This week I wrote a deep-dive on John Keys and Shermichael Singleton’s fascinating new show Guns Out TV. As I mentioned in the piece, I was actually featured in the pilot episode, so I figured I’d give you the inside story on what it’s like to actually shoot with those guys.
That day at my local range was actually the first time I’d met Shermichael and John. I’d been talking with Shermichael on Twitter for a while before then. He’s an insightful guy whose personal politics match mine pretty well. And he’s a gun guy too. So, we followed each other.
After I posted a video of me shooting a braced Sig Sauer P320, he reached out to say we should hit up the range soon. I agreed. And that’s how I ended up in what became the pilot episode of Guns Out.
We ended up at Sharpshooters in Lorton, Va. It was last October, and Sharpshooters is both an indoor range and unheated. So, it was cold and the coronavirus numbers were starting to pick up again. Not the best of combinations.
But I had a good coat and a KN-95 mask and a desire to get out to the range again for the first time in a long time. And that was enough to get me to go.
So, what are they like? If you’ve watched any episode of Guns Out, you already have a good idea. Unlike some others in TV or politics, Shermichael and John are the same guys whether the camera is on or off.
They really are that friendly and energetic. That fast-witted and quick with a joke. That insightful.
And they really do have an undeniable chemistry as friends. It’s was easy to see, even then, that their conversations had the necessary drive and pace to carry a TV show.
As for the guns, Shermichael was really into his Stacattos. John was into his AR, which he’d painted a nice shade of red to match his Glock.
I ended up doing a bit of range surgery on Shermichael’s newly-upgraded AR trigger. After that, it was butter smooth.
They both loved my Sig Sauer P320 X-Five, which shows they have fantastic taste. They even had a little competition with it.
They were clearly competent shooters. John was a Marine for 12 years, and Shermichael has done competitive shooting. But, at the same time, they aren’t know-it-alls. They’re down-to-earth shooters with plenty left to learn.
That’s another quality that makes them good TV hosts. I can’t wait to shoot with them again, on- or off-camera.