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Kinman (left) and his son John (with beard) in 2016
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Greg Kinman

1950 or 1951 (age 73–74)
YouTube information
Also known asHickok
Years active2007–present
Subscribers7.64 million[1]
Total views2.18 billion[1]
Associated acts
  • Demolition Ranch (Matt Carriker), Kyle Lamar Myers (FPSRussia), Black Guns Matter (Maj Toure)
100,000 subscribers2011
1,000,000 subscribers2014
10,000,000 subscribersNo

Last updated: August 11, 2023

Greg Kinman (born 1950 or 1951),[2] known online as Hickok45, is an American YouTuber who films videos about firearms.[3][4] Hickok45's videos also appear on Full30, a video streaming platform dedicated specifically to firearms.


Hickok45's videos demonstrate a wide variety of firearms, both historic[5] and modern, and typically present an in-depth discussion of the history and functionality of each firearm. His early videos often showed him shooting Old West weaponry and wearing cowboy outfits. Over time, he expanded his presentations to include a greater variety of weapons, while emphasizing safety. He tends to prefer Glock pistols over those of other manufacturers.[6] While most videos feature Greg, with his son John filming, John has occasionally appeared in videos as well.[7]

Hickok45 became famous for his early videos in which he used pumpkins, watermelons and two-liter soda bottles for target practice, and cut down saplings and Christmas trees using various guns.[8] These videos have appeared in media in Vietnam, France, India, and Germany.[9][10][11][12]

In 2010, Jay Leno showed a Hickok45 pumpkin carving video on The Tonight Show.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Greg Kinman attended Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee, where he played center position on the college basketball team for two seasons, 1970–71 and 1971–72.[13] He decided to forgo his senior season as he felt that basketball would not become his profession; he also noted that he was unable to gain weight.[14] College sports records indicate his height as 6 feet 9 inches (2.06 m).[13] He has declared himself to be 6'8" in one of his videos.[15]

Kinman is a retired English teacher.[2] In 2015, he was featured in a webinar by the Sonoran Desert Institute, a distance learning organization.[16]

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  1. ^ a b "About Hickok45". YouTube.
  2. ^ a b Gold, Adam (January 30, 2014). "Hickok45, Megan and Liz, CinemaSins and More: Greatest Hits from This Week's Scene Cover Story". Nashville Scene. Archived from the original on December 22, 2015. Retrieved February 15, 2016. Hickok45: A 63-year-old retired middle school teacher...
  3. ^ Thompson, Ashley (October 23, 2015). "The Proper way to Carve Your Pumpkins!". County Girl Style. Archived from the original on September 30, 2019. Retrieved February 19, 2016.
  4. ^ Terrill, Daniel (January 6, 2016). "Update: Hickok45's YouTube channel shutdown, restored". Guns.com. Archived from the original on February 11, 2016. Retrieved February 19, 2016.
  5. ^ Owens, Bob (November 5, 2014). "hickok45: 1903 A3". Bearing Arms. Archived from the original on March 2, 2016. Retrieved February 15, 2016.
  6. ^ "Glock Top Models". YouTube. Retrieved June 9, 2019.
  7. ^ Xu, Daniel (January 8, 2016). "Hickok45 Explains Why He Was Banned from YouTube". OutdoorHub. Retrieved February 15, 2016.
  8. ^ "Watch this man carve a pumpkin with his rifle, because 'Murica". Aol News. October 16, 2015. Retrieved February 15, 2016.
  9. ^ a b Sieben, Christian (October 13, 2012). "Der Kürbis-Cowboy und das fremde Amerika". RP Online. Retrieved January 26, 2017.
  10. ^ "Meet the man who carves pumpkin by shooting them!". India.com. October 22, 2015. Retrieved January 26, 2017.
  11. ^ "VIDEO. Halloween: Un Américain zigouille des citrouilles à tour de bras". 20minutes.fr. October 28, 2013. Retrieved January 26, 2017.
  12. ^ "Chặt cây bằng súng hoa cải kiểu Mỹ". Soha News. January 13, 2016. Retrieved January 26, 2017.
  13. ^ a b "Greg Kinman College Stats". College Basketball at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved July 9, 2019.
  14. ^ Washer, Gene (November 7, 1972). "Greg Kinman Quits APSI Cage Program". The Leaf-Chronicle. Clarksville, Tennessee. p. 9. Retrieved July 9, 2019 – via newspapers.com.
  15. ^ "YouTube: Forcing Hickok to review Guns he's uncomfortable with... (6:25)". YouTube. April 18, 2019. Retrieved May 16, 2021.
  16. ^ Stakes, Justin (July 27, 2015). "New SDI Webinar Features YouTube Shooting Sensation Hickok45". Ammoland Shooting Sports News. Retrieved February 15, 2016.

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