February 16, 2015, 5:21 am

      You seam like a nice guy, I learnd a lot watching you show. No one should bother you at your home unless invited.

    • Mike February 16, 2015, 8:50 am

      I’m sure you are aware (as you are ex LEO) of the unstable individuals who walk among us everyday who appear to be rock steady on the surface but underneath are just the contrary … this is why we carry concealed, and the reason you are in this business in the first place. Please be careful and vigilant about the nut jobs showing up at your property and take great care to record DMV plate numbers and if possible try to ID whomever these people are in the off chance it turns out badly … Unfortunately maybe it’s time for video surveillance – just sayin’

    • Randall Elkins February 16, 2015, 12:11 pm

      I met you at a store and have very much enjoyed your videos! As a fellow boomer, this seems to be just another manifestation of the BLATANT selfishness and ingrained disrespect of the “it’s all about ME” X Generation.
      This is what happens when parents abdicate their role and responsibility as parents to others in pursuit of their own selfish needs addictions and desires.
      It sickens me.
      Shoot the next one for trespassing and I guarantee the word will spread quickly and this shit will stop!

      • Niles October 24, 2015, 5:49 pm

        Gen X is not your enemy. We’re not nearly as brainwashed as younger generations.

      • TRT November 8, 2015, 4:58 pm

        And you know this person was gen x how exactly?

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