Handgun Radio 181 - Recent Handgun Developments & Listener Email

Hello and welcome to Handgun Radio! I’m your host Ryan Michad from the wild woods of Central Maine, and this is your home for all the news, information and discussion in the handgunning world.

This week, we discuss some recent handgun developments as well as listener email!
 

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Week in Review:

Ryan: -setting my reloading bench up
 

Weerd: The Carry guns were getting cruddy so why clean them when you can get them REALLY dirty first.    Ran the 617,  S&W1911Sc and Kahr PM45

Also somebody must have listened to the collectible show.   At the club there was a listing for a Walther P99 compact in .40 S&W and he was asking for $500 which seems a bit steep.
 

Drink Segment: No new drinks,   just the Green park

2oz Gin (preferably Old Tom or equivalent, I’m using New Amsterdam)

1oz Lemon Juice

.5 oz Simple Syrup

.5oz Egg white

Fresh Basil

Celery Bitters

 

Main Topic:

Keychain Suppressor Armtacs Beretta 21A

http://www.breachbangclear.com/taking-your-medicine-the-gemtech-pill-bottle/

Leaked That the M&P Shield 2.0 May Be Coming!!

9mm, 357 Mag, 357 Max, 41 Mag, 44 Mag, 454 Casull Revolvers

http://www.personaldefenseworld.com/2017/10/smith-wesson-model-986-revolver

This is the 1911 I want.

M47 Medusa on Forgotten Weapons

 

Dream Gun: From Oddball:   I have to admit that striker fired pistols are easier to carry than hammer fired, so a striker fired pistol. Using a 4" rotating barrel.  chassie system like the Sig p320, so you can swap grip sizes fairly easily between full sized and compact.  Oh, double stack mags, and in 9mm.  And throw in sleeves for full sized mags to work better with the compact frame.  Being able to carry my XDm compact with a compact mag in the gun, and 2

 

Name: Andy

Subject: Future collectibles

Message: Well, thanks a lot Weird. I have been on the fence about getting a Gen 1 Glock 17 for about a month now. Thanks to you, there is a big hole in my wallet where hundred dollar bills used to live. Found a prime example in the original Tupperware made in 1988 for a price I couldn’t refuse.

Love the show guys.

 

Name: Ryan H

Subject: P80

Message: Hey guys love the show. I've been listening for about a month now and was wondering if you guys have any experience with 80% polymer lowers. I've been looking at polymer80.com specifically the PF940C. Is there anything particularly difficult or that I should watch for? I just thought this would be a fun project, im not one of the guys that feels the need to have an unregistered weapon. Anyway any info would be great. maybe it could be a whole show. Keep up the good work.

-Ryan








 

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Handgun Radio 180 - Grey Ghost Precision with Ryan Cross

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Hello and welcome to Handgun Radio! I’m your host Ryan Michad from the wild woods of Central Maine, and this is your home for all the news, information and discussion in the handgunning world.

This week, we chat with Ryan Cross from Grey Ghost Precision, Grey Ghost Gear, Tactical Tailor, Patriot Patch Co., Hunter of Design, and the Firearms Radio Network.

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Week in Review:

Ryan: -Shot a Traditions .50 Cal inline muzzleloader!

-I’ve got my band now! Baby boy #2 on the way in 2018!

Ryan Squared
Weerd:  Captain Slacker here with guns.  I blame my wife.    I am back to carrying my 1911 every day now.  I really missed carrying a bigger gun
 

Drink Segment: I’m having a Daiquiri.  We’ve talked about them before.   This one is

2oz GrandTen New Medford Overproof rum  (Made here in Boston,  SO GOOD)

1oz fresh lime juice

0.5 oz Lime Oliosaccrum syrup

Served up in a cocktail Glass

This leads me to talk about ways to serve a drink, and the terms used for them

Up, which is short for “Straight Up” means the drink is chilled,  but strained before serving.

Neat is a drink that is served at room temperature with no ice.   Generally this is not for mixed drinks, but just a straight liquor.

On The Rocks is served over ice, generally in a rocks glass.  If this is a cocktail I recommend chilling the drink first, and straining over the ice so the ice won’t immediately start melting.

Frozen: served over crushed or blended ice.

Main Topic: Grey Ghost Precision and Custom Stuff
Grey Ghost Precision:

-How did it get started?

-What do you do?

-What challenges have you faced?

-What does Grey Ghost do correctly that others might overlook?

-What is in the future for Grey Ghost Precision?

Patriot Patch Company:

-How did you get started with Patriot Patch Company?

-What goes into designing a patch in the complex ways you do?

-What can complicate a patch?

-What was your favorite patch to design?

-What are some concepts that were considered but rejected for whatever reason?


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Handgun Radio 179 - Future Collectibles

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Hello and welcome to Handgun Radio! I’m your host Ryan Michad from the wild woods of Central Maine, and this is your home for all the news, information and discussion in the handgunning world.

This week, we talk about gun show powder purchases and future collectables!

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Week in Review:
Ryan:

Went to the August Maine Gun Show this weekend! There were a few deals, most .22 LR was around 40$ per thousand. I ended up buying a pound of Trail Boss for $19.00

Set up my reloading press, cant wait to get reloading again!

Weerd:

Drink Segment: Yellow Bird

2oz Rum

1oz Lime Juice

1oz Galliano

1oz Triple Sec

Orange Bitters

Served Up in a Cocktail Glass

Main Topic: Future Collectibles

Smith & Wesson “Gen” Series

Glock 1st Gen autos

Ruger P-Series

Walther P99

Remington R-51 (For All The Wrong Reasons)

Ruger Security Six and Variants

With all the WW1 curiosity, the .32 ACP handguns that are super cheap.

Listener Emails Listener Handguns:

Name: Thomas

Subject: Dream handgun

Message: Probably not my dream handgun, but one I think would be cool for a concealed handgun would be an n frame Smith and Wesson, or Ruger Redhawk 2 3/4 inch barrel in 327 federal magnum with a minimum 9 round, but preferably 10 round, cylinder cut for moonclips. I like stainless.

Name: Anthony

Subject: Sig P320

Message: Do you guys have any information on the Sig P320 voluntary recall program? Cannot get a straight answer from them.

https://www.sigsauer.com/support/p320-voluntary-upgrade/

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Handgun Radio 178 - The Miscellaneous Show

Hello and welcome to Handgun Radio! I’m your host Ryan Michad from the wild woods of Central Maine, and this is your home for all the news, information and discussion in the handgunning world. 

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This week, we are gonna talk about some recent firearms news as well as a few reviews of products we’ve talked about before!

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Week in Review:

Ryan: -Moved into the new house this weekend! Got the new Handgun Radio studio set up and really excited to be here!! 


Weerd: WENT to the RANGE!    It was a short week, as I was in Maine for Labor Day,  but I cobbled out some time for you, the listeners!
Just brought my 617 so I could work on some basics that have fallen by the wayside


Drink Segment: Good Drinks vs Bad Drinks


Main Topic:

S&W M&P 2.0 Compact (Glock 19 Size)
Ballistic Radio M&P 2.0 Compact Pictures

Talk about the FN 509

Britains Most Criminally Used Gun

Kimber K6s Review

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Handgun Radio 177 - A Weerdly Savage Show

Hello and welcome to Handgun Radio! I’m your host Ryan Michad from the wild woods of Central Maine, and this is your home for all the news, information and discussion in the handgunning world.

This week, we discuss firearm accessories that can be used in other ways as well as Savage1r’s .22 Sterling!

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Week in Review:  
 

Ryan: Moment of Silence for Drew

  • Listener Brian:

  • Love your podcast. Would you please address the following thought on your podcast?

  • Do you think the idea of the left focusing on the "gun violence" rather than the criminals who commit a crime while using a gun is an attempt to avoid the uncomfortable idea of personal responsibility by people who are likely their constituents/potential constituents?

Listener Kirk:

  • My dream gun would be an updated gyrojet pistol. Lots of advantages there. Fewer moving Parts such as no reciprocating slide. Light, gentle recoil, Etc. Update the ammunition for it. Maybe use something like a magnum pistol primer or 22 nail gun blank for ignition.

  • I was an early adopter for the R51. The most frustrating part about that was how tight-lipped Remington was about it all. On the plus side, I got a pretty decent 1911 out of the deal. I bought a generation 2 and am happy with it. It does have a few quirks, particularly for the reloader. However, it is a fun gun and runs reliably when you find the ammunition that it likes.

Listener Robert:

my fantasy handgun doesn't require much.

I love 1911's, but would like a few additional features:

double-stack w/15 round capacity,

de-cocking lever,

loaded chamber indicator,

ambidextrous safety,

steel or aluminum frame.

I understand that the FNX-.45 has all these features, except that it has a polymer frame.

The Sig Sauer 227 has a steel frame, but I see no mention of the other features.

I have fired a Para Ordnance P14-45, and I loved it except for the fact that it's rather jam-tastic. 

I'm not a Glock fan since I heard they don't have safeties, and compensate with a very heavy trigger-pull.  I find that hard to believe, but have no interest if that is the case.

So, what is the deal with polymer frames?  Why do some people like them so much?  I'm guessing they're lighter and more corrosion resistant?  How would they do if I soaked them in Hoppe's #9 for 24 hours?  Any thoughts on double-stacked 1911's, including STI, H&K, Walther PPQ 45?  I'm sure Weerd must have something to say…

SAR Arms K2?

LISTENER TJ GAUTHIER:

I've been forgetting to send in my handgun submission, so here goes:

Basically, I want larger Glock 42 and 43s. The specs for each would be the same.

- Available in 3.5", 4", and 4.5"

- have corresponding grip lengths for each barrel length, or better yet, a modular system like the Sig 320.

- Better than stick trigger. Something in the 4.5# range with a smoother pull.

- better sights out of the box. My preference is fiber optic front, black serrated rear with manipulation ledge.

- Forward slide serrations, cause why not. If you don't like them, don't use them.

- Magazines: ETS makes mags for the 42/43 that increases the capacity by 1 and are still flush. They also make 9 and 12 round variants that would correspond to the longer grips. These would be the base for the mags.

- Now the big part. Calibers: 9 and 380, obviously, but I would also like to see them in 32 ACP and 22lr.

My thinking for the sizes and calibers is this:

We need more "combat" sized sub calibers to introduce more shooters with. The single stack nature of these would allow better trigger reach for smaller handed shooters while still keeping pretty decent capacity. The sub calibers are great for more recoil averse shooters and will help instill confidence rather than fear.

Example: My wife basically refuses to shoot any handgun that recoils more than my heavy steel CZ in 9 mak, and a friend I introduced to shooting wouldn't shoot anything but a steel MKII. I even introduced her to the CZ that my wife loves and she wasn't having it. A 22 or a locked breach 32 would've been perfect in that instance.

Rob Pincus is onto something with the Avidity Arms, but only having 10 rounds in a full size gun seems a little silly by comparison.

SavageAF: Apparently my moniker got rebranded - WLS business cards. Lots of grading. Fixed my Sterling 302 .22lr. Fixed my broke ass 9mm AR.

Weerd: Didn’t get out to the range (I need to fix this ASAP)   and got skunked on trying to fix my bug-a-salt.    Seems they mounted the screws in deep recesses so all the screwdrivers I own either are too small for the heads or are two wide to reach them.
 

Drink Segment: Harvey Fucking Wallbanger:

Listener Craig asked if I had a variation on the Harvey WallBanger.

No I don’t.    This is a drink that was a favorite of my mother back before I was born, and it is essentially a Screwdriver with Galliano added to it.    A Screwdriver being a shot of vodka in a glass of Orange Juice,  and Galliano is an Italian herbal Liqueur that is described as having strong notes of Anise and Vanilla.

I’ve never had one, because I generally dislike any drink with orange juice.   I really don’t much like Orange juice as a soft drink (tho I love oranges),  but also I find Orange juice in any drink (even in small amounts like the Bronx or the Blood and Sand) just overpowers all the other ingredients.

That being said when researching this I read about the Yellow Bird Cocktail

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yellow_Bird_(cocktail)

Which is Rum Triple Sec, Lime and Galliano, I kinda want a bottle now.

One last neat fact about Galliano is that it is often in drinks with the word “Wall” in the name,  as the tall bottle is often placed at the very back of the bar rack.    So a Sloe Comfortable Screw Against the Wall  contains Sloe Gin,  Vodka and Orange Juice (screwdriver), Southern Comfort, and Galliano
 

Main Topic: Handgun accessories or handguns that are good for things they weren’t designed for?  

Sig Brace

Suppressor Sights

Makarov Bottle Opener: https://youtu.be/YvJ7Fci4QHE

Glock 22 as an anti-personnel mine

The empty pocket in the glock magwell - stock adapter, mount for magwell extensions

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  • Savage where can people find your videos, articles & grow techniques?

 

Until next week, have fun and SAFE SHOOTING!!!!

 

Handgun Radio 176 - The Sig Sauer P320 Saga & Other Handgun Recalls

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Hello and welcome to Handgun Radio! I’m your host Ryan Michad from the wild woods of Central Maine, and this is your home for all the news, information and discussion in the handgunning world.

 

This week we discuss the recent Sig P320 Saga and other handgun recalls!

 

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Week in Review:  

Shooting a Ruger MKIV Tomorrow

Eddie Eagle Gun Safety: https://youtu.be/Ho36vonT3Rw

 

Robert:

I took 4 boys to the range Sunday. Shot up all my ammo.

Brett:

Bought a jogging stroller to turn into a 3 gun cart.

Drink Segment:  Fernet Michaud: http://liquidriot.com/packaged/fernet-michaud/

 

Main Topic: The Sig Sauer P320 Saga & Other Handgun Recalls

 

Sig Sauer safety alerts and recalls

http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/2017/08/11/was-the-p320-hammer-test-scientific/

 

Sig Sauer P320 Pistol

 

Remington

R51 – too easy not to talk about this one

https://www.remington.com/news/2014/remington-arms-announces-voluntary-product-recall

 

S&W Shield

https://secure05.lwcdirect.com/front/frontQuestionnaire.jsp?linkparam=y&uID=0&p=mpshieldsafetyalert.com&loginType=skipWelcome&clientID=742&campaignID=63

Ruger MK IV

https://ruger.com/dataProcess/markIVRecall/index.php

 

Glock

https://us.glock.com/customer-service/recoil-spring-exchange

 

Interesting link of recalls and warning at FirearmsID.com

http://firearmsid.com/recalls/Firearm%20Recall%20Index.htm

 

Additonal recall links ( I did not research each case just the link )

Whitney Wolverine

http://rockislandauction.blogspot.com/2014/05/rise-and-fall-of-whitney-wolverine.html

Taurus

Taurus safety alerts and recalls

Curve

PT Series Pistols

https://bearingarms.com/bob-o/2015/07/28/massive-taurus-safety-settlement-include-100000-pistols/

 

Walther CCP

Walther safety alerts and recalls

Walther CCP Pistol

Walther PK380

Walther PPK and PPK/S pistols

http://www.waltherarms.com/ccp-recall-notice/#

 

Caracal

https://caracalusa.com/press/cat/recall

 

Vector South Africa

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vektor_CP1

 

Ruger

 

LCP

http://www.ruger.com/LCPRecall/

SR9

http://www.ruger.com/SR9Recall/index.html

 

S&W

22a

https://www.smith-wesson.com/safety/recalls/model-22a-pistols-safety-recall

329

https://www.smith-wesson.com/safety/recalls/performance-center-model-329-safety-recall

460

https://www.smith-wesson.com/safety/recalls/performance-center-model-460-safety-recall

 

Beretta

http://www.berettasupport.com/

 

http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/2010/09/16/recall-notice-beretta-neos-pistols/

 

IWI recall

Galil ACE pistols

Springfield Armory

XDS

http://www.springfieldrecall.com/recall%20faq.asp



 

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Until next week, have fun and SAFE SHOOTING!!!!

 

Handgun Radio 175 - Listener Handguns, Slingshots & More!

Hello and welcome to Handgun Radio! I’m your host Ryan Michad from the wild woods of Central Maine, and this is your home for all the news, information and discussion in the handgunning world.

This week, Weerd & I discuss listener dream guns, slingshots, folding Glocks & more!

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Week in Review:

Ryan: FRN Transfer

Weerd:
 

Drink Segment:  http://grandten.com/spirit-type/the-vesper/

GrandTen Distillery Vesper

Main Topic:

Listener Dream Guns:

Chris:

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to Episode 174. I thought I would share my ideal handgun design with you guys, I'm interested to hear your thoughts on it...

Start with a CZ75 Compact. Now change the frame to polymer, but the exact same profile as the current metal frame...no pic rail up front and exact same beavertail on the back. Now slim it up and make it a single stack magazine, capacity of about 7+1 or 8+1 with the always wonderful CZ DA/SA trigger. Frame mounted Decocker only option, no safety.  Add some mild checkering/stippling of the grip area, not like sandpaper but not silky smooth either. Metal sights top it off with a bright fluorescent green daylight dot with tritium insert on the front sight, and an all blacked out rear sight with a good ledge on the front of the rear sight for one hand slide manipulation. Chamber it in your choice of 9mm, .40 s&w, or .357 Sig. Since it's my ideal gun, I'd have one each in all three chamberings…

Listener Nathan:

Size: The first one has to be full size....then you make smaller versions.

Magazine: The magazine should be as close to the Springfield XD mags as possible.

Material: Steel slide.....950" max width. Slide cut thinner at front for easy holster entry. Slide flat topped and grooved; polymer frame with steel frame insert that holds ignition system. No finger grooves. Shape like CZ75 with palm swells, but just a bit smaller circumference and thinner. Sharp fine checkering on front and back strap....relatively smooth sides like Ruger SR9.

Caliber: 9mm ....it just makes sense, even though I prefer 40 & 45.

Trigger Style: Large radius curve and sliding like a typical 1911.

-Trigger System: SA striker fired with striker block lifted by trigger take up. Rotating sear like 1911, m&p or XD.

-Sights: RR-Ledge shape, serrated, about 0.145" wide FR-0.125" wide tritium/white outline dot, front to rear dovetail like cz75

-FR Serrations, DLC type coating, grip safety & single side thumb safety like 1911, take down lever like XD , loaded chamber indicator and cocked indicator you can feel like XD.

-Barrel: Ramped with 1911 or CZ75 lockup, removable slide bushing like CZ. Cut flush with bushing. Threaded type available

Listener Doug:

I'm going to buck the trend here:

My ideal handgun is a 6 shot .357 magnum revolver.

Stainless steel frame, about the size of a Colt Detective Special.

2.5" barrel, but ideally it would have interchangeable barrels like the old Dan Wessons.

Double action only, with pull about 9 lbs.

Shrouded hammer.

Total weight would be a bit over 20 ounces.

Sights:

Fiber-optic front, available in various heights.

Drift adjustable Novak-style rear sight, plain black, no dots.

Stocks: boot-style grips.

Cylinder release: Ruger style.

Listener Jeff:

http://www.gunbroker.com/item/653021123?utm_source=CDNN%20Sports%20Email%20Specials%20List&utm_campaign=adb01b666f-CDNN%20Gunbroker%20Auctions%20Ending%20Sunday%206%2F18&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_7a83adbc4c-adb01b666f-18386037
 

Slingshots:

Basic Slingshot vs Wrist Brace Slingshot

Ammo….Rocks, ¼ Ball Bearings, ⅜ Inch Ball Bearings

Flat Bands vs Tubes

https://youtu.be/tLSQ5wjYBSo

 

Folding Glock?:

http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/2017/07/28/full-conceals-folding-glock-akin-magpuls-fmg9/
 

LifeCard Pistol:

http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/2017/08/04/trailblazer-firearms-announces-folding-lifecard-pistol/
 

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Handgun Radio 174 - Let's Design Our Ideal Handgun!

Hello and welcome to Handgun Radio! I’m your host Ryan Michad from the wild woods of Central Maine, and this is your home for all the news, information and discussion in the handgunning world.

This week, Weerd and I TRY (and I do mean try) to design what would be our ideal handgun!

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Ryan: - Went to the range today with the Mad Aussie! Got some awesome beef jerky from the smokehouse he works at! Shot the Remington 870 Police Magnum, Remington 11-87, the MP5SD 9mm.

-Smith's Log Smokehouse in rural Maine - Buy Smoked Jerky, Sausage ...

  • Handled the Beretta APX and Silencerco Maxim 9.

Weerd: Busy Weekend in Maine,  attended my Best Friend’s wedding.   No opportunities to go shooting but since I was wearing a tux, I carried my Beretta 21A which Ryan calls my “Tux-Gun”
 

Drink Segment: Local Gin!    It just so happens that in the last week I’ve had two AMAZING gins from here in New England.    The first is GrandTen Wireworks Gin,   which is actually a barrel-aged gin, meaning it’s probably closer to the more ancient Jenever which is a dutch spirit made with junipers that the English used as the inspiration to London Dry Gin.

GrandTen Distilling is in Boston

The second is called Back River Gin, made by Sweetgrass Winery.    This is a more traditional Dry Gin,  but it’s a lot more mellow than say Tanqueray or Beefeater.     I could go on for hours on the tasting notes of this one,  Let’s just say it’s the best gin I’ve ever had,  and it’s REALLY reasonably priced.   Both will run around $30 for a 750ml,  which for small-batch craft gin is quite impressive

http://grandten.com/spirit-type/wire-works/

https://sweetgrasswinery.com/spirits/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jenever

Main Topic: Let’s Design Our Ideal Handgun!

Size: Full Size? Compact? Subcompact?

Magazine:

Material: Polymer? Metal?

Caliber: Choice

Trigger Style: Flat? Curved? Pivoting? Straight back a la 1911)

-Trigger System: SA? DA? DAO? Striker Fired? Hammer Fired? A combination of both?

-Sights? Ledge for manipulations or no?

-Other options not listed?

Send your ideas to handgunradio@gmail.com and we will read them on the show!!

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HGR 173 - The 2nd Is For Everyone Diversity Shoot with Tony Simon

Hello and welcome to Handgun Radio! I’m your host Ryan Michad from the wild woods of Central Maine, and this is your home for all the news, information and discussion in the handgunning world.

This week, we talk with Tony Simon about the 2nd is for Everyone Diversity Shoot & Simon Says Train!

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Ryan: -Went shooting today, shot the S&W .32-20 WCF, M1 Carbine, S&W 34 .22 LR, Steyr, Lee Enfield .303, and my S&W M&P15 Sport II

Tony:

Weerd:  My life has been CRAZY busy, and no spare time for shooting, but found a reason to carry a revolver.   While cooking I stabbed myself in the palm.   My hand is OK, but until this cut heals up better I can’t grip things very hard with my left.    With no slide to manipulate, and I do my reloads with my right hand,   so there’s that.

Main Topic: The 2nd Is For Everyone Diversity Shoot with Tony Simon

We are joined by Tony Simon, the man behind the 2nd is for Everyone Diversity shoot and Simon Says Train. How are you doing Tony?

What is your background?

What is 2nd is for everyone Diversity Shoot?

What prompted you to start it?

Charity Status?

T-Shirt

Where can people find more info?
 

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  • Where can people find you Tony?
     

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Handgun Radio 172 - A Brief History of Custom Handguns & Competition with Daniel Watters

Hello and welcome to Handgun Radio! I’m your host Ryan Michad from the wild woods of Central Maine, and this is your home for all the news, information and discussion in the handgunning world. 

This week, we talk about custom handguns and competition from 1950 to 2000 with Daniel Watters!

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Gonna skip the week in review as i didn’t do anything related to firearms and we have a really awesome main topic ahead of us!

Drink Segment: This was an old experiment I’m revisiting.   It can be considered the love child between a Gimlet and a Singapore sling.
0.5oz Cherry Brandy
1oz Lime Juice
2oz Gin
A few dashes of Angostura Bitters
Shake and serve up or on the rocks.

I may have to come up with a name for this.

Main Topic: A Brief History of Custom Handguns & Competition with Daniel Watters


Classic Bullseye

    .22 Rimfire
    Centerfire (no caliber floor until the Askins incident in 1937, then raised to .32)
.    .45 ACP  (both semi-autos and revolvers allowed)
    Service Pistol (minimal external modifications allowed)  

    https://hdl.handle.net/2027/coo.31924089863397?urlappend=%3Bseq=186

    First documented service interest in National Match pistols arises in 1920.  However, this is limited primarily to reducing the minimum trigger pull regulations and adding slightly larger sights (⅛” sights versus issue 1/10”.)

    “Fitz from Colt” (J. Henry Fitzgerald) quickly sets up shop at large matches, fitting factory select “match” barrels and larger sights, as well as performing trigger jobs for competitors.

    https://hdl.handle.net/2027/coo.31924089863397?urlappend=%3Bseq=266

    http://sportsmansvintagepress.com/read-free/shooting-table-contents/

    Colt National Match pistols commercially introduced. (1932)

    http://www.coltautos.com/1911a1gmnm.htm

https://www.amazon.com/American-Beauty-Pre-War-National-Government/dp/0889352607

The rise of the civilian pistolsmiths (Pre-WW2)

    Archibald Brinkerhoff

    Archibald R. Brinkerhoff was the Jim Boland/Ned Christensen of the pre-WW2 pistolsmiths. Unfortunately, he died in 1946 before Bullseye shooting enjoyed its post-war resurgence.

Brinkerhoff patented a torsion hammer spring arrangement as well as a sear depressor system. Between the two developments, Brinkerhoff could rework the frame to be more user-friendly to shooters with smaller fingers, and safely achieve sub-3 pound trigger pulls without the hammer following.

US Patent #1,711,874 - Spring Actions for Firearm Hammers
http://www.google.com/patents/US1711874

US Patent #1,807,727 - Safety Lock for Firearms
http://www.google.com/patents/US1807727

The drawing of the reworked frame in the first patent is grossly exaggerated, but I hate to think what it would cost for a modern gunsmith to duplicate the frame modifications of the pistol in the article. Still, the concept is rather neat as you could rework the mainspring housing any way you wanted since its purpose is reduced to holding the grip safety and sear spring in place.

Brinkerhoff submitted one of his modified M1911 pistols to the US Army's Chief of Ordnance back in 1933. However, Ordnance was only interested in Brinkerhoff's recoil buffer system. The design inserted a spring-loaded plunger into a GI-length guide rod. The plunger would impact the interior of the recoil spring plug when the slide cycled. Oddly, Brinkerhoff never patented the design, and it was widely copied after his death. Another fellow even patented it in the late 1940s!

There is another Brinkerhoff pictured in the book "US Military Match and Marksmanship Automatic Pistols." From the photos, you can see that Brinkerhoff fabricated a custom magazine slam-pad to match the recontoured frame and stocks. In addition, there is a photo of a custom Brinkerhoff trigger that is fitted with a spring-loaded plunger to reduce the vertical movement of the trigger within the frame. The modern equivalent would be the Castillo's Custom Actions trigger.)

    King Gun Sight (Dean W. King)

http://www.histandard.info/King/KingCatalogs/cat19/Kingcat19D0-FCP200R_1280_960.html

http://law.justia.com/cases/federal/appellate-courts/F2/218/825/60991/

    Frank Pachmayr

    https://www.amazon.com/Frank-Pachmayr-Americas-Master-Gunsmith/dp/1571570179

    A.E. Berdon

http://www.nramuseum.org/guns/the-galleries/innovation,-oddities-and-competition/case-25-camp-perry/colt-model-1911-semi-automatic-pistol.aspx

http://www.nramuseum.org/guns/the-galleries/innovation,-oddities-and-competition/case-25-camp-perry/colt-model-1911-semi-automatic-pistol-(2).aspx

https://forums.1911forum.com/showthread.php?p=5537995

    While the patent drawing shows this adapted to a rifle, Berdon performed the same modification to his M1911 pistols.

    Trigger pull compensation for firearms
    https://www.google.com/patents/US2046996

    J.D. Buchanan

    http://www.bullseyeforum.net/t5243-j-d-buchanan-accurized-bullseye-gun

    Jesse Harpe


This post on LTW has a copy of a 1942 vintage article by the early M1911 pistolsmith Jesse Harpe. Note his early self-branded parts, fabricating his own thick-flange barrel bushing, matching spring plug, and barrel links.  Also note the number of modifications that are already standard: trigger overtravel stops, reducing trigger play in the frame, tightening slide to frame fit, and fitting the lower barrel lug tight to the slide stop pin. 

    http://forum.ltwguns.com/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=8314


The return of the National Matches (Post-WW2)

    New crop of civilian pistolsmiths begin to replace those who did not continue after WW2

    http://www.1911pro.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=2930

    http://www.gunsmagazine.com/1955issues/G0655.pdf#page=33

    John Giles 

    https://www.1911addicts.com/threads/john-giles-genius-gunsmith-old-school.29307/

    Jim Clark, Sr.  

    Here is a 1960-vintage profile of gunsmith and Bullseye champion Jim Clark, Sr. by Grits Gresham.
http://www.gunsmagazine.com/1960issues/G0860.pdf#page=16

    Alton Dinan

    http://pistolsmith.com/vintage-pistols/7454-alton-s-dinan.html
http://pistolsmith.com/austin-behlert/17562-al-dinan-i.html

    Austin Behlert

    http://www.randgfirearms.com/5141.html
 
Bob Chow

    http://www.sports-reference.com/olympics/athletes/ch/bob-chow-1.html
http://chssc.org/History/Honorees/Honorees2009d.aspx
https://forums.1911forum.com/showthread.php?t=453167
https://youtu.be/QRhFyIwqRLk
    https://youtu.be/EeAukp4hwuA

    Richard Shockey

    http://tonybrong.blogspot.com/2012/08/richard-l-shockey.html
    http://www.1911forum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=376635
https://youtu.be/ABctItBKbtA
    
Recoil reducer and accuracy improver
    https://www.google.com/patents/US2627686

    Apparatus for improving the accuracy of a firearm
    https://www.google.com/patents/US3365829

    George Elliason

The birth of the .38 Special Wadcutter conversions for the M1911 (~1950)

Renewed military interest results in official service-built National Match pistols.  This results in a major increase in technical expertise and the production of match grade parts. (1954-1968)

http://coolgunsite.com/images/1911/drake%20nm/national_match_notes.htm

https://www.amazon.com/Military-Match-Marksmanship-Automatic-Pistols/dp/1931464189

First integrally ramped M1911 barrel  (Clark -1955)
 
Factory responses - Colt Gold Cup National Match (1957) 

Factory responses to .38 Wadcutter conversions - Colt Gold Cup National Match Mid-Range (1960) & S&W Model 52 (1961)

    Automatic pistol firing mechanism
    https://www.google.com/patents/US2959107

    Single or double action firearm
    https://www.google.com/patents/US3152418
    Firearm with a pivotable barrel having a spherical hump engaging a slide member
    https://www.google.com/patents/US3158064

Shockey identifies the headspacing issue with the .38 Super (1961)

    In the June 1961 issue of The American Rifleman, John F. Rollins and Richard L. Shockey identified the head spacing issue in their article "Accurizing the Colt Super .38." Shockey ended up sleeving the factory chamber and recutting it to headspace on the chamber mouth.

Longslide conversions (Clark -1962)

New adjustable sight options for the M1911

    Micro Gun Sight
    S&W K-frame rear
    Elliason designs (HEG/Triangle, Colt/Elliason, Kensight, BoMar)

First aftermarket full-length guide rod for the M1911 (Max Atchisson - ~1962)
    http://www.google.com/patents/US3122061

Pachmayr Signature Model conversion (Frank Pachmayr, George Hoening, and Edward Miller)

    http://americanhandgunner.com/1977issues/AHJF77.pdf#page=21

    Here are all of the patents for the Pachmayr Signature Model conversion.

Pistol barrel mounting structure
https://www.google.com/patents/US3207037

Gun barrel locating structure
https://www.google.com/patents/US3411404

Gun head space takeup elements
https://www.google.com/patents/US3411405

Gun barrel bushing structures
https://www.google.com/patents/US3411406

Gun slide guiding devices
https://www.google.com/patents/US3411407

Mounting structure for pistol barrels
https://www.google.com/patents/US3411408

Gun having movably mounted barrel
https://www.google.com/patents/US3435727

Gun recoil spring assembly
https://www.google.com/patents/US3435728

Jeff Cooper and the Creation of Practical Shooting Sports
    Big Bear Leatherslaps (~1956), Bear Valley Gunslingers (~1959) & Southwest Combat Pistol League (~1963)

    https://www.americanrifleman.org/articles/2015/3/26/throwback-thursday-jeff-cooper/

    http://www.gopherflats.net/club-matches/swpl-practical-shooting/swpl-past-champions/

    http://topgunmotorcycles.com/new/category/recollections-combat-master/


The rise of the practical gunsmiths and “combat conversions” 

https://www.americanrifleman.org/articles/2011/3/1/the-evolution-of-the-custom-combat-45/

    First extended M1911 thumb safety (No later than 1958)

    Armand Swenson (1965)

    http://coolgunsite.com/comm_pistols/custom/swenson/swenson.htm
    https://americanhandgunner.com/1978issues/AHMJ78.pdf#page=44


Pistol safety mechanism adapted for right or left hand operation
    https://www.google.com/patents/US3492748

    Gun sight
https://www.google.com/patents/USD273217

    Automatic slide guard
    https://www.google.com/patents/US4742634

    George Sheldon

    https://forums.1911forum.com/showthread.php?t=292287

    Paris Theodore - ASP


    https://americanhandgunner.com/1979issues/HND79.pdf#page=24
https://web.archive.org/web/20160426095416/http://www.thegunzone.com:80/people/paris_theodore.html
https://web.archive.org/web/20160318040515/http://thegunzone.com/people/paris_theodore2.html

Grips for Handguns    
https://docs.google.com/viewer?url=patentimages.storage.googleapis.com/pdfs/US3758978.pdf

    Gunsight
    https://www.google.com/patents/US3777380

Pistol
    https://www.google.com/patents/usd230400

    Jim Hoag

    https://americanhandgunner.com/1979issues/HSO79.pdf#page=28
    http://www.chuckhawks.com/jim_hoag.html
    https://youtu.be/eh8tyxEMPxI

    Austin Behlert 

    http://www.randgfirearms.com/5141.html
    http://www.randgfirearms.com/26901.html
    https://forums.1911forum.com/showthread.php?t=361527

    Gun sight
    https://www.google.com/patents/USD238781
    https://www.google.com/patents/USD254502
    https://www.google.com/patents/USD254680

    Adjustable gun trigger mechanism
    https://www.google.com/patents/US4691461
    
    Pachmayr Combat Special (Tom Dornhaus and Craig Wetstein - 1972)

    https://forums.1911forum.com/showthread.php?t=451130

    Bar-Sto Precision Machine match barrels (Irv Stone, Jr. - 1967)

    http://news.sd.gov/newsitem.aspx?id=19756

The official creation of IPSC (May 1976) and the rise of new pistolsmiths

    https://www.ipsc.org/ipsc/columbiaconference.php

    Charlie Kelsey - Devel

    Mini-39        http://americanhandgunner.com/1979issues/HMJ79.pdf#page=24
Mini-59        http://americanhandgunner.com/1980issues/HSO80.pdf#page=42
Gammon    https://americanhandgunner.com/1982issues/HJF82.pdf#page=33
8-rd magazine    https://americanhandgunner.com/1983issues/HMA83.pdf#page=33
    Gammon II    http://americanhandgunner.com/1984issues/HSO84.pdf#page=42

https://web.archive.org/web/20160520053616/http://www.thegunzone.com:80/people/charlie_kelsey.html
https://web.archive.org/web/20160520024306/http://www.thegunzone.com:80/people/charlie_kelsey3.html

    Bill Wilson 

    https://s3.amazonaws.com/wilsoncombat/files/the-combat-auto.pdf
    https://americanhandgunner.com/1980issues/HND80.pdf#page=38
http://home.insightbb.com/~bloodythumb/WC_1982_Catalog.pdf
    https://youtu.be/jRaP4Qjjncs
    
    Ed Brown

    https://www.uspsa.org/frontsight_archive/a/1985-09.pdf#page=15
https://americanhandgunner.com/1985issues/HSO85.pdf#page=26

    Bill Laughridge - Cylinder & Slide

    https://americanhandgunner.com/1979issues/HMJ79.pdf#page=35
    http://www.cylinder-slide.com/articles.shtml

    Steve Nastoff

    https://americanhandgunner.com/1985issues/HSO85.pdf#page=56

    Richard Heinie

    https://www.uspsa.org/frontsight_archive/a/1986-03.pdf#page=15
https://americanhandgunner.com/1986issues/HMA86.pdf#page=42
https://youtu.be/FiRA7BJSP14

    Jim Boland
    
    https://forums.1911forum.com/showthread.php?t=764042
http://imgur.com/a/IW4HZ
    http://www.231club.com/index.php?id=9:jim-boland&lang=en
http://www.231club.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=10:jim-boland&catid=2:general-pages&Itemid=22&lang=en
    https://www.uspsa.org/frontsight_archive/a/1986-01.pdf#page=21
    https://forums.1911forum.com/showthread.php?t=19726

    Bruce Gray

    https://www.uspsa.org/frontsight_archive/a/2005-01.pdf#page=38
https://www.uspsa.org/frontsight_archive/a/2005-03.pdf#page=38

    Les Baer

    https://americanhandgunner.com/1985issues/HJA85.pdf#page=39
https://www.uspsa.org/frontsight_archive/a/1985-09.pdf#page=13

    Wayne Novak

    https://www.google.com/patents/USD296227
    https://www.google.com/patents/USD301512
    https://www.google.com/patents/USD305146
    https://www.google.com/patents/USD305561
    https://www.google.com/patents/USD315776

    Paul Liebenberg    

    https://americanhandgunner.com/1986issues/HJF86.pdf#page=34
    http://www.pistoldynamics.com/Articles_2011.html

The IPSC Arms Race Begins

    http://americanhandgunner.com/1984issues/HSO84.pdf#page=46

    Extended ported barrels
    Longslides
    Williams Quick-Comp (~1978)
Clark Pin Gun (1979)
    Plaxco Comp (1980)
    https://americanhandgunner.com/1986issues/HMA86.pdf#page=40
    Wilson Accu-Comp C (1981)
    https://americanhandgunner.com/1982issues/HND82.pdf#page=30
    Wilson Accu-Comp LE (1984)
    https://americanhandgunner.com/1985issues/HJA85.pdf#page=35
Wilson Accu-Comp DP (1988)

Growth of the Aftermarket Parts Industry

    Caspian Arms (1983)
    https://americanhandgunner.com/the-caspian-dream/

Rise of the .38 Super/Major 9

The birth of the Major PF .38 Super owes a certain amount of credit to Jeff Cooper's wildcat "Super 9" covered in the December 1973 issue of Guns & Ammo. Cooper gave quite a bit of credit to others who had been hot-rodding the .38 Super: gunwriters George Nonte and Mason Williams, gunsmith Terry Tussey, and John Adams of SAECO Bullet Moulds. At the time, Cooper noted that the downside to hot-rodding .38 Super was the unsupported barrel, and potential for case web failure. The base pistol was a .38 Super Colt Commander customized by Jim Hoag with a ~6.5" Bar-Sto barrel. Cooper originally started with hot .38 Super rounds loaded by John Adams. In the long barrel, Adams could get to roughly 1,600 fps with a 125gr projectile before the .38 Super cases began to blow. To improve the strength of the case web, Whit Collins suggested that Cooper try .223 Remington brass cut to .38 Super length. The change in cases allowed the Super 9 wildcat to achieve ~1,750 fps with the same 125gr projectiles. However, Cooper never saw this as a competition pistol, but as a lightweight/long range trail pistol.

In the November/December 1980 issue of American Handgunner, Dick Thomas noted that in 1977 Ken Hackathorn had floated the idea of building a .38 Super competition pistol. This might have been in response to 1977 IPSC World Shoot, which some folks claimed that been set up by the Rhodesian hosts to favor the higher capacity of the Browning Hi-Power. Note that the winner was Rhodesian Dave Westerhout using a BHP. Thomas developed a load with Speer's 125gr JSP that achieved 1,380 fps. This was sufficient to make Major on Hackathorn's ballistic pendulum. He considered recoil to be low, with the trade off being additional flash and blast. Thomas believed that the high velocity would simplify the lead on moving targets, and reduce the need to hold over on 60yd targets. Not mentioned was the fact that the .38 Super gave two extra shots over the .45 ACP.

Bruce Gray claims that he built his first .38 Super competition pistol for a customer in late 1978, followed by a second pistol for himself. They used 173gr cast bullets to achieve Major PF on the ballistic pendulums of the era. In response, some local clubs banned their pistols outright, while other clubs raised the threshold for Major PF to 185. Gray claims that he was told that the organizers of the 1981 US Nationals would not allow the pistol to be scored as Major no matter how it performed ballistically.

In any case, Gray's .38 Super pistols brought him to the attention of Charles Kelsey of Devel. Gray worked with Kelsey on the development of the .38 Super Gammon II, which was campaigned by Chip McCormick and Mark Duncan in 1983. Kelsey had plans for a dedicated Major PF wildcat, the 9mm Devel, using a strengthened case, but this never reached mass production.

The Super's popularity really took off when Rob Leatham and Brian Enos started campaigning Wilson Combat-built .38 Supers in 1984, with Leatham winning the 1984 US Nationals.

From around 1980 to 1993, IPSC and USPSA only allowed flush flt magazines for the M1911. While solid bumper pads were kosher, you could not use an an extended tube or a hollow baseplate to expand the capacity of the pistol. So the only way to increase your magazine capacity in the single-stack M1911 was to either use a Devel (pre-Shooting Star) follower and/or swap to a smaller caliber.

In response to the rise of the .38 Super, match directors began to increase the round counts of stages to force reloads upon the .38 Super shooters, who then held a 1-3 round advantage over their .45 ACP brethren. To counter this, gamers then scrambled to find a 9x19mm high-capacity pistol that would remain together when loaded to Major PF. You had gunsmiths playing with "Major 9" in the HK P7M13 (Bruce Gray), the Browning Hi-Power (Cylinder & Slide), and the CZ75 (Don Fisher.)

Things really came to a head when shooters sponsored by S&W and Springfield started to field hi-cap "Major 9" pistols. A few months prior to the 1990 Nationals and World Shoot, the USPSA BOD banned the use of 9x19mm at Major PF when loaded shorter than 1.25". The sponsored shooters quickly rechambered their pistols from 9x19mm to 9x21mm IMI. The joke was that they were using 9mm JLE (Just Long Enough).

Explosion of the Aftermarket Parts Industry

    Shooting Star / CMC (Chip McCormick and Virgil Tripp)
    EGW (1991 - George Smith)

Creation of Factory Custom Shops to Support Sponsored Shooters

    Springfield Custom Shop (Tim Dillon, Les Baer, Jack Weigand, and Dave Williams)
    
    S&W Performance Center (Paul Liebenberg and John French)

Rise of the Red Dot and M1911 Widebody Frames (1990)

The 1990 US Nationals were the last hoorah for the single-stack .38 Super, but added a new wrinkle in the form of red dot sights. The real equipment race was sparked a month later when Doug Koenig took the 1990 World Shoot with a red-dot equipped Springfield P9 in 9x21mm.

That is when you started to see major work at perfecting a high-capacity M1911 frame suitable for .38 Super. While Jim Boland and Otto Matyska had individually fabricated one-off high capacity M1911 frames in the 1980s, nothing was commercially available until the Para-Ordnance frame kits came on the market. However, their quality control was not always the best, nor did they have a .38 Super magazine available in the early days. About the only person trying to campaign the Para-Ord in its first few years was John Dixon. I seem to remember that he even had Para-Ord custom cast one out of beryllium copper. However, the first USPSA Nationals win for Para-Ord was in 1991 with Todd Jarrett using a pistol built by Blake Gann. The same year Jerry Barnhart used a Wilson Combat with a custom high-cap M1911 frame fabricated by George Huening. The Wilson/Huening pistol used CZ75 magazines.

The Caspian and CMC (pre-STI & SV Infinity) widebody frames hit the market in 1992. There was a loophole in the IPSC/USPSA magazine rule (7.05) that allowed non-flush magazines if the extended magazine was the standard equipment introduced with the pistol/frame. Caspian and CMC exploited this rule to increase their magazine capacity over the CZ75 and its clones.

The CMC frame kit's first USPSA Open Nationals win was in 1992. Jerry Barnhart's racegun was built by Wilson Combat. Matt McLearn used a Caspian widebody frame to win the 1993 USPSA Nationals and IPSC World Shoot.

The Backlash Ensues - IPSC Standard/USPSA Limited (1992)

Limited Division was formally introduced in USPSA around 1992 in response to the backlash against the optics and muzzle brakes. The latter were growing ever longer with multiple expansion chambers to use every bit of high pressure gases. Briefly, the Major PF caliber minimum in Limited was 0.354" just like in Open. The USPSA Board of Directors thought they were being clever when they imposed a production minimum for eligible pistols and required three manufacturers to produce Major PF loads for a cartridge to be legal. This ended the moment that S&W appeared ready to succeed with their Model 3566 and .356 TSW. Even as S&W was sending fliers out to dealers stating that this combo was Limited Division Major PF legal, the USPSA BOD quickly met and increased the minimum caliber for Limited Major PF to 0.400". (Personally, I think that the .357 SIG would have never been born if S&W had properly marketed the .356 TSW outside of competition use.)

The minimum production number rules for Limited Division kept the CMC and Caspian frame kits out of play for a few years. This changed once STI started making complete pistols in late August 1993. However, the minimum production rule basically meant that they were only legal just a few weeks ahead of the 1994 Limited Nationals. (The Para-Ordnance P16.40, introduced in early September 1993, suffered the same fate.) The Caspian frames weren't legal for Limited until 1998 after Fred Craig cranked out a large number of his "Fantom" models. That said, the Caspian frames were never really a big thing in Limited as their magazine width was not optimized for any cartridge larger than 9x23mm/.38 Super.

While it suffered for the first few years due to the lack of approved widebody pistols, the 40 S&W ultimately became the Limited Division cartridge of choice due to its capacity advantage over the .45 ACP. However, STI soon began to exploit further loopholes. The STI Eagle 5.1's factory bull barrel ultimately led to approval of bull barrels across the board starting 1994. Coned barrels quickly pushed out the conventional bushing set-up. STI went on to add full-length dust covers and then heavy, long dust covers, leading to their approval in June 1996.

Loading tricks became the reverse of Open Division; shooters gravitated to heavy bullets with fast burning powders so pressures would be lower as the bullet left the barrel. Some went even further, with shooters using 250-260gr bullets in .45 ACP and 200-220gr bullets in .40 S&W and 10mm. The extra heavy bullets worked in the .40 M1911-pattern as most shooters were loading them long for more reliable feeding. You might ask why not go to the 10mm? Well, once-fired .40 S&W brass was a lot cheaper due to its popularity in police departments. Of course, trouble began when folks would try to duplicate these heavy bullet .40 S&W loads at shorter lengths so they would fit in a Glock or other stock pistols.

The 170mm magazine rule was passed in 1992, and went into effect on January 1, 1993 in both IPSC and USPSA. However, IPSC only allowed it Open Division, but not their Standard Division. In contrast, USPSA decided to allow it in Limited Division for a year. After the first year, the standard-length magazine rule was reapplied to double-stack frames, while still allowing single-stack frames to use 170mm magazines. In 1995, USPSA revisited the issue setting the maximum length to 140mm for double-stack frames in Limited.

Of course, stage round counts started to go out of sight. I think part of the USPSA BOD's logic for the 170mm single stack magazine Limited Division was that the M1911 .45 ACP shooters with 11rd magazines would be able to keep up with the wide-body M1911 frames. I suspect the 140mm dimension was based upon the lengths of the OEM 20rd magazines that had long been available for the Browning P35, SIG-Sauer P226, Beretta 92, and S&W Model 59-series. These extended magazines had long been used by Military and Police tactical teams.

Unfortunately, most of the 11rd .45 ACP single-stack magazines were junk, and the makers of the double-stack M1911 frames quickly developed extended magazines. Moreover, the "High Capacity Feeding Device" ban went into effect in September 1994. As a result, all of the extended single-stack magazine development went into 10rd magazines. However, a lot of double-stack M1911 shooters played hard and fast with the replacement parts loophole. We were extremely lucky that the Feds didn't clamp down. After all, years earlier, some ATF field offices had gone after pistols with optics mounts that were too close to the serial number. Needless to say, most optics mounts quickly standardized on the dust cover.

Backlash Part 2 - USPSA Limited Division Arms Race

Established pistolsmiths begin to drop out of USPSA in favor of carry pistols.

New shooting organizations formed by IPSC/USPSA alumni .

    1911 SSC (1994 - Richard Heinie, Russell Cluver, Frank James, Walt Rauch, Bob Houzenga, Jerry Glogoski, Steve Kalaman, Kerby Smith, and Bill Laughridge)

    http://1911ssc.com/
    http://1911ssc.com/original-1995-ssc-results/

    IDPA (1996 - Bill Wilson, John Sayle, Ken Hackathorn, Dick Thomas, Walt Rauch, and Larry Vickers)
    http://www.idpa.com/

The Rise of the Pistolsmith Manufacturer

    Baer Custom - 1993

    Wilson Combat - 1996

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Daniel - Where can people find you?  Loose Rounds (http://looserounds.com/ and http://looserounds.com/556timeline/) & on Facebook at “The 5.56mm Timeline: A Chronology of Development” (https://www.facebook.com/The-556mm-Timeline-A-Chronology-of-Development-259763052133/)

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Handgun Radio 171 - Triggered

Hello and welcome to Handgun Radio! I’m your host Ryan Michad from the wild woods of Central Maine, and this is your home for all the news, information and discussion in the handgunning world.

This week, Weerd & I discuss our range trip & different types of triggers!

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Skipping Week In Review as its Main Topic!

Drink Segment: Ryan’s Whiskey Flight: Ryan wanted a drink but couldn’t decide what he wanted, and he didn’t feel like passing out before dinner was served.

Ideal situation for a cocktail flight!

So I mixed him this trio:

Manhattan,  Boulevardier, and a whiskey sour.

Ryan  didn’t like the Boulevardier,  but Compari is hit-or-miss for people,   The Manhattan wasn’t his favorite but I think it was the Dutch Bitters Boomtown Bitters, which are heavy in Sassafras.

But the Whiskey Sour was a big hit.

2 parts Rye Whiskey

1 part lemon juice

0.5 parts simple syrup.

You can also add in about 0.5oz fresh egg white and whip that into a froth before you shake with ice.   I didn’t think Ryan would appreciate that, so I omitted it.

Main Topic: Triggered

Now, I know this topic has been covered a little bit on this show before, but it was quite awhile ago and we may have some new listeners so I thought it might be fun to go into a bit of a detailed discussion of trigger types and differences. Also, I got to shoot a bunch of Weerds firearms this past week when we made a trip down to see him and went to Massachusetts Rifle & Pistol Club at Walnut Hill. We shot the Colt 1908 .25 ACP, Ruger LCR in .357 Magnum & .22 Long Rifle, S&W Model 617 in .22 LR, S&W 1911Sc in .45 ACP, Beretta 21A in .22 LR, Colt Trooper MkIII in .357 Magnum, Kahr PM45 (We shot his FAL too but that isn’t quite a handgun)

Trigger Types/Categories:

Single-Action

Double Action

Single Action/Double Action

Striker Fired

Double Action Only

Specific Types such as:

-SIG DAK (Double Action Kellerman)

-SFS System (Cylinder & Slide)

-Fast Action Trigger System (Daewoo/Lionheart) *Essentially same as SFS System*

Target Triggers

Set Triggers

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Handgun Radio 170 - Lesser Known Handgun Manufacturers

Hello and welcome to Handgun Radio! I’m your host Ryan Michad from the wild woods of Central Maine, and this is your home for all the news, information and discussion in the handgunning world.

Tonight,  Weerd & I discuss some lesser known handgun manufacturers!

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Week in Review:

Ryan: -Getting ready to head down to MA for a few days! Gonna finally get to go to the range with Weerd!!!

 Weerd: 

Drink Segment:  Snow Cones!

You can make flavored syrup by mixing the proper proportions of sugar and drink mix with equal amounts of water.

You then take your trusty lewis bag and a hammer and make a glass full of snow, and you can have all the fun at the fair for a fraction of the price.

https://www.amazon.com/Houseables-Condiment-Container-Polyethylene-Restaurant/dp/B01E0CAWJ2/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1497230764&sr=8-6&keywords=condiment+bottles+with+cap

Main Topic: Lesser Known Semi-Auto Handgun Manufacturers

Haskell "Hi-Point" Pistol

FEG Pistols

Grendel INC

Mauser M2 & HSc 

Jehrico 941

Star Megastar & Firestar

Daewoo

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Handgun Radio 169 - Ammo: The Good, The (Maybe) Bad & The Ugly

Hello and welcome to Handgun Radio! I’m your host Ryan Michad from the wild woods of Central Maine, and this is your home for all the news, information and discussion in the handgunning world.

This week, Weerd and I discuss some ammunition! 

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Week in Review: 

Ryan: - Shot the Stevens .22 LR Ranger, the S&W M&P 15 AR, the Sig 226, Volquartsen & the Taurus PT22 Poly

Weerd: Lousy Weekend,  no fun for me

Drink Segment:  Dry Martini  because I NEED one.    Tonight my gin is Tanqueray No TEN,  which is their small batch premium gin.     Some premium brands really aren’t worth the added money, but this stuff is pretty damn good.  

https://www.amazon.com/glacio-Silicone-Ice-Sphere-Tray/dp/B018IAQ92G/ref=sr_1_2?s=home-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1496108623&sr=1-2-spons&keywords=ball+ice+mold&psc=1

https://www.amazon.com/Zenware-Silicone-Extra-Large-Cubes/dp/B01K856OXS/ref=sr_1_10?s=home-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1496108593&sr=1-10&keywords=cube+ice+mold

 

Main Topic:  Ammunition: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

Listener Question:

Name: Douglas

Subject: Revolvers

Message: Looking for a 22 LR revolver just for fun, plinking. What do you recommend? Any particular gun?

I have looked at Rugers, but not sure I want to spend that much just for plinking and for a non-defensive use handgun. I am looking at the Heritage Rough Rider single action. I know, you get what you pay for, but a lot of reviews do say its still a decent gun for its price.

Appreciate your time,

-Douglas

The Good:

Speer Gold Dot, Federal HST, Winchester PDX, Hornady XTP  

The (Maybe) Bad & Ugly (Or just misunderstood) 

Federal Guard Dog

Black Talons

Hydra Shok

Glaser Pow'r Ball (Maybe...Depends) 

Extreme Shock Ammo

R.I.P Ammo 

Liberty Ammunition Civil Defense  

Pistol Shot Loads (For Self Defense)

Shot in a rifled pistol/revolver

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Handgun Radio 168 - Listener Email Discussion!

Hello and welcome to Handgun Radio! I’m your host Ryan Michad from the wild woods of Central Maine, and this is your home for all the news, information and discussion in the handgunning world.

This week, Weerd and I discuss some new revolver ammo, and respond to some listener email!!!!

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Drink Segment: Cobbler Shaker:   So unpacking after the NRA show, the cap to my cobbler shaker I brought with me was missing.   They aren’t much good without a cap as you would be wearing your drink when you shake it.   So I ordered a new one on Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00PF1EY1K/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o04_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

This one is a decent price, and works great.    I prefer a cobbler shaker as you don’t need a separate strainer, also you can keep your finger over the cap when shaking so there is little risk of a spill.    The downside is you really shouldn’t be filling the shaker body completely full as there isn’t a whole empty cup like a boston shaker that uses a pint glass and a steel cup to give air space for the shake.    Still if you’re making just a few drinks at most this isn’t a problem.  Also the metal-to-metal contacts can freeze,  but this can be fixed with a quick rinse under hot water.

Main Topic: Listener Email Discussion

Federal HST .38 Special

 

Name: Byron

Subject: .40 Kahr

Message: I found a K40 Kahr handgun and was wondering if you knew how the K series compares with the Kahr handguns you and Weerd have - also wondering if I got it could I change out the barrels and make a .357 Sig out of it? Thanks for any input you could give me and love the show!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wzh16zi55G0
Listener Anthony:

Does bullet weight effect recoil significantly?

Talking 115 vs 147 in 9mm

200 vs 230 in 45acp?

Came to you guys first because you guys are just that awesome! Have a great day and thanks in advance!

Name: Kaleb Kidd

Message: I am looking to purchase a 9mm 1911 for mainly range use and possibly a Carry gun in formal settings, but definitely not a edc. Assuming a $1,000 budget, would the host suggest going with something in the entry level Kimber line or the Springfield Armory Range Officer, or is there another brand or line I should consider. I want to keep it pretty standard because I would like to upgrade sights, grips, and possible other parts down the road?

Thanks again for the great show! 

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Listener Todd:

Good Morning from the sunny south!  I've got a question for you. Have you boys had any experience it a Rock Island Armory M206? I'm thing of getting on as a BUG. Thoughts?

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Handgun Radio 167 - The NRA Show 2017 Experience with Weerd

Hello and welcome to Handgun Radio! I’m your host Ryan Michad from the wild woods of Central Maine, and this is your home for all the news, information and discussion in the handgunning world.

This week, Weerd & I talk about his recent trip to NRA Annual Meetings 2017!

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Week in Review:

Ryan: Shot a car today! Used a Remington 887 Nitro with 3 ½ in shells….fun to see, but not terribly enjoyable.

Weerd: When it rains it pours!    Went to NRAA Meeting,   got some Eddie Eagle videos which my Daughter LOVES,  you can get them free on youtube.

Then a buddy of mine FINALLY took me up on a range trip as he’s planning on buying his first gun soon and wanted to try out an assortment of guns to see what he liked.

Sadly he shot my semi-autos WAY better than my revolvers,  so we may not make a wheel gunner of him

Drink Segment: While at the house I was cooking dinner for the gang and I was also the bartender.   Made Martinis, Manhattans,  and one night when a call for “Something new” was requested,  I decided to make a gimlet….only my traditional recipe of 0.5oz Elderflower Liqueur, 1oz lime juice, and 2oz Gin was not available.    I did have sugar for a simple syrup,  but it was dark brown,   and I had limes, but they were key limes which taste fantastic, but are VERY small.    So I elected to squeeze a lemon too to make up the needed amount of juice for a large crowd of thirsty gunbloggers.    To tie it all together I had a bottle of peychaud’s bitters, and that tied the dark richness of the brown sugar with the brightness of the lime and lemon juice.   It was something unique, and quite good!

Main Topic: NRA Show 2017 Wrap-Up with Weerd Beard

THE TRIP DOWN

THE HOUSE

THE LOCATION: ATLANTA

THE VENUTE ATLANTA WORLD CONGRESS CENTE

THE TRIP TO MOMMYS DEMAND THINGS RALLY

NEW GUNS
KAHR S

EDC X9

COLT COBRA

CZ P10

SPECTRUM

WTF PRODUCTS

THE TRIP HOME

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Handgun Radio 166 - Growing Up A Gunwriters Son

(Note: This episode was recorded before NRA AM 2017)

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This week, we discuss what its like to grow up a gunwriters son with Jordan Bell!

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Week in Review:

Ryan: - Browsed the collection at the James D Julia Auction House and it was amazing! Saw the High Standard T3 Prototype that Daniel Watters has talked about previously, as well as the main gun used by Pacino in Scarface.
Jordan: Tomorrow we’re taking out the new Henry 410 lever action and a Taurus Judge. Shooting will happen. And pictures. This week prior… I took pictures for an article dad is doing on moonclips and revolver cleaning. Earlier I did pics for the S&W M325.

Weerd:   Getting my ducks in a row for the NRA show.    I’m so excited to go.

Drink Segment:  Dutch’s American Era Variety 3-Pack: http://www.dutchsspirits.com/dutchs-spirits-american-era-variety-bitters-3-pack/

This is a REALLY great set of bitters for a reasonable price.

Right now I’m drinking a dry Martini with the Prohi-bitters,  which really turns a good martini into a great martini.

For those who haven’t had a chance to experiment with bitters,  obviously the standard Angostura bitters and Orange Bitters will get the most use, but these variety packs can easily get you into the exotics for short money.

Main Topic: Growing Up a Gunwriters Son

Growing up with a gunwriter father….when did you start really paying attention to what dad was doing?

  • Guns, AT VERY EARLY age. Laying all about. Thus, learning gun safety before even swimming.

  • Shooting my first gun at 3. It was a Ruger MKII.

  • Seeing tons of guns over the years. Building my own little obsession.

  • Gun obsession leading to fun at school. Getting toy guns taken away. Drawing them on everything. Getting yelled at for that. Etc. Thank god is wasnt the modern day or Id be expelled and incarcerated.

  • Later, learning a bit of the tradecraft to writing (for old school print). Having fun listening to dad TYPE on a Smith Corona, and it making machine guns sounds when auto typing after.

  • I started paying attention in my teens. Getting really interested in the guns and their differences. Learning the history behind them. Building up favorites and then being crushed when dad didn’t keep those particular ones.

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  • Jordan where can people find you?

 

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Handgun Radio 165 - Pre NRA 2017 Prep with Weerd Beard

Hello and welcome to Handgun Radio! I’m your host Ryan Michad from the wild woods of Central Maine, and this is your home for all the news, information and discussion in the handgunning world.

This week, Weerd & I talk about his upcoming trip to NRA Annual Meetings 2017!

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Week in Review:

Ryan: Didn’t do to much firearms related, got to shoot my grandfathers .22 LR rifle a bit. Using the CCI Quiet ammo you have to hold over a little bit at 50 yards but it is basically hearing safe in my experience.

Weerd: NRA show!   So excited to get out of town and hang out at the Gun Blog Variety House, get some interviews for all my shows, and hopefully meet some fans!


Drink Segment: Since I’m flying to Georgia I can’t bring my travel bar,  what Will I do to keep my masses entertained when we return to the house at the end of the night.

My plan is to pack my cobbler shaker (it’s all metal so it won’t break) and I can put a few small bottles of bitters into it, as well as some garnish picks.

I’m asking my housemates who are driving to do their best to supply glassware,  and Sean and I are planning on cooking dinner for the troops in the evening, so we’ll be hitting the grocery store, as well as the liquor store for supplies.

I’m excited to see what I can cook up under those limitations.

Main Topic: Pre-NRA Annual Meeting Preparation!

What guns do you want to see?

What guns are you ambivalent about?

What are your travel plans and how hard were they to get set up?

Are you concerned about the traffic nightmare that is Atlanta?

What has been your favorite thing about past NRA shows and what has been your least favorite thing?
 

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Handgun Radio 164 - Our Favorite Forgotten Weapons

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This week, Weerd and I discuss our favorite handguns from Forgotten Weapons library!!!

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Week in Review:

Ryan: -Checked out some cool pistols at the Cabelas gun library!

Weerd:

Drink Segment:  Made something very simple and VERY interesting.  It’s called Oleo-Saccharum  which simple means “oil Sugar”.

You make it by peeling citrus (in my case limes) and letting it sit for about an hour,  then you can add some water and bring it to a boil and then strain and you have a really nice flavored syrup.   I have it mixed with rum for a pseudo daiquiri,   but for those who aren’t drinkers,  you can do this with lemons, and then juice the lemons, maybe add some soda water and make yourself some spectacular lemonade this summer
 

Main Topic: Our Favorite Forgotten Weapons

If you haven’t been to the Forgotten Weapons website, you are missing out. Ian has an excellent website and a huge inventory of information about handguns that are uncommon or there isn’t much information about. We figured we could talk about some of our favorites!!

Ryan’s Picks

Trejo Machine Pistol Model 1 .22 LR

Test Trials Knoble Pistol

Savage 45

US Test Trials White-Merrill .45 Caliber Pistol

MAC 1950

Smith & Wesson Model 1913 in .35 Smith & Wesson

Elmer Keith’s M29

Elmer Keith Kaboom

Walther P38 Development

Savage Automatic Pistols
 

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Handgun Radio 163 - The Listener Email Show!

Hello and welcome to Handgun Radio! I’m your host Ryan Michad  from the wild woods of Central Maine, and this is your home for all the news, information and discussion in the handgunning world.

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This week, Weerd & I respond to some listener emails!!!

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Week in Review:

Ryan: Didn’t do to much in firearms, but finished my review of the RPS Tactical holster for my Steyr C9A1. It is a fantastic holster.

Weerd: I got thinking.   How hard would it be to swap the barrel on a hi-point?    Wouldn’t a Hi-point .40 converted to .357 SIG be the most hipster gun on the planet?
 

Drink Segment: Tonight I’m drinking the Bronx Cocktail.

Since this is an older drink, there are lots of variations,  but I settled on 2 parts gin, and one part of each sweet vermouth, dry vermouth, and orange juice.

I generally don’t like mixing with orange juice as it has a much milder flavor than say lemon, lime, or grapefruit.    That being said it has a very mellow flavor that others might love.

Now here’s the fun part,   since I have my flight glasses, and I was concerned with how much I’d like this, I instead made 3 small Bronx variations.    One with Orange Juice, one with Lime, one with Grapefruit.      I think the grapefruit is my favorite.

Also there is a cocktail named after all 5 boroughs of New York City, tho the Manhattan is really the only one that is still popular.

Main Topic:

Message: In reference to podcast 155 and the discussion of the decision to develop the .45ACP... that's only half the story.

The truth is that the U.S. didn't want to change the gun. The Philippine Insurrection of 1899 did, in fact, see repeated failures of the standard solid lead .38LC to affect stops on the Morro tribesmen. But the U.S. thought that it was more efficient, less expensive, and just a better idea to change the ammunition. We wanted to stop issuing solid nose .38 bullets and change them to more effective expanding point bullets. Remember, we've known since the Mine Ball's of the Civil War that bullets which expand and deform cause more damage. Hunting periodicals of the 1890's recognized this and expanding point bullet patents clearly show the progress of technology.

But something else happened in 1899 as well. Something political. The Hague Convention of 1899. The British were making use of expanding point ammunition, pioneered for them in their ammunition plant in DumDum India. The Brits were having trouble with their small caliber rifles passing through Dervishes and African Tribesmen without stopping. However, at the time, the Germans and the French were political adversaries in the equivalent of the late 19th Century cold war. The French and the Germans used propaganda to vilify the British for using expanding point "Dum Dum" ammunition as inhumane hunting bullets, in contravention with the gentlemanly conventions of modern war.

As you recall, the Hague Convention of 1899 eventually banned the use of expanding point ammunition in war, with the only two dissenting votes being the U.S. and Britain.

Because the original plan of using more effective expanding point ammunition was now no longer possible, the U.S. was stuck. Issuing slightly redesigned ammunition in the same cartridge is cheap. Designing, implementing, and issuing a new handgun with an entirely new ammunition is expensive. But, because the French were a-scared exploding bullets of death... well, hello Mr. Browning. :D

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Hey Ryan , I enjoy listening to you and Weerd !! I have a new job that requires me to wear a company shirt tucked in and no outer garment. I wear jeans with it. I want to carry at work but am on the road visiting customers and can not print or even have holster belt clips showing. What are your suggestions on what I should carry. I am getting in and out of a car all day long

Thanks

(I recommended a NAA Mini in .22 Magnum)

Hey Ryan, I had thought of a mini, but decided to get a Kahr CW380. Just not sure how to carry it. Have to wear a tucked shirt with no cover garment. Maybe a thin type pocket holster or I was even thinking of a shoulder holster. What are your thoughts about a holster? I have to wear jeans. I wish I could wear  my loose fitting Carhartts.

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About 12 years ago, when I bought my first handgun, I got sucked into the .40 S&W. Recently I've come to realize this wasn't the best decision. I have chronic wrist pain from years of being a drummer and the .40 really kills my wrist. So my question is, what is the best way to switch from "a .40 guy" to shooting 9mm. Keep in mind, I have 5-6 handguns in .40 S&W and several thousand rounds. Thanks for all you do!

Brian from Arkansas

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Just listened to episode 160, great show! Although I've had the "invincible bad guy" dream that Weird described, the worst that I have had is being unable to pull the trigger when needed. I carry a J frame a lot and that did worry me with such a long trigger pull...so much so that I started carrying Glocks for that reason! Yes gun superstitions are very real!

Timothy I'm glad y'all talked about dreams! Several times I've had the dream where the ax murderer is coming at me, and no mater how hard I squeeze the trigger, it never moves. I don't own a blue gun, so I don't know where that's coming from, but you don't feel good about it when you wake up!

Logan The dream I constantly have is when I go to shoot they are all squibs and the bullets barely fall out of the barrel. No matter how many mag changes, they are all squibs. I have only shot 1 squib in my life, so I'm not sure where this is coming from.

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Handgun Radio 162 - Custom Pistolsmithing with KGB Customs

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This week, Weerd and I chat with Karl, the owner of KGB Customs out of Ohio, about his career as a custom pistolsmith!

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Week in Review:

Ryan: -Unplanned range trip yesterday! Got to take out my Steyr, Sig P226, Model 60, 19, as well as a few others. My neighbor critter brought his S&W Model 34 .22 LR, his Star Model B 9mm and one that I hadn’t ever shot, a Cimmaron replica of the 1860 Mason-Richards Army conversion. It was in .38 Special and shot great! Very accurate and a great trigger, and you don’t need to fuss with loose powder and ball! Video coming soon.

-There was a home invasion in my area recently. There was an article in the paper where the son of the elderly woman whose home was invaded came to the home after she called him. He was armed with his Ruger LCP and was ambushed as he entered the home by the intruder who hit him with what is believed to be a hammer. The son ended up shooting the man in the chest with the LCP but then got in a struggle with him over the gun until the son finally got the upper hand and the police arrived. Lots of lessons here Link to Video and Article

Karl:
Weerd:

Drink Segment:  http://www.weerdworld.com/2017/when-mixology-takes-flight/
 

Main Topic: Custom Pistolsmithing with KGB Customs

I have become familiar with Karls work through the Custom Handguns group on facebook. The Custom Handguns group is the premier group to be in if you like seeing the art that some of these pistolsmiths perform. Karl has done everything from 1911’s to CZ’s and everything in between. I especially like the work he does on 1911’s and Hi-Powers.

Karl, how did you get started pistolsmithing and when did you start KGB Customs?

What are the main guns that come through your shop?

What are some of the most common modifications you perform?

What has been the most challenging firearm you’ve ever worked on and what is the most challenging modification to perform?

What are some modifications that you would advise people to avoid?

You posted recently a picture of a Colt Combat Commander in .38 Super that had been worked over by Novak. What was the story behind that? (P.S. I want to get a gun EXACTLY like that one, it looks amazing.)

What does the future look like for KGB Customs? Do you have any exciting projects coming up?

What is the best way for people to contact you and inquire about having work done?

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  • Karl! Thank you so much for coming on! Where can people find you or contact you if they want work done?

Until next week, have fun & safe shooting!!!