FPSRussia is an enormously popular YouTube channel that stars “Dmitri Potapoff”. In each and every clip the proud Russian whets his insatiable appetite for guns, launchers, cannons, tanks and anything else that can automatically kill you.
Only, “Dmitri Potapoff” doesn’t really exist. It’s an American guy from Georgia named Kyle Myers doing a phony accent. Did you know that?
In the video above, he gets giddy with the DRD Paratus-18, a gun that can broken down to fit inside a portable suitcase. It’s manufactured by DRD Tactical, a U.S. company.
Not to be a killjoy, but here’s some more dirt about the FPSRussia media empire you might not have known about (via Wikipedia) :
On March 29, 2013, Kyle Myers’ Georgia residence was searched by upwards of 40 members of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives alongside members of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. The investigators also searched Myers’s father’s nearby farm, a frequent filming location for FPSRussia. ATF spokesman Richard Coes stated to the local press that the justification for the search was: “The claim is that [Myers] was using explosives and getting paid for it via YouTube.” Contradicting this was Franklin County Sheriff Stevie Thomas who stated that the raids were in connection with the investigation into the suspected murder of Keith Ratliff.
On January 6, 2013, it was reported that Keith Ratliff, a member of the FPSRussia team, was found shot dead. Since the shooting, several conspiracy theories have been stirred. Ratliff was responsible for obtaining the firearms used in the videos. The production of video was on hiatus until February 19, 2013. In March 2013, it was announced by authorities that they are still investigating the death of Ratliff.
Tragic. And juicy.
Then again, what do you expect with a guy who makes a living glorifying machines that can literally turn human beings into a memory.