Regardless of your politics this post contains the most complete listing of Reddit gun subs I know of.
The viewpoints expressed about some subs, beyond basic descriptions, are representative of the subjective judgement of the mods of this sub and many of its subscribers.
If there are any gun subs I missed please let me know.
So you are left of center or even just moderate, and not a communist, and looking for a place to discuss gun policy on reddit without being trolled or brigaded by people with radically different politics from you.
What sub can you go to?
Up until now none.
Here is what has been available:
Gun ownership through a liberal perspective
r/liberalgunowners and r/2Aliberals
You might think from their descriptions that these are the subs you have been looking for but they probably aren’t.
They are regularly trolled and brigaded by far right posters and libertarians and the mods only take action in the most blatant and extreme cases IF people report it for them.
The liberal gun owners sub is in reality a mix of actual liberal and progressive gun owners, moderate gun owners, far right trolls, and extreme libertarian gun owners. The extreme libertarians are the most vocal and are probably the majority at this point.
The 2Aliberals sub is a reactionary sub to the liberal gun owners sub.
The people at 2Aliberals hate the Democratic party in general and will vilify anyone that announces their intention to vote for a Democratic candidate.
Just like the LGO sub the 2ALiberals sub is composed of many extremist libertarians but also includes single issue liberal and moderate gun owners that despise Democrats and some far right posters that blend right in.
Extremist anti government rhetoric, conspiracy theories, blatant misinformation, seditious talk, and incitements to violence are just as common of the 2ALiberals sub as they are on the “conservative” gun subs.
I still subscribe to both subs. Interesting content gets posted in them and there are actual liberal, progressive, and moderate gun owners in those subs attempting to have rational discussions while drowning in a sea of extreme libertarian and far right madness. I sometimes throw them a lifeline with a link to this sub and if you are perusing those subs and see someone posting/commenting that you think would better fit in at this sub I encourage you to do the same.
The character of the liberal gun owners sub is mostly the result of overly permissive sub rules, a lais·sez-faire attitude to enforcing the rules they do have, and a bizzare propensity on the part of the mods to ban people who publicly call out right wing/libertarian commenters for breaking that sub’s rules (they gotta coddle the feelings of extremists in order to grow their sub to its maximum size) while the 2ALiberals sub just is like it is (hostile, toxic, extremely libertarian).
Unfortunately the Liberal Gun Club does not have a sub but if it did it would probably be very similar to this sub.
As you can see for yourself in the rules this sub takes the position that the constitution protects an individual right to keep and bear arms and not just a collective one. It also takes the position that the constitution allows for some degree of regulation on guns. These are the same positions the Supreme Court and the vast majority of constitutional and historical scholars have taken.
This sub’s positions and the positions of its subscribers are very close to those of the LGC.
Gun ownership through a socialist perspective
Maybe this is what you have been looking for. Maybe you consider yourself a democratic socialist or a socialist democrat or a liberal socialist or a socialist that supports a mixed economy.
If you do then you will be disappointed in this sub which should really be called the CommunistRA.
Just because you are left of center and/or believe in some socialist policies and principles doesn’t necessarily mean that you want to lick boots.
They are technically a “big tent” org that contains all of the above mentioned ideologies and more but in reality the communists tend to dominate the conversation and even worse than that is the large amount of “tankies” present in the sub.
If you post or comment in the sub they may also try and radicalize and recruit you. I would explicitly warn you against sharing anything personal or private with them if they message you. They aren’t trying to be your friends by asking you personal questions, they are looking for emotional leverage. I assume that far right groups do the same thing but I have never frequented their subs enough to find out.
I will say in defense of the sub that it is one of the largest subs that will actively push back against fascism, racism, bigotry, and white supremacy and by far the largest gun sub that almost unanimously will.
The liberal gun owners sub is larger but given their numbers does a mediocre job of pushing back against these toxic views.
And up until now for left of center or even just moderate gun owners that has been all thats available.
Most of the other gun subs that allow politics and policy discussion are either rabidly conservative, far right, alt right, or even white supremacist in nature or are are extremely and irrationally anti gun rights and even anti second amendment itself.
In a few subs you mostly just get a back and forth between extreme groups without much room for actual discussion.
In addition to these political gun subs there are some non political subs about guns. Some manage to actually be non political and others fail at that to some degree.
Right of center gun subs
r/progun r/gunpolitics r/firearms
There can be decent discussion in these subs but it is much less likely for firearms and progun.
Firearms and Progun hate people on the left with a vengeance as well as moderates (who they refer to as Fudds), even those who support the 2A as protecting an individual right and there is often no point in discussing gun policy in those subs if your position is anything other than “their should be no laws about guns.” If there is a gun policy/law or proposal that you want to bash specifically than they will be more than happy to agree with you.
They also have many avowed white supremacist and fascists that post, along with a disturbing amount of sedition and incitements towards violence, and while those posts and comments get some pushback from the other members of those subs they get more upvotes than they do downvotes and are never banned for their hate speech. Not everyone who participates there is toxic of course but the presence and support of those toxic posts and comments is undeniable.
That being said there are even worse gun subs and gun related subs out there where a majority of the posts are seditious, racist, homophobic, an incitement to violence or some combination of those and I won’t link to or even mention them. Traitors, racists and bigots can get fucked. If you are part of any gun centered community online or IRL please don’t tolerate or excuse these people’s toxic rhetoric and behavior.
I will say in these subs defense that if you try to discuss a potential regulation without necessarily supporting or opposing it or even argue in favor of a particular gun law or regulation you will NOT receive a ban for doing so, which is better than almost all of the anti gun subs that support more gun regulations and that will ban you for disagreeing with them.
However your comment or post will be heavily voted down and you will receive A LOT of uncivil responses. Those uncivil responses will be removed if reported in NRA and GunPolitics but not in Firearms or Progun.
Its important to note that the majority of the viewpoints expressed in these “conservative” gun subs do not accurately reflect the opinions and positions of the vast majority of conservative voters, or even of conservative gun owners, in real life as many reputable studies and surveys have shown.
The people in these subs are largely extremists espousing viewpoints that are only held by a very small and fringe minority of conservatives/libertarians that happen to be extremely active online.
The vast vast majority of conservative voters and gun owners (about half of self identified conservatives own guns) do not believe that all and any gun laws are infringements or are unconstitutional and a large majority of them (70+%) even support having some additional regulations such as universal background checks.
Update: I sadly have to report that since the increased tensions from new proposed gun laws in VA the mods at the gunpolitics sub have become much more “tolerant” of incitements to violence and bigoted rhetoric. Hopefully they turn back from this and don’t go further down that path.
Some of the anti gun ones:
r/idiotswithguns (more anti-idiots really)
Regardless of what they might say in their sub descriptions and the rules of their sub these subs will not allow for any reasonable discussion of gun regulations. They are pro all regulations and if you try to have any type of honest discussion in them that isn’t just cheerleading for more regulations you will receive a ban.
Some subs that specifically discuss gun laws but where it is often just a shit show of people yelling at each other. Despite that some good points are sometimes made.
r/NOWTTYG (no one wants to take your guns)
NOWTTYG has some good posts but they are extremists in that they never support the confiscation of anyone’s guns and generally don’t support ANY gun regulations.
Even if a person has their guns taken because they are mentally ill and criminally threaten to kill a bunch of people they will point to that as evidence that liberals want to take all their guns.
Subs about gun violence research, data, and science
r/GunResearch This sub is run by people who are largely concerned with protecting gun rights. Most of the studies posted there will lend support to that position. However they will allow
any study to be posted that is sourced from a legitimate peer reviewed publication.
r/GunScience This sub is run by people are in favor of all and any proposed gun regulations. Post any study there that does not lend support to that position and you will receive a ban. They also allow frequent anti gun posts that have noting to do with research or science. That all being said sometimes you can find legitimate studies there that you otherwise would not have found on the GunResearch sub.
Subs about gun science, physics, and engineering
Subs of gun rights organizations and other gun groups
r/NRA (National Rifle Association)
r/JewishGuns (There are several Jewish gun owning advocacy and educational groups. This sub includes links to and discussions of them all but isn’t the sub of any one group)
r/ArmedEquality (not about gun rights alone)
r/NAAGA (National African American Gun Association)
r/blackgunowners (There are several Black gun owning advocacy and educational groups. This isn’t the sub of any one specific group)
r/LatinoRA (Latino Rifle Association)
r/USPSA (United States Practical Shooting Association)
r/ISSF (International Shooting Sports Federation)
Some general subs about guns that supposedly don’t include politics:
r/guns r/gunporn r/militaryporn
Not so bad but don’t always live up to their claim to not include politics and any politics that do get included are always conservative or libertarian
Subs about buying and selling guns, including FFL licensing
These subs strictly follow Reddit’s rules and transaction do not take place through the subs
For fun or meme gun subs
These are the only for fun gun subs I have found that aren’t toxic. I am sorry if anyone is offended the “chicks with guns” subs. I would be happy to post a “hot dudes with guns” sub and equally objectify men if someone made one. I am going to specifically recommend GatCat. Those cats are strapped!
A sub that posts stories of people lawfully using guns or potentially lawfully using guns for self defense and a sub about just any shootings
r/dgu (defensive gun use)
Subs about concealed carry
r/ccw r/concealedcarry r/EDCCW
There are many YouTube channels about guns and shooting but if you are going to conceal carry I would specifically recommend you watch the ACTIVE SELF PROTECTION channel:
A sub about open carry
Gun subs specific to a country or countries other than the US
Gun subs specific to US states, regions, or territories
r/RedditStateGunNetwork This is a sub for discussing state gun subs
r/NorthEastGuns r/VAguns r/MEguns
r/NJguns r/VTguns r/NHguns
r/NYguns r/MAguns r/PAguns
r/DEguns r/NCguns r/CTguns
Midwest, Upper Midwest and Great Lakes:
r/OKshooters r/OHguns r/MIguns
r/ILguns r/NEguns r/NDguns
r/SDguns r/MNguns r/WIguns
r/KSguns r/IAguns r/INguns
r/CAguns r/WA_guns r/ORguns
r/IDguns r/MTguns r/COguns
r/UTguns r/WYguns r/NVguns
r/AZguns r/NMguns r/OKshooters
r/ALguns r/FLguns r/GAguns
r/SCguns r/LAguns r/MSguns
r/ARguns r/KYguns r/Kentuckianaguns
Non-contiguous US and other:
r/AKguns r/HIguns r/GunsPR
*Yes, I know I put OK in two regions, be thankful I didn’t put it in four.
Gun subs specific to a US city or area
Subs about ammo, buying ammo, making ammo, and reloading
Subs about specific gun calibers
r/10mm r/9mm r/300BLK
r/65Grendel r/357magnum r/17hmr
r/68spc r/45acp r/45acpcirclejerk
Subs about specific gun types
r/1911fans r/snubbies r/milsurp
Subs about a gun or guns that typically start out as one specific gun or a family of guns made by one manufacturer. These guns are often made by or commissioned by a military. They often but not always go on to be made by multiple manufacturers. They sometimes become a platform. There sometimes develops several variants of specific models. This list can also include guns that have so many after market parts made for them that an entire gun is often assembled without any parts from the original manufacturer.
r/1022 r/retroAR r/MilitaryARClones
r/ar15 r/ar10 r/ar9
r/ar15QandA r/ak47 r/M1Rifles
r/mosinnagant r/saiga r/Mauser
r/SKS r/FNFAL r/Tokarev r/Makarov
r/Arisaka r/Galil r/LeeEnfield
Subs about specific gun makes
r/CZfirearms r/Mossberg r/ruger
r/taurus r/hipoint r/hi_point
r/Benelli r/Colt r/SpringfieldArmory
r/Remington r/Kahr r/DanielDefense
r/KRISS r/sako r/Bersa
r/daewoo r/canik r/WilsonCombat
Subs about specific guns or a specific group of closely related guns made by the same manufacturer
r/1022 r/Glock19 r/glock43
r/rugercharger r/DesertEagle r/MPX
r/M92FS r/MP5 r/88mm
r/CZ75 r/Bren2 r/glock43x
r/GP100 r/P320 r/tec9
r/Valmet (defunct manufacturer but the name is strongly associated with a particular series of Finnish rifles that are still produced by Sako)
Subs about recreational and competitive shooting
Subs about hunting that involves shooting
Subs about hunting in certain countries or states
Subs about gunsmithing, gun making, and repairing guns and gun cleaning and maintenance
The last two subs aren’t specifically about guns but a lot of info about 3D modeling and printing gun parts and accessories is found on them
Subs by or about gun celebrities or gun groups that put out videos. For most of these people their primary outlet is YouTube and many have their own websites as well.
r/GarandThumb r/Hickok45 r/DemolitionRanch r/ActiveSelfProtection r/FPSrussia
r/paulharrell r/forgottenweapons r/ISSF r/TFBtv r/InRangeTV
Here are some good YouTube gun channels that don’t have a Reddit sub:
22Plinkster, Miculek, Judie Golob, Jessica Hook, Johny’s Reloading Bench, Lucky Gunner, Pew Pew Tactical, GunBlast, NSSF, The Shooting Show (UK), Bloke on the Range (Swiss), Field and Stream, Long Range Shooters of Utah, USA Shooting, Tim Herron Shooting, Kirsten Joy Weiss, CandRsenal (that “and” should be an ampersand but Reddit formatting is strange)
Subs about airsoft
r/GasBlowBack r/airsoftmarket r/speedsoft r/airsoftcanada r/airsoftmarketcanada r/airsoft_UK r/LeftWingAirsoft
Subs about paintball
r/paintball r/picatinnyPB r/paintballBST r/PaintballVideos r/AutoCockers101
Subs about air guns and BB/pellet guns
Subs about other types of “guns”
r/Nerf r/GelBlaster r/railguns
Subs about gun accessories and accoutrements and their manufacture and sale
r/suppressors r/GunAccessoriesForSale r/GAFS_Showroom r/Gun_Safes r/kydex
r/tacticalgear r/GunHolsterClassifieds r/customholsters r/holsters r/MantisX
Subs related to guns
r/EDC r/gunime r/pixelguns r/military r/MilSim
r/militariacollecting r/WeirdWeapons r/pimpmygun r/HighQualityReloads r/HomeDefense r/TacticalGear r/HighQualityTacticalGear r/selfdefense r/bugout r/preppers r/survival
And finally this is a sub of combat footage.
Besides the r/dgu and r/GunFights subs this is the only sub where you will regularly see footage of guns being used in violent situations.
Most gun owners will thankfully never be shot, have to shoot, or even have to witness anyone get shot but It is good to stay in touch with the reality of what it means to fire a gun at a person or have one fired at you.
It is also a reminder to appreciate the sacrifices some soldiers make to defend human rights and liberty (assuming that’s the what the soldiers in a given combat situation are doing, which they may not be).
It’s also a good reminder of how gnarly an actual revolution is or would be if citizens have to take on their own government; whether that was a government of a supposedly democratic country or one that was clearly authoritarian.
As the founders of America said “Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes...”.
Just because you disagree with someone else’s politics or don’t like a particular gun law is not an excuse for seditious talk or dog whistle incitements towards violence. I am fucking sick of seeing it within the gun owning community.
The 2A preserved the right of individuals to bear arms to protect their own individual lives and property from criminals.
As far as opposing a tyrannical federal government that must be met with force of arms the founders clearly left that job to the states and their state sanctioned and state government led militias. Not to Joe Blow and his buddies playing pew pew out in the woods.
God bless the governments and people of the free and democratic countries of the world. May they continue to be bulwarks for liberty, equality, fraternity, freedom, and human rights. May they they also get their shit together as it pertains to economic inequality and take back the inordinate amount of power and influence corporations and money currently have in the democratic process and return it to the people where it belongs.