Hickok45 YouTube internet star

Hickok45’s YouTube Account Terminated by Google

We all know that the devil is in the details on terms and conditions for any website, but Google’s termination of Hickok45’s YouTube account is an overreach at best.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with the YouTube star, Hickok45, you’re missing out on some of the best shooting demos on the internet. He has a personality that’s matched only by the explosions he shows on his channel, but the fun is tempered with a true understanding of shooting, and of the firearms he demonstrates. He’s been on YouTube since 2007, offering hundreds of videos on everything from older guns of the 1800″s, to modern weapons of the 21st century.

Hickok45 YouTube internet star
Hickok45 YouTube internet star


The latest update from the YouTube stars Facebook account reads:

“Apparently, Google + is more sensitive about firearms related postings and such. I never use Google+ and did not even realize the videos were being posted over there, I guess. I will keep you posted via Facebook here and the Hickok45andson channel. I have communicated with YouTube via email this morning, and hopefully, we’ll be able to get the channel back up soon. I had just posted a new video.”

Google Terminates YouTube Channel of Hickock45
Google Terminates YouTube Channel of Hickock45

We here at Midsouth post demo videos, as well as sales and giveaway videos. There doesn’t seem to be a way to disconnect your YouTube post from the Google+ platform, when you have a Google Account. Also, why suspend his YouTube account if he’s in violation of the Google+ policies, and not the YouTube Policy. There looks to be a direct correlation between uploads onto YouTube, and the Google+ and Email accounts connected when they force you to create your Google Accounts.

From the Google+ Terms and Conditions:

“If your content promotes regulated goods and services, including alcohol, gambling, pharmaceuticals and unapproved supplements, tobacco, fireworks, weapons, or health/medical devices, you are responsible for applying the appropriate age and geographical restrictions for that content, If we receive a complaint that such content is targeting audiences in violation of applicable laws and regulations, we may remove or restrict the offending content or account.”

As gun control takes center stage for 2016, we have to ask the question: “Are providers, like Google, going to inset themselves further into the political mix when it comes to gun control?”

It’s no secret that when it comes to items within our industry, be it posts about new products, political woes, or demo videos, that these posts will be throttled on venues like Google+ and Facebook. Just showing a “weapon” will keep one from being able to advertise on certain web search sites, much like Google.

Hickok45, we appreciate what you do for our shooting community, and we hope the issue is resolved quickly. We will post updates as they come in.

UPDATE: From Hickok45 Facebook Post 1/6/16

“ALSO: please stay tuned here and at the Hickok45andson channel on YouTube for any information. I cannot answer all the questions, of course, that are flowing in. I’ll just have to keep you updated here as we know anything. Appreciate all the expressions of support. Thanks.”

UPDATE: From Hickok45 Youtube

Looks like his channel is back up, or has been reinstated as of 12:14 PM CDT on 1/6/16. Check it out right here!

UPDATE: Quote from Hickok45

“We’re BACK! It was a long scary morning. I really don’t know what I’d do if I were not able to inflict lame humor upon millions of shooting enthusiasts every week! Life is fragile, especially “virtual” life. smile

32 thoughts on “Hickok45’s YouTube Account Terminated by Google”

  1. I have enjoyed many of his videos. The long term fix is to leave YouTube and Google behind. Create your own website and post your videos there. You can accept either advertising or donations our both to help fund both the website and future video production. I wish you continued success, metro up the good fight.

    Please pass this on to Hickok45.

  2. Hickok 45 is the real deal. straight forward…down to earth …tell you like it is ….what to do and not to do to keep everyone safe ….and still have a ton of fun enjoying shooting .. ..one of the best informational supporters of all kinds shooting and firearms …You don’t see a lot of over the top exaggerated crap, just real down to earth information that every one can learn from. Straight forward good information from a very knowledgeable man with many years of hands on experience with some good old fashioned fun and humor thrown in to keep things interesting from time to time. Thanks Hickok 45 !

  3. This man is very helpful to many people and has a very good humour, but serious about teaching fire arms safety. I am 63 yrs old and have been shooting since I was about 8 yrs old and he has the same values as I have and been teaching my children and grandchildren for years.If this man and his son are taken off they will bee a lot of people growing up without a parent to teach them the fun and safety of guns.Life is good.!!

  4. Google and Yahoo are left wing California companies who host mostly liberal blogs. Start looking for other homepages and search engines.

    1. You got that right. To hell with google. I’m finished with their crap and would encourage others to transition away from their search portal, Email, etc as soon as they can.

  5. Communism is slowly inserting itself into this country! We need to stick together and clean it! Hickory45 is still out there so we will find ways to get him on the air! Where there is a law, there is a way to go around it! In a good way!

  6. I do wonder how long it will be before this administration pressures Google and the like to take down videos they don’t like? It has been rumored that anyone saying a single word about guns are reported to the government now! That I can truly believe!

  7. I think it may come to pass that gun owners take their viewership to another video hosting program. Im sure thaey would welcome a few million gun enthusiasts to bolster their ranks. These PC channels can **** ** ****.

  8. Why would you publish his real name?? This is unnecessary and despicable. No one should support Midsouth Shooters Supply if this is the way you treat Hickok 45. I know of one customer you’ve lost for sure.

    1. Really? People know his name, and we are by far not the first one to publish his given name. He’s far from hiding from anyone, and proud of what he’s accomplished on his vlog. We would never reveal anything he ever purchased from us, or any intention he had with anything from his collection, but he’s far from a veiled figure, especially in our industry. We appreciate your concern on his behalf, and understand your comment. Thank you!

    2. Midsouth is correct. Hickok45 is not difficult to find out his real name. I don’t think Midsouth meant any harm by doing that.

  9. I really like old Greg.He knows ,explains and is a pleasure to watch.Google better think twice.

  10. Well, looks like they’ve taken him down again but Hickok45andson is up. Hope they don’t do this with TiborasaurusRex’s Sniper 101 channel. There’s still too many videos I need to download and save!

    Libtards! Bah!

  11. What about the supposed russian!! Mr. 45 is a school teacher for little kids and most of them probably don’t Evan know he owns a gun.. yahoo sucks folks!! Dump your account!!!

  12. It’s all about education. We need to educate those who have no clue about how much fun and how important it is to shoot. Most people that have never been around a gun have only the TV and Hollywood to put ideas in their head about firearms and what they do. I have suggested to a few liberals to watch the Outdoor Channel on a Wednesday night to get an idea about how people use guns in their everyday life and to even make a living with. Most of them have been so brainwashed that it is hard to even get them to consider watching anything positive about guns without thinking people that like them are crazy and just want to hurt other people. They don’t even consider that if you carry concealed, you do it to protect yourself AND people like them too. Like I said, it all boils down to educating them.

  13. I have been following Hickock45 for a short time now in Canada .
    He treats the firearm as a tool ( which it is !) as well as teaches individuals all about these tools so followers can make informed decisions whether to purchase or not , but he also incorporates alittle bit of history behind each one .Hickock 45 is providing a very good service that should be looked upon as Genuine as well as honest…cheers Sir

  14. As of 1/9/16 @ 0625H CST the account is listed as terminated for repeated violations of Google policies when I try to view it. Needs an alternative site for hosting. Will miss very much

  15. “This account has been terminated due to repeated violations of Google’s policies.”

    They’ve taken it down again (as of Jan 9th).

  16. I don’t agree with taking his channel down, but it was no doubt caused by his recent video on muzzle breaks and solvent traps.

  17. I love watching Hickok45 gun reviews, and any video hosting program that does not support him and other gun related videos must be anti- gun, ANT-AMERICAN.

  18. I have terminated my Google+ account and given them my opinion about their censorship without first contacting the affected person. I believe they were very unprofessional. While one voice might not make a difference I will still try. I completely agree with Mr. Dean Libby that the information is valuable for for most shooters as training or insight into firearms we may not be familiar with. Greg volunteers his time and resources to improve our community and deserves respect. God Bless

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