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‘Gun Drummer’ fires bullets to the beat of heavy metal songs



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This provides heavy steel an entire new which means. 

Nate Wilkinson of Ashland, Ohio, calls himself the Gun Drummer. With a toothy grin, he beats his drums and unloads hundreds of pistol, machine gun and even tank shells down vary, matching the beat and melody of head-banging songs with every pull of the set off.

“It’s all adrenaline,” Wilkinson informed The Submit. “I attempt to shoot my movies in a single take, so for 2 to 4 minutes, it’s simply chaos.” 

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Nate Wilkinson mentioned he usually spends round $500 on bullets per video.

Wilkinson, a fan of heavy steel bands like Slipknot and Pantera, filmed his first video in 2019 as a goof, however after it acquired greater than 2 million views on Fb in a day, he realized he had successful. He now has greater than 200,000 YouTube subscribers however was lately pulled from TikTok, the place he had 65,000 followers.

“None of those platforms are essentially pleasant to firearm content material, so it’s an uphill battle,” he mentioned. “Individuals get afraid of firearms, normally. I believe that’s why extra folks don’t get into them and even assault for you having fun with them.”

All his movies are safely shot at a gun vary he rents out.

Wilkinson filmed his first video in 2019.
Wilkinson filmed his first video in 2019.

For Independence Day, Wilkinson donned a militia uniform and fired a musket to Metallica’s “Don’t Tread on Me.” Throughout the holidays, he coated Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” gleefully strolling by way of an armory stacked with numerous AK-47s, sniper rifles and miniguns earlier than firing off to the earworm.

A shoot will be exhausting and costly, particularly when blasting two fully-loaded machine weapons from the hip.

“It most likely seems loads simpler than it truly is, however for an entire tune, I’m going by way of lots of and even hundreds of rounds, so it may be actually tiring,” Wilkinson mentioned. “I usually spend about $500 on bullets for a video.”

Along with espresso mugs and T-shirts, Wilkinson’s on-line store additionally sells empty shell casings and bullet-riddled cymbals – destroyed copper disks that go two for $80.

“I’ve been getting cymbals by the pallet at this level and transport them out in pizza bins on a regular basis,” he mentioned. “I say to my spouse, ‘Hey, child, I’ve acquired to go shoot some cymbals,’ prefer it’s a job or one thing.”

Wilkinson fell in love with firearms at a younger age and fondly remembers the day his dad purchased him a Ruger 10/22 rifle. 

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Wilkinson now has greater than 200,000 YouTube subscribers.

“They’re actually engineering marvels. Weapons are a really deep rabbit gap, and you may fall into it without end,” he mentioned. “It’s additionally necessary free of charge folks to have the ability to have these and know how one can function them. Evil folks will at all times discover a method to make use of them, so good folks have to know how one can use them as effectively.”