At one time or another many of you have probably wondered "Who is Mrs.IV8888 and why is she never in the videos?" My name is Brandy and I am Mrs.IV8888. I don't appear in videos very often for a few reasons - one big reason is stage fright. The other reason is I do a lot behind the camera.
In February 2013 I was able to quit my job to help Eric full time. We were growing so fast a decision had to be made for me to quit or hire someone - the decision was easy. Having worked 20+ years in administrative/management roles, we felt my experience would be a good fit. Essentially I run the business end of the channel. Most of the social media is handled by me as well as the IV8888 website and members only module. Also, most of the photos you see were taken by me.
In a recent Facebook post I posed the question "If you could ask Mrs.IV8888 one question, what would it be?" I decided to take those questions and write this blog so you could get to know me a little better.
(NOTE: Many people asked the questions like they were talking to Eric)
Does she know just how many guns you really have?
How Eric convinces you to let him but so many guns
How does she feel about the amount of firearms you own?
Is she all for it or does think you have too many.
How many guns does Eric have?
Whenever I get a new gun or tactical goody I usually have to pay the Mrs. off a little do you have such agreement?
Mrs.IV8888, what has your husband done for you to allow him to have all of his firearms and keep you silent?
Do you have as many purses and shoes as Eric has guns?
How did your husband convince you to let him buy guns?
How many times your husband said this was the last gun he was going to buy?
How many times has he said it was on sale?
How many guns do you have?
Do you get mad when Eric buys a new gun and doesn't get you diddly squat?
A: Of course I know how many guns he has, they aren’t very easy to hide! (LOL) He doesn’t have to bribe me but he does surprise me with a ‘sparkly’ treat every once in a while! I do not have an abundance of shoes or purses – I am not that type. I grew up in the country and am very much a tomboy. Of course I have heard “this was on sale” tons of times, but never “this is the last one”!
How much do you think Eric's guns really cost?
Do you know how much money Mr. IV8888 REALLY spent on that gun collection?
What is his monthly gun budget? How much does Mrs. 8888 let you spend....?
How expensive is Eric's gun habit?
How much did Eric "SAY" he spent on guns and gear?
What is your budget allotment for firearms?
A video of you and the misses where she tries to guess the value of your fine firearms like price is right.
Does Eric spend every cent on guns and related paraphernalia and nothing left for you/family/bills?
A: Yes I know how much he spends, he gives me the receipts. I run the business end of the channel so I keep up with all the assets. I know the approximate value (not just how much he spent) of almost every gun he owns. Sometimes the milsurps fool me though, many of them look very similar. I don’t get mad at him for buying guns for two reasons: 1) I like to shoot & 2) new guns means new content for videos. The YouTube channel is very important to me as well - it's my "job" too!
Do you roll your eyes every time Eric gets a new firearm?
How does she put up with you? Being a gun guy most wives get tired of the "look at my new gun."
Do you get annoyed when Eric talks about guns? I know my wife does.
How do you cope?
A: There are times when he texts me and says “I was bad” and I kinda roll my eyes and reply “what did you buy this time?” Sometimes he will talk nonstop about a particular gun and I will have to let him know when I have had enough.
What is her preferred home defense weapon?
What's her EDC?
What are your top 5 carry guns for a lady?
We see some of Eric’s weapon collection, what do you have in your weapon collection?
How many guns do you have?
We have seen your husband’s gun collection so what do you collect.
What's her favorite firearm she owns?
What does she carry?
What's your favorite gun?
How does she concealed carry her pistol?
Do you carry a 9mm or 45 ACP?
Her favorite gun and what does she do for fun?
What's your favorite fire arm system? Are you a Mosin lover like Eric or do you like more modern guns?
What is your favorite handgun?
Is your gun collection bigger than his, and if so does it have its own gun safe?
What is her favorite Sidearm?
What is your preferred CCW?
Out of all of Eric’s guns what's your favorite caliber?
How many guns do you own?
What do you like to shoot?
What is her favorite firearm??
Favorite type of shooting i.e. plinking, long range etc.
What is your favorite firearm, by type: Pistol / rifle / shotgun?
What is her favorite high cap pistol?
What is your favorite firearm?
A: My EDC is my Ruger LCP - I keep it in my wallet (see photo). Also, I usually have my Walther PPX with me. While Eric loves milsurps, I lean more toward modern firearms. The number of firearms that I actually consider “mine” is eight – but I have access to the entire collection. The next pistol on my wish list is a Walther PPQ .40 caliber.
Mrs. IV8888, how did you feel about guns before you met Mr. IV8888?
How has your view on firearms changed from before you met Eric up to now?
When you met did she actually like to shoot or was she just indulging you then grew to like it?
Did you like guns before you met your husband?
How much do you like guns??
Does she enjoy or partake in gunsmithing arts?
Does she share your passion for firearms?
Were you into guns before you met Eric, and how do you feel about his gun hobby/obsession?
Were you into firearms before meeting Eric?
Are you as passionate as your husband?
A: Ironically I was a gun person before I met Eric – but he didn’t know it. Imagine his surprise when he ‘let me shoot for the first time’ and I did better than him. Growing up in the country we were always plinking. I started shooting at a very young age. As a teen I competed with my JROTC unit and made it to expert marksman with three bars. Though most of my experience shooting was with rifles, we have found that I am a pretty good with a pistol and prefer pistols over most rifles.
How long have you been with Eric?
Did you marry Eric out of pity, or did he blackmail you?
2 questions. Why? How?
How did she get mixed up with a guy like you?
Why did you do it?
I’d ask how she puts up with you.
Is she blind?
A: Many of you probably don’t know that I am Chad’s cousin. Chad and Eric were friends in high school and although I have ‘known’ Eric for many years, we have only been together for about six years. Eric and Chad are a bit younger than me so everyone was surprised when we started dating.
Can you talk to my wife please??
What tips would you give to husbands wanting their wife's to get involved in shooting?
What's the best way to get a girl interested in firearms like myself without scaring her away?
Best way to ask her to be your shooting partner?
How do I convince my wife to let me buy more guns?
What excuse would work for a husband to buy more guns!?!?!?
How did Eric convince you that he needs that many guns, and can you do the same for my girl!!
How do I convince my wife that I'm not a crazy paranoid gun hoarder?
What advice would you give the significant other of a firearms enthusiast?
How do I tell my girlfriend I want a collection/ prep stash of firearms?
A: Believe it or not, I get this kind of question A LOT! I can’t speak for a lot of women as to the amount of guns you buy or convincing them that it’s okay. What I can say is that I believe that a lady needs to know how to handle a firearm. So many women become victims because we are perceived as ‘weak’. If I had to approach a female about learning to shoot I would tell her that I want her to learn to shoot for her own safety. Firstly – if you have any type of gun in the house she should know how to use it. She should know how it operates because an uneducated person could potentially be dangerous (same for children). Secondly – She should know how to protect herself if you are not there to operate the gun. Also, being prepared is never a bad thing. I hate the word ‘prepper’ because society has made those people sound like crazy weirdos. Preparedness is essential for any situation – what if you are snowed in? Power is out for a long period of time? If there is a natural disaster and you can’t leave your home? Being prepared isn’t only for a “Zombie Apocalypse”!!
What is Mrs. IV8888´s favorite barbecue recipe and when are we going to see a video about it. I miss IV8888 barbecue videos...
See if she can make a video on your channel called grub for gunners or something involves like that
A: I’ll have to consider making more cooking videos, lol.
Why don't we see more of Mrs. IV8888 reloading, shooting, and having an all-around good time along with the rest of the Zombie Squad? We've all seen many women shooters (darn good ones I might add) who get into technique and safety, but rarely do we see women giving their thoughts and experiences as far as making bullets and reloading. It would be nice to see.
Why aren't you in any of the videos IV8888 makes?
If she shoots, I would ask her to do some videos with you? Women's thoughts on the gun, how it fits a smaller hand, kick on a smaller bone structure etc. She could also talk to women about not being victims and defending themselves when the gun man is not there.
A: I was in some of the early videos but I am a very shy person and could not handle the negative comments people made. Once I get the confidence to get in front of the camera again, you will see me more often. Until then, just know that I am right here behind the scenes keeping these guys in line.
Does she dig that badass beard?
How do you put up with Mr. 8888 facial hair?
Beard or no beard? That's the real question
A: The beard - if it’s not too long I can handle it. My favorite is the goatee, I do not like the burly beard!
Other random questions:
Do you have a life insurance policy for Eric?
A: He took out his own policy – so we are covered. LOL
Does he love his guns more or less than you?
A: He loves me more, ask him!
Do anti-gun Nazi's (progressives) ever give you heck for being married to certified gun nut?
A: Yes, but I put them in their place.
How protective is he of his guns?
A: Very. Don’t mess with his family or firearms and you will be OK.
What’s for dinner?
A: What are you making for me?
How does she get the smell of GSR off clothes?
A: Tide boost
Is he still having wet dreams about him interviewing The Gunny at The Shot Show range day?
A: lol, I hope not
What's iv8888`s battle Rifle... in other word what would you take into battle?
A: Depends on what kind of ammo is the most abundant.
How many pots and pans of yours has Eric ruined for "science?"
A: too many
How you can still stand your husband’s 11years old child kind of laugh when he shoots with one of his favorite guns?
A: It doesn’t bother me because I know he’s happy!
How AWESOME is it to be married to a great American Hero?
A: Eric is a great guy and I am lucky to be his wife.
Since Eric loves him some weaponry, what is your guilty pleasure?
What hobbies do you have? And would you ever do your own YouTube channel?
A: My favorite things to do besides shooting are going to the beach, walking, reading, cooking and crocheting. I have a YouTube channel but I don’t post videos.
Is there any gun that Mr. Eric has that you don't like shooting?
A: Any rifle that has a lot of recoil is off limits for me – not because I am a GIRL – unfortunately I have arthritis in my shoulder.
If you got the chance to change one thing about Eric what would it be, and why?
A: I would take away his stress.
Who polishes all the guns?
A: We clean our own.
Did she ask Eric to re-do an M1 Garand video like she said she would!!!???
A: of course – I added it to the list!
Does Eric poop awesomeness?
A: no - noooooo
Is 5 inches enough... Barrel length of course
Do you like your husband’s weapon?
Is he as good with his "Gun" as he is with his rifles?
Is Mr. IV8888 compensating for a small penis with his large gun collection?
How big is Eric’s barrel hahahahaha
A: really? He’s all man folks.
Republican or Democrats?
A: I don’t talk about politics.
M4 or Ak47
mauser gewher 98 or the p14 Winchester rifle
Do you like Holland & Holland?
AK or m16
A: AK-47, both, yes, AK
Why is a pink gun so much more deadly?
A: A pink gun is dangerous because people probably don’t take it serious.
Are you a "firearm honey"? If so...you have a sister? Hehe
Do you have a sister for me? (Last two break ups were over my love of guns)
Obviously, you knew about Eric's obsession before you married him, which means you're patient, practical and awesome. So my question is: do you have any single friends?
Do you have a sister? I want a wife who wouldn't mind me buying that many guns! Lol
A: I have a sister but she is nothing like me. No single friends, sorry guys.
What it like to live with you.
A: We live a somewhat normal life, lol.
Does Eric take his work home with him? Lol
A: Yes – we work mostly from home!
Who’s the boss inside the house?
Does he leave the seat up?
How do you make him look so good?
A: Hammer and chisel - lol
Do you find that you have to call more than once to get his attention? Loud bangs and such?
A: Yes – he lost some hearing in Iraq
Who is a better shot?
A: depends on who you ask – we both have our strengths
What gun does Eric have under his pillow?
A: It varies – right now there is a CZ pistol, a Kriss vector and a 12 gauge shotgun.