Handgun Radio 182 - Prepping For Life with Grant Cunningham

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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 with Grant Cunningham about his new book, “Prepping for Life”!

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Week in Review:

Ryan: Finished setting up my reloading/workspace area, have my grandfathers vise + flourcenent light/magnifiying glass.
 

Grant:
 

Weerd:

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Main Topic: Prepping for Life with Grant Cunningham

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  1. What inspired you to write “Prepping for Life”?

  2. When you started writing the book, were there any things you had to learn yourself before discussing them?

  3. How does this book build upon the “best practices” that you’ve established in your prior works?

  4. You hear the statement “I don’t have enough extra time/cash/experience to prep properly”. How do you respond?

  5. We always talk about hardware, i.e. firearms, ammunition, carriers, food, etc. but what is the mental preparation that needs to go into preparing for dangerous/adverse situations.

  6. Sometimes, situations develop where you wont have ANY of your “prep gear”. This is a perfect example as to why skills are more important than tangible gear. What are some skills people should focus on?

  7. What are some things that people in the “Prepper Community” do or get wrong?

  8. What is your honest opinion on French Canadians?

Wrap-Up:

 

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Handgun Radio 159 - Protect Yourself with Your Snubnose Revolver with Grant Cunningham

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’re joined by Grant Cunningham, Author & Instructor, to discuss his new book “Protect Yourself with your Snubnose Revolver”!

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Week in Review:

Ryan:-Snow...lots of it. 40 inches overnight last night in the town next to us..probably close to 30” here. Getting last weeks show posted with the internet holding out hopefully….

Grant:
 

Weerd: Snow snow snow snow snow!

Also did assemble the arbor press.   To get maximum pressure It needs to be bolted down to a bench,  but with just my foot bracing it I managed to pop out the frame wedge out of my walker.    No idea if I need a new wedge or not,   been too tired to fiddle with it, and I want to be VERY deliberate, as I have no Idea how I got into this pickle.

Thanks for the Idea, Sidhartha Priest
 

Drink Segment: When you spent an entire day wrangling a 3 year old, and shoveling frozen snow, the drink that pairs best is quantity, not quality.

Tonight I’m drinking a martini made from 4 parts Linie Aquavit,  and Amantialldo Sherry with some blue cheese stuffed olives.

If you like your drinks a little bit sweet, you’ll HATE this!
 

Main Topic: Protect Yourself with Your Snubnose Revolver with Grant Cunningham

-What prompted you to write this book?

-How did you decide to divide the book up? It seems like the first half of the book is more concept based and the second half focuses on the various techniques.

-There is a chapter called “Vices and Virtues of the Snubby”. What are some of the things that you cover in that section?

-Even with all the advances in semi-auto pistol design, there are still a large number of people who carry a snubby as a primary weapon, and not in the backup gun type role. Why do you think that is?

-With a snubnose revolver, you are dealing with a very short barrel, which can affect bullet performance. What are some considerations when selecting carry ammunition for your snubby revolver?

-There is a great section called “Expecting the Unexpected: Possible, plausible, and likely” I think this is a great section for ANY book, but particularly for this one. Did you include this section for the people who say a J-Frame or other snubby just isn’t enough gun for carrying?

-If you could leave the listeners who want to carry a snubby revolver as a primary carry gun with one piece of advice, what  

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  • Grant, Where can people find you? www.grantcunningham.com

 

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

 

Handgun Radio 143 - Korth Revolvers & Nighthawk Custom with Grant Cunningham

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 are joined by Grant Cunnningham, author & instructor, to discuss the new Korth revolvers being sold in partnership with Nighthawk Custom!

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Week in Review:

Ryan: -Went out and shot the Heritage Rough Rider 22 Magnum. I think it needs a new mainspring and a good cleaning. The hammer falls pretty slowly and I get quite a few failures to fire.

-Checked out some cool guns at the Cabelas Gun Library! The Infamous Stipple Trigger Glock is still there as well!!

Grant:
 

Weerd:  Got the woes settled for Megatron, my Walther P38.   Turns out it was the magazine,  and the Pro-Mag reproduction functioned BEAUTIFULLY!  No malfunctions at all….but the sights were about 10 inches low at 15 yards….oh well, it’s a collector’s piece, not a target gun.

Drink Segment: Order of Operations.   Just like in Math class, there should be an order you do things when mixing a drink.   The big reason for this is if you get distracted or need to attend to something else, you can pick up where you left off with no sacrifice.

Some people do a very good method which is start with the least expensive component first, and work up to most expensive,  that way if you make an mistake you don’t throw out anything spendy.

I personally like to start with the most vicious ingredient, and thinnest last.   This is so the jigger gets washed out and doesn’t leave any residue behind.

Either one works,  but the important part is ice the drink LAST.    You don’t want to get called away with ice in your shaker diluting your drink.

BTW I have a similar technique when I’m reloading, because I’ve NEVER done a full reloading session without SOMEBODY interrupting me.

Listener Email:

So something came up in a comedy show I was watching that actually got me thinking (the point of all good comedy) and I turn to you chaps for answers:

In a classic night-time situation when considering a situation you are forced to use your handgun defensively, how does report and muzzleflash affect your choice of calibre? I imagine if you're Weerd Beard and you whip out your 1911 in one hand and your 357 snub in the other ;) you should plan for some extensive ear-drum surgery.

Explanations, considerations gents?

Buffer Music:

Selection 1: “Change The World” performed by Ryan & patrick

Selection 2: My guitar solo during “Blue On Black” at a live performance.

Main Topic: Korth Revolvers with Grant Cunningham

Grant, when where you first exposed to Korth?

What did Korth do with revolvers that set them apart from other large manufacturers of revolvers?

It seems like there is a tradition of fine revolver manufacture over in Europe as well, with Manhurin and Korth. Was Europe as “revolver heavy” as we think it is?

How did you become involved with the Korth revolvers that are offered through Nighthawk Custom?

What are the different models?

What are the different features of each model?

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  • Grant, where can people find you? www.grantcunningham.com www.personalsecurity.us


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

Handgun Radio 122 - The Kimber K6s Revolver with Grant Cunningham & 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, I’m joined by Grant Cunningham to discuss his involvement in the new Kimber K6s revolver as well as his new book Handgun Training: Practice Drills for Defensive Shooting

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Week in Review:

Ryan: Been pretty busy with a few music gigs, but I did get the chance to pick up a Taurus PT-22 Poly. I’ve heard good things about this particular model and so far I’ve been quite impressed with it. I have 250 rounds downrange with it and the only non-ammunition related malfunction was a stovepipe jam and it happened after a lot of shooting with the gun. These guns don’t have extractors so as the gun gets dirty you can encounter spotty extraction problems. Otherwise I’ve been very impressed.

Grant:

Weerd Beard:  EMPTY NEST!   My daughter is with her grandparents for a few days,  so I will have some undisturbed quiet time to install the apex trigger in my neighbor’s M&P, and hopefully get the nipples off my Walker Colt.   Probably going to log some range time in the freezing cold too!

 

Drink Segment:Jagerita.   Seriously it’s good,  surprisingly good.   2oz Jagermister, 1oz lime juice, 1 oz Triplesec.   https://youtu.be/Gk5cxWmbxu4

 

 

Main Topic: The Kimber K6s Revolver & Handgun Training with Grant Cunningham

A few days before SHOT Show this year, I happened to see an advertisement that was making the rounds on social media. Knowing that many times these ads are hoaxes or otherwise unauthorized, I approached this one with a skeptical eye. Why? Because it seemed to hint that Kimber, the company who is known for their 1911’s and bolt-action rifles would be making a revolver. It was a vague ad, with a picture of a backlit revolver cylinder that had flat sides. Then Media/Industry day at the range happened, and we found out what it was: The Kimber K6s revolver. A stainless steel, 6 shot .357 magnum revolver that is reminiscent of the “hammerless” J-frames. It has a number of features that you DON’T normally see on a small revolver however; user adjustable/replaceable sights straight from the factory, a 6 shot capacity in .357 (which was a market formerly dominated by the Colt Detective Special), countersunk chambers which reminds me of my S&W Model 19-4 and a factory grip that fills in the space behind the trigger guard allowing for proper hand fit and improved control. I was really impressed by what I saw, and while it was an uphill battle wading through the legions of Kimber haters, the ones that did put beside their dislike for the company actually all seemed really impressed with the product. I kind of had an idea that Grant may have been involved in the revolver, and sure enough he began commenting about it and then announced it. Grant had consulted for them and been a part of the design team, so we welcome him back to the show to discuss the gun.

 

  1. How did this whole saga get started with Kimber and the K6s?

  2. What are the main disadvantages to today’s small revolvers that you thought could be remedied by the design of the K6s?

  3. What sorts of obstacles are there in bringing a brand new design from initial concept to full production?

  4. Where you had input on the design, I assume that your number one priority was total reliability. Did you have any input on the mechanical function of the design (eliminating parts, making parts out of a particular material, etc.) in order to ensure that reliability?

  5. I notice you didn’t pick the S&W style latch or the Colt style latch, but something more akin to the Ruger push-button cylinder latches. Was there a particular reason for that?

  6. The sights are a huge change over your typical snubby revolver sights. Were there any challenges in trying to incorporate that into the design?

  7. Countersunk chambers that completely enclose the casehead aren’t normally seen on modern revolvers. I have two revolvers, one 19-4 with the countersunk chambers, and a 66-3 without them. I prefer the countersunk chambers. Why was that included in the design of the K6s?

  8. We’ve talked about trigger pull of the J-frame revolvers and that “hump” that you hit midway through the trigger pull. Many people who checked the gun out at SHOT Show said that the trigger was quite good. How difficult is it to design a revolver trigger that is exceptional out of the box?

  9. Listener Question from Chuck B: Will there be longer/bigger grips available for those people who don’t like boot grips? Speedloaders?

  10. Listener Question from Joshua Gideon: Will there be a “Grant Cunningham Signature Edition” with the revolver sporting tie-dye grips & a bottle of the finest Kombucha packaged in a free-trade sourced Mahogany wood box?  

  11. How far does Kimber want to get into the revolver business? Are there future models on the horizon? Different calibers? Barrel lengths?

 

 

Grant also recently released a book we had chatted about before when he was first starting it: Handgun Training: Practice Drills for Defensive Shooting. The book is a collection of drills and other practice plans to help improve your defensive shooting skills.

  1. Last time we talked the book was still being written. Now that it has been published, how has the reception been?

  2. Did you find writing this book harder or easier than the other books?

  3. I also notice you have a larger format for this book than the others. Was that your decision or the publishers? It makes for easy reading of the drills and other information.

  4. What is the best piece of advice you can give someone who buys this book and wants to incorporate some of the drills into their practice regimen?

Grant, thank you for coming on! Where can people find more information about you and keep up to date on your projects?

Wrap-Up:

 

Until Next Week, Have Fun and Safe Shooting!!!!!!


 

 

HGR 096 - Trigger Systems & The Training Environment with Grant Cunningham

Hello and welcome to Handgun Radio! I’m your host Ryan Michad from the wilds 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 Grant Cunningham, author & instructor, to discuss how the various trigger systems can affect the training experience.

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Week In Review:

Ryan:

Grant:

-Tested .22’s

Main Topic: Trigger Systems & The Training Environment with Grant Cunningham

In the world of firearms, particularly handguns, we have a myriad of options. This is a good thing, as it allows the shooter to customize the handgun to their liking. Having choices about gun fit, and being able to utilize handguns that fit us properly will translate into improved shooting. Rather than focusing on how the handgun DOESN’T fit you properly, you will be focusing on your fundamentals and ultimately becoming a better shooter. One really imporant aspect of gun fit & function is the trigger system. There are numerous ones out there, but typically the most popular are Single Action or SA Only, Double Action or DA Only, Single-Action/Double-Action a la Sig-Sauer and Beretta and finally pre-set striker style, like you might see on a Glock. These different trigger systems have their advantages and some have disadvantages, and encountering them in the training environment can make things sometimes very complicated.

  1. First, an overview: Single Action; Double-Action or DAO; SA/DA; Pre-Set Striker Style.
  2. As a trainer, you have some people who are sometimes beginners in the shooting world. What do you see as the most common reasons for preferring one of the above trigger systems? Reach, comfort or something else?
  3. In your eyes, what do you feel is the best trigger system to start someone on if they have never fired a firearm?
  4. What are some of the problems that can happen with each trigger system mentioned above, with a particular focus on the training environment?
  5. Have you ever encountered a situation where you have actually recommended something like a DA/SA?
  6. How does having different trigger systems present on the training range affect the course?
  7. If you could have one trigger system that worked great for everybody, what would it be?

Thanks so much Grant for coming on!

Wrap-Up:

Until next week, have fun and SAFE SHOOTING!

HGR 069 - Defensive Pistol Fundamentals with Grant Cunningham

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

This week, I am joined by the revolver specialist himself, Mr. Grant Cunningham, to discuss his new book Defensive Pistol Fundamentals!

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Announcements:

  • Sorry for the missed episode last week! I ran into some serious weather up here and lost power for 16 hours. First week I’ve missed in 68 weeks and hopefully the last for a very long time!
  • The winner of the Werkz Holster Giveaway has his holster he won. He ordered a Minimalist Holster from Werkz to fit his S&W M&P Shield 9mm. He has sent me photos and I will go post them on the Handgun Radio website so you can go check them out!
  • Still considering when I will bob the hammer on my S&W Model 60. I’ve had it catch on the pants pocket alot lately and Brownells no longer lists the full hammer assembly on their website. I still have some decisions to make regarding that.

Main Topic:

  • Grant has released a new book through Gun Digest titled “Defensive Pistol Fundamentals”. He has previously released books through Gun Digest such as “The Book of The Revolver” and “Defensive Revolver Fundamentals” so this is an addition to that stable.
  • What prompted you to write DPF?
  • What sorts of differences are there between DRF and DPF?
  • Do you perceive it as a hard transition between revolver or semi-auto? In your opinion, do you find people who start with revolvers are better auto shooters or vice-versa?
  • In your opinion, what is the biggest disadvantage of using the semi-auto pistol as a defensive arm vs. using the revolver?
  • In your experience, can a semi-automatic pistol be easier to train the novice shooter on, or should we follow the old adage “the revolver is simpler so its easier for new shooters”?
  • What are some things to be aware of when choosing the semi-auto as a defensive arm?
  • Any other books in the works? A coffee table book perhaps?

Obscure Gun Of The Week:

Ryan - I would love to see the new High-Standard company to reintroduce the High-Standard Sentinel revolver. It looked like a neat little .22 plinker which would be a cool addition to the lineup, provided it could be offered at a decent price. Theres a definite lack of small double-action .22 revolvers. AJ mentioned the Bearcat Shopkeeper in double-action and I completely agree on that design modification!

Grant - CZ 45 

Wrap-Up:

HGR 055 -Defensive Handgun Training: Trainer & Trainee Perspectives with Grant Cunningham & Paul Carlson

Hello and welcome to Handgun Radio! I’m your host Ryan Michad from the wilds 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 Grant Cunningham, proprietor of the Personal Security Institute and Paul Carlson, proprietor of Safety Solutions Academy, to discuss a recent training class they held together, and to get the perspectives of the trainer and trainee when it comes to defensive handgun training!

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We are going to skip the Week in Review and head straight into the Main Topic

Defensive Handgun Training: Trainer & Trainee Perspectives with Grant Cunningham & Paul Carlson

Earlier this month, Grant held a Defensive Revolver Fundamentals training course with Paul Carlson at Safety Solutions Academy in Ohio. Paul hosted Grant, but also took part as a trainee in the course. We have both gentlemen here with us tonight to discuss the different perspectives and what they have learned that will help you get the most out of your defensive firearms training.

General Questions:

1.) What are some of the most common misconceptions people have when they first show up at a training course?

2.) How specifically do you structure your training time? Do you place more value/emphasis on “classroom” time as opposed to range time or do you prefer to have an equal amount of both?

3.) One thing I have heard over and over again from a lot of people is “I just don’t see the value in paying for training”. How do you overcome that sort of mindset as a trainer?

4.) Do a lot of the training techniques/methods cross-over to several different disciplines or do you have to tailor a lot of the training to the specific platform you’re instructing on? (i.e. revolvers, semi-autos, rifles, shotguns)

5.) How can an instructor maximize the value of the training, especially with the current up and down ammunition shortages we seem to be experiencing?

Trainee Perspective:

1.) Having an open mind as a trainee is definitely one of the most important things when attending a course. What other things are very important when attending a course as the trainee?

2.) What sorts of things should the trainee look for when choosing an instructor?

3.) Are there any types of training that people should avoid? (i.e. situations where the risks of the training outweigh any perceived benefits.)

4.) As the person spending the hard-earned money on training, what sorts of things would you like to see more of in the courses that are offered around the Country?

Obscure/Nonexistent Gun we want:

This is a new segment where we get to pick a gun that is obscure that we want simply because we want it, or a gun that isn’t made that we want to see made. Money is no object and this is purely a thought exercise so have fun with it!

Ryan: I still am waiting for Ruger to make me an LCP in .22 LR

Grant: Authentic Biathlon Rifle

Paul: Integrally Suppressed S&W M&P 15-22

Wrap-Up:

Until Next week, Have fun and SAFE SHOOTING!!!!


HGR 030 - Gunsmith, Author, Trainer: A Discussion With Grant Cunningham

HGR 030 - Gunsmith, Author, Trainer: A Discussion with Grant Cunningham

In this week’s episode, Ryan has a discussion with Grant Cunningham who is a nationally known author, gunsmith and trainer. He specializes in double-action revolvers, particularly Colts and Rugers, and has a great perspective on the firearms world.

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We are going to skip the week in review this time, and head right into the discussion with Mr. Grant Cunningham!

Main Topic: Gunsmith, Author, Trainer: A Discussion with Grant Cunningham

So Grant, for the people who aren’t familiar with your work, what do you do?

1.) For the people who don't know, how did you get started in the gunsmithing business? In the training business?

2.) In what direction do you see the custom pistolsmithing business moving over the next 5 to 10 years?

3.) People often say "revolvers are old school and a semi-auto is what you need in today's world". Why do many people like you and I still consider the revolver to be a viable handgun in today's "high speed-low drag" world?

4.) In reading Massad Ayoob's excellent "Greatest Handguns of the World" series of books, he mentions your work on Colt & Ruger revolvers in particular. Most notably, that you are one of the very few people in the country who can tune a Colt action properly.  What drew you to work on those brands specifically?

5.) Of what project are you the most proud, or what is your favorite?

6.) What was the most difficult gunsmithing task you have ever undertaken?

7.) What is the biggest mistake you see kitchen table gunsmiths make?

8.) What would be your advice for someone who wants to get started as a custom gunsmith?

Related Links For Grant Cunningham:

Grant Cunningham's Main Website

Personal Security Institute

Gun Digest's Collection of Grant Cunningham Books & Articles

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