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This week, Weerd Beard, Daniel Watters and I discuss some handgun designs that flopped!
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Week in Review:
Ryan: -Checked out a local company to me, RPS Tactical. The owner Rob and his associates make some great products including an innovative holster system that uses industrial strength velcro and it holds it very securely.
Weerd: Not a whole lot. I was doing some yard work, but I was carrying my LCR in my pocket, not in an ankle holster and shorts like TJ.
Daniel: It looks like Big Horn Armory is about to branch into pistols. They have filed a patent application for a Southpaw-friendly M1911 that accepts standard M1911 magazines. The slide stop and magazine release remain in the standard position. However, the ejector, extractor, and ejection port have been relocated to the opposite sides of the frame and slide.
I also rediscovered a neat webpage concerning the early days of the FBI. Of particular interest is the section concerning gunsmith Hyman S. Lebman and the converted M1911 machinepistols he made for Baby Face Nelson and John Dillinger.
Drink Segment: Frontlines Shockfrost Cocktail By Marko Kloos
Main Topic: Handgun Design Disasters Part Three
We have done a few of these episodes before, but not in this much detail. Daniel deserves all the credit for researching and setting up these categories and guns, and we have so many that there will be a Part Four sometime after NRA show!!!
We are going break this up into multiple categories:
a) Guns that were unpopular and didn't sell (Beretta 9000, Beretta 90-Two)
b) Guns that didn't work, or work reliably (Colt All-American 2000, Kimball Arms .30 Carbine)
c) Guns where the basic concept didn't fly (COP Derringer, S&W Model 53)
d) Guns that just never got off the ground for legal reasons (Colt Pocket 9 & Colt Pony)
e) Guns that just never got off the ground for business or technical reasons (Kimber KPD, Mitchell Alpha)
FYI: The two previous episodes concerning this topic can be found here. http://firearmsradio.tv/handgun-radio/?tag=design
Colt Pocket Nine
Colt Pony (the rebadged Star DK)
Kimball Arms pistol
Smith & Wesson Model 53
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