Handgun Radio 216 - Used Handgunning

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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 discuss guns that you rarely find used and guns you can always find used!

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Week in Review:


Ryan: -Glock 45

-Tornado Technologies Oxy22 Micro


Weerd: Got a M&P 45 1st Gen, that will eventually become Project Bear gun .460 Rowland

Gun Rights Policy Conference in Chicago

Drink Segment: The Guys from Geeks Gadgets set up a GREAT bar at GRPC.   The star of that lineup were some drinks from Blaum Bros Distillery in Galena Illinois.

Main Topic: Guns You Always Find Used & Guns you Rarely Find Used

Always Used:

-Pistols in .40 S&W in general

-Taurus Semi Autos

-S&W Revolvers

- .38/.357 Revolvers

Heavy Recoil guns

Rarely Found Used:

-S&W 422 .22 LR

-.22 Full Size Revolvers

-Lightweight Commander 1911’s

-Super High End Guns

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Handgun Radio 197 - Eastern Bloc Handguns

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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 about some Eastern bloc handguns!

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Week in Review:

Ryan: Cool photo/article on TFB regarding suppressed pocket pistols

-Saiga/Tromix 410 shotgun converted to .444 Marlin with drum mag! One buffalo bore load is a 270 grain bullet at 2,250 fps for 3,034 ft-lbs of energy.  (Daniel wrote this in the comments section of the article: I'm still trying to remember who was attempting to convert a Vickers MG from .303 British to .458 Winchester Magnum. They were going to recycle cloth belts that had become too stretched to reliably hold the .303 cartridge.)

-Czech Striker SR-17 Pistol
 

Weerd:  Have another episode of the Assorted Calibers Podcast,  we also have a website and a libsyn account. For those listening live you’ll be hearing the first episode soon.  For those who are listening to this show on the FRN, it may be already published.

Drink Segment:  Blue Mai Tai.

I know I talked about this drink in another episode,  and there are a million and one ways to make this drink.     But I recently tried to remake it from my notes on my blog, and I wasn’t pleased with the results,  so I’ve re-perfected it.

2oz White Rum

1oz Fresh lime Juice

0.75 oz Blue Curacao

0.5 oz  Amaretto Liqueur

I also think bitters improve this drink in both color and flavor,  I first used angostura bitters, but the Fee Brothers Chocolate Bitters is really a think of magic.
 

Main Topic: Easter(n) Bloc Handguns

-Nagant Revolver

-TT-33 or the M57 Yugo

-Radom P-64

-CZ 52

-Makarov

-Croatian PHP Pistol

-CZ82

-FEG Guns (PA-63, P9R)

-CZ-75

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Until next week, Have fun and 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

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Until next week, Have fun and 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.


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Until next week, Have fun and SAFE SHOOTING!

 

Handgun Radio 186 - New Guns, Holsters & More with Werkz Holsters!

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 chat with our friend Shan from Werkz Holsters about their new products and more!

 

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Week in Review:

 

Ryan: Working on making some grips for the Model 19! Test run!!!

-Spent some time shooting a Henry Golden Boy .22 LR! Really awesome rifle!!!

-Shot dads Kimber 9mm more this weekend, functioned well!!!


 

Weerd: The Plague has hit Weer’d World.   Spent my range day sitting in my chair coughing.

Did have my Nephew over,  we didn’t get a chance to get out to the club, but did spend some time in the armory answering technical questions.


 

Shan:  High West Redeption Rye in my left hand.  This week, picked up a XDS 3.3 in 9mm.  Also just recently put together a P80 G19.

 

Drink Segment:  Variation on Blood and Sand.

2oz Rye

¾ Oz: lemon juice

¾ Oz: Cherry Brandy

¾ Oz: Sweet Vermouth

 

Not bad,   I certainly like the lemon over the orange,  but I do think the richer body of the Scotch plays better with these complex flavors.

Main Topic: Werkz Holsters Redux

 

 

Its been awhile since we had you on!

 

  1. What is new with Werkz holsters?

    1. Move to Idaho in 2014 - this has been a great blessing.  Love the people in Colorado, but we are quite well integrated with our little community.  We love the quality of life here.

    2. Continued expansion of pistols and lights/lasers we serve.  Up to 170+ pistols and 45-ish lights (some of which I’ve not yet listed on the website)

  2. What challenges have you encountered since we last talked?

    1. Time!  It’s a blessing to be so busy, but boy, I need more time to

      1. Finish our new website, which will have many more configuration options and be laid out more logically

      2. Provide a way for me to easily add a pistol or light/laser to our options mix across products.  This requires more automation.

      3. Time to build out new holsters for the M2 / M3 styles.

    2. Been selling on Amazon, which is a double edged sword

      1. Huge market opportunity

      2. Generous returns

      3. Less ability for me to understand and tweak if there are particular issues we need to resolve

    3. We are starting to grow to the point that finding the right employees is getting tougher

    4. We are starting to outgrow our shop space

  3. Have you done any more work with the 9x23 Win?

    1. Sadly, no.  I’m all in on the 9mm cartridge now, with my current EDC as a G19 with RMR and previous EDC was the VP9.  I may even put the 9x23 5” Benny Hill pistol up for sale as it gets zero range time.

  4. New Werkz Products?

    1. Continued expansion of the Origin, Minimalist, and Bisect product pistol and light selection

      1. Origin – built for OWB but adaptable to IWB, battle belt, backpack, etc.

      2. Minimalist – built for IWB

      3. Bisect – built for AIWB

    2. But the real focus is on our line of 3d scanned, CAD designed, and CNC cut molds.

      1. Allows us to give more features at the same or better price

        1. Adjustable retention

        2. Multiple carry positions

        3. IWB/OWB use

        4. Standard RMR cut

        5. Standard for threaded barrel drop through

      2. Enables me to train someone to build them in much less time than custom, again saving our customers money

      3. Higher degree of control over final product quality and fit/finish

      4. Process is fascinating…

        1. 3d scan the light & laser

        2. Bring into CAD

        3. Design the holster

        4. Cut the holster on a CNC machine

        5. Then production uses membrane-less forming for better definition

  5. Where do you see the market going based upon your customer demand?

    1. There is a lot of IWB demand

    2. AIWB demand is strong as well

    3. Need for quality, demand for increasing amount of features without increased cost

    4. Lights and lasers are getting smaller and less expensive

    5. We see the M2 and M3 holsters as our way of delivering more value to customers.

    6. What do you guys see as coming up or customer needs?

  6. Weerd Any questions?

 

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

Handgun Radio 172 - A Brief History of Custom Handguns & Competition with Daniel Watters

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 about custom handguns and competition from 1950 to 2000 with Daniel Watters!

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Gonna skip the week in review as i didn’t do anything related to firearms and we have a really awesome main topic ahead of us!

Drink Segment: This was an old experiment I’m revisiting.   It can be considered the love child between a Gimlet and a Singapore sling.
0.5oz Cherry Brandy
1oz Lime Juice
2oz Gin
A few dashes of Angostura Bitters
Shake and serve up or on the rocks.

I may have to come up with a name for this.

Main Topic: A Brief History of Custom Handguns & Competition with Daniel Watters


Classic Bullseye

    .22 Rimfire
    Centerfire (no caliber floor until the Askins incident in 1937, then raised to .32)
.    .45 ACP  (both semi-autos and revolvers allowed)
    Service Pistol (minimal external modifications allowed)  

    https://hdl.handle.net/2027/coo.31924089863397?urlappend=%3Bseq=186

    First documented service interest in National Match pistols arises in 1920.  However, this is limited primarily to reducing the minimum trigger pull regulations and adding slightly larger sights (⅛” sights versus issue 1/10”.)

    “Fitz from Colt” (J. Henry Fitzgerald) quickly sets up shop at large matches, fitting factory select “match” barrels and larger sights, as well as performing trigger jobs for competitors.

    https://hdl.handle.net/2027/coo.31924089863397?urlappend=%3Bseq=266

    http://sportsmansvintagepress.com/read-free/shooting-table-contents/

    Colt National Match pistols commercially introduced. (1932)

    http://www.coltautos.com/1911a1gmnm.htm

https://www.amazon.com/American-Beauty-Pre-War-National-Government/dp/0889352607

The rise of the civilian pistolsmiths (Pre-WW2)

    Archibald Brinkerhoff

    Archibald R. Brinkerhoff was the Jim Boland/Ned Christensen of the pre-WW2 pistolsmiths. Unfortunately, he died in 1946 before Bullseye shooting enjoyed its post-war resurgence.

Brinkerhoff patented a torsion hammer spring arrangement as well as a sear depressor system. Between the two developments, Brinkerhoff could rework the frame to be more user-friendly to shooters with smaller fingers, and safely achieve sub-3 pound trigger pulls without the hammer following.

US Patent #1,711,874 - Spring Actions for Firearm Hammers
http://www.google.com/patents/US1711874

US Patent #1,807,727 - Safety Lock for Firearms
http://www.google.com/patents/US1807727

The drawing of the reworked frame in the first patent is grossly exaggerated, but I hate to think what it would cost for a modern gunsmith to duplicate the frame modifications of the pistol in the article. Still, the concept is rather neat as you could rework the mainspring housing any way you wanted since its purpose is reduced to holding the grip safety and sear spring in place.

Brinkerhoff submitted one of his modified M1911 pistols to the US Army's Chief of Ordnance back in 1933. However, Ordnance was only interested in Brinkerhoff's recoil buffer system. The design inserted a spring-loaded plunger into a GI-length guide rod. The plunger would impact the interior of the recoil spring plug when the slide cycled. Oddly, Brinkerhoff never patented the design, and it was widely copied after his death. Another fellow even patented it in the late 1940s!

There is another Brinkerhoff pictured in the book "US Military Match and Marksmanship Automatic Pistols." From the photos, you can see that Brinkerhoff fabricated a custom magazine slam-pad to match the recontoured frame and stocks. In addition, there is a photo of a custom Brinkerhoff trigger that is fitted with a spring-loaded plunger to reduce the vertical movement of the trigger within the frame. The modern equivalent would be the Castillo's Custom Actions trigger.)

    King Gun Sight (Dean W. King)

http://www.histandard.info/King/KingCatalogs/cat19/Kingcat19D0-FCP200R_1280_960.html

http://law.justia.com/cases/federal/appellate-courts/F2/218/825/60991/

    Frank Pachmayr

    https://www.amazon.com/Frank-Pachmayr-Americas-Master-Gunsmith/dp/1571570179

    A.E. Berdon

http://www.nramuseum.org/guns/the-galleries/innovation,-oddities-and-competition/case-25-camp-perry/colt-model-1911-semi-automatic-pistol.aspx

http://www.nramuseum.org/guns/the-galleries/innovation,-oddities-and-competition/case-25-camp-perry/colt-model-1911-semi-automatic-pistol-(2).aspx

https://forums.1911forum.com/showthread.php?p=5537995

    While the patent drawing shows this adapted to a rifle, Berdon performed the same modification to his M1911 pistols.

    Trigger pull compensation for firearms
    https://www.google.com/patents/US2046996

    J.D. Buchanan

    http://www.bullseyeforum.net/t5243-j-d-buchanan-accurized-bullseye-gun

    Jesse Harpe


This post on LTW has a copy of a 1942 vintage article by the early M1911 pistolsmith Jesse Harpe. Note his early self-branded parts, fabricating his own thick-flange barrel bushing, matching spring plug, and barrel links.  Also note the number of modifications that are already standard: trigger overtravel stops, reducing trigger play in the frame, tightening slide to frame fit, and fitting the lower barrel lug tight to the slide stop pin. 

    http://forum.ltwguns.com/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=8314


The return of the National Matches (Post-WW2)

    New crop of civilian pistolsmiths begin to replace those who did not continue after WW2

    http://www.1911pro.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=2930

    http://www.gunsmagazine.com/1955issues/G0655.pdf#page=33

    John Giles 

    https://www.1911addicts.com/threads/john-giles-genius-gunsmith-old-school.29307/

    Jim Clark, Sr.  

    Here is a 1960-vintage profile of gunsmith and Bullseye champion Jim Clark, Sr. by Grits Gresham.
http://www.gunsmagazine.com/1960issues/G0860.pdf#page=16

    Alton Dinan

    http://pistolsmith.com/vintage-pistols/7454-alton-s-dinan.html
http://pistolsmith.com/austin-behlert/17562-al-dinan-i.html

    Austin Behlert

    http://www.randgfirearms.com/5141.html
 
Bob Chow

    http://www.sports-reference.com/olympics/athletes/ch/bob-chow-1.html
http://chssc.org/History/Honorees/Honorees2009d.aspx
https://forums.1911forum.com/showthread.php?t=453167
https://youtu.be/QRhFyIwqRLk
    https://youtu.be/EeAukp4hwuA

    Richard Shockey

    http://tonybrong.blogspot.com/2012/08/richard-l-shockey.html
    http://www.1911forum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=376635
https://youtu.be/ABctItBKbtA
    
Recoil reducer and accuracy improver
    https://www.google.com/patents/US2627686

    Apparatus for improving the accuracy of a firearm
    https://www.google.com/patents/US3365829

    George Elliason

The birth of the .38 Special Wadcutter conversions for the M1911 (~1950)

Renewed military interest results in official service-built National Match pistols.  This results in a major increase in technical expertise and the production of match grade parts. (1954-1968)

http://coolgunsite.com/images/1911/drake%20nm/national_match_notes.htm

https://www.amazon.com/Military-Match-Marksmanship-Automatic-Pistols/dp/1931464189

First integrally ramped M1911 barrel  (Clark -1955)
 
Factory responses - Colt Gold Cup National Match (1957) 

Factory responses to .38 Wadcutter conversions - Colt Gold Cup National Match Mid-Range (1960) & S&W Model 52 (1961)

    Automatic pistol firing mechanism
    https://www.google.com/patents/US2959107

    Single or double action firearm
    https://www.google.com/patents/US3152418
    Firearm with a pivotable barrel having a spherical hump engaging a slide member
    https://www.google.com/patents/US3158064

Shockey identifies the headspacing issue with the .38 Super (1961)

    In the June 1961 issue of The American Rifleman, John F. Rollins and Richard L. Shockey identified the head spacing issue in their article "Accurizing the Colt Super .38." Shockey ended up sleeving the factory chamber and recutting it to headspace on the chamber mouth.

Longslide conversions (Clark -1962)

New adjustable sight options for the M1911

    Micro Gun Sight
    S&W K-frame rear
    Elliason designs (HEG/Triangle, Colt/Elliason, Kensight, BoMar)

First aftermarket full-length guide rod for the M1911 (Max Atchisson - ~1962)
    http://www.google.com/patents/US3122061

Pachmayr Signature Model conversion (Frank Pachmayr, George Hoening, and Edward Miller)

    http://americanhandgunner.com/1977issues/AHJF77.pdf#page=21

    Here are all of the patents for the Pachmayr Signature Model conversion.

Pistol barrel mounting structure
https://www.google.com/patents/US3207037

Gun barrel locating structure
https://www.google.com/patents/US3411404

Gun head space takeup elements
https://www.google.com/patents/US3411405

Gun barrel bushing structures
https://www.google.com/patents/US3411406

Gun slide guiding devices
https://www.google.com/patents/US3411407

Mounting structure for pistol barrels
https://www.google.com/patents/US3411408

Gun having movably mounted barrel
https://www.google.com/patents/US3435727

Gun recoil spring assembly
https://www.google.com/patents/US3435728

Jeff Cooper and the Creation of Practical Shooting Sports
    Big Bear Leatherslaps (~1956), Bear Valley Gunslingers (~1959) & Southwest Combat Pistol League (~1963)

    https://www.americanrifleman.org/articles/2015/3/26/throwback-thursday-jeff-cooper/

    http://www.gopherflats.net/club-matches/swpl-practical-shooting/swpl-past-champions/

    http://topgunmotorcycles.com/new/category/recollections-combat-master/


The rise of the practical gunsmiths and “combat conversions” 

https://www.americanrifleman.org/articles/2011/3/1/the-evolution-of-the-custom-combat-45/

    First extended M1911 thumb safety (No later than 1958)

    Armand Swenson (1965)

    http://coolgunsite.com/comm_pistols/custom/swenson/swenson.htm
    https://americanhandgunner.com/1978issues/AHMJ78.pdf#page=44


Pistol safety mechanism adapted for right or left hand operation
    https://www.google.com/patents/US3492748

    Gun sight
https://www.google.com/patents/USD273217

    Automatic slide guard
    https://www.google.com/patents/US4742634

    George Sheldon

    https://forums.1911forum.com/showthread.php?t=292287

    Paris Theodore - ASP


    https://americanhandgunner.com/1979issues/HND79.pdf#page=24
https://web.archive.org/web/20160426095416/http://www.thegunzone.com:80/people/paris_theodore.html
https://web.archive.org/web/20160318040515/http://thegunzone.com/people/paris_theodore2.html

Grips for Handguns    
https://docs.google.com/viewer?url=patentimages.storage.googleapis.com/pdfs/US3758978.pdf

    Gunsight
    https://www.google.com/patents/US3777380

Pistol
    https://www.google.com/patents/usd230400

    Jim Hoag

    https://americanhandgunner.com/1979issues/HSO79.pdf#page=28
    http://www.chuckhawks.com/jim_hoag.html
    https://youtu.be/eh8tyxEMPxI

    Austin Behlert 

    http://www.randgfirearms.com/5141.html
    http://www.randgfirearms.com/26901.html
    https://forums.1911forum.com/showthread.php?t=361527

    Gun sight
    https://www.google.com/patents/USD238781
    https://www.google.com/patents/USD254502
    https://www.google.com/patents/USD254680

    Adjustable gun trigger mechanism
    https://www.google.com/patents/US4691461
    
    Pachmayr Combat Special (Tom Dornhaus and Craig Wetstein - 1972)

    https://forums.1911forum.com/showthread.php?t=451130

    Bar-Sto Precision Machine match barrels (Irv Stone, Jr. - 1967)

    http://news.sd.gov/newsitem.aspx?id=19756

The official creation of IPSC (May 1976) and the rise of new pistolsmiths

    https://www.ipsc.org/ipsc/columbiaconference.php

    Charlie Kelsey - Devel

    Mini-39        http://americanhandgunner.com/1979issues/HMJ79.pdf#page=24
Mini-59        http://americanhandgunner.com/1980issues/HSO80.pdf#page=42
Gammon    https://americanhandgunner.com/1982issues/HJF82.pdf#page=33
8-rd magazine    https://americanhandgunner.com/1983issues/HMA83.pdf#page=33
    Gammon II    http://americanhandgunner.com/1984issues/HSO84.pdf#page=42

https://web.archive.org/web/20160520053616/http://www.thegunzone.com:80/people/charlie_kelsey.html
https://web.archive.org/web/20160520024306/http://www.thegunzone.com:80/people/charlie_kelsey3.html

    Bill Wilson 

    https://s3.amazonaws.com/wilsoncombat/files/the-combat-auto.pdf
    https://americanhandgunner.com/1980issues/HND80.pdf#page=38
http://home.insightbb.com/~bloodythumb/WC_1982_Catalog.pdf
    https://youtu.be/jRaP4Qjjncs
    
    Ed Brown

    https://www.uspsa.org/frontsight_archive/a/1985-09.pdf#page=15
https://americanhandgunner.com/1985issues/HSO85.pdf#page=26

    Bill Laughridge - Cylinder & Slide

    https://americanhandgunner.com/1979issues/HMJ79.pdf#page=35
    http://www.cylinder-slide.com/articles.shtml

    Steve Nastoff

    https://americanhandgunner.com/1985issues/HSO85.pdf#page=56

    Richard Heinie

    https://www.uspsa.org/frontsight_archive/a/1986-03.pdf#page=15
https://americanhandgunner.com/1986issues/HMA86.pdf#page=42
https://youtu.be/FiRA7BJSP14

    Jim Boland
    
    https://forums.1911forum.com/showthread.php?t=764042
http://imgur.com/a/IW4HZ
    http://www.231club.com/index.php?id=9:jim-boland&lang=en
http://www.231club.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=10:jim-boland&catid=2:general-pages&Itemid=22&lang=en
    https://www.uspsa.org/frontsight_archive/a/1986-01.pdf#page=21
    https://forums.1911forum.com/showthread.php?t=19726

    Bruce Gray

    https://www.uspsa.org/frontsight_archive/a/2005-01.pdf#page=38
https://www.uspsa.org/frontsight_archive/a/2005-03.pdf#page=38

    Les Baer

    https://americanhandgunner.com/1985issues/HJA85.pdf#page=39
https://www.uspsa.org/frontsight_archive/a/1985-09.pdf#page=13

    Wayne Novak

    https://www.google.com/patents/USD296227
    https://www.google.com/patents/USD301512
    https://www.google.com/patents/USD305146
    https://www.google.com/patents/USD305561
    https://www.google.com/patents/USD315776

    Paul Liebenberg    

    https://americanhandgunner.com/1986issues/HJF86.pdf#page=34
    http://www.pistoldynamics.com/Articles_2011.html

The IPSC Arms Race Begins

    http://americanhandgunner.com/1984issues/HSO84.pdf#page=46

    Extended ported barrels
    Longslides
    Williams Quick-Comp (~1978)
Clark Pin Gun (1979)
    Plaxco Comp (1980)
    https://americanhandgunner.com/1986issues/HMA86.pdf#page=40
    Wilson Accu-Comp C (1981)
    https://americanhandgunner.com/1982issues/HND82.pdf#page=30
    Wilson Accu-Comp LE (1984)
    https://americanhandgunner.com/1985issues/HJA85.pdf#page=35
Wilson Accu-Comp DP (1988)

Growth of the Aftermarket Parts Industry

    Caspian Arms (1983)
    https://americanhandgunner.com/the-caspian-dream/

Rise of the .38 Super/Major 9

The birth of the Major PF .38 Super owes a certain amount of credit to Jeff Cooper's wildcat "Super 9" covered in the December 1973 issue of Guns & Ammo. Cooper gave quite a bit of credit to others who had been hot-rodding the .38 Super: gunwriters George Nonte and Mason Williams, gunsmith Terry Tussey, and John Adams of SAECO Bullet Moulds. At the time, Cooper noted that the downside to hot-rodding .38 Super was the unsupported barrel, and potential for case web failure. The base pistol was a .38 Super Colt Commander customized by Jim Hoag with a ~6.5" Bar-Sto barrel. Cooper originally started with hot .38 Super rounds loaded by John Adams. In the long barrel, Adams could get to roughly 1,600 fps with a 125gr projectile before the .38 Super cases began to blow. To improve the strength of the case web, Whit Collins suggested that Cooper try .223 Remington brass cut to .38 Super length. The change in cases allowed the Super 9 wildcat to achieve ~1,750 fps with the same 125gr projectiles. However, Cooper never saw this as a competition pistol, but as a lightweight/long range trail pistol.

In the November/December 1980 issue of American Handgunner, Dick Thomas noted that in 1977 Ken Hackathorn had floated the idea of building a .38 Super competition pistol. This might have been in response to 1977 IPSC World Shoot, which some folks claimed that been set up by the Rhodesian hosts to favor the higher capacity of the Browning Hi-Power. Note that the winner was Rhodesian Dave Westerhout using a BHP. Thomas developed a load with Speer's 125gr JSP that achieved 1,380 fps. This was sufficient to make Major on Hackathorn's ballistic pendulum. He considered recoil to be low, with the trade off being additional flash and blast. Thomas believed that the high velocity would simplify the lead on moving targets, and reduce the need to hold over on 60yd targets. Not mentioned was the fact that the .38 Super gave two extra shots over the .45 ACP.

Bruce Gray claims that he built his first .38 Super competition pistol for a customer in late 1978, followed by a second pistol for himself. They used 173gr cast bullets to achieve Major PF on the ballistic pendulums of the era. In response, some local clubs banned their pistols outright, while other clubs raised the threshold for Major PF to 185. Gray claims that he was told that the organizers of the 1981 US Nationals would not allow the pistol to be scored as Major no matter how it performed ballistically.

In any case, Gray's .38 Super pistols brought him to the attention of Charles Kelsey of Devel. Gray worked with Kelsey on the development of the .38 Super Gammon II, which was campaigned by Chip McCormick and Mark Duncan in 1983. Kelsey had plans for a dedicated Major PF wildcat, the 9mm Devel, using a strengthened case, but this never reached mass production.

The Super's popularity really took off when Rob Leatham and Brian Enos started campaigning Wilson Combat-built .38 Supers in 1984, with Leatham winning the 1984 US Nationals.

From around 1980 to 1993, IPSC and USPSA only allowed flush flt magazines for the M1911. While solid bumper pads were kosher, you could not use an an extended tube or a hollow baseplate to expand the capacity of the pistol. So the only way to increase your magazine capacity in the single-stack M1911 was to either use a Devel (pre-Shooting Star) follower and/or swap to a smaller caliber.

In response to the rise of the .38 Super, match directors began to increase the round counts of stages to force reloads upon the .38 Super shooters, who then held a 1-3 round advantage over their .45 ACP brethren. To counter this, gamers then scrambled to find a 9x19mm high-capacity pistol that would remain together when loaded to Major PF. You had gunsmiths playing with "Major 9" in the HK P7M13 (Bruce Gray), the Browning Hi-Power (Cylinder & Slide), and the CZ75 (Don Fisher.)

Things really came to a head when shooters sponsored by S&W and Springfield started to field hi-cap "Major 9" pistols. A few months prior to the 1990 Nationals and World Shoot, the USPSA BOD banned the use of 9x19mm at Major PF when loaded shorter than 1.25". The sponsored shooters quickly rechambered their pistols from 9x19mm to 9x21mm IMI. The joke was that they were using 9mm JLE (Just Long Enough).

Explosion of the Aftermarket Parts Industry

    Shooting Star / CMC (Chip McCormick and Virgil Tripp)
    EGW (1991 - George Smith)

Creation of Factory Custom Shops to Support Sponsored Shooters

    Springfield Custom Shop (Tim Dillon, Les Baer, Jack Weigand, and Dave Williams)
    
    S&W Performance Center (Paul Liebenberg and John French)

Rise of the Red Dot and M1911 Widebody Frames (1990)

The 1990 US Nationals were the last hoorah for the single-stack .38 Super, but added a new wrinkle in the form of red dot sights. The real equipment race was sparked a month later when Doug Koenig took the 1990 World Shoot with a red-dot equipped Springfield P9 in 9x21mm.

That is when you started to see major work at perfecting a high-capacity M1911 frame suitable for .38 Super. While Jim Boland and Otto Matyska had individually fabricated one-off high capacity M1911 frames in the 1980s, nothing was commercially available until the Para-Ordnance frame kits came on the market. However, their quality control was not always the best, nor did they have a .38 Super magazine available in the early days. About the only person trying to campaign the Para-Ord in its first few years was John Dixon. I seem to remember that he even had Para-Ord custom cast one out of beryllium copper. However, the first USPSA Nationals win for Para-Ord was in 1991 with Todd Jarrett using a pistol built by Blake Gann. The same year Jerry Barnhart used a Wilson Combat with a custom high-cap M1911 frame fabricated by George Huening. The Wilson/Huening pistol used CZ75 magazines.

The Caspian and CMC (pre-STI & SV Infinity) widebody frames hit the market in 1992. There was a loophole in the IPSC/USPSA magazine rule (7.05) that allowed non-flush magazines if the extended magazine was the standard equipment introduced with the pistol/frame. Caspian and CMC exploited this rule to increase their magazine capacity over the CZ75 and its clones.

The CMC frame kit's first USPSA Open Nationals win was in 1992. Jerry Barnhart's racegun was built by Wilson Combat. Matt McLearn used a Caspian widebody frame to win the 1993 USPSA Nationals and IPSC World Shoot.

The Backlash Ensues - IPSC Standard/USPSA Limited (1992)

Limited Division was formally introduced in USPSA around 1992 in response to the backlash against the optics and muzzle brakes. The latter were growing ever longer with multiple expansion chambers to use every bit of high pressure gases. Briefly, the Major PF caliber minimum in Limited was 0.354" just like in Open. The USPSA Board of Directors thought they were being clever when they imposed a production minimum for eligible pistols and required three manufacturers to produce Major PF loads for a cartridge to be legal. This ended the moment that S&W appeared ready to succeed with their Model 3566 and .356 TSW. Even as S&W was sending fliers out to dealers stating that this combo was Limited Division Major PF legal, the USPSA BOD quickly met and increased the minimum caliber for Limited Major PF to 0.400". (Personally, I think that the .357 SIG would have never been born if S&W had properly marketed the .356 TSW outside of competition use.)

The minimum production number rules for Limited Division kept the CMC and Caspian frame kits out of play for a few years. This changed once STI started making complete pistols in late August 1993. However, the minimum production rule basically meant that they were only legal just a few weeks ahead of the 1994 Limited Nationals. (The Para-Ordnance P16.40, introduced in early September 1993, suffered the same fate.) The Caspian frames weren't legal for Limited until 1998 after Fred Craig cranked out a large number of his "Fantom" models. That said, the Caspian frames were never really a big thing in Limited as their magazine width was not optimized for any cartridge larger than 9x23mm/.38 Super.

While it suffered for the first few years due to the lack of approved widebody pistols, the 40 S&W ultimately became the Limited Division cartridge of choice due to its capacity advantage over the .45 ACP. However, STI soon began to exploit further loopholes. The STI Eagle 5.1's factory bull barrel ultimately led to approval of bull barrels across the board starting 1994. Coned barrels quickly pushed out the conventional bushing set-up. STI went on to add full-length dust covers and then heavy, long dust covers, leading to their approval in June 1996.

Loading tricks became the reverse of Open Division; shooters gravitated to heavy bullets with fast burning powders so pressures would be lower as the bullet left the barrel. Some went even further, with shooters using 250-260gr bullets in .45 ACP and 200-220gr bullets in .40 S&W and 10mm. The extra heavy bullets worked in the .40 M1911-pattern as most shooters were loading them long for more reliable feeding. You might ask why not go to the 10mm? Well, once-fired .40 S&W brass was a lot cheaper due to its popularity in police departments. Of course, trouble began when folks would try to duplicate these heavy bullet .40 S&W loads at shorter lengths so they would fit in a Glock or other stock pistols.

The 170mm magazine rule was passed in 1992, and went into effect on January 1, 1993 in both IPSC and USPSA. However, IPSC only allowed it Open Division, but not their Standard Division. In contrast, USPSA decided to allow it in Limited Division for a year. After the first year, the standard-length magazine rule was reapplied to double-stack frames, while still allowing single-stack frames to use 170mm magazines. In 1995, USPSA revisited the issue setting the maximum length to 140mm for double-stack frames in Limited.

Of course, stage round counts started to go out of sight. I think part of the USPSA BOD's logic for the 170mm single stack magazine Limited Division was that the M1911 .45 ACP shooters with 11rd magazines would be able to keep up with the wide-body M1911 frames. I suspect the 140mm dimension was based upon the lengths of the OEM 20rd magazines that had long been available for the Browning P35, SIG-Sauer P226, Beretta 92, and S&W Model 59-series. These extended magazines had long been used by Military and Police tactical teams.

Unfortunately, most of the 11rd .45 ACP single-stack magazines were junk, and the makers of the double-stack M1911 frames quickly developed extended magazines. Moreover, the "High Capacity Feeding Device" ban went into effect in September 1994. As a result, all of the extended single-stack magazine development went into 10rd magazines. However, a lot of double-stack M1911 shooters played hard and fast with the replacement parts loophole. We were extremely lucky that the Feds didn't clamp down. After all, years earlier, some ATF field offices had gone after pistols with optics mounts that were too close to the serial number. Needless to say, most optics mounts quickly standardized on the dust cover.

Backlash Part 2 - USPSA Limited Division Arms Race

Established pistolsmiths begin to drop out of USPSA in favor of carry pistols.

New shooting organizations formed by IPSC/USPSA alumni .

    1911 SSC (1994 - Richard Heinie, Russell Cluver, Frank James, Walt Rauch, Bob Houzenga, Jerry Glogoski, Steve Kalaman, Kerby Smith, and Bill Laughridge)

    http://1911ssc.com/
    http://1911ssc.com/original-1995-ssc-results/

    IDPA (1996 - Bill Wilson, John Sayle, Ken Hackathorn, Dick Thomas, Walt Rauch, and Larry Vickers)
    http://www.idpa.com/

The Rise of the Pistolsmith Manufacturer

    Baer Custom - 1993

    Wilson Combat - 1996

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Daniel - Where can people find you?  Loose Rounds (http://looserounds.com/ and http://looserounds.com/556timeline/) & on Facebook at “The 5.56mm Timeline: A Chronology of Development” (https://www.facebook.com/The-556mm-Timeline-A-Chronology-of-Development-259763052133/)

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Handgun Radio 167 - The NRA Show 2017 Experience with Weerd

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 & I talk about his recent trip to NRA Annual Meetings 2017!

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Week in Review:

Ryan: Shot a car today! Used a Remington 887 Nitro with 3 ½ in shells….fun to see, but not terribly enjoyable.

Weerd: When it rains it pours!    Went to NRAA Meeting,   got some Eddie Eagle videos which my Daughter LOVES,  you can get them free on youtube.

Then a buddy of mine FINALLY took me up on a range trip as he’s planning on buying his first gun soon and wanted to try out an assortment of guns to see what he liked.

Sadly he shot my semi-autos WAY better than my revolvers,  so we may not make a wheel gunner of him

Drink Segment: While at the house I was cooking dinner for the gang and I was also the bartender.   Made Martinis, Manhattans,  and one night when a call for “Something new” was requested,  I decided to make a gimlet….only my traditional recipe of 0.5oz Elderflower Liqueur, 1oz lime juice, and 2oz Gin was not available.    I did have sugar for a simple syrup,  but it was dark brown,   and I had limes, but they were key limes which taste fantastic, but are VERY small.    So I elected to squeeze a lemon too to make up the needed amount of juice for a large crowd of thirsty gunbloggers.    To tie it all together I had a bottle of peychaud’s bitters, and that tied the dark richness of the brown sugar with the brightness of the lime and lemon juice.   It was something unique, and quite good!

Main Topic: NRA Show 2017 Wrap-Up with Weerd Beard

THE TRIP DOWN

THE HOUSE

THE LOCATION: ATLANTA

THE VENUTE ATLANTA WORLD CONGRESS CENTE

THE TRIP TO MOMMYS DEMAND THINGS RALLY

NEW GUNS
KAHR S

EDC X9

COLT COBRA

CZ P10

SPECTRUM

WTF PRODUCTS

THE TRIP HOME

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Handgun Radio 166 - Growing Up A Gunwriters Son

(Note: This episode was recorded before NRA AM 2017)

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This week, we discuss what its like to grow up a gunwriters son with Jordan Bell!

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Week in Review:

Ryan: - Browsed the collection at the James D Julia Auction House and it was amazing! Saw the High Standard T3 Prototype that Daniel Watters has talked about previously, as well as the main gun used by Pacino in Scarface.
Jordan: Tomorrow we’re taking out the new Henry 410 lever action and a Taurus Judge. Shooting will happen. And pictures. This week prior… I took pictures for an article dad is doing on moonclips and revolver cleaning. Earlier I did pics for the S&W M325.

Weerd:   Getting my ducks in a row for the NRA show.    I’m so excited to go.

Drink Segment:  Dutch’s American Era Variety 3-Pack: http://www.dutchsspirits.com/dutchs-spirits-american-era-variety-bitters-3-pack/

This is a REALLY great set of bitters for a reasonable price.

Right now I’m drinking a dry Martini with the Prohi-bitters,  which really turns a good martini into a great martini.

For those who haven’t had a chance to experiment with bitters,  obviously the standard Angostura bitters and Orange Bitters will get the most use, but these variety packs can easily get you into the exotics for short money.

Main Topic: Growing Up a Gunwriters Son

Growing up with a gunwriter father….when did you start really paying attention to what dad was doing?

  • Guns, AT VERY EARLY age. Laying all about. Thus, learning gun safety before even swimming.

  • Shooting my first gun at 3. It was a Ruger MKII.

  • Seeing tons of guns over the years. Building my own little obsession.

  • Gun obsession leading to fun at school. Getting toy guns taken away. Drawing them on everything. Getting yelled at for that. Etc. Thank god is wasnt the modern day or Id be expelled and incarcerated.

  • Later, learning a bit of the tradecraft to writing (for old school print). Having fun listening to dad TYPE on a Smith Corona, and it making machine guns sounds when auto typing after.

  • I started paying attention in my teens. Getting really interested in the guns and their differences. Learning the history behind them. Building up favorites and then being crushed when dad didn’t keep those particular ones.

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  • Jordan where can people find you?

 

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Handgun Radio 138 - German Handguns with Weerd

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, Ryan & Weerd discuss handguns from Germany!

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Week in Review:

Ryan: -Testing out the new stealthgear holsters! Really impressed!

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Weerd: Spent a lot of time calling politicians and following our Assault Weapons Debacle.   Unfortunately the AG sent her advisory letter the Wednesday of the Republican National Convention, then left for the Democrat National Convention.    Meanwhile the Mass Legislature was scrambling to take action but the session ended on Saturday July 30th, and most of the final day was taken up by debating the budget….so it’s likely up to the courts, with hopefully a clarification letter from the AG that might let me take possession of my M17s

The other week I did take a well-needed trip to the range.  Brought the Walther P38...and it didn’t run.  Turned out it was dry as a bone.   Took it out again and it cycled good, but I had a TON of double feeds which is a nightmare  to clear with a gun with a heel release.    I tore down the magazine and cleaned some fouling out of body, but I haven’t tested it.

Also brought my CZ 82 and  the Radom P64 thanks to our Commie gun show.   The P64 is a horrible gun, but man it really is fun to shoot.

Drink Segment: So I got my hands on a pound of very ripe Jalapenos,  and there is NO way I’ll eat them all before they go bad,   and recently I had a martini made with Jalapeno vodka, simple syrup and lime juice.    So I’m doing an infusion.   I’m using Everclear because the alcohol will dehydrate anything soaking in it, so the proofage will be only about 80 or 90 when I’m done.   I have about 10 peppers split between 3 mason jars, and filled with Everclear and put in a cool dark place.      After 3 days I strained out the peppers and put it in an old vodka bottle for consumption.

Main Topic: German Handguns

Weerd & I thought it would be a good idea to go through various handguns from different countries of origin. This week; Germany. Home to H&K and numerous other manufacturers.

J.P. Sauer & Sohn

Heckler & Koch

Erma Werke

Walther Arms

Rohm

Mauser

Korth

Korriphila

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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!!!!!!



 

Handgun Radio 124 - Handguns of TV Shows

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

 

This week, I’m joined by Weerd Beard to discuss the guns used in some of our favorite TV shows!!!

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Week in Review:

Ryan: -I was unexpectedly featured on The Firearm Blog this week! Nathaniel F. wrote up a blog post about my video on the Detonics Pocket 9! Go check it out!

-Got to try some of the CCI Quiet 22 LR ammo going at 710 fps with a 40 grain bullet. It is almost hearing safe.

Weerd: laid up with the flu all week, so I’ve JUST been able to do much of anything.

What I have done, that is remotely gun related is I have a side hobby of lockpicking.   I’m not great, but I’ve been playing with any lock I can find.    When I bought my LCRs I got a pair of padlocks that are Ruger Branded,   I assume they’re for running the shackle through the frame window, since the LCR doesn’t ship with a hard box.

Still these locks are REALLY good for a freebie.   They have a floating plate over the cylinder that prevents drilling (you try to drill out the cylinder and it just spins) but also the cylinder has a bunch of security pins in it that doesn’t make it impossible to pick, but does make it a challenge….very cool given that it’s a free lock.

Drink Segment: Jim Quinn on the Facebook page asked about bourbon and bourbon drinks in light of the NRA Annual Meeting being Held in Kentucky.

For those not in the know, Bourbon is a Whiskey, generally made in Kentucky that is made from a Mash that needs to be at least 51% Corn, and aged in new charred white oak barrels.   Many other spirits don’t require a new barrel so many aged spirits like Scotch, Brandy, and some wines are actually aged in bourbon barrels that have a fresh char added.

So before the early Americans established bourbon, Rye was the most similar whiskey.  Because of this Rye and bourbon are often interchangeable in cocktails (tho Bourbon has a much sweeter, lighter taste, and Rye more dry and spicy, so a drink substitution will have a noticeable difference) .

Some classic Bourbon Cocktails are: The Old Fashioned, The Manhattan, The Whiskey Sour, and I personally will mix a Sazerac with bourbon.

Of course the quintessential Bourbon Cocktail where no substitutions are allowed is the Mint Julep.   This is a VERY simple drink where you muddle mint with some sugar then add your two ounces of bourbon,  shake and strain over crushed ice into a tall glass (a silver Julep glass if you have one).

Never actually had one of these, but I have a Lewis bag, which is a canvas bag used to crush ice, and the canvas keeps the ice cold and dry,  and I’ll have to do it once Mom’s mint comes up.

Main Topic: Handguns of the Small Screen

For this week, we thought we would go for a fun episode discussing some of the guns we see in our favorite TV shows. These can be on Netflix, regular TV or available on DVD, but its always fun to peruse IMFDB and check out what guns they’re using!!!

Mission Impossible

Miami Vice

Law & Order

The Blacklist

Boardwalk Empire

Boston Legal

Magnum P.I.

Jesse Stone

Archer

Wrap-Up:

 

 

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

 

Handgun Radio 120 - Custom Pistolsmithing with Bayside Custom Gunworks

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

This week, I’m joined by Chris from Bayside Custom Gunworks to discuss his work accurizing pistols and revolvers, creating FrankenRugers and much more!

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Welcome Chris!

Welcome Weerd!

Week in Review:

Ryan: -Got to test out my new camera, shot a bunch of shotguns, the MP5 SD, the CZ Scorpion EVO 3 and Steyr C9A1. Really enjoy the new camera and the better videos I can make.

Chris:

Weerd:  Got my new C&R FFL to Midway USA  so I can install a Apex Trigger in my Neighbor’s M&P….he thinks I’m going to charge him for the work...I’ll show him.   I’ll have to see if it’s worth getting one for my M&P9c.     Also found out this week that Not only Ryan and I will be at the NRA annual meeting this year, but the entire Squirrel Report will be there too.    So excited about that!

Main Topic: Custom Revolvers & Semi-Autos with Bayside Custom Gunworks

I was taking the advice of my friend Matt Hoffman and looking at the various custom revolver Facebook pages one day. I noticed this company, Bayside Custom Gunworks, and thought that their approach to making custom revolvers and other modifications was really awesome. I’m happy to have Chris, the owner of Bayside Custom Gunworks on the show to discuss his business, how he got started and what influences his modifications and designs.

Discussion Questions:

What is your background and how did you get started modifying and gunsmithing firearms?

  • USMC Combat Vet
  • LE K9 Handler
  • Nuclear Grade Machinist
  • Started Apprenticing in 2004

When did you start Bayside Custom Gunworks?

  • 2011

You are really well known for your FrankenRuger conversions into revolvers with long barrels and other modifications that allow you to hunt with them as you might with a rifle. Where did you get the inspiration for those designs?

  • Only accurate guns are interesting
  • ANYTHING that can be done with a rifle accuracy wise can be done with some form of a handgun
  • Handgun hunting is my inspiration
  • handgun hunting only for over 10 years

What are some of the parts that go into those guns?

  • alot :)

Do you modify semi-autos or mainly revolvers?

  • both

Weerd Beard Questions:

You build full-custom 1911s from Caspian frames,   do you start with fully machined frames or do you start from blanks or 80% guns?

Are your long slides machined as such, or do you do what they used to do back in the early days of 6” 1911s and cut and weld two slides together?

I’ve seen some REALLY interesting calibers in 1911s these days,  obviously you do the standards,  .45 .38 Super, 10mm and 9mm,   are there challenges with some of the newer chamberings,  like .22 TCM, .357 SIG,   and do they offer advantages over the more conventional fare?

Since you’re so into long-range accuracy, what are some of the best ways to wring the most accuracy out of a 1911?     What is better,  Bull barrel, or a well fit barrel bushing?

What are the finishes you offer,   and on a personal note, do you do color case hardening?

BCG Plugs:

Wrap-Up:

  • Dont forget to shop Brownells using our affiliate link, www.handgunradio.com/brownells
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Until Next Week, Have Fun and Safe Shooting!!!!!!

HGR 112 - History of Beretta Handguns with C&Rsenal

HGR 112 - History of Beretta Handguns with C&RsenalHello and welcome to Handgun Radio! I’m your host Ryan Michad from the wild woods of Central Maine, and this is your home for all the news, information and discussion in the handgunning world.

This week, I am joined by Othais from the magnificent historical firearms cache C&Rsenal to discuss the handguns of Beretta! 

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Week in Review:

-Be sure to check out the facebook page for Handgun Radio to see the short video reviews I did of the three Sig-Sauer pistols I got some trigger time with a couple weeks ago. They were fun to shoot and it was great to see all their little quirks.

Othais, any new developments with C&Rsenal since we last had you on the show?

Main Topic: Beretta Handguns

Beretta Handguns over at C&Rsenal

Wrap-Up:

  • Dont forget to shop Brownells using our affiliate link, www.handgunradio.com/brownells
  • 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! The Reloading Podcast!
  • Be sure to visit the Firearms Insider for review more awesome content! Also, if you are interested in writing reviews for the Firearms Insider, please email TJ at tj@firearmsradio.tv
  • Be sure to check out the Firearms Radio Network on YouTube!
  • Othais thank you so much for taking the time! It was very enjoyable!
  • Find Othais at C&Rsenal!!!
  • C&Rsenal PatreonUntil next week, have fun and SAFE SHOOTING!

HGR 103 - Handguns of the Great War with C&Rsenal

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HGR 103 - Handguns of the Great War with C&Rsenal Hello and welcome to Handgun Radio! I’m your host Ryan Michad from the wild woods of Central Maine, and this is your home for all the news, information and discussion in the handgunning world.

This week, I am joined by Othais from the magnificent historical firearms cache C&Rsenal to discuss the handguns of the Great War & their usage in the conflict!

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Week in Review:

Ryan:

-Got my Werkz Holster and Mag Carrier in from Shan over at Werkz. It carries really well, and I really enjoy wearing it with the IWB clips installed. It tucks the gun close to the body and the body shield keeps me from having the gun rubbing against my side all day. Really impressed.

-Got to shoot the Volquartsen Custom Scorpion this past weekend. Really extraordinary pistol for its purpose. The trigger is one of the best I’ve felt and the fiber optic sights are fantastic as well. I shot it both with their LLV Compensator installed and a Coastal Passport suppressor as well. It performed flawlessly without any malfunctions and was extremely accurate.

Othais:

Main Topic: Handguns of the Great War with C&Rsenal

First, a few things about you Othais

  • What got you into old guns?
  • What prompted you to start C&Rsenal?
  • What is the new video project you’re doing for C&Rsenal and The Great War? (It’s fantastic, by the way.)

What was the role of the handgun in the conflict?

Do you have any favorites from that list we can talk about in more detail?

C&R2
C&R2

Belgium

1900

1910

France

1892

Ruby

Italy

Bodeo

Beretta 1915

Russia

1895 Nagant

UK

Webleys (Mk VI only so far)

Colt New Service (Canadian .455)

US    

1911

Colt and S&W 1917 (no access yet)

Austria-Hungary

Frommer Stop

Steyr Hahn

Rast and Gasser

Germany

Reichsrevolver

C96

Luger P.08

Luger LP.08

Dreyse 1907

Mauser 1914

Walther Model 4

  • If people want to support you how can they do that?
  • If people want to play Verdun with you, how can they do that?

Wrap-Up:

  • Dont forget to shop Brownells using our affiliate link, www.handgunradio.com/brownells
  • 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! The Reloading Podcast!
  • Be sure to visit the Firearms Insider for review more awesome content! Also, if you are interested in writing reviews for the Firearms Insider, please email TJ at tj@firearmsradio.tv
  • Be sure to check out the Firearms Radio Network on YouTube!
  • Othais thank you so much for taking the time! It was very enjoyable!
  • Find Othais at C&Rsenal!!!
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Until next week, have fun and SAFE SHOOTING!

HGR 098 - Smith & Wesson Autoloading Pistols

Hello and welcome to Handgun Radio! I’m your host Ryan Michad from the wild woods of Central Maine, and this is your home for all the news, information and discussion in the handgunning world. This week, I’m joined by Weerd Beard to discuss the autoloading pistols produced by Smith & Wesson!

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Week in Review:

Ryan: Testing some S&W .357 Magnum 2400 Loads

Weerd: Fenix Cocktail.   Pink, challenging, and VERY interesting!

Main Topic: Smith & Wesson Autoloading Pistol

Model 39

Model 59

Model 41

LuckyGunner Guide to 1st through 3rd Gen S&W Autos

S&W Sigma (& .380)

S&W M&P Series

S&W Shield

S&W 1911’s

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.

191138AMU
191138AMU

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 081 - Choosing Your Concealed Carry Firearm

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 TJ to discuss some important considerations when going to purchase your first concealed carry firearm!!!

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Week in Review:

Ryan: TJ will be joining me at NRA Show in April. TJ, what are you interested in seeing at NRA Show?

For me, I’m interested in that reproduction Colt 1903, hopefully a Glock Single Stack, and I’d love to handle the new Korth Sky Marshal.

TJ:

Main Topic: Purchasing Your Concealed Carry Firearm

Purchasing a new firearm for concealed carry purposes can be a daunting task, especially if you aren’t terribly familiar with all the operating methods, brands, types and calibers out there. As always, I recommend getting the proper training in how to safely carry a firearm and for you to feel comfortable shooting not only just rimfire training handguns, but some of the larger centerfire calibers as well.

Some of what we will discuss, such as caliber, will be a personal opinion type thing, so don’t take it as complete gospel. That said, both TJ and I have spent a lot of time handling different styles and brands of handguns, and have spent time training with concealed carry firearms. We hope to be able to better inform you if you are a first time buyer, or if you are someone who is a seasoned buyer, maybe we can make you think about something you hadn’t thought of before.

Revolver or Semi-Auto?:

-Revolvers are harder/slower to reload. Training for the reload is quite a bit more intensive than the reload for the semi-auto.

-For a long time, revolvers carried more potent rounds in a smaller package than most semi-autos, which were largely chambered for .32 and .380. Today, we have semi-autos that are smaller or as big as many J-frames, hold more rounds and are just as reliable.

-Revolvers don’t malfunction terribly often, but when they do, it is often a catastrophic failure that renders the gun useless or almost useless. (My Model 60 broke it’s bolt and could be fired, but not reloaded.)

-Semi-autos are often more inexpensive compared to most small revolvers like the J-frame.

-Semi-autos tend to be more shootable for the average person when compared to small revolvers.

Caliber:

-Personally, I carry a 9mm Kahr CM9 with one 6+1 round magazine and another spare 6 rounder on my person. I choose the 124 grain Speer Gold-Dot or Winchester SXT +P. I don’t care for lighter weight bullets like the 115 grain. The 124 grain strikes a good balance between bullet weight and good velocity for expansion.

-I find concealed carry handguns in .45 to be too bulky for my tastes, and the .40 S&W is really tough to control for me in a small handgun. For many years I carried a Glock 27 and while small and concealable, it was a handful with defensive ammo.

-I used to carry a S&W Model 60 chambered in .38 Special, and in that I either carried whatever 158 grain SJHP I could find or the great Speer Gold Dot 135 grain Short-Barrel load.

-Smaller guns may be more finicky with the ammo you select. Be careful.

Size:

-A lot of people think that they can only carry the micro-compact pistols and snubbie revolvers.

Manual of Arms:

-If choosing a semi-auto for concealed carry, you have to consider all of the different manuals of arms, meaning the differing locations and styles of controls. Some pistols have nothing but passive safeties and some have multiple manual-type safeties, and even styles of those types of safeties. When looking at purchasing a pistol, you should take all of these different styles into consideration, and try them out, if possible.

Sights & Grips:

-Night sights can be incredibly advantageous on a defensive firearm.

-Some factory sights can be made of plastic and can break with aggressive use. Consider this when choosing sights for your defensive gun.

-Grips can make a huge difference in shootability when it comes to defensive gun use. Make sure they fit your hand well and allow proper trigger finger placement.

Other Miscellaneous Things:

-Certain guns/mechanisms may be harder for some people to operate effectively. This may be something to consider.

Wrap-Up:

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

HGR 074 - CZ Handguns with Average Joe

Hello and welcome to Handgun Radio! I’m your host Ryan Michad from the wilds of Central Maine, and this is your home for all the news, information and discussion in the handgunning world. This week, I am joined by the one and only Average Joe of Average Joe’s Handgun Reviews and the Gun Nation Podcast to discuss the handguns manufactured by CZ!!!

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Week in Review:

Ryan: Did some more testing with the Lone Wolf Ultimate Adjustable Trigger, review will be coming up soon!

Shot a nice Remington 514T .22 single shot. It was strange, the rifle was almost hearing safe and it is unsuppressed. We were using standard velocity bulk pack ammunition and it wasn’t even cutting out our electronic earmuffs. Weerd Beard has a theory as to why this is and has made a great blog post explaining it, there is a link in the show notes.

Thank you to all the people who liked the Facebook page! We are up to 316 as of tonight so keep it going! I posted some short videos of me shooting the Ruger SR-22 Suppressed so go check those out as well!

Average Joe:

Main Topic: CZ Handguns

Being a longtime listener of the Gun Nation podcast, I have noticed that Average Joe does some really great reviews of many different guns. I noted that AJ has a particular affinity for the CZ brand of handguns. I had a listener recently send me a message asking for me to discuss the CZ brand of handguns on the show. Since I have little to no experience in shooting CZ handguns, I thought that AJ would be the perfect person to discuss them!

AJ's Polished Stainless CZ 75b Review

AJ's CZ P09 9mm Review

AJ's CZ 97b .45 ACP Review

AJ's CZ75 D PCR Review

What got you interested in the CZ line of handguns?

Which ones have you shot? Reviewed?

What makes the CZ handguns different from your traditional handguns out on the market?

The slide riding on rails on the inside of the frame seems to be one of the most distinguishing features of the CZ lineup. In your opinion, what are the advantages & disadvantages of this system?

Has CZ ever produced a handgun that you did not particularly care for?

Does CZ offer any sort of custom shop like many of the other manufacturers?

Other than aesthetics and personal preference, why might someone choose a CZ handgun over some of the other offerings out there?

Most CZ handguns use an external hammer, with one of the exceptions being the CZ 110 which was striker fired. Did you ever get a chance to handle one of those? If so, how did it stack up to the other CZ offerings?

What gun would you like to see CZ come out with next?

Obscure/Non-Existent Gun of the Week

This is the segment where we get to pick a gun that is either really obscure or one that doesn’t exist that we would like to see made. I know Average Joe’s main pick would be a Colt Model M 1903 Pocket Hammerless in 9mm (also a favorite of mine). So here are our picks for the week!

Ryan: I’ve been wanting a Ruger LCP in .22 LR for a long time (hint hint Ruger) But I would also love to see the little SR-22 in 9mm. I really like the feel of the SR-22 and I think they could make it a 9mm without lengthening the grip all that much. Would be a great little trail gun.

Average Joe:

Wrap-Up:

Until Next Week, Have Fun and SAFE SHOOTING!!!!!!


HGR 071 - Handgun Design Disasters Redux

HGR 071 - Handgun Design Disasters Redux 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 Handgun Design Disasters!

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Week in Review:

Ryan -

  • My neighbor picked up a beautiful Star Model B in 9mm. It looks just like a 1911 but is way way cheaper but still seemed beautifully made. I may just have to get one myself!

Weerd -

Main Topic: Handgun Design Disasters

We’re gonna separate this up into two categories: handgun designs that were just absolutely terrible and shouldn’t have been introduced, and then handgun designs that weren’t all that terrible, but didn’t catch on in the market for any number of reasons. We will start with the horrible designs.

Handgun Design Disasters:

M1907 Schouboe : Shoots a WOODEN bullet.

Gyrojet Pistol:

Nambu Type 94

Dardick Pistol (Too Expensive, Poor Seller, odd round and technology)

.327 magnum Revolvers (Just never took off, wasn't a big enough advantage between it and .38 +P)

HK VP70 (Lot's of Firsts.  First Polymer Striker-fired pistol.   I believe first DAO pistol...but expenisve, horrible trigger, REALLY bulky, and nasty recoil due to straight blowback)

Bren Ten (scaling up a gun from 9mm to 10mm meant it had a short service life,  production issue)

Glock 22 1st Gen? (Kaboom Glock because of chamber support and general susceptibility of pressure spikes with .40 S&W)

Rem R51 Duhh

Colt American 2000   Cool design compleatly ruined by Colt Engineers.

S&W Bodyguard .38   Ruger LCR is essentially operates like a SP101,   the Bodyguard has the cylinder release on the back strap for "Ambidexterity" but the crane still only goes to the left.

Kel Tec PMR-30  Really neat gun, but like all Kel-Tecs it has limited production numbers.   Also early models had issues with round stabilization, and the magazines are really difficult to load.

S&W Model 61 Escort  S&W 1913 S&W attempt to join in with the pocket autos,  but it just didn't measure up.

S&W 242 Ti and 296  S&W's own "Chief Special" line of sub Cool guns, but at the same time the Baby Glocks were hitting the scene, plus compact autos they just didn't take off.

Charter arms pitbullShould have started with a 9mm Undercover,  this gun has ZERO advantages as a backup gun when you could just carry a Glock 27 or other subcompact .40

Medusa Revolver  Very interesting design, but I don't even know if they ever went into production.

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