Handgun Radio 162 - Custom Pistolsmithing with KGB Customs

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 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:

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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!!!

HGR 051 - A Discussion with Joe Mantegna, Actor and Host of Gun Stories

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 spoke with actor and Host of Gun Stories Joe Mantegna to discuss his history in the firearms world, how he got started shooting, favorite handguns and his experiences hosting Gun Stories!

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Week in Review:

Ryan:

  • Haven’t done much shooting this week, planning on heading to the range on the weekend. Enjoyed getting some time with the blackpowder pistol in however!
  • There are just some guns that you want to own simply because they are cool. You may not have any specific use for them. The Beretta 21A Suppressed is one of those guns for me. Hickok45 put out a video this week showing one he borrowed from NCSilencer. Be sure to go check it out, it is a very neat little pistol!
  • Fans of the Beretta handguns should be very happy knowing that Wilson Combat is getting into the game of customizing the Beretta 92/96 platform guns. Ergonomics have always been somewhat of a toss-up on the 92 series guns for people with smaller hands. Wilson has released a short reach steel trigger to help alleviate some of those concerns. There is a review of this new trigger and it looks like a high quality part for Beretta enthusiasts so be sure to go check it out!
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That about wraps up our week in review, so we are going to head into the main topic which is our discussion with actor and host of gun stories, Joe Mantegna

Main Topic: A Discussion with Actor & Host of Gun Stories, Joe Mantegna

1.) You’ve been a very active actor on Television and the Big Screen, but you have also shown a great interest in firearms. What got you started with firearms?

2.) You have a noted affinity for the 1911 .45 ACP pattern pistols as noted in the portrayal of your character David Rossi on Criminal Minds. What drew you to the 1911 pistol? Previous Competition experience?

3.) To many people, Hollywood is not the first place you think of as being “firearms-friendly”; how do you deal with an environment like that, being a firearms enthusiast? I’ve noticed that you, much like my show, eschew the political side of things. Is there a particular reason for that?

4.) Being born in Chicago, I’m sure it was very interesting to see that city back in the early 1950’s. Do you have any recollections of that time, particularly when it came to firearms? Was it a more permissive environment for firearms or similar to today?

5.) The 4th season of Gun Stories is airing on July 2nd. How did you get involved with Michael Bane and the people from Gun Stories?

6.) It is truly enjoyable to see someone of your stature and profile in the industry discussing the historical aspects of the firearms world. Have you had some favorite guns they’ve covered on the show? Besides the 1911, of course.

7.) Out of all the firearms that have been covered on Gun Stories, which one would you say is the most influential, i.e. had the biggest impact on our history as a nation or had the biggest impact on the firearms industry as a whole?

8.) I recently did an episode where I interviewed Rob Bianchin, the President of Cabot Guns. I know you’re a huge fan of their Jones Deluxe model. I have a feeling I know why, but what drew you to the Cabot Guns 1911’s?

9.) Can you tell us a little bit about what is upcoming on season 4 of Gun Stories?

10.) Any plans for the future in terms of more work with Gun Stories? Other business endeavors?

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  • Thank you again to Mr. Mantegna and his staff for taking the time to speak with us

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

HGR 048 - Hamilton S. Bowen of Bowen Classic Arms

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, we continue our “Masters Series” of handgun gunsmiths and custom gunmakers with a discussion I had with Hamilton S. Bowen, the founder & proprietor of Bowen Classic Arms, located in Tennessee. We discuss his journey into the custom gunmaking business, along with some of his favorite projects and observations of the industry over the years.

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Week in Review:

Ryan-

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That about wraps up our week in review so we are going to head into the main topic which is a discussion with Hamilton Bowen of Bowen Classic Arms!

Main Topic: Hamilton S. Bowen of Bowen Classic Arms

1.) Mr. Bowen, you are the proprietor of Bowen Classic Arms located in Tennessee. What prompted you to start Bowen Classic Arms?

2.) In your opinion, how has the custom gunmaking business as a whole changed since you founded BCA back in 1980?

3.) Bowen Classic Arms is one of the finest examples of the custom gunmaking business, particularly when it comes to single and double action revolvers. What drove you toward custom revolvers specifically?

4.) I am a fan of strange or non-mainstream calibers, and I recall seeing a .25 ACP S&W J-frame that you built and I loved it! When you are conceptualizing a new project, where do you start? Do many customers have detailed plans for custom projects, or do they just give you certain specifications and let you go to work?

5.) In your experience, what base gun makes the best platform for custom work?

6.) Conversely, what base gun(s) can be problematic when performing custom work?

7.) Over your long career, what have been some of your favorite custom projects?

8.) When you take a range trip, what do you personally like to shoot?

8b.) What would you warn the home gunsmiths against that you have seen?

9.) If you could see one change to the way that the big companies produce firearms, what would it be?

10.) There are a few specific custom jobs I have seen on the BCA website that I would like to inquire about:

a.) I own my father’s S&W Model 19-4 that he carried as a police officer in our town starting in 1981. Seeing the small-bore K-Frame caliber conversions really intrigued me. What made you think of doing something like that with the .256 Winchester?

b.) I did some handgun hunting with a scoped Ruger Redhawk in .44 Magnum last year, and seeing your .50 AE Alpine Redhawk I was amazed! Did you come up with the idea or did a customer order it? I remember hearing about you having .50 AE moonclips made?

c.) I am a huge fan of the M1917 .45 ACP revolvers, and I was blown away by the M1917 Redhawk. How did you ever dream that idea up?

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