Handgun Radio 252 - Evolutionary Dead Ends

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 we talk evolutionary dead ends!

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Week in Review:

Ryan: - Pricing out 43c’s

-New Colt King Cobra Target .357

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Weerd:https://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/product_info.php/products_id/415007686/used+walther+p88+9mm


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Drink Segment:  Red Label Tea

Main Topic:  Evolutionary Dead Ends


-Blow Forward

-Webley Fosbery

-Pedersen Action

-Duckfoot (Modern Volley Gun)

- Toggle lock


 

 

Wrap-Up:

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  • Check out Weerd Beard at the Assorted Calibers Podcast & Weerd World!


Until Next week, have fun and safe shooting!


Handgun Radio 219 - Movies, Wadcutters & Listeners

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, we talk some good movies, good actors, wadcutters & some listener questions!


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Week in Review:

Ryan:

Historical Games: Red Dead Redemption 2


Weerd: Chazz Palminteri And Treat WIlliams Mulholland Falls


Drink Segment:  Email from Listener Tony


“Hey Weerd,

The Rye Whiskey you and Ryan were talking about was it the Bonded or regular Old Overholt? I have been wanting to start trying Rye whiskeys, thought this would be a good start. DO you suggest straight up to start with? What other suggestions do you have? I am a  Tanqueray Guy, what gins do you prefer?”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





Listener Emails:

Name: Skyler

Subject: Episode suggestions

Message: Hi guys, I’m a loyal listener of the podcast and I have a suggestion for a main topic. C&R licenses? How to get one. Are they worth it? How difficult are they to maintain? WHY DOESNT RYAN HAVE HIS YET?! If nothing else I hope this gets Weerd to start asking about it every other episode. Thanks for your time and I really appreciate the podcast. You’ve really helped to provide a new gunner with solid information in an entertaining way. Keep up the great work.


Lawrence

Hi Ryan,

Lawrence here. I just got my hands on this Taurus Spectrum and really like it. I know Weerd is not much of a fan of Tauruses, but I like to come to own conclusions.

You can say my name on the show when you think you should.

Keep up the excellent work guys.


Name: Graham

Subject: Taurus revolvers

Message: What's the verdict on Taurus revolvers? There's a local listing for a raging bull in .454 casull with 300 rounds for 750. Seems like a steal. Are they decent? Can they handle the big Magnum?

William

Wadcutters for self defense?

https://americanhandgunner.com/45-wadcutters-slow-and-steady-wins/



Wrap-Up:


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  • Check out Weerd Beard at the Assorted Calibers Podcast & Weerd World!



Until next week, have fun and safe shooting!


Handgun Radio 209 - Newsbreak!

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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 take a small break after the Taurus history episode with Daniel Watters and discuss some recent firearms news!

 

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Week in Review:  

 

Ryan: -Had a couple of great gigs, one at a Country Club and one for some summer camps!

-Got some great emails about the Taurus episode so we will be speaking with Daniel about doing some other history episodes!


 

Weerd: Yard Sale.   Also The Assorted Calibers Podcast gave away a C-5 9mm AR Lower from New Frontier Armory,  and it was to friend of all of our shows Heinrich from Geeks Gadgets and Guns.


 

Drink Segment I am having a flight of Manhattans.    Using my 3oz cocktail glass I have 3 deminutive manhattans.   One is the standard 4 parts Rye, 1 part sweet vermouth with angostura bitters , garnished with a cherry,   one is a DRY manhattan with 4 parts rye 1 part dry vermouth, and orange bitters, garnished with a lemon twist, and a this new drink called the Coast to coast,  its 1 part sweet vermouth, 1 parts coffee liqueur (I used Allen’s Coffee Brandy) and 4 parts rye. No garnish, no bitters.




 

Main Topic: NEWS BREAK

 

FN 509 Tactical Released

 

9mm PMAG Conversion

 

Wildey is available!

 

LITTLEST SHOTGUN

 

Shockwave Semi Shotguns

 

Ruger Commander 1911


 

Wrap-Up:

 

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  • Be sure to check out the Firearms Radio Network on YouTube!

Weer’d  http://www.weerdworld.com  and Assorted Calibers Podcast: https://www.assortedcalibers.com

 

Until Next week, have fun & SAFE SHOOTING!

Handgun Radio 200 - 200th Episode Roundtable 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.

 

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This week, we celebrate episode 200 of Handgun Radio by having a roundtable discussion with some of our contributors and listeners!!!!

 

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No Week in Review, But a message from Weerd!!

Main Topic: Listener Roundtable!

We are basically going to go around and chat with each guest about what they have shot lately, what they are interested in for firearms in the coming months/years, and anything else they want to chat about.

 

 

(Brett) After researching CZ products for a couple of years, I purchased a Shadow 2

Holster purchased from Steadfast Holsters in New Hampshire

Been shooting local ZSA & Steel Challenge matches

 

(Bob) I recently finished a 9mm AR using Glock magazines so I figured it was time to own a Glock pistol. I just finished my Polymer 80 Glock 17 and took it to the range today for its first rounds.

Wrap-Up:

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  • Be sure to go like Handgun Radio on facebook and share it with your friends!

  • Leave us a review on iTunes!

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Thank you all for coming on, and THANK YOU FOR 200 GREAT EPISODES!!!

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

 

Handgun Radio 188 - Handgun Safety Mechanisms & Devices

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, we discuss the history of handgun safety mechanisms & devices!

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Week in Review:

Ryan: Got the rough cuts of the walnut grips started

Weerd:

Main Topic: A History & Discussion of Handgun Safety Mechanisms/Devices

Remington 1861 Percussion Revolver: Safety notches in cylinder, similar to those currently used on NAA Mini Revolvers.   Allows the gun to be carried with all chambers loaded.

Tranter Cap and Ball: Double Action with hammer block mechanism
S&W Safety Hammerless: Concealed Hammer and grip safety

Iver Johnson Safety Revolver: Transfer Bar safety

https://www.tactical-life.com/firearms/dropped-gun-inertia-discharge/

Early Pistol Safety features:   Grip Safety, Magazine Disconnect

Walther PP: Double Action, Decocking Safety, hammer block safety, Loaded Chamber indicator.

Walther P38: Similar above but uses a firing pin block.

Colt's pre-WW2 Swartz firing pin drop safety for the Government Model National Match.  Colt wouldn't go back to a firing pin drop safety until the 1980s, albeit it was a completely different design.

H&K VP70: DAO Striker fired with cross-block safety

SIG Sauer P220: First large production handgun with no manual safety,  just decocking lever

Glock Safe Action: Pre-Charged striker with firing pin block.   Trigger Shoe safety.


Wrap-Up:

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Until next week, Have fun and SAFE SHOOTING!

 

Handgun Radio 180 - Grey Ghost Precision with Ryan Cross

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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 chat with Ryan Cross from Grey Ghost Precision, Grey Ghost Gear, Tactical Tailor, Patriot Patch Co., Hunter of Design, and the Firearms Radio Network.

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Week in Review:

Ryan: -Shot a Traditions .50 Cal inline muzzleloader!

-I’ve got my band now! Baby boy #2 on the way in 2018!

Ryan Squared
Weerd:  Captain Slacker here with guns.  I blame my wife.    I am back to carrying my 1911 every day now.  I really missed carrying a bigger gun
 

Drink Segment: I’m having a Daiquiri.  We’ve talked about them before.   This one is

2oz GrandTen New Medford Overproof rum  (Made here in Boston,  SO GOOD)

1oz fresh lime juice

0.5 oz Lime Oliosaccrum syrup

Served up in a cocktail Glass

This leads me to talk about ways to serve a drink, and the terms used for them

Up, which is short for “Straight Up” means the drink is chilled,  but strained before serving.

Neat is a drink that is served at room temperature with no ice.   Generally this is not for mixed drinks, but just a straight liquor.

On The Rocks is served over ice, generally in a rocks glass.  If this is a cocktail I recommend chilling the drink first, and straining over the ice so the ice won’t immediately start melting.

Frozen: served over crushed or blended ice.

Main Topic: Grey Ghost Precision and Custom Stuff
Grey Ghost Precision:

-How did it get started?

-What do you do?

-What challenges have you faced?

-What does Grey Ghost do correctly that others might overlook?

-What is in the future for Grey Ghost Precision?

Patriot Patch Company:

-How did you get started with Patriot Patch Company?

-What goes into designing a patch in the complex ways you do?

-What can complicate a patch?

-What was your favorite patch to design?

-What are some concepts that were considered but rejected for whatever reason?


Wrap-Up:

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  • Be sure to go like Handgun Radio on facebook and share it with your friends!

  • Leave us a review on iTunes!

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  • Be sure to check out the Firearms Radio Network on YouTube!

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HGR 046 - Handgunning With Restrictions

HGR 046 - Handgunning with Restrictions

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This week, we delve into the semi-political side of things with guest Weer’d Beard as we discuss the rules and regulations involved in being a handgunner in Massachusetts. We will try to offer a contrasting picture between the laws in Maine vs. the laws in Massachusetts.

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NOTE: The material contained in this podcast and these show notes are for entertainment purposes only and SHOULD NOT be relied upon for legal advice or reference. If you have any questions about the firearms laws in your state, contact your local lawyer. Not for legal reference.

Week in Review:

Ryan:

Took my wife shooting for the first time this past weekend! Had a really great time! She was very nervous about the recoil and noise but she did really well. We shot the Ruger SR-22 and she really liked that gun because it fit her hand really well. There is a video over at the YouTube page (Ryan Michad) showing our experience!!

Weer’d:

Main Topic : Handgunning with Restrictions

This week, we are going to be talking about what it is like to move from a very gun-friendly state to a very non-gun friendly state & the challenges it can offer. I usually try my best to keep politics out of this show, but this episode will be somewhat of an exception. I need to make one thing clear right off: this episode is covering gun laws of a particular state, and WILL NOT delve into Republican vs. Democrat battles. I am an ardent supporter of the 2nd Amendment and it does not matter one bit whether you have an R or a D beside your name; if you are not a 100% supporter of the 2nd Amendment as it is written (not with any clever changes, etc.) then you will NOT get my vote. I’ve been derided as someone who is a “single-issue voter” and that I am the problem, but I don’t see it that way. If you as a politician do not support the 2nd Amendment 100 %, then how in the world can I trust you to support the 1st, 4th, 5th Amendments and so on. The Constitution is not a “here is the Amendment, but…..” document to me. Period.

Maine Laws:

-No permit required to buy a handgun or long gun.

-No waiting period for completion of sale of a firearm.

-SBR’s, SBS’s, Suppressors and various other NFA items are all allowed, with the proper ATF paperwork and authorization.

-Concealed weapons permit process is fairly good. Most permits are processed in under 6 weeks. If you live in a city/town with a full time Police Department, you can get your permit issued there. If you live in a City/Town without one, you must go to the nearest State Police barracks for processing.

-No magazine capacity limits.

-Open carry is completely legal.

- Gun Permits.

  Required for ownership, come in 4 Flavors   All the higher permits cover all the guns for the lower permits.

Class D:  $25,  good for pepper spray only (may not require a training course...all below require the NRA basic Pistol course)

Class C:$100 Allows the owner to buy, sell, and own non-large capacity (>5 shots for shotguns, >10 Shots for rifles) long arms

Class B:$100  Allows the owner to buy sell and own non-large Capacity handguns

Class A:$100  Allows the owner to buy, sell, and own all mass legal firearms.   If no restriction is affixed this is also the Massachusetts carry permit.   Most common restrictions are "Target and Hunting Only" which essentially means no carry, and "Employment Purposes Only" which means the person may conceal carry only while performing duties of their employer, or commuting two and from employer.   Essentially this is an armed security lenience, and its like other blue states where you must be traveling directly to your place of employment/assignment with no stopping or detours.

Again it is ILLEGAL to OWN any firearms without a permit.   Further non-firearm guns like Black Powder guns are legal to own, but it is ILLEGAL to own ammunition or "Ammunition Components" without a permit.   So if you have a demilled round keychain, or picked up a black shell at a Memorial day gun salute,   or you kept a brass, or a mushroomed bullet from a range trip, or own muzzle loading components you are now a felon in the state of Massachusetts.   Prosecution for ammunition or pepper spray is almost non-existent in the state.  There was a high-profile story of a kid suspended from school for bringing in a spent .30-06 blank from a gun salute.  The state let the school handle it,  I suspect because if they prosecuted this case the law might be overturned. The same goes for people carrying OC spray,  I've never heard of a prosecution, and I think doing so would cause the law to be repealed.  Even Massholes aren't that stupid. Ammo charges HAVE been added to gang members caught with guns just to pad out the charges as plea bargains are the standard MO for REAL criminals here.

Permits are May Issue, except for C&D,  which means some towns will issue you a Class C permit no matter what you apply for, or only issue restricted permits.   They can deny your permit application in writing forfeiting your $100 and forcing you to apply again for a Class C that they cannot deny.  This can be for any reason, but the most common is "Bad Judgement".  More on that next.   Many towns are essentially Shall Issue, and getting an unrestricted Class A is about as easy as getting a carry permit in most states.

-Handgun Safety Roster:   I have most of the details here, as well as the story on how I got my off-roster PM45 100% legally.  http://www.weerdworld.com/2011/the-story-of-eleanor/   This was NOT passed as a "Gun Control" bill but as a "Consumer Safety" bill.   The Concern the NRA has for various politicians claiming guns are a "Public Health" issue is a VERY real one.

-Universal Registration:   All firearms must be registered with the state.  To date there has been NO crimes solved using the registry data, and I've heard enough stories that nobody even looks at this information.  There is also no way to REMOVE a gun from the registry,  so if you sell a handgun to an out-of-state FFL, that gun will be registered to you FOREVER in the Mass Database.

-"Private Sales":   Mass gun owners are allowed to sell 4 personal firearms in a face-to-face transfer to other permit holders per calender year.  They CALL this "Private" but the transfer needs to be registered with the state either through a new web system or by mail so that the gun can be registered to the new owner.   So it is VERY public for a "Private" transaction.  This was first done

-Assault Weapons Ban:   The 1994 AWB is still in effect in Massachusetts.   This was signed into law by Republican Governor Willlard Mitt Romney.

Now comes the "Good" part.   This will mean NOTHING to people from Maine, Vermont, and New Hampshire,  as well as a few other states mostly in the North.  Once you have your LTC A with no restrictions you can carry just about anywhere minus the near universal K-12 Schools, and Federal Buildings (Courts, Post Offices, National Park Buildings ect). You can carry in places posted "No Firearms", you can carry in Church, You can carry in polling places, you can carry on mass transit, you can carry in bars/restaurants (the law isn't clear but you may be able to even have a drink while you're there so long as you do not become legally drunk), most blue states are like this.  Its a pain to GET the permit, but because permits are often issued to connected people the police and laws really don't harass lawful carry.

For a TLDR wrap-up, this video is really well done, and VERY accurate

http://youtu.be/C7PJstjs17c

Wrap-Up:

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  • Listen to Weer’d Beard at The Squirrel Report!
  • Thank You to all those who served our Country!

Until next week have fun and safe shooting!

HGR 040 - Training with Handguns

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, myself and guest Steve, the Marketing Director and Law Enforcement specialist for the Firearms Radio Network discuss some of the various things you might encounter while training with handguns, along with some different methods of training.

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Week in Review:

Ryan:

  • Did some more videos this weekend with the Sig-Sauer 516 & 716, as well as a video showing the difference between suppressed and unsuppressed using a Ruger SR-22. Go check it out!
  • Doing a video range test with the Glock 42 and XDs 4.0 at the end of April so I should be able to come back with some impressions of them for you all!
  • Also have an interview upcoming with Paul Carlson of the Safety Solutions Academy to discuss his work in the training world. He has also had quite a bit of experience with the Remington R51 and I would like to hear some of the impressions of it from someone who has fired it fairly extensively.

Steve:

  • Took a friend and his wife shooting for the first time.  Started with a safety briefing and moved to the range from there.  Wife had never touched a gun, friend had fired some once before with me a few months ago.  They ended up purchasing a home defense gun, Sig P226.  I think he has the handgun bug now, he’s already talking about buying more, possibly an M&P.

Main Topic: Training With Handguns

Due to his experiences in Law Enforcement, Steve has had the opportunity to take many training classes relating to the proper and effective use of handguns in his daily duties as well as in his off-duty hours. I’d just like to discuss some of the trainings that Steve has taken part in, along with some do’s and don’ts pertaining to handgun training. The most important thing I feel is that the training is beneficial, and that the inherent risk associated with the training is minimized to the absolute lowest degree.

Trainings Attended:

  • Multiple beginner, intermediate, and a few advanced classes
  • Currently required to train at least once per quarter, often times I actually train more and also in my off time
  • Basic firearms handling, multiple targets, moving and shooting, close quarters shooting, target identification and quick decision making

Special Equipment Needed?:

  • One thing to note in particular is the importance of balancing “Hardware” and “Software”. Oftentimes, we are so fixated on having the latest gun or the latest newest piece of gear that we neglect to train in the fundamentals to use that piece of gear in the most efficient way possible.
  • Ammunition is definitely hard to come by in larger quantities, with many retailers restricting the amount of ammunition any one person can buy at a time. If you are a proficient reloader, that can be one way of getting the needed ammo, but components for reloading can also be scarce.

Considerations When attending training (Stuff you needed you never thought to bring):

  • Wear clothing that will be appropriate to the training you are attending. Loose clothing, without a proper belt will be a huge hinderance to a good training experience.
  • Bring the equipment you actually use or plan to use to your training.  Its a great place to test your equipment and see what you really like versus what marketing or hype has lead you to buy.
  • Bring all the food, water, snacks you could possibly want; nothing makes a range day worse than being hungry or having a hunger headache.
  • Bring appropriate bug juice or sunscreen.
  • ALWAYS bring extra ammo.

Miscellaneous Tips & Advice:

  • Ego has no place in training
  • Must come to training open minded to learn new things.  Even if you thing the instructor is crazy trying to get you to try something, at least give it a try, you might like it and it may or may not work for you.
  • Don’t be afraid to call out unsafe actions if necessary
  • Train for firearms failure drills

Wrap-Up:

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  • Be sure to go like Handgun Radio on facebook and share it with your friends!
  • Leave us a review on iTunes!
  • Listen to all the great shows on the Firearms Radio Network! Gun Guy Radio!
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Until Next Week, have fun and SAFE SHOOTING!!!

HGR 032 - Flashlights, Lasers & Gadgets

HGR 032 - Flashlights, Lasers & Gadgets

This week, Ryan and guest Steve from Gun Guy Radio and the Firearms Radio Network’s LE Consultant discuss the various flashlight techniques with handguns, the different lights & lasers you can put on your handgun, and some of the advantages and disadvantages of them!

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If you are looking for a good book from Paladin Press, Jim Cirillo’s “Tales of the Stakeout Squad” is a terrific read. The book chronicles in great detail the weapons, tactics and situations that the Stakeout Squad was involved with during the high-crime 1960’s and 1970’s in NYC. Highly recommended for anyone who carries a firearm for personal protection. It shows that things do NOT always play out the way you plan, and you must be ready to adapt.

Week in Review:

Ryan:

  • Worked on videos for FRN and my own YouTube channel be sure to go check them both out!
  • I know it isn’t a handgun, but I have been reading up on the Vulcan/Hesse/Blackthorne products ever since I watched a video and read some posts regarding the quality of these firearms. It seems this company changes it’s name every time sometime happens to one of their products. In the above link, a shooter using a .50 BMG Vulcan Bolt Action had the gun let go upon firing and the bolt lodged in the shooters neck. Yet another Vulcan shooter lost several fingers and some eyesight in a similar situation. These unfortunate incidents has led me to start work on a topic for an upcoming show: Guns we wish we hadn’t bought. Email me with the guns you wish you hadn’t bought at ryan@handgunradio.com
  • Did my We Like Shooting Shootout Challenge Redemption today.  Did MUCH better than I did last time, and I used the 1851 Pietta Colt Navy blackpowder revolver too!

Steve:

  • Completely disassembled my model 640 and managed to get it all back together.  Going to move on to my model 66 next.  Found a great deal on some 38 spl +p ammo so I bought it and thinking of going back for more.  Renewed interest in revolvers.

Main Topic: Flashlights, Lasers & Gadgets

Why do we need a flashlight?

What makes a good flashlight?:

  • Durability
  • Multi-use design (utility and defensive)
  • Long battery life
  • Lumens
  • Easily accessed and positive on-off switch

Weapon-mounted or independent?:

  • Weapon mounted lights (typically mounted on the rail) allow the user to have one hand free when operating the handgun. This can be useful for performing other tasks with the non-dominant hand.
  • Weapon mounted lights do force you to point your handgun in the direction of what you want to illuminate. Illuminating non-targets with a weapon mounted light does violate safe gun handling techniques.
  • Independent lights can be used without having the firearm drawn.

Flashlight Techniques:

-Harries:

-Chapman/Rogers/Ayoob:

-Neck/Head Index/FBI Hold:

Lasers:

Rail Mounted or Grip Laser?:

  • Rail Mounted is easily removable, and can also incorporate a flashlight/laser combo in one unit.
  • Grip mounted units typically are turned on by gripping the gun in a normal fashion, thereby requiring no extra movement to operate.
  • Many times the grip laser units replace the entire grip on the handgun, so if you desire a specific type of grip and don’t like the laser unit, you are left with the rail mounted options.
  • There are some options that allow you to attach a laser to the sideplate, but you risk adding additional snag-points.

Advantages?:

  • Allows you to make hits in awkward/non-typical positions

Disadvantages?:

- Can create a dependence that may not always work; distracts from proper aiming technique; don’t work during the day; may not be able to see your target at night; weapon mounted flashlight is a better option

Gadgets (Mostly Ridiculous):

Pistol Bayonet:

Wrap-Up:

  • We are also doing the first ever Handgun Radio giveaway! We have 10 weeks worth of products for this giveaway so the way in which we conduct the contest will vary. We are giving away EDC Tape which was very generously donated by Anthony of the Firearms Radio Network. Anthony states “I came up with EDC tape after I was at a concert with my wife and her sandal broke , I thought if I only had a few inches of tape I could fix it, and the idea was born. I started making them for family and friends and realized it might be worth trying to market a few. Each roll is approx 24" of brand name duck tape. No bigger than a roll of Chapstick. Currently we are producing them in black ,camo ,and  pink. Available is packs of 3 or 5 for $15-$18  at our website Edctape.com”
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HGR 029 - Holsters, Mag Pouches & Reloads

HGR 029 - Holsters, Mag Pouches & Reloads

This week, Ryan and Steve Remy, Law Enforcement Specialist for the Firearms Radio Network discuss some of the different holster styles, along with methods of carrying spare ammunition and other concealed carry gear!

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Week in Review:

Ryan: Did some more shot show videos, did some videos for the Ruger LCP with a review upcoming for FI

Steve: Busy week at work, unfortunately nothing firearms related.  Discussing a proposal to move from aging Sigs to S&W M&Ps as a cost effective move due to lifetime warranty to LE agencies.

Main Topic: Holsters, Mag Pouches & Reloads

We’re just going to cover some of the various types of holsters one can use for concealed carry or duty wear, and then discuss how to carry reloads and what to carry those reloads in.

Holsters-

Inside-the-waistband:

  • Can cause discomfort (grip rubbing against side)
  • Some models allow you to tuck your shirt in around the clip.
  • Metal clips tend to lose spring tension; Plastic Clips will not.
  • Typically suited for smaller autos and revolvers (I carry my Model 60 J-frame in a Galco IWB holster.)

Belt Holster (small, compact type for CCW):

  • Belt slide type holsters like the one from Don Hume are just open topped leather holsters that offer a compact belt holster for your smaller guns.
  • I have one from Don Hume for my Model 60.  It is a good holster, but it has no retention devices whatsoever. If I had to run aggressively, I think the gun could come out of the holster.
  • I have much better luck with IWB holsters when carrying small autos or revolvers. I reserve belt holsters for larger duty sized guns like a 4” barreled S&W revolver.
  • You can have the best belt holster in the world, but if you have a weak belt it won’t mean anything if you are ever involved in a struggle. Wear a belt specifically designed for heavy use, to include the leather and the buckle; academy story.
  • Belt versus paddle holsters; same academy story.

Duty Type Holsters:

  • Retention levels (1, 2, 3 etc.) depending on how many “secure” features it has
  • Security levels developed primarily by Safariland (Level Descriptions)
  • Limited concealment
  • Practice practice practice is the key

Shoulder Holsters:

  • Good for seated /concealment options (flying, driving etc.)
  • Take a little getting used to, especially the draw

Ankle Holsters:

  • Can be awkward until you get used to them
  • Depending on the firearms, can offer extreme concealment
  • Difficult to access quickly, even with practice
  • Use for a backup firearm, if use as primary it is for lower risk or high concealment situations

Pocket Holsters:

  • Necessary to cover the trigger for safety.
  • Also breaks up the outline of the gun for concealment.
  • Some are sticky, other have hooks to prevent withdrawal from pocket.

Reloads-

Speedloaders:

  • There are two main types of speedloaders the HKS twist-type release ones and the Safariland push-type release ones.  I find the push button release ones to be more intuitive and natural to use. The HKS ones are cheaper however.

Methods of Carrying Spare Magazines

Moon-Clips:

  • Moon clips are a method of reloading a revolver that fires semi-automatic cartridges, which are usually rimless. This can allow for a fast reload, as the moon clip holds all the cartridges together, and accompanies them into the gun, unlike a speedloader which you discard after the reload.
  • Moon clips are typically somewhat fragile, and can get bent.  If you happen to carry a revolver that uses moon clips, be aware that even the slightest bend in the moon clip can cause your revolver to bind up.

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HGR 007 - Modern Police Handguns

HGR 007 - Modern Police Handguns

Ryan discusses the modern handguns used by our police forces. Part 2 of 2 in a series on Law Enforcement handguns. Brought to you by the Firearms Radio Network.

Week in Review & Discussion:

  • Got to tour a few local gun shops around here. Got to see & handle some new handguns that have came out, including the Ruger 1911 Commander size, the new Double-Tap Derringer in 9mm & .45 ACP (a LOT larger than I expected. Thin, but large.) and a Ruger LCR in .22 Long Rifle (I really liked this gun, a light, accurate little .22 double action revolver.)
  • Got to see someone fire a Ruger Blackhawk chambered in .30 Carbine.  That is one cartridge that throws off quite the fireball and is pretty loud, but was VERY accurate.  I was impressed; it was a very fun firearm to see shot.
  • A friend of mine picked up a Smith & Wesson SD-40 which is S&W’s budget line of polymer pistols.  The S&W M&P semi-automatic series is a step up from the SD series, but the SD series are a very solid, well built handgun that is very affordable.  If you are looking for an economical self-defense handgun that will be reliable and accurate, you could do a whole lot worse than purchasing one of the SD series handguns from Smith & Wesson.
  • Thank you all for your reviews & e-mails! It really helps me to make the show better each week by incorporating your feedback, and iTunes reviews help the show get more exposure. Thank you all!

Main Topic: Modern Police Handguns:

Again, this is part two of two in a series on Police handguns. Much of this information is drawn from reading the books Greatest Handguns of the World Vol. I & II by Massad Ayoob. These books are a great read and are books that you will pick up and read over and over again. It has great stories, detailed pictures and history of many of the great classic & modern handguns that you know and love.  Highly recommended!!

1.)The Glock series of pistols (9mm, .40 S&W, .357 SIG, .45 ACP & others.):

  • Originally designed by Gaston Glock in Austria.  Glock was a fabricator of parts made of high-impact polymer.  He was approached by some firearms manufacturers to try and make polymer frames for firearms, and Glock decided to try and make his own handgun.
  • The result of his attempts was the Glock 17, first introduced in 1984.  The Glock 17 was originally adopted by the Austrian army, and then by several other European armies, before being adopted by the Miami Police Department as a replacement for their double-action revolvers.
  • The ATF classified the Glock as a “Double-Action Only”, which caused many police departments to transition to the Glock as a way of reducing accidents resulting from cocked double-action revolvers.  There had been a few cases where officers had cocked their DA revolvers and accidentally shot suspects because of the light trigger pull.  With the Glock pistol, it was a DAO, meaning it could not be cocked.
  • Interestingly, Glock produces two models that are not available in the United States.  The Glock 25 and the Glock 28.  These are both .380 ACP models that are manufactured for countries where civilians cannot own “military” calibers such as 9mm and .45 ACP.
  • Many anti-gun politicians decried the Glock pistols as being “plastic” and being able to be brought through metal detectors.  This was simply untrue, as the Glock pistols are not completely polymer at all.  Yes, the frame and some of the smaller parts are made out of a high-impact polymer, but the slide, barrel, springs and many parts in the trigger kit are made out of traditional steel.
  • Glock has produced several “Generations” of handguns, currently on their Gen4 Models.  The new Gen4 Models have a slightly redesigned recoil spring system and the ability to change the backstraps to fit the shooters hand.

2.) Heckler & Koch P7 “Squeeze Cocker”:

  • The H&K P7 was a semi-automatic pistol in 9mm (along with later versions and even one in .45 ACP) that used a unique “squeeze-cocking” lever on the frontstrap of the grip. In order to fire the pistol one would have to squeeze the lever back, which precocks the pistol and allows you to finish the trigger-stroke.
  • The P7 was a single stack design, with a capacity of 8 rounds.
  • The barrel of the P7 was affixed to the frame, much in the way of the blowback-operated Walther PPK.  However, the P7 was not a blowback design, but used a small scale gas system to keep the slide locked for a sufficient amount of time during firing.
  • That fixed barrel design allows for a high degree of accuracy, as the barrel is not tilting downward as it does in a Browning tilt-locking design.
  • One criticism of the P7, especially when used by American consumers was the magazine catch. The P7 used the heel-type magazine catch system, except rather than pull the catch backwards, you pushed the catch forwards while stripping the magazine out.
  • When the U.S. Army was looking for a replacement sidearm, H&K added a 13 round magazine to the P7 and called it the P7M13 and submitted it to the Army trials.  
  • Some Police Departments including the New Jersey State Police and the Utah State Police have adopted both the P7M8 and the P7M13.

3.) The Beretta Model 92 9mm Pistol:

  • The Beretta Model 92 pistol is a 9mm pistol that has been the standard sidearm of the United States Armed Forces since 1985.
  • The Beretta M92 has been adopted by many different police departments throughout the United States when they transitioned from revolvers in the late 80’s and early 90’s. Maine State Troopers carried the Beretta 92 at one time, although they now carry the H&K USP .45 ACP,
  • The Beretta 92 was developed from the Beretta Model 1951.  The Beretta Model 1951 was a single-stack 9mm pistol that looks a lot like the M92, but has a few differences, such as being a single-action design.  The 1951 also used the old style Beretta magazine release button recessed in the grip panel, much like on the smaller .22 and .25 caliber Beretta pocket pistols.
  • Engineers at Beretta redesigned the 1951 with a double-action trigger system, a double-stack magazine and a manual safety system located on the slide, that also functioned as a decocking lever allowing for safe hammer-down carry with a chambered round.
  • The Beretta 92 was one of the first high-capacity 9mm pistols that would reliably feed hollow-point bullet designs that was introduced to the American market.
  • Before the widespread issue of the Glock 17, most police departments wanted a pistol that was capable of being carried hammer down on a chambered round. They did not want cocked and locked carry that was seen often on semi-automatic pistols of the period. The Beretta 92 allowed for this method of carry.
  • The Beretta 92 beat out entries from Colt, H&K, Ruger & Sig-Sauer to become the U.S. Military’s standard service pistol.

4.) The Sig-Sauer P226 9mm Pistol:

  • The Sig-Sauer P226 9mm pistol is a DA/SA design that was born out of the Army Pistol Trials of the 1980’s. Sig-Sauer took their P220 & P225 models that were single-stack pistols, and redesigned them to accept a double-stack magazine. The P226 was born.
  • While most of the double-stack semi-automatics of the time had a large, bulky grip as a result of the magazine, the Sig-Sauer P226 had the grip recontoured and allowed for a very manageable handgun that carried a large number of rounds.
  • The P226 was said to have beaten or at least tied the Beretta M92 for the Army pistol contract, but Beretta put in a lower bid for the contract.
  • After there were some complaints about parts breakage in the Beretta M92, the Navy SEALS stopped accepting the Beretta M92’s and procured Sig-Sauer P226 pistols instead.
  • The Sig-Sauer is one of the most popular police issue handguns in the country, probably behind the S&W M&P Series and the Glock.
  • The P226 is a reliable, accurate and durable 9mm semi-automatic pistol.

I understand that I haven’t covered nearly as many firearms in this episode as I did in the past episode, and that is for two reasons: 1.) There are several that I could have included, such as the CZ-75 or the Browning High-Power, but those guns have seen much more military than police use. Plus, I also want to cover those pistols and a few more in an upcoming episode of Handgun Radio that will cover Wartime Handguns. And 2.) Many of the handguns that you see used by police departments today are typically variations on a theme more than their own unique design.  The H&K USP, for example has many different design quirks than a Glock or a Sig-Sauer, but ultimately, follows some of the same form & function as those pistols.

Wrap Up:

  • A few listener emails.
  • Again, thank you ALL for listening to the show and writing in.  It really helps me to hear what you all like and don’t like on the show, and allows me to make it consistently better!!
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HGR 006 - Classic Police Handguns

HGR 006 - Classic Police Handguns

This week, Ryan discusses some of the classic police handguns of years past.  Part 1 of 2 in a series on Police Handguns.

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Week in Review:

  • Finally found some small pistol primers so I was able to do a little reloading. Got to shoot the Colt 1903 Pocket Hammerless that I haven’t had the chance to shoot much. Reloading .32 ACP is a pain!
  • The ammo situation seems to be getting better somewhat. Checked the local Cabela’s in Scarbourough, Maine (About 75 miles from me) and there was quite a bit of rifle ammo, but very little handgun ammo.
  • Got to test the SureFire Shot Timer application that is available for free on iOS devices (may also be available for Android). It worked pretty well for a free application, although it sometimes does not pick up shots. Definitely works for casual use and not having to purchase an expensive timer just as a range toy.
  • Getting some great feedback on the show! Thank you to everyone who has sent in feedback via e-mail or FaceBook.

Half-Truth Segment:

  • This episodes Half-Truth segment will touch upon the “gun-show loophole”.
  • The anti-gun forces try to claim that you can go to a gun-show and purchase a firearm without a background check.
  • In some states, this may be true.  As far as I know, private parties can purchase a table at a gun show in Maine to sell very few guns as a “private sale” transaction, to someone who resides IN the State, i.e. no interstate commerce of firearms is taking place.
  • Also at a gunshow, anyone who is a licensed FFL and is selling at the show MUST by law perform a background check on any buyer.
  • Yes, in the State of Maine at least, private transactions between individuals involving firearms are allowed.  In Maine, we have a monthly & online publication called Uncle Henry’s where you can list firearms for sale.
  • Uncle Henry’s also takes ads from out of state, such as New Hampshire or Vermont, BUT those transactions must go through a licensed FFL because there is interstate commerce of firearms occurring.
  • It is the responsibility of the seller in a private sale to take necessary steps to ensure the buyer is not someone who is prohibited. You take on as much liability as you want to.  
  • Ultimately, you as the seller reserve the right to refuse a sale.  Typically in a private sale, asking for a bill of sale and a name and city of residence is sufficient. Some sellers prefer to copy down the buyers drivers license number for their records.

Main Topic: Classic Police Handguns

First off, I’d like to HIGHLY recommend the book series by Massad Ayoob Greatest Handguns of the World Volumes I & II. These books look into the history of some of the greatest classic & modern handguns of the world and really touches upon their usage and their nuances. Many of the details in this episode were gathered from these books, so thank you Mr. Ayoob for writing them.  Accompanied by great photography and discussion, I have learned a great deal from both books and I highly recommend that you pick them up.

1.) Colt Detective Special .38 Special Revolver-

  • In the early 1900’s, Colt originally had a revolver called the Police Positive, typically chambered in .32 Long & .38 S&W (Not .38 Special.)
  • In 1907, Colt lengthened the cylinder to accept the .38 Special cartridge, and renamed the revolver the Police Positive Special.
  • In 1927, Colt shortened the barrel to 2 inches and called the shortened gun the Detective Special.
  • The Detective Special had some distinct advantages over the S&W J-frame revolvers introduced in the 50’s. The Colt had six shots, one more than the S&W. A 20% increase in firepower is nothing to take lightly.
  • In the early 50’s, Colt tried to make the gun snag free by introducing a bolt-on hammer shroud.  The shroud left the tip of the hammer slightly exposed for thumb-cocking, but looked like an afterthought.  S&W introduced their Bodyguard series shortly thereafter and made the frame hammerless so it looked more natural than the bolt-on design.
  • Used by many police departments, typically as a backup gun for patrol officers, and as a primary sidearm for detectives and higher-ranking members of the police administration.

2.) Colt's Official Police Revolver

  • Originally called the Colt Army Special, the gun was renamed the Colt Official Police in 1927. Chambered for the .38 Special cartridge, it became one of the two main police issue revolvers in the 1930’s and beyond.
  • By 1933, the Colt Official Police had been adopted by the L.A.P.D, the New York City Police Department, the Chicago P.D. and even the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
  • The Colt Official Police was also used by the British armed forces as a substitute standard sidearm, chambered in .38/200 caliber, which was a .38 caliber cartridge similar to a .38 S&W, with a 200-grain round nosed bullet.
  • One feature of the Colt Official Police is that it has a second cylinder hand, which rises into place to lock the cylinder up solidly for proper alignment with the barrel & forcing cone. This allows for a high degree of accuracy.

3.) Smith & Wesson Military & Police or Model 10 in .38 Special

  • The S&W Model 10 or Military & Police is one of the few handguns that has been in production for over one-hundred years without interruption and is still being used today.
  • Originally, the M&P was chambered in .32-20 W.C.F and .38 Long Colt, known as the First Model Hand-Ejector, as you used the cylinder rod to eject the empty shells by hand.
  • The M&P was then altered to accept the .38 Special cartridge.  The 1905 Third Model was the typical “skinny-barrel” S&W that we know today.
  • If you added adjustable sights to the Model 10 aka M&P, you would get the Smith & Wesson Model 15 “Combat Masterpiece”.
  • In 1957, S&W started naming their revolvers with model numbers. The M&P became the Model 10. In 1959, S&W introduced the dash style numbering system, and introduced the Model 10-1, a 4-inch heavy barrel M&P revolver with an integral ramped front sight.
  • Favored by Jim Cirillo during his time on the N.Y.P.D. Stakeout Squad. Definitely check out the book Tales Of The Stakeout Squad to read about the Model 10 in action.

4.) Smith & Wesson Model 36 & 60 a.k.a "Chief's Special"

  • Introduced in 1950, the S&W Chief’s Special was so named because it was introduced at the International Association of Chiefs of Police convention in Colorado Springs.
  • S&W lengthened the cylinder in their .32 caliber I-frame revolvers to accept the .38 Special cartridge. The slight changes they made to the I-frame resulted in the J-Frame.
  • A five-shot revolver, it carried one less round than the Colt Detective Special.  The S&W Chiefs Special was the number one competitor to the Colt Detective Special when it was introduced.
  • In 1952, the S&W Centennial was introduced. It was a hammerless .38 Special J-Frame revolver that was designed as a snag-free alternative to the Chief’s Special with an exposed hammer.
  • Presently, S&W is still manufacturing the J-frame revolvers, mainly chambered in .357 Magnum, as new technology allows for stronger designs. Still, most shoot .38 Specials in these small guns, as .357 can be hard to control.

5.) Smith & Wesson Model 39 9mm Semi-Automatic Pistol

  • The S&W Model 39 9mm Pistol was one of the first semi-automatic handguns adopted as a general issue service-weapon by the Illinois State Police in 1967. The ISP used a high velocity 100 grain bullet in their Model 39’s.
  • S&W originally designed the pistol when the Army expressed interest in a lighter handgun after WWII. The Army had been impressed by Walther’s P38 military pistol design and wanted something similar.
  • S&W took some design cues from the Walther P-38, notably the slide-mounted combination decocker/safety switch, and the Double-Action/Single-Action firing modes.
  • Love them or hate them, the Model 39 had a magazine-disconnect safety which Massad Ayoob says saved several officers on the ISP, as when they were in a struggle for their gun and they felt themselves losing control of it, they depressed the magazine release and made the pistol inoperable.

Wrap-Up:

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HGR 005 - Firearms Fallacies

HGR 005 - Firearms Fallacies

Ryan discusses some of the fallacies related to firearms, the defensive use of firearms and more!

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This weeks episode of Handgun Radio is going to be a little different than the past few episodes.  We are going to be talking about some of the things that a person who is new to the world of firearms may hear when at the local gun shop, gun show or perusing the online message boards & forums.  With the rise in firearms ownership, there are a lot of new gun owners who may hear these things and mistakenly believe them to be true. Hopefully we can clear some of that up on this episode.

Pre-Main Topic Discussion:

  • I want to talk a little bit about a local case involving two men, one of whom was a concealed carry permit holder.  This is my opinion and analysis of the case and how it is related to concealed carry.
  • While the case may be local, it can be applied nationally as an example of a concealed carry permit holder who was irresponsible, reckless, and negligent. As a result, a man has died and it paints concealed carry in a bad light. The majority of permit holders are responsible and thoughtful. This man was neither of those things and had no business carrying a firearm.
  • The permit holder, who we will call The Defendant ( we won’t name him because he doesn’t deserve any publicity) went to a local bar with his friend.  He had a legally possessed Sig-Sauer 9mm in his truck in the parking lot. Inside the bar & after some drinks, the defendants friend got into an altercation with the victim, which spilled out into the street in front of the bar. Outside, the defendant was sucker-punched by the victim.  The defendant and his friend chose to get in the defendant’s truck and drove away. Shortly thereafter, the defendant decided to return to the scene where people were still in the street. The defendant stepped out with his firearm in his waistband. He approached the victim, words were exchanged, and the defendant then shot the victim in the face, claiming he feared for his life.  He then ran from police and was apprehended a short time after.
  • What NOT to do when a concealed carry permit holder:
  • #1:) If you are going to a bar or any licensed establishment, with the intention of drinking, DO NOT CARRY YOUR FIREARM.
  • #2:) When you choose to get the proper permit and carry a firearm, you MUST let go of your ego; i.e. carrying a firearm does not make you invincible or a tough guy.  It makes you a well-informed citizen who has made the decision to go armed for personal protection.  
  • #3:) If you say to yourself “I only carry my gun when I think there may be trouble” you probably shouldn’t be going to the place where you expect trouble to be.
  • #4:) If you find yourself in the situation like the one above, DO NOT return back to the scene to make the situation worse.  Why in the world the lawyer for the defendant allowed him to claim self-defense when all the evidence and 50+ eyewitnesses said otherwise is beyond me.

By carrying a concealed firearm for personal protection, you are taking on a great deal of responsibility.  Please make sure that you are a responsible concealed carrier and help represent the millions of people who carry everyday in a responsible light.

Main Topic: Firearms Fallacies:

  • “If you shoot a person and they fall out your front door onto the porch, just drag the body in through your front door and it will be a good shoot.” - I can’t tell you how many times I have heard this uttered at the counter of a gun shop or told to someone new to the world of shooting.  I have even heard people back it up by saying that they were told this nonsense by a State Trooper, Sheriff, etc.  Wherever it is being heard, it is 100% false.  With new shooters potentially being told these things, the scene is being set for a tragedy when someone does this.  A good shoot is a good shoot. Period. If you tamper with evidence and the police or forensic examiners WILL find out, your honesty will immediately be brought into question.  Don’t cripple your ability to plead self-defense by doing something stupid in the aftermath of a defensive shooting.
  • “Don’t shoot anyone with that .25 ACP you’re carrying, because if they find out about it, they’re liable to get mad and beat you up!”- Being a fan of oddball or non-mainstream cartridges, I’ve heard this one a lot because I enjoy shooting the .25 ACP.  Yes, the .25 ACP is not a powerhouse round by any stretch of the imagination, but it is a bullet fired from a gun.  For the majority of the life of the .25 ACP pistols such as the Baby Browning or the Colt 1908 Vest Pocket, the .25 ACP could only be had in a 40 to 50 grain full metal jacket bullet traveling at 760 feet per second. Today however we have modern defensive loads from most of the major ammunition manufacturers. Hornady offers a 35 grain XTP Jacketed Hollowpoint round at 900 feet per second. Certainly not a guaranteed one-shot stop, but I wouldn’t want to stand in front of one.
  • “The higher the price, the better the handgun.” - Okay, this one is true, but only to a certain point.  Many new shooters will automatically equate higher price with better quality.  Now, in some ways this is true but in some ways it isn’t. Yes, a higher priced Les Baer custom 1911 is better quality, fit & finish etc. than a lower end 1911 for about $500. Does that mean that the higher priced gun will function more reliably than the $500 gun? Maybe, maybe not.  You can get a reliable, quality firearm for under $500 dollars, especially because of police trade-in programs through Glock or Sig-Sauer.  Yes, more money may mean more quality, but it doesn’t automatically translate into “cheaper guns are less reliable/good.”
  • “A hit anywhere on the body with (insert caliber here) will knock a man to the ground.” - Okay, simple physics at play here; Yes, people who get shot may fall to the ground. But if a hit from a bullet would knock a man down due to the force of it, the shooter would also find themselves on the ground due to equal & opposite reactions. People who get shot fall down because the hit was to the Central Nervous System and the person is dead. People do not fall down because the force of the bullet pushed them backwards and down.  Likewise, getting shot by a handgun and flying through a plate glass window won’t happen either.
  • “A .22 LR will not damage your hearing so you don’t need to wear hearing protection.” - I saw one of my friends shooting a .22 LR rifle without any hearing protection, and I asked him what he was doing.  He repeated the above statement to me.  Folks, no matter what, when shooting please please PLEASE wear hearing protection.  A .22 LR rifle will typically deliver 140 decibels when fired, which IS enough to damage your hearing.  You CANNOT regain your hearing. When it’s gone, it’s gone.  A simple way to picture it is that inside your ear, there are these very tiny hairs that are susceptible to vibration, which is then translated into sound by the brain.  When loud noise enters the ear, these hairs can become completely destroyed.  The more hairs you lose, the more hearing you lose.  These don’t grow back.  
  • “Small snub nosed double-action revolvers are the best choice for women and smaller statured people because they’re simple to use.” - This statement, while completely ignoring the fact that are an equal number of women who are accomplished shooters & some of the best shooters I’ve seen are women, is something I’ve heard many times.  This is hard for me to say, being a revolver fan, but the best defensive handgun for ANYONE regardless of stature and gender is the one that you can handle and shoot the most comfortably and effectively.  Small revolvers are really an experts weapon, and unless you have the time & ammunition to devote to training with the revolver, it is a difficult weapon to master.  Revolvers tend to have a higher bore axis than some of the modern semi-automatic handguns, which also contribute to their different and often more difficult handling characteristics.  Don’t listen to this tired old myth; try many different guns (preferably at a range that will let you rent several to try out) and buy the one that feels most comfortable and shootable to you.  Then go out and practice!

Wrap-Up:

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HGR 004 - Odd Handgun Cartridges

HGR 004 - Odd Calibers

Ryan discusses the odd cartridges of the handgun world

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Welcome to Handgun Radio! I’m your host Ryan Michad and this is your home for all the news, information and discussion in the handgunning world.  Brought to you by the Firearms Radio Network.

Review of The Past Week:

  • Got a chance to video review one of my favorite handguns, the FEG P9R. The P9R is made by FEG in Hungary, and is a double-action facsimile of the Browning High-Power.  It also has some similarities to the early Smith & Wesson double-action semi-automatic series.
  • Got some great feedback on the last episode, Reloading Handgun Cartridges.  Don’t forget to subscribe in iTunes and leave us an iTunes review!
  • We are also on Stitcher Radio now. You can download Stitcher Radio for free in the iTunes app store and search for Handgun Radio.
  • Any questions or suggestions? Email me at ryan@handgunradio.com

Half-Truth of the Week:

  • “90% of Americans support universal background checks.” How many times have you heard that repeated?
  • In Statistics, you survey a small group of people about a particular subject. You ask the small sample group how they feel about something, and if the sample group is diverse and representative of the large population, you can extrapolate that the results will be similar for the millions of people in the United States.
  • However, if you survey a sample of people from a place you know to be rather left leaning, you can skew a statistic by drawing your sample group from that left leaning area.
  • The real percentage for support is more around 65%.
  • The Phoenix News Times had a great article on the 90% myth.

Main Topic: Odd Cartridges

  • There are some cartridges out there that aren’t quite “mainstream”; i.e. they aren’t ones you can typically go to your local Wal-Mart and buy.
  • A “Parent Case” is the original case that the new round is formed from. For example, the parent case for .357 SIG is the .40 S&W.
  • A Wildcat cartridge is a cartridge that is not yet recognized by SAAMI (Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers Institute) and therefore, does not have any standardized pressures or dimensions.
  • These are just some of my favorite oddball cartridges
  • .25 NAA: This is a cartridge designed first as a wildcat cartridge, and then adopted by North American Arms for their Guardian series of pistols.  They used a .32 ACP as a parent case, and made it into a bottleneck to accept a .25 caliber bullet.  A similar thing was done with a .380 ACP parent case to make the .32 NAA.

  • 7.62x38mmR or 7.62 Nagant: The 7.62 Nagant was a specialty cartridge designed for use in the 1895 Nagant Gas-Seal revolver.  Used by Soviet Russia for a number of years, the 1895 Nagant used a special camming mechanism that cammed the cylinder forward to seal the chamber against the forcing cone and prevent any powder gases from escaping between the barrel/cylinder gap.  The 7.62 Nagant cartridge had a deeply seated bullet with an extended case mouth to help with this gas seal.

  • 7.62x25mm Tokarev: The 7.62x25mm Tokarev round was based upon the 7.63 Mauser round that was chambered in the C96 Mauser “Broomhandle”.  The Russians had used the Broomhandle and really liked the 7.63mm cartridge, so they designed their own, higher-pressure variant (Don’t even THINK about using 7.62 Tokarev in a C96 Mauser.) The 7.62x25 is a high velocity cartridge that was chambered in many handguns used by the Soviets and their satellite states in the Cold War, including the TT-33 Tokarev, the CZ-52, as well as many submachine guns.  The 7.62x25mm does have surprising penetration abilities, and with some loads can penetrate some forms of armor.

  • .38/45 Clerke: Designed by Bo Clerke in the early 1960’s, the .38/45 Clerke was a .45 ACP case necked down to .38 caliber. This allowed for reliable feeding while using semi and full wadcutter bullets.  The bottleneck shape of the cartridge enhances feeding reliability when using non-conventional bullets shapes in an autoloader.

  • 9X25mm Dillon: Designed by Dillon Precision, the 9x25mm Dillon was developed from the 10mm Auto parent case.  The .357 SIG is the .40 S&W case necked down to 9mm. The .40 S&W is a shortened version of the 10mm Case.  This cartridge can be considered a .357 SIG on steroids.  The round is said to have been developed to feed more powder gases to the compensators on USPSA and IPSC guns.  The round used so much slow burning pistol powder that it actually had a reputation for burning out barrels and breaking equipment because of increased slide velocity.

  • .38 Super (+P): The .38 Super +P is based upon the .38 ACP cartridge from the early 1900’s.  Developed in 1920 to help defeat the increasing use of armor by Prohibition-era gangsters, the .38 Super was first chambered in the Colt 1911, and was used extensively by Police as well as the criminal element in the 1920’s and 1930’s.  A redesign of the barrel by Bar-Sto Precision after World War Two gave the .38 Super a new lease on life and helped to cure the accuracy problems that plagued it during the beginning of its life. It is now known as one of the more popular calibers for USPSA and IPSC competition.

  • .50 GI: The most modern cartridge on the list, the .50 GI was designed alongside the Guncrafter Industries Model 1, which was a 1911 pattern pistol.  The .50 GI uses a rebated rim, meaning that while the outside diameter of the cartridge is .50 inches, the rim is rebated and is the same exact diameter as a .45 ACP rim.  It is available in the 1911 pattern pistol as well as Glocks using a conversion kit produced by Guncrafter Industries.

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HGR 002 - Hollywood Handguns

Ryan talks about how handguns work in Hollywood & some famous Hollywood Handguns!

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

Review of the Past Week:

-Getting things up and running for the show.

-Brainstormed some topics for future Handgun Radio shows; If you have any suggestions or something you’d like to hear discussed please shoot me an email at ryan@handgunradio.com

-Really excited to hear that Concealed Carry is slowly becoming a reality in the State of Illinois! Very happy for Jake, Mike, Hank and anyone else who lives in the Illinois. Congratulations guys!

Potential New Segment: “Half-Truth of the Week”:

This is a potential new segment for the show, the “Half-Truth” of the week.  Depending upon material, and the response of the listeners this could be a weekly segment, or something that is done only once and awhile.  This segment will touch upon the most egregious half-truth from those who are anti-gun.  Telling half-truths seems to be a fairly new tactic that the anti-gunners are using to convince those who may be undecided on firearms that new laws are needed for “public safety”.

-The half-truth for this week is that you can purchase a firearm on the internet. While this is true, I have heard so many anti-gun people omit the fact that you must have the firearm shipped to a FFL (Federal Firearms License) holder in your home state.  Unless you have a Curio & Relic license (only for specific firearms) or an FFL, you CANNOT have a firearm shipped directly to your door.  By omitting the part about the gun having to be shipped to an FFL, the anti-gunners aren’t lying, but they are misleading the public by omitting pertinent information.  Someone who is not as informed about firearms and the Federal Firearms laws who hears “you can order a gun on the internet” may automatically think “people shouldn’t be allowed to have firearms shipped to their doors!” Having people make informed decisions based upon accurate & complete information is the best thing for portraying firearms and the firearms lifestyle in a positive light.

HGR 002 Main Topic: Hollywood Handguns-

Overview of handguns used in movies & how they work:

-Guns for movies are often modified to work with blank cartridges, which don’t have the power to properly cycle the action.

-Many different ways to modify the action of the gun, depending upon the operating system.

-For example: Sig-Sauer P226 and Glock handguns which have a lockup point on the front of the barrel hood can have that sharp right angle on the front-top of the exterior of the chamber ground down at an angle to make it so the gun no longer locks up properly and can be cycled by blank rounds. (Notice the machining marks and the no longer square front area of the chamber hood (towards the front of the ejection port)

-Other methods include having a special blank adapter that is inserted or otherwise attached to the barrel that allows sufficient backpressure from the blank round to cycle the action properly.

-Blanks are still very deadly if not used properly. There have been quite a few cases of actors being seriously injured or killed by blank cartridges.  For close up shots, a non-gun or flashpaper gun is used.  These are things that resemble popular firearms but are fired electronically or have some sort of pyrotechnic paper that produces a flash, with the sound being added in post-production.

Some Notable Hollywood Handguns:

www.imfdb.org is a WONDERFUL resource if you are intererested in what firearms are used in your favorite movie, TV show or video game. It also has some awesome behind-the-scenes sections on certain movies & interviews with the armorers that worked on the movies.

1.) Raiders of the Lost Ark- Smith & Wesson Model 1917 .45 ACP Revolver

The main sidearm for Indiana Jones in the movie, there were actually two revolvers used on screen by Harrison Ford; one for filming in the U.S. and another S&W Mk.II Hand Ejector in .455 Webley used in the scenes filmed in Europe and the Middle East.

2.) Beverly Hills Cop I, II & III- The Browning High-Power 9mm Pistol

The sidearm used by Axel Foley (Eddie Murphy) throughout the series, the Browning High-Power is a great, accurate 9mm handgun that has a long history of military and some police service.  It was notable that, in the time the movie was made (1984) the changeover to semi-automatic pistols was slowly starting to begin.  Having Axel Foley carry a single-action double stack semi-automatic may have been a nod to the rebellious nature of the character.

3.) Dirty Harry Series- The Smith & Wesson Model 29 .44 Magnum Revolver

One of the most famous Hollywood Handguns, the Model 29 is the handgun used by Inspector Harry Callahan (Clint Eastwood) in the Dirty Harry series.  The script had originally called for a 4” barrel, but one was not available. Eastwood personally got in touch with someone at S&W and had them make guns for the movie with the barrel that they needed.  It was rumored previously that a S&W Model 57 in .41 Magnum was used, as that gun was easier to acquire, but the truth came out later.

4.) The Untouchables (1987)- Colt Model 1911 .45 ACP Pistol

In The Untouchables, Elliot Ness (Kevin Costner) is intended to carry a Colt 1911 .45 ACP.  However, at the time it was easier to find 9mm blanks, and the 9mm blanks tended to be more reliable.  Therefore, in the scenes where Kevin Costner has to fire his handgun, the gun is a Star Model B in 9mm Para.  When the scene does not call for gunfire, the handgun is a standard Colt 1911.

5.) Blade Runner (1982)- COP .357 Magnum Derringer

In the movie Blade Runner, the character Leon (Brion James) used a COP .357 Magnum four-barrel derringer in the beginning of the film. The prop department modified the gun to fire two barrels at once, to increase the muzzle flash of the gun when fired.  The COP .357 Magnum derringer is somewhat rare, and it was interesting to see such a rare, cool looking handgun used in a movie.

Wrap-Up:

-Thanks to everyone on the Firearms Radio Network for being so supportive in this beginning phase of the Handgun Radio podcast.

-Send me your feedback at ryan@handgunradio.com

-Send some show ideas or anything you’d like to hear discussed to my email as well!!

Thanks for listening and safe shooting!!!!!!!!!