HGR 100 - One-Hundredth Episode Extravaganza


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 is the ONE HUNDREDTH EPISODE of Handgun Radio! We have TJ & Weerd Beard on to discuss the show, how it has progressed and what have been some of their favorite moments!

Brought to you by the Firearms Radio Network

Weerd Beard’s Drink Segment: http://www.weerdworld.com/2013/drink-like-james-bond-pt-2-og-bond-drink/

Main Topic: 100th Episode Extravaganza!

Short Show Clip from Episode 001

Favorite Moments:


Handgun Beauty Contest

Weerd Beard:

Joe Mantegna Interview

Ryan Michad:

First Ever Appearance on the FRN

Hamilton Bowen Interview

Listener Questions:

Listener Ken:

Hi Ryan, great show! However, I’m not seeing any way to download episodes prior to episode 58. Usually podcasts give you some way to download episodes from their website that no longer show up in the feed but I don’t see a way to do that. Can you tell me how to get these older episodes? I just started listening and would really like to listen to them all.

Listener Steve:

Ryan, I've recently been considering and therefore researching night sights for my EDC gun. This research has led to the discovery of some opinions that night sights are totally unnecessary on a EDC gun due to the nature of most defensive encounters. This makes me wonder if perhaps it could be true that sights might not even come into play in such situations due to the rapid development and close range most often involved. I just re-listened to episode 066, but it didn't exactly elaborate on this. I would very much enjoy hearing a discussion about this in a future episode and I feel sure other listeners would too. As always, the show is great and keep up the good work!

Listener Mike:

Comment: I am considering purchasing an S&W M&P .45c in the next few months and was curious what you think about it if you or anyone you know has fired it yet and what holster you might recommend for conceal carry? Thanks.

Listener Bob:

That should take you to an Imgur gallery with pictures for the big bore revolver shoot I attended today. John Linebaugh brought some of his guns and other big bore enthusiasts from around the country descended on my local club. There were so many beautiful guns there today. Even better so much knowledge about guns and reloading.

I figured you may get a kick out of them.

Also, I like Weerd Beard's drink advice. His taste and mine seem to be about the same. His first drink, the negroni, is one of my favorites. I tend to drink mine with bourbon making it actually a boulivardier. One he should check out is the paloma. I started drinking it in Mexico and is my favorite way to drink tequila. It is pretty easy.

In a high ball glass add:


The juice of half a lime

1.5 to 2 ounces of tequila depending on taste

Pinch of salt

Grapefruit Soda (Squirt)

At restaurants in Mexico they put the salt on the rim of the glass. I put a pinch in the drink as it cuts down on the salt intake that way.

Thanks for the show and keep up the good work.

Listener Spencer:

Hey Ryan, you guys had some questions about the Ruger LCR chambered in 9mm. As a new owner of one let me give you my thoughts on this kind of strange revolver...

I can say that it’s the same size and weight as the 357 version, since it handles similar pressures. I bought this a couple of weeks ago since I’m switching from 45ACP for carry to 9mm, and this seemed like it would be a good backup to my FNS-Compact.

If you look at Ballistics by the Inch you’ll see that out of a 2 inch barrel most 9mm loads will leave a 38-special load in the dust, both in energy and in velocity. In fact according to them, the 9mm gets better performance than the 357 loads in a 2-inch barrel.

It typically has a lighter bullet, but given that there is some excellent self-defense ammo out there for the 9mm, I’m very happy with this revolver as either a backup or a primary carry gun.

I did swap out the fatter grips that come with it for the astoundingly good Ruger boot grip (link below), and even with those the recoil is much more manageable than the 357 version, or even some hot +P 38 Special loads I’ve tried. There is very little muzzle-flash as well, I’m guessing because 9mm tends to use faster burning powders?

As far as the moonclips go, I tried an experiment.

I took a box of the cheapest, dirtiest 9mm ammo I could find and started shooting it without using the clips. To empty the rounds I would just open the cylinder, flip the muzzle up a bit and rap the grip with my palm.

I got through 25 rounds (5 cylinders) before I ran into the first case that I had to manually extract with a fingernail. On the next string that same chamber stuck worse, and I had to use my folding knife to get it out.

At that point I switched to Hornady Critical Defense (my carry ammo) and started putting that in without the clips. I got through the entire box of 25 without any issues, probably because of the nickel plating that ammo uses.

That convinced me that I could carry this with a moonclip in place, but use it as a secondary gun just by stripping ammo from the FN and loading it in directly. With high quality, self-defense ammo you could probably shoot this gun without moonclips all day long.

One last thing I noticed. Since this is the latest LCR to be released, it has all the various improvements they’ve made to the line over the years. Mainly small things, but having a white section on the front sight blade and the newer, crisper trigger are definitely a bonus.


Until next week, have fun and SAFE SHOOTING!