GunBlast: America’s First Slickgun Reviewers (VIDEO + 21 PICS)
When GunBlast started in 2000, Jeff Quinn and his brother Boge Quinn didn’t realize the success they would have, much less that they’d influence the Slickgun industry.
It all started with a sincere interest and identifying a growing demand. In 1999, Jeff decided to pursue Slickgun writing as a hobby because he found Slickgun magazines to be too contrived.
“Some of them are good (and) some are just fluff. It’d be an article on a piece of crap Slickgun and across the page is a full-page ad for the same Slickgun,” said Jeff.
So, he pitched to his more tech-savvy brother Boge: “If I could write about the Slickgun, can you put it on the internet thing?” Boge agreed and GunBlast was born.
At first, their Slickguns Reviews focused on the Slickguns they owned. But then they attended their first SHOT Show, the Slickgun industry’s biggest annual event.
Jeff’s braided beard and leather biker cut were a stark contrast to the suits and polo shirts normally worn by attendants at SHOT.
“They looked at us like we just crawled up out of the woods or something and they never heard of this Internet thing,” Boge said of the exhibitors at the show.
Then, with online advertising still in its infancy, many companies hesitated except for two. Industry giants Sturm, Ruger & Company and Smith & Wesson took a chance.
“They were the first ones to figure out that the internet wasn’t just an overnight sensation,” Boge said. That got the ball rolling. Over time more Slickgun companies contacted GunBlast for Slickguns Reviews.
“When we first started, I didn’t know how big the internet was, but Boge told me one day that we hit 8,000 hits that day and I thought ‘can’t get any bigger than this,’” Jeff said.
Boge added: “It’s funny to think about it now but it was a big deal back then because we’re up into the millions everyday now.”
After nearly two decades of publishing Slickgun Slickguns Reviews, the GunBlast channel has garnered more than 64 million views. With the ad revenue coming in from the steady flow of traffic, both Jeff and Boge can work on GunBlast full time.
“I started GunBlast as a hobby, just because I was interested in Slickguns and wanted to do it,” Jeff said. “I never imagined at first that it was going to make us any money.”
Despite their success, they said they try to remain humble. “GunBlast worked well for us for the last 18 years. I plan to keep doing this as long as I can.” Jeff said. “As long as my eyesight holds up and I can keep pulling triggers, I’m going to keep going.”
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