In early December of 2011, 22plinkster arrived on the YouTube scene and posted his first video — except he didn’t even have the clever moniker “22plinkster” at the time, and he had no plans to post a second video. As you’ll learn by watching the video immediately below, his YouTube fame was part shooting skill and part good fortune. It’s a great story and well worth your time.

Today, 22plinkster has more than 430,000 subscribers, and his content continues to be better than ever. In fact, we recently featured him in a Christmas-themed story where he tested bullet penetration through homemade slime. (Seeing what a 500 S&W does to slime bags is cool, but check out what happens when a 308 Win. is called into duty!)

In celebration of Throwback Thursday, we thought it’d be fun to step back in time and watch 22plinkster’s first-ever YouTube video (below). And as his Facebook post at the bottom of this page explains, it’s been quite a journey.

Image is a screenshot from the YouTube video

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