Handgun Radio 191 - More SHOT Show 2018 & Listener Emails!


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 SHOT Show 2018 news so far and some listener emails!

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Week in Review:

Ryan: - Didn’t do much in guns….bought a new router from Home Depot and worked on my guitar.

-Buy quality tools. (HF vs. HD)


Drink Segment: Fernet Branca: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fernet-Branca

Main Topic: SHOT Show 2018 News & Listener Emails

Auto Mag Classic .44

The Auto Mag Ltd. Corp. announced it was now shipping the Classic .44 pistol. The initial pistols are the .44AMP Founders Edition guns with the 8.5″ barrel. This run of pistol is limited to only 77 units. The second run is already in production. The second run of Auto Mag pistols is open to pre-order ($3,495-3,795) and will be delivered within 60 days.

These guns have the look and feel of the originals, but the company claims they are “far superior” mechanically to the old models.

Read the original article here:http://www.gunsholstersandgear.com/shot-show-2018/. Make sure you visit GunsHolstersAndGear.com for all of the latest gun news, reviews and SHOT Show coverage.

DRD Ferro Glock

Taurus 856 Revolver


Rex Alpha 9mm Competition Pistol

Taurus Raging Hunter

Taurus 692 Multi Cal Revolver

SIG P365 9mm

Listener: Thierry

S&W 396 Night Guard. S&W doesn't make the Night Guard

serie anymore It is an L-frame .44 special with a scandium frame (24.2 oz) XS standard dot front sight and Cylinder&slide


Listener Spencer:

Why no love for the LCR in 9MM?

Message: Kind of surprised that you skipped right over comparing the Smith 986 with the LCR in 9mm.

Sure, the Smith is pretty, but the Ruger will run nickel plated, self defense ammo in it all day long without having to use moon clips. Plus it's available as either DAO or DA/SA, and will probably be out in the 3" version fairly soon as well.

The LCR is also a much more comfortable revolver to shoot than any steel snubbie. In that short barrel a 9mm and a 357 Magnum have essentially the same muzzle energy, so recoil management is just as important as with a more traditional revolver cartridge.

And the trigger on the Perf-Center Smiths while nice, just isn't as consistent as the stock LCR trigger. To me a self-defense gun should have a fairly high pull weight. The Ruger does but it's smooth so it's not a problem. All Smith can really do is lower the weight.

And of course there's the price. For what that 9mm Smith snubbie costs, you could have two LCRs and a whole bunch of moon clips on top.

Anyway, love the show and keep up the great work.

Listener Rob

The last show I heard Ryan saying he uses dippers because his Lee powder measure doesn't like Trail Boss.

I also like the dippers,but use a RCBS Uniflow measure that is fantastic. Kind of spendy,but well worth the investment.

Thanks for the podcasts and keep them coming


Listener G:

I just wanted to forward you these low quality pictures I snapped over the holidays. (Will try to get better ones.)

A friend of a guitar student & friend of mine met a guy who collects forearms, but especially 1911’s. He actually loaned my buddy a few so we could take them out shooting- he said to really put them through their paces.

Don’t tell Weerd.

(This doesn’t include the Wilson Vickers he loaned separately.)

From bottom to top:

*A Cabot Commander S103

*Night Hawk 9mm Shadow Hawk

*Night Hawk Dominator 9mm

*Night Hawk Turnbull Custom VIP2

I wish I’d done a better job photographing, but it was a dark room & a slightly overwhelming subject!

I’ve got about 5 mags through each.

I’ll have to try to get some more & provide some details.

But as a brief overview- the Turnbull is one of the most beautiful pistols I’ve ever seen, & it feels as good as it looks. The Cabot is, frankly, better than one could conceive. Easily the best pistol trigger I’ve felt, almost more in common with a custom tuned  

bolt action. And, if you can believe it, is significantly smoother than a Night Hawk or Wilson.



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