Handgun Radio 210 - A Good Bad Idea

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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 proper firearms storage and things we thought were a bad idea, but have come around to it being a great idea!

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Week in Review:

Ryan:

Always full of information

by Texas Pistolero on Jul 24, 2018

RATING: ★★★★★

🤠 one of the few podcasts that has good information and history of firearms.... every show - y’all keep it up now👍🏻

Defensive Creations Model 10

-Firearms Storage Safety - Negligence results in a tragic reminder  

-Firepits in wintertime? What do you do?

Weerd:  Busy Week,  hit the range, tested out some new ammo.   

Drink Segment: Wink and Nod Boston  Also I have Jalapenos and Everclear, so Jalapeno vodka will soon be back in my cabinet.

Main Topic: “Bad Ideas” that were actually maybe good!

-Taurus “Curve” But perhaps on a larger framed firearm. (Nod to Gun Nation Podcast)

-Full Conceal Glock

-Ruger LCR (Polymer Framed Revolvers)

-RMR’s (JUST FOR COMPETITION #lol)


Wrap-Up:

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

Until Next week, have fun & SAFE SHOOTING!


 

Handgun Radio 207 - Mouse Guns Part Deux!

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 its Mouse Guns Part Deux! Small Guns in Big Calibers!

 

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Week in Review:

 

Ryan: Repaired a rotten fence in my backyard…..I am exhausted and sunburnt.

 

Weer’d: Just got back from a children’s birthday party.  Mini-golf and sugar overload. Didn’t go as bad as I had expected,  everybody behaved themselves and had a good time.

Also I’m proud to say that my daughter earned a yellow belt at her Martial Arts school.   It’s a very cool school that does mostly MMA training, and the Instructor is all about practical self defense,  and he’s an NRA instructor.

 

Drink: So I’ve been thinking about this ever since I made a rhubarb crumble spiced with cardamom.   They went so well together, I’ve been thinking about my bottle of Ransom Old Tom Gin. I’ve never mixed this gin with anything before so I was a bit nervous that I might have wasted some expensive gin.

Nope, it’s AWESOME!

2oz Ransom Old Tom Gin

1oz Fresh Lime juice

0.5 oz Rhubarb Syrup


 

Main Topic: Mouse Guns Part Deux

This time we decided to take a different approach to “mouse guns”. Small guns in big calibers. And when we say small, Glock Subcompact is the uppermost size limit. I know some people may not say they are “mouse guns”.

 

Smith & Wesson Shield

 

Sig Sauer P290 & P365

 

Kimber Micro 9 & small “1911” 9mm’s

 

Springfield XDS

 

Rorhbaugh R9

(Now Remington RM380)

http://www.thetruthaboutguns.com/2011/11/eric-nelson/gun-review-rohrbaugh-r9s-stealth/

http://www.mouseguns.com/PocketAutoComparison.pdf

 

Kahr Guns (CM9, PM45, etc)

 

Glock Subcompacts (26,27, so on)

 

Heizer & Pocket AR

 

Beretta Pistols (Nano)

 

Kel Tec PF9 & P11

https://www.weerdworld.com/2014/a-little-gun-geekery/

 

Walther PPS

 

.357 J-Frames & Misc

 

Wrap-Up:

 

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

 

Until Next week, have fun & SAFE SHOOTING!

 

Handgun Radio 193 - Real Fake Guns & Other New Stuff

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 some new products and some listener questions

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Week in Review:

Ryan: - Bought a HUGE slice of black cherry! Guitar is getting made as we speak!

-Got to check out a Seecamp .380. No Sights.

-Also got to check out one of the Grand Power P1 as imported by Century Arms many years back.
 

Weerd: No range time,  just got back from Vermont for a family function.    One thing this trip brought to mind is securing your gun when traveling with young children.

My personal method is bringing a small hard-sided locking box, and keeping the gun holstered as often as possible.

Drink Segment:  No new drink,  but I am currently enjoying a Vesper Martini with Fee Brothers Peach bitters instead of my usual orange bitters.   Not bad

Main Topic: Real Fake Guns & Other New Stuff

B&T to release the USW-320

New Stuff From Volquartsen

LANTAC Slides for Glock

Iver Johnson Pocket Ace .22 and 1911 Carbine

Kahr S Series
 

Guns that may be confused for fakes?

Kel Tec Pistols (ESPECIALLY PMR 30)

Hi-Points

NAA Mini Revolvers

Any of the Brightly colored guns

Cobray Leonid Derringer

Wrap-Up:

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  • Visit Weerd Beard at  weerdworld.com   sqrpt.com  

 

Until next week, Have fun and SAFE SHOOTING

Handgun Radio 187 - Handgun Radio Christmas Gift Wishlist 2017!

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 our annual Handgunners Christmas Gift Guide 2017!!!!!

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Week in Review:

Ryan: -Posted a video of the S&W K-Frames on the Facebook page and youtube channel! Go check them out!

-Had a big 14 hour standoff 100 yards away from my house!
 

Weerd
 

Main Topic: Handgun Radio Christmas Gift Guide 2017

 

Every year we do a Handgunners Christmas Gift Guide! So here are some of our picks!

 

Ryan:

Ruger Gunsite Scout in .450 Bushmaster

Ruger GP100 in .44 Special

NAA Mini Revolver Speedloader

Polymer 80 Build Kit

1,000 Rounds of Tula 115 grain 9mm for $149.00!

Foam Earplugs

Big Blast Soda Bottle Target Caps


 

Weerd:  Remington 870 DM Tac 14

Desert Eagle L5 .44 Magnum

.460 Rowland Conversion kit

Dillon 650 XL

Ruger Redhawk .357

Wrap-Up:

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  • Visit Weerd Beard at  weerdworld.com   sqrpt.com  http://gunblogvarietycast.com/

 

Until next week, Have fun and SAFE SHOOTING!


 

Handgun Radio 129 - Handgun Flops Part Three

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 Beard, Daniel Watters and I discuss some handgun designs that flopped!

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Week in Review:

Ryan: -Checked out a local company to me, RPS Tactical. The owner Rob and his associates make some great products including an innovative holster system that uses industrial strength velcro and it holds it very securely.

Weerd: Not a whole lot.  I was doing some yard work, but I was carrying my LCR in my pocket, not in an ankle holster and shorts like TJ.

Daniel:  It looks like Big Horn Armory is about to branch into pistols.  They have filed a patent application for a Southpaw-friendly M1911 that accepts standard M1911 magazines.  The slide stop and magazine release remain in the standard position.  However, the ejector, extractor, and ejection port have been relocated to the opposite sides of the frame and slide.

http://pdfaiw.uspto.gov/.aiw?PageNum=0&docid=20160109207&IDKey=3DA1C54F05E6&HomeUrl=http%3A%2F%2Fappft.uspto.gov%2Fnetacgi%2Fnph-Parser%3FSect1%3DPTO1%2526Sect2%3DHITOFF%2526d%3DPG01%2526p%3D1%2526u%3D%25252Fnetahtml%25252FPTO%25252Fsrchnum.html%2526r%3D1%2526f%3DG%2526l%3D50%2526s1%3D%25252220160109207%252522.PGNR.%2526OS%3DDN%2F20160109207%2526RS%3DDN%2F2016010920

I also rediscovered a neat webpage concerning the early days of the FBI.  Of particular interest is the section concerning gunsmith Hyman S. Lebman and the converted M1911 machinepistols he made for Baby Face Nelson and John Dillinger.

http://historicalgmen.squarespace.com/gun-dealer-h-s-lebman-dilling/
 

Drink Segment: Frontlines Shockfrost Cocktail By Marko Kloos

http://www.tequilaespolon.com/

Main Topic: Handgun Design Disasters Part Three

We have done a few of these episodes before, but not in this much detail. Daniel deserves all the credit for researching and setting up these categories and guns, and we have so many that there will be a Part Four sometime after NRA show!!!

We are going break this up into multiple categories:
a) Guns that were unpopular and didn't sell (Beretta 9000, Beretta 90-Two)

b) Guns that didn't work, or work reliably (Colt All-American 2000, Kimball Arms .30 Carbine)

c) Guns where the basic concept didn't fly (COP Derringer, S&W Model 53)

d) Guns that just never got off the ground for legal reasons (Colt Pocket 9 & Colt Pony)

e) Guns that just never got off the ground for business or technical reasons (Kimber KPD, Mitchell Alpha)

FYI: The two previous episodes concerning this topic can be found here. http://firearmsradio.tv/handgun-radio/?tag=design
 

Beretta 90-Two
http://www.beretta90two.com/


Beretta 9000
http://pistol-training.com/archives/6305/

https://www.google.com/patents/US6363831
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giorgetto_Giugiaro

Colt AA2000
https://www.forgottenweapons.com/colt-all-american-2000-video/
https://www.google.com/patents/US5024139

https://www.google.com/patents/US5050480

https://www.google.com/patents/US5050481

https://www.google.com/patents/US5058301

https://www.google.com/patents/US5086578

https://www.google.com/patents/US5127310

https://www.google.com/patents/US5259138

https://www.google.com/patents/US5271312


Colt Pocket Nine
https://youtu.be/rLv1_TYABNI

https://www.google.com/patents/USD387841

https://www.google.com/patents/US5815973

https://www.google.com/patents/US6000162

Colt Pony (the rebadged Star DK)
http://star-firearms.com/firearms/guns/d/

https://www.google.com/patents/US4021955


COP Derringer

https://youtu.be/XwJJ3FMateU
https://www.google.com/?tbm=pts&gws_rd=ssl#tbm=pts&q=inassignee:%22Cop,+Inc.%22

Kimball Arms pistol
http://www.rockislandauction.com/viewitem/aid/55/lid/816
http://www.gunsmagazine.com/1958issues/G1058.pdf#page=48

https://www.google.com/patents/US2781697

https://www.google.com/patents/US2846926

https://www.google.com/patents/US2870562

Kimber KPD

https://www.google.com/patents/US7353742

https://www.google.com/patents/US7987763


Mitchell Alpha

https://www.google.com/patents/US5533291

Smith & Wesson Model 53
http://cosmolineandrust.blogspot.com/2007/10/sunday-smith-17-model-53-2-1974.html

https://www.google.com/patents/US3136084

Wrap-Up:

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



 

HGR 086 - Cool "Non-Defensive" 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.

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This week, Weerd Beard and I discuss cool firearms that were not intended for defensive purposes, but rather target shooting, curiosities, and other specialized roles!

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Week in Review:

Ryan -

  • Apologies for not being very active on the Facebook page. This past week my wife’s grandmother passed away after a long illness. She was a very special lady and even though she wasn’t a firearms enthusiast, she was always very supportive of the show and always encouraged me to keep improving. Weerd came up with this weeks’ topic, and I think this will be a fun & entertaining episode. She was a fun lady, and I’d like to dedicate this week’s episode to her.
  • Seeing rumors of the new Glock 43 around the internet. I have seen several photoshopped Glock 42’s with the “43” and “9x19mm” on the slide which were very well done, but I believe most of them were determined to be faked. However, I HAVE heard from several people that sources (who have pre-production guns I’ve been told) say it will be debuting at the NRA Annual Meetings. We shall see.

Weerd Beard-

Main Topic: Cool “Non-Defensive” Firearms

We thought this was a cool topic of discussion

1911 in .38 AMU

1911 Magazine with .38 Special Wadcutter

1911 .38 Wadcutter Magazine Follower

.38 AMU -

Smith & Wesson Model 52 -

Smith & Wesson 1891 Target & .38 First Model Single-Shot -

S&W Model 617 -

Desert Eagle -

Thompson-Center Guns -

Olympic Target Pistol Guns:Semi-Auto, and single-shot

Mateba MTR-8 Target Revolver:

Race Guns (STI, Caspian, Custom Glocks) -

Serbu Super Shorty 12 Gauge -

Pen Guns -


Wrap-Up:

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

HGR 084 - Inexpensive, Not Cheap

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 Weerd Beard to discuss guns that are inexpensive, but still serviceable firearms!

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Week in Review:

Ryan: - Got an email from listener Bob who writes: Your show got me interested in revolvers. I wonder if you would take a bit about the bisley model of revolvers. I recently purchased a couple of Ruger blackhawks. One standard .356 and one bisely in .45 colt. If I would have known about the Bisley I don't think I would have gotten the standard. I have started shooting bulls-eye competitions at my gun club. It involves 10 rounds in 10 minutes one handed. Then two sets of 5 rounds in 20 seconds. Finally two sets of 5 rounds in 10 seconds. With the .357 I could barely get all 5 off in 10 seconds. I have no problem getting all five off with the bisley. I find it also points more naturally than the standard grip.

Weerd: Got an Interesting email from a listener of the show this morning, and it was very interesting how closely his question tied into tonight’s topic:

“Hi Weer'd,

Quick question. I'm looking to purchase a 45 for concealed carry. I know you love Kahr's, but they are little out of my price range. I currently own a 1911 that I really enjoy, but it is to large to conceal.

Hoping you can give me a few suggestion on what to look at. I enjoy your blog and listening to you and Ryan podcast together.”

-Tony in New Hampshire

http://www.luckygunner.com/lounge/canik-tp9-sa-budget-9mm-torture-test/

Main Topic: Inexpensive, Not Cheap

Oftentimes, when someone goes to buy a firearm, they are surprised by how much they cost. While it is nice to be able to purchase a firearm that is “high-end”, some people just do not have that ability, yet need a good, reliable handgun to defend themselves. We as people of the gun sometimes will kid amongst ourselves about the lower end brand handguns, yet we need to be aware that for some people, thats all they can afford at the moment. While there are some brands/models of handguns that rightly deserve derision, there are some that are unfairly targeted due to their looks, cost, materials, etc. Tonight, we will discuss some of the more popular ones and why they might be a good gun for you if you are on a budget.

-Sccy Handguns

-Canik TP9

-Kahr CM/W Series

-S&W SD Series

-Hi-Point

-Ruger P-Series Semi-Automatics

-Old S&W Autos (9506, 4506, Model 59, etc.)

Wrap-Up:

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

HGR 083 - Micro Guns

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 Weerd Beard to discuss some Micro Guns!!!!

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Week in Review:

  • Just posted Episode 156 of Gun Guy Radio with Weerd Beard where we discussed Shotguns & their Defensive Use! Be sure to go check it out!!
  • Got this email from a listener (Paul W.) about our last episode, Guns of the Gunwriters. With Paul’s permission, I thought I would share it with you guys, as it is a very well-written and thought out email.
  • A little background about me first. I am a retired Border Patrol agent from southern New Mexico who grew up on the northern border with Canada in New York State. I retired five years ago after completing 30 years on the job along the southern border in the Las Cruces, NM and El Paso, Tx areas. I was the youngest agent in my class at the time. Needless to say I saw many changes over those ensuing years. I started my career at a time when the likes of Bill Jordan and Skeeter Skelton were still around plying their writing trades.  Both worked as Border Patrol Agents during their careers although Skeeter’s time in the patrol was limited.Skeeter lived in Deming, NM, the next town west from Las Cruces where I was assigned for 16 years. In the latter part of his life, I saw him a couple of times going through our checkpoint on I-10 between our cities but by the time I finally figured out it was him he was already quite ill and I never was able to meet him. Like many I had been reading his stories in the gun magazines since the 70’s when I became interested in firearms and started to subscribe to Guns and Ammo and Shooting Times. I also met and had occasional contact with his son Bart in the course of my duties.  I have copies of all Skeeter’s books starting with Good Friends, Good Guns , Good Whiskey which was published shortly after his passing. I even asked Bart to inscribe it for me which he graciously did. This book is classic reading dominated by the stories of Jug Johnson, Dobe Grant and Me and Joe. I can’t say enough about this piece of work. Unfortunately the book is very hard to come by now but a used copy can be found on Amazon now and then, prices usually start at about $75 and go up. Worth considering though if iconic gun books interest you.  I also have copies of “Hoglegs, Hipshots and Jalepenos” as well as “I remember Skeeter” which was compiled by his wife Sally. Incidentally, that paperback book in used condition commands prices starting at over $350! Fortunately as you have found, many of his works can be read online.Of course, Bill Jordan was a long time brother Border Patrol Agent. I just missed meeting him when in the early 90’s (I had to work) when he put in an appearance at the Border Patrol museum in El Paso, Tx. I did, however send my copy of his masterwork, “No Second Place Winner” with another agent who had Bill inscribe it for me. Needless to say that is another prized volume I have. Now, a little about the “Jordan” holster. When I became an agent in January of 1980 the Jordan holster was what most agents used.  Some had transitioned to higher riding thumb breaks but the first holster I purchased was a Don Hume Jordan because that’s what the trainees did. Unfortunately I lost mine along the way many years ago but I have another one with the long shank that was worn by an old timer who gave it to me when he retired. Interestingly, back then nearly everyone loaded their revolvers from loops, either 12 round loops or 6 and we trained to load two at a time, a skill that I am still pretty adept at to this day. Speed loaders were just coming into vogue and it took a while for the Border Patrol to officially authorize them for duty carry. In those days no one dwelled on the fact that the trigger was exposed and the strap could be unsnapped very easily.  Everyone was aware of this feature and cognizant that extra care was needed. Well, almost everybody.In time the Jordan holster became unauthorized.My first government issued revolver was a very old, well used Colt Trooper .357 with “Border Patrol” stamped on the barrel.  These are extremely rare and hard to come by now as you can imagine. I don’t even like to think about it. It was only the second handgun I had ever fired, having grown up in northern New York where pistol permits were highly prized. As worn as it was, the Colt was smooth as silk and served me faithfully for a couple of years until I was forced to turn it in for a brand new stainless Ruger security six. The Border Patrol was in the process of taking back all the old Colts and rightfully so I suppose. They were old. Following the advice of another agent I dry fired the heck out of the Ruger and darn if it didn’t smooth up nicely.  I really liked it. Next, about a year later, chance brought me to my next issued revolver. It would be the last. At the station one day, the late great Charlie Pirtle, who was our supervisor (friend of Sheriff Jim Wilson in later years by the way) and a tracker of national note put a note in each of our mail drawers, about twenty of us, saying that there was a new S&W model 66 available for issue if anyone was interested. He also said it was first come first served. I just happened to be the first to read it and jumped on the chance. This didn’t go over well with many of the agents at my station since I was the junior man. None the less, it was issued to me and carried until I turned it in a few years later when we adopted semi-autos.Speaking of semi-automatics, I became a firearms instructor for my agency in the late 80’s and was one of the first to carry a Glock 17 on duty under a pilot program where certain semi-autos were authorized for carry but had to be personally purchased.  The most popular of the authorized handguns were the Glock 17 and the Sig Sauer P-226 and P-220. I already owned a Glock 17 that was one of the first Gen 1 Glocks to be imported into the U.S. If you have ever seen a true Gen 1 Glock 17, you will see they have a much thinner barrel than the subsequent models and the grip frame has an almost smooth finish. I still have mine. I calculated once that it easily has over 30,000 rounds fired although I only shoot it occasionally anymore. It has the smoothest Glock trigger you will ever try. Like most agents I was a huge semi-auto enthusiast and largely ignored revolvers for many years until after I retired.  I regret that now.Back to six shooters. When you and Matt were discussing the K frames and the use of magnum ammo it brought back many memories. During the early and mid 80’s the model 19 and 66 were very popular with the agents and most were personally owned which was permissible. Our qualification course was conducted almost entirely with 38 special wad cutters and had been forever. (I still remember guys at our station using fired 38 special cases for hearing protection) Understandably, this made qualifying much easier since, at the time, we actually shot a course of fire from the 50 yard line and the wad cutters offered minimal noise and recoil. The Border Patrol was one of the very few agencies to have a 50 yard line requirement.  At one point the Border Patrol decided to use 357 magnum ammo for all qualifications in order to make the qualifications process more realistic. It wasn’t long before many of the 19’s and 66’s started to display all the problems you and Matt described and then some. We qualified four times per year so it didn’t take long. They just could not handle a steady diet of magnums and the Remington 125 grain JHP’s we were issuing were very stout.  The Border Patrol even issued what was essentially a 38 special +P for a while that was called the “treasury “round. This all occurred just after the release of the S&W 586 and 686. Soon, most of the model  19’s and 66’s were replaced with the new model 686 thus alleviating that problem.  New agents were subsequently issued the S&W 686 or Ruger GP-100 until all revolvers were eventually moth balled. These guns fired magnums steadily with no issues.In 1996 the Border Patrol completely moved to the Beretta 96 D Brigadier in 40 S&W as the only authorized handgun and the age of the revolver was over for us.

Main Topic: Micro Guns

H&R Micro Revolvers

Rossi Princess .22

S&W J-Frame (and Clones, including things like Taurus, and the Ruger LCR)

NAA Mini Revolver.

Beretta Tip Barrel

“Ring of Fire” Guns

Colt 1908/ Baby Browning

Kahr Arms

Kel-Tec/ Ruger

AMT Backup

Seecamp/North American Arms .32/.380

Rohrbaugh

Boberg

Downsizer WSP

KolibriWrap-Up:

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

HGR 028 - Guns We Wish They Would Make

HGR 028 - Handguns We Wish They Would Make

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This week, Ryan and some listeners discuss handguns that we wish they would make and handguns we wish they would bring back.

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Week in Review:

Ryan:

  • Spent most of the week working on videos from the team at SHOT Show 2014! Lots of great content is posted over at www.shotshow2014.com for your viewing pleasure! Thank you to everyone who worked so hard this past week.  I did get some shooting time in yesterday and shot my friends Taurus 851 he got and the Pietta Colt Navy .44 Blackpowder.

Daniel:

  • I did not get in any live fire unfortunately. I usually get 1 or 2 matches in a month (Steel Challenge & 3 Gun); however, I did do my dry fire drills thanks to my SIRT pistol. Everyday I basically just put the SIRT in my pocket and fire at random Post It notes around the house (stationary drills and shoting while on the move etc).

Matt: Bought a couple new handguns, a Savage Model 1905 and a Smith & Wesson Model 29.

Steve: Returned from SHOT Show which was completely overwhelming. Attended media day at the range which was somewhat underwhelming until I visited Tac-Con which has a new “close to full auto” trigger system. Disappointed that Remington did not have the R51 available to shoot, only variations of the R1.  Made a lot of good contacts for future content for the FRN.

Main Topic: Guns We Wish They Would Make:

Ryan:

  • Glock in 7.62x25 Tokarev
  • Ruger LCP in .22 LR
  • Colt M1903 Reproduction
  • S&W J-frame in 9mm
  • Walther TPH in .22 LR that functions
  • Modern reproductions of classic automatics, the Mauser C96 Broomhandle, Colt Woodsman (USFA WAS going to do this before they basically went out of business)

 Matt

      *   S&W 929 4” pro *   S&W Schofield 45 colt *   S&W 940 9mm *   S&W 617 PC *   Ruger MK in 22 mag *   repo webley and enfield revo’s

Daniel:

  • Springfield XDM .22
  • Colt Python 3”
  • SIRT Springfield XD
  • FnH M1900 .32 ACP (Browning design)
  • Browning M1935

Steve:

Wrap-Up:

As always, thank you for listening, have fun, and SAFE SHOOTING!!!

HGR 021 - Keeping Things Clean

HGR 021 - Keeping Things Clean

This week Ryan discusses some of the tips, tricks and cautionary tales that can come into play when you are cleaning your handguns.

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Week in Review:

  • Had a great time with the Handgun Radio Listener Roundtable last week! It was really great to get to speak with some of the people who listen and get some of their points of view on the show.  I will definitely be having more interview and roundtable-style shows on Handgun Radio in the near future.
  • Been testing an 1851 Pietta Colt Navy .44 caliber blackpowder revolver.  This was my first experience with blackpowder and I can tell you that it makes one very appreciative of metallic cartridge design.  The loading of the cylinder on the blackpowder revolver is very time consuming. You have to start off with a measured charge of powder, an over-powder felt wad, a soft lead ball .451” in diameter.  You then ram that in with the underbarrel rammer, and finally place some sort of blackpowder lubricant over the charged chamber. You then  have to do that to the remaining four chambers, leaving one unloaded for safety. I can see why the development of the metallic cartridge was such a huge step forward. Using these pieces of history really gives you an appreciation for how far firearms have come.
  • A few episodes ago I told listeners to send in their votes for favorite wheelguns. Here were some of those emails.
    • Kevin- Colt Python (8” polished ultimate stainless, 6” blued model)
    • Brian- S&W Model 586 (8” Silhouette Model & 4” Duty model.)

It seems like the longer barrel models of revolvers have gotten a lot more popular.  I used to think that the longer barreled models didn’t have much of a following because of the practicality of the longer barrel. The Colt Python seems to be a favorite, as does the Model 586 and 686. The 586 and 686 are built on the larger L-frame in the S&W line, this is one step up in size from the K-frames.  All are high-quality, classic revolvers. The K-frame magnums seem to fit my hands better than the L-frames.

Main Topic: Keeping Things Clean:

For some people, cleaning guns is a zen-like thing. They get prepared, get into the zone and get to cleaning. For others, cleaning guns is like pulling teeth, and it cannot be finished fast enough. There are some things you can do to not only make your cleaning time shorter and more efficient, but also ensure that you don’t run into any problems with your firearm when you’re carrying it.

1.) If you have trouble remembering how things go together, take pictures of the gun during each step of disassembly- Sometimes, small parts can be dislodged during disassembly, or you may not remember which way the part goes in relation to something else. Having schematics, or better yet, photographs of your gun while assembled will give you something to follow as a guide.

2.) Keep track of all small parts, screws and springs: You may think that small screw is easily replaced or that spring you lost can be found anywhere. You could be wrong. Some of the smallest parts for obscure or old guns can be extremely expensive.  If I am completely taking apart a firearm with many small parts, I will put these parts in small ziploc bags and label them with a sharpie marker as to where they belong. Take for example the magazines for my Colt 1903 .32 ACP. You would think a simple piece of metal and a spring wouldn’t cost much, but the originals can cost upwards of $150!

3.) Lubrication is your friend….until you use too much of it or the wrong kind: It seems that when it comes to lubrication, people default to the old adage of “if a little is good, more must be better.” This can be the cause of many firearms problems. I remember a fellow I used to work with. He said he had an old Smith & Wesson revolver that wasn’t working right and he wanted me to look at it because he knew I had worked on S&W’s in the past. He said he was having light primer strikes and the trigger pull was really heavy. He brought the gun to me in a ziploc bag that was coated with WD-40 on the inside. I checked to make sure the gun was unloaded, which required considerable effort since the cylinder seemed to hang up as I swung it out to the side.  I pushed the cylinder back into place, and pulled the trigger. I watched as the hammer fell slowly from where the sear released it.  I could actually time the hammer fall at a little more than 1 second.  I took the gun home, pulled off the sideplate and saw that he had sprayed the entire gun with WD-40 to “lubricate and protect” it, because someone who owned firearms said that was what he should do. The guy forgot to mention that in cold climates, WD-40 tends to get gunky and thick, transforming into more of a sludge.  This was causing all his malfunctions. It took me nearly an hour and a half to clean the gunk off.  If you use a liquid lube, such as Rem-Oil, use it SPARINGLY. Oil attracts dust, dirt and other particles that can render the liquid oil into a sludge which can cause problems. Low temperatures can also affect the consistency of the lubricant. If possible, use a dry lube specifically for firearms related applications.

4.) Take your grips off and clean under them, especially if they’re rubber or synthetic- Grips on handguns can trap moisture underneath, and as we all know, moisture and firearms do not get along well.  This is especially true of handguns with rubber grips on them, as these tend to wrap around and not have as many cracks or areas where accumulated moisture can escape.  Stainless steel guns can still rust, so this applies to them as well.

5.) Make sure screws are properly tightened- This is especially important on revolvers.  On the S&W revolver, there are some screws that need a particular torque on them to allow the revolver to function properly.  On the frontstrap there is usually a strain screw that applies pressure to the mainspring in order to allow the proper functioning of the gun.  If that is not screwed in far enough, the mainspring will not afford the proper tension. Another screw keeps the cylinder crane assembly in the handgun. If that is not properly tightened you can imagine what the results might be.

6.) Don’t store your gun in it’s holster- Holsters are great for carrying guns around on your belt; not so great for storing your favorite handgun.  The materials that some holsters are made out of have chemicals that they were treated with still in them.  When there is a high moisture content, these chemicals can seep out of the holster.  Store the handgun in your gun cabinet in a climate-controlled environment.

7.) Use your cleaning session to inspect the handgun for damage- Make sure you use your cleaning session to inspect for damage to your handgun.  Pay particular attention to the forcing cone on revolvers, as cracks and flame-cutting can occur there. Also look at the slide rails on semi-autos, as a lot of force is directed to these parts during firing.  Finally, pay particular attention the crown on the barrel. The crown being damaged can cause the bullet to leave the barrel irregularly and be inaccurate.

8.) After you handle your firearms, make sure that you wipe them off especially if you aren’t going to clean them immediately- The oil from your hands can leave fingerprints and marks on the gun. The oils attract dirt and moisture which can cause rusty fingerprints if not taken care of.  By wiping down your firearms with a soft cloth, you minimize the risk of having your firearms finish damaged.

9.) How do I clean the carbon fouling and nastiness off the front face of my cylinder?- I have always used the eraser from a wooden #2 pencil to clean the carbon fouling off of the front face of my cylinders.  It seems to work quite well for me!

Wrap-up:

  • Thank you to all of you who are sending in e-mails. It lets me know how you are liking the show, what I should keep and what I shouldn’t.
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Until next week, have fun and SAFE SHOOTING!!!

HGR 003 - Reloading Handgun Cartridges

HGR 003 - Reloading Handgun Cartridges

Ryan discusses some basic reloading techniques and some popular & economic ways to reload handgun cartridges.

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Welcome to episode 3 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:

  • Launched the website, iTunes feed, and Facebook page for Handgun Radio. Give us a like on Facebook and also subscribe to the show in iTunes!
  • Received some great feedback on the first two episodes. Thanks to all the listeners & all the people who gave us feedback on our first two shows!
  • The email has changed.  To send feedback, comments or anything about the show, shoot me an email at ryan@handgunradio.com

Discussion: The Importance of Awareness & The Determined Mindset

  • This may not be totally related to handguns, but it is an important consideration for those who are going to or have obtained their Concealed Carry license.
  • Recently, a college student in Boston was abducted, brought to several ATM’s in broad daylight, then taken to a secluded area and murdered.
  • She did not have the means to protect herself, as carrying firearms in Massachusetts is severely restricted.  You need a FOID card just to purchase Pepper Spray & Mace.
  • Having the mindset that you are going to fight your abductor until you escape is KEY when facing this situation, especially when unarmed.
  • Statistics have said that during an abduction, if you are taken away from the original area where the attack began, your chances of survival drop to less than 10%.
  • Given this statistic, you need to FIGHT! From the very beginning, do not let up, do not give in.  You have the capability to incapacitate someone long enough to get away. Don’t give them any slack; they won’t give you any.
  • The long-held advice saying “give them what they want” did not seem to help the case in Boston.
  • I am not a trainer, nor am I pretending to be. I am just an observer who is giving his opinion that the greatest way to survive an attack/abduction is to have that determined mindset of “I will fight until I can no longer”

Main Topic: Reloading Handgun Cartridges

Reloading Basics:

  • Reloading is a fun and rewarding hobby that can greatly improve the time you get to spend shooting. It is also a potentially dangerous activity that requires your full, undivided attention.
  • Safety when reloading is #1! Follow ALL reloading recipes to the letter using a reputable reloading manual produced by one of the powder or bullet companies. Do not smoke while reloading. Do not reload when you are under the influence.
  • One of the best ways to get started reloading is to purchase one of the pre-packaged reloading kits that will contain all of the things you need to begin reloading except for your components, reloading dies, and loading manual.
  • If you are just beginning your reloading hobby, take it slow. DON’T go for redline maximum loads right off. Try to find someone who has reloading experience who you trust to help you when getting started.

Brass:

  • Standard cartridge cases are typically made out of brass. You will see some budget-priced ammunition loaded with steel or aluminum cases, but these are typically non-reloadable.
  • The brass case is put through a sizing die when reloading to bring the spent case back to the factory dimensions for whatever caliber you may be loading. When a cartridge is fired, the brass case swells to the dimensions of that particular firearm’s chamber. Some chambers may vary in dimensions. By bringing the cases back to a uniform size standard, you ensure that the reloaded round will fit in all guns of that caliber.
  • Brass cases can be reloaded many times, so while they may be expensive (if you have to buy them, that is) they are reusable. (I have some .38 Special I’ve loaded with light target charges and I’ve reused the cases 8 or so times so far.)
  • Pay attention to the case mouth area, watching for any cracks forming in the brass.
  • When using redline magnum loads, also look around the case head area (bottom of the cartridge, just above the rim) for a shiny ring around the diameter.  This can indicate stretching and a possible case head separation.

Bullets:

  • Bullets come in many different shapes and weights. The weights are measured in grains and the appropriate grains for any given caliber will be found in a reloading manual.
  • There are several different types of bullets, from Copper Jacketed, to Semi-Jacketed Lead, to Plated Lead and finally hard cast lead bullets.
  • For economy sake, plated lead bullets and hard cast lead bullets are best for practice.
  • When you need performance, a jacketed or semi-jacketed bullet will probably suit your needs.
  • Some great bullets for economical plinking and target shooting are cast lead wadcutters (a soup can shaped bullet with or without a hollow base) or a semi-wadcutter bullet (Shaped like an upside-down clay plant pot).
  • DO NOT substitute bullets intended for a different caliber unless it says you can do so in the reloading manual (i.e, don’t use 9mm bullets (.355” dia.) in a .38 or .357 Magnum load (.358” dia.). NEVER change recipes from the reloading manual.

Smokeless Powders:

I’m only going to talk about the powders that I have had experience with, as I don’t want to give any incorrect information.

  • IMR Trail Boss: By far this is my favorite powder.  I measure my powder using a Lee Dipper set and a properly calibrated scale.  Using Trail Boss is great, especially for the beginning shooter because it is very difficult to double-charge a case without it being very obvious that something isn’t right.  Trail Boss was designed for large volume revolver cartridges used in Cowboy Action Shooting.  With the light loads used in that sport, very small charges of dense powder would not fill the case and you had powder position issues.  Trail Boss is a very bulky powder and helps to mitigate these position issues and offers uniform ignition.
  • HP-38: This is my go to powder for 9mm Parabellum and .32 ACP. I have used it in .38 Special also and it performs well in that role too.  A flake powder, HP-38 is very clean burning and doesn’t need very large charges of powder to get the desired performance.
  • 2400: Formerly known as HERC 2400, this powder is one of the original Magnum pistol powders.  I use this powder when reloading really hot .357 Magnum loads.  2400 is not as sensitive as other Magnum powders such as H110, and you get good performance out of this powder for that purpose.
  • H110: This is the powder that shows the true potential of the .357 Magnum cartridge, along with .44 Magnum and others.  H110 is definitely not a beginners powder, as the margin between maximum and minimum loads is quite small.  H110 also does not like to be loaded down any more than 10% below the minimum charge; it requires a certain operating pressure to burn cleanly and efficiently.

Primers:

  • Primers come in two sizes: Small Pistol Primers and Large Pistol Primers. They also come in two varieties: Small Pistol Magnum Primers and Large Pistol Magnum Primers.
  • The difference between standard and magnum pistol primers is the “brisance”, or force and power the primer exerts when it is set off.
  • Only use magnum primers if it is specified in the reloading manual.

Final Tips:

  • Using Berry’s Plated Bullets for .357/.38 and Trail Boss powder, you can reload light target ammunition to use for plinking.
  • MTM Case-Gard cartridge boxes are very useful when storing your reloaded ammunition.
  • There are many great kit manufacturers out there for getting your reloading hobby set-up. I have been using a Lee Classic Kit for the past three years and have encountered no problems with it.

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Wrap-Up:

  • Thank you to everyone who checked out the show in its first week!
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  • Questions or Comments? Email us at ryan@handgunradio.com

Thank You and Safe Shooting!!!!