Handgun Radio 120 - Custom Pistolsmithing with Bayside Custom Gunworks

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, I’m joined by Chris from Bayside Custom Gunworks to discuss his work accurizing pistols and revolvers, creating FrankenRugers and much more!

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Welcome Chris!

Welcome Weerd!

Week in Review:

Ryan: -Got to test out my new camera, shot a bunch of shotguns, the MP5 SD, the CZ Scorpion EVO 3 and Steyr C9A1. Really enjoy the new camera and the better videos I can make.


Weerd:  Got my new C&R FFL to Midway USA  so I can install a Apex Trigger in my Neighbor’s M&P….he thinks I’m going to charge him for the work...I’ll show him.   I’ll have to see if it’s worth getting one for my M&P9c.     Also found out this week that Not only Ryan and I will be at the NRA annual meeting this year, but the entire Squirrel Report will be there too.    So excited about that!

Main Topic: Custom Revolvers & Semi-Autos with Bayside Custom Gunworks

I was taking the advice of my friend Matt Hoffman and looking at the various custom revolver Facebook pages one day. I noticed this company, Bayside Custom Gunworks, and thought that their approach to making custom revolvers and other modifications was really awesome. I’m happy to have Chris, the owner of Bayside Custom Gunworks on the show to discuss his business, how he got started and what influences his modifications and designs.

Discussion Questions:

What is your background and how did you get started modifying and gunsmithing firearms?

  • USMC Combat Vet
  • LE K9 Handler
  • Nuclear Grade Machinist
  • Started Apprenticing in 2004

When did you start Bayside Custom Gunworks?

  • 2011

You are really well known for your FrankenRuger conversions into revolvers with long barrels and other modifications that allow you to hunt with them as you might with a rifle. Where did you get the inspiration for those designs?

  • Only accurate guns are interesting
  • ANYTHING that can be done with a rifle accuracy wise can be done with some form of a handgun
  • Handgun hunting is my inspiration
  • handgun hunting only for over 10 years

What are some of the parts that go into those guns?

  • alot :)

Do you modify semi-autos or mainly revolvers?

  • both

Weerd Beard Questions:

You build full-custom 1911s from Caspian frames,   do you start with fully machined frames or do you start from blanks or 80% guns?

Are your long slides machined as such, or do you do what they used to do back in the early days of 6” 1911s and cut and weld two slides together?

I’ve seen some REALLY interesting calibers in 1911s these days,  obviously you do the standards,  .45 .38 Super, 10mm and 9mm,   are there challenges with some of the newer chamberings,  like .22 TCM, .357 SIG,   and do they offer advantages over the more conventional fare?

Since you’re so into long-range accuracy, what are some of the best ways to wring the most accuracy out of a 1911?     What is better,  Bull barrel, or a well fit barrel bushing?

What are the finishes you offer,   and on a personal note, do you do color case hardening?

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