Handgun Radio 164 - Our Favorite Forgotten Weapons

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

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This week, Weerd and I discuss our favorite handguns from Forgotten Weapons library!!!

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Week in Review:

Ryan: -Checked out some cool pistols at the Cabelas gun library!

Weerd:

Drink Segment:  Made something very simple and VERY interesting.  It’s called Oleo-Saccharum  which simple means “oil Sugar”.

You make it by peeling citrus (in my case limes) and letting it sit for about an hour,  then you can add some water and bring it to a boil and then strain and you have a really nice flavored syrup.   I have it mixed with rum for a pseudo daiquiri,   but for those who aren’t drinkers,  you can do this with lemons, and then juice the lemons, maybe add some soda water and make yourself some spectacular lemonade this summer
 

Main Topic: Our Favorite Forgotten Weapons

If you haven’t been to the Forgotten Weapons website, you are missing out. Ian has an excellent website and a huge inventory of information about handguns that are uncommon or there isn’t much information about. We figured we could talk about some of our favorites!!

Ryan’s Picks

Trejo Machine Pistol Model 1 .22 LR

Test Trials Knoble Pistol

Savage 45

US Test Trials White-Merrill .45 Caliber Pistol

MAC 1950

Smith & Wesson Model 1913 in .35 Smith & Wesson

Elmer Keith’s M29

Elmer Keith Kaboom

Walther P38 Development

Savage Automatic Pistols
 

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Handgun Radio 125 - Famous Handguns in History

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 and Listener Erik to discuss some famous handguns from history!!!

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Week in Review:

Ryan-

  • Checked out this cool single shot .22 LR my neighbor picked up. He said it was a Hawes break action single shot that has a great sight picture, great trigger and grip angle. It would be fun to sit there with a brick of 22 and a bunch of cans and steel plates downrange and just plink all day.

  • I am happy to announce an upcoming project with Bayside Custom Gunworks! We spoke with Chris, the owner of Bayside Custom Gunworks a few episodes back, and we decided to do a project. Chris will be taking a Model 60 that I have and making the “Ultimate Concealed Carry Snubby Revolver”. We will be documenting the whole project on the Handgun Radio Facebook page and Handgun Radio Discussion Group so be sure to go over there and like the pages for more information!!!

 

Erik-

-Shot USPSA practice - RMR’d G17 for carry optics.

-Took trauma management class from local swat medic.

-Had girlfriend try various handguns at Anthony Arms in Pittsburgh, she ended up settling on a full size M&P in 9mm.  Despite having bad experiences at the range in the past, range staff was courteous and fellow shooters were as safe as they typically are at a public range.  Finally shot my Kel Tec P32.  It was awesome.

-28th birthday on April 8th.

Weerd-  I was in Florida, and I took my Father in Law shooting at Shoot Straight in Ft. Meyers Florida (https://shoot-straight.com/) Really good facility.   The indoor pistol range was well lit, VERY well ventilated, and they had complimentary eyes and ears (which I was a dummy and forgot mine).

He did really well!  And was right to the point,  ended up only shooting about 15 rounds

Drink Segment:  http://www.incredibrew.com/

For you beer lovers this place is AWESOME!   They have a huge recipe book, and you pick what you want,  then they tell you what you need to do, but you touch everything and make your beer,  then after it ferments you bottle it up and cart it home.   It’s really a good deal, and the beers come out really good….plus you can say you made it yourself...even if that isn’t exactly true.

Main Topic: Famous Handguns

Model 1910

PPK Hitler

J. Edgar Hoover Registered Magnum

http://historicalgmen.squarespace.com/searching-for-hoovers-1-regist/

http://weaponsman.com/?p=21897

George Patton’s Registered Magnum

Beretta Model 71 used by the Mossad

http://gunsmagazine.com/whispers-of-mossad/

Paris Theodore’s ASP Pistol

Magnum PI’s Colt Series 70

Clark Gable’s Registered Magnum

Lethal Weapon/Die Hard Model 92

(GLOAT)

Beverly Hills Cop Browning High Power

Dirty Harry Model 29

(GLOAT)

Rohm RG 14 used by Hinkley

Sirhan Sirhan’s Iver Johnson Cadet .22 LR

 

Wrap-Up:

 

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

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  • Othais thank you so much for taking the time! It was very enjoyable!
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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

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Wrap-Up:

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  • Othais thank you so much for taking the time! It was very enjoyable!
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HGR 012 - The 1911 World

HGR 012 - The 1911 World

This week, Ryan discusses some of the guns, tips, tricks and quirks of the 1911 world.

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Week In Review:

  • Returned from Florida this past week, I hope you all enjoyed last week’s episode of Handgun Radio where I discussed some of the guns that I saw down there.
  • I received a comment on the Handgun Radio webpage that said I repeated myself too much on last week’s episode.  I don’t know if it was nerves (I was concerned that my poor internet connection would not let me release the show) or tiredness, but I apologize for the oversight and will try to be more cognizant of such things in the future.
  • Got the chance to handle & fire a Ruger Redhawk in .44 Magnum this past weekend.  It is what I will be using for deer hunting this year.  It is a great shooting handgun with good iron sights and a very nice trigger.  I will be using Federal .44 Magnum Jacketed Hollow Points with a weight of 240 grains. It was all I could find for .44 Magnum ammunition.
  • The Firearms Insider on the Firearms Radio Network will be going live on October 15th and will feature some great product & gear reviews that you will all enjoy for sure.  I will be contributing to the FI podcast/website as well so stay tuned for that!
  • Also, I would like to welcome the We Like Shooting podcast to the Firearms Radio Network! They have a great podcast covering all facets of the shooting world. Go check them out at the link above!

Main Topic: The 1911 World:

In this week’s main topic, we are going to be discussing some of the questions I’ve received from listeners about the 1911. The various modifications, the way the gun works, best places to get information, etc. I’ll then probably get into a few more specific reader emails that describe their experiences with the 1911 platform.

1.) Do you need a tricked out, tuned and polished 1911 to be proficient with the gun or have a reliable firearm?

  • No. The 1911 in its most basic format, was intended as a combat handgun.  It was not conceived as a target handgun. Even in its most basic iteration it can be a formidable fighting tool.
  • Yes, the sights on the original 1911 and the 1911A1’s are very small, and can be hard to see. By practicing with these small sights, one can become reasonably proficient with them.  The 1911 can have many improvements added to it, but even without them it is very usable.
  • Reliability is key in a fighting handgun. If you have a highly accurate 1911 that is so tightly fitted it cannot be counted on to function reliably, that accuracy potential may not matter. A good 1911 is properly fitted, and left loose enough to function reliably. (that is just my personal opinion, however. Others may disagree.)

2.) I’ve heard of reliability issues with the 1911 platform. Should I be concerned about these issues?

  • Yes, there have been some reports of reliability issues with the 1911. These typically stem from either bad magazines, ammunition selection or poor maintenance of the firearm.
  • Properly maintained, the 1911 is very reliable. Perhaps some of the users experiencing malfunctions are more used to the Glock style of handguns, which may not require as thorough a cleaning as often to function reliably.
  • There HAVE been some issues of the 3-inch versions of the 1911 having reliability issues. There is a video describing the issue done by Rob Pincus. Agree or disagree, it definitely offers up some food for thought.

3.) The trigger on the 1911 looks different to me than the trigger on my Sig-Sauer. Why is that?

  • The 1911 uses a different style trigger than the majority of the guns that are produced today.  The 1911 uses a sliding trigger, that moves backwards and forwards in a line parallel to the slide. Other handguns, such as the Sig-Sauer P-226, Glock 19, and Ruger P95 use a pivoting trigger, that pivots on a single axis at the top of the trigger. These two triggers systems offer a different feel, and one or the other can be preferable to some shooters.

4.) I am uncomfortable with cocked-and-locked carry or “Condition 1” with the 1911. Why is this done? Is this safe? What options are out there for someone like me not comfortable with this method of carry?

  • Condition 1 or “Cocked-and-Locked” carry is the safest method of carrying the 1911 in my opinion.
  • Condition 1 allows for a loaded round to be chambered and the hammer to be safely locked back, allowing for a fast first shot if needed.  It also helps to prevent accidental discharge.
  • On older 1911’s, there is probably no firing pin safety like you are used to on modern guns. The hammer resting against the firing pin would be unsafe if dropped. The thumb safety on older 1911’s blocks the sear from moving. Even if this thumb safety were broken, and the full cock notch on the sear were worn, the half cock notch would catch the hammer before it struck the firing pin.
  • On newer guns such as the Colt Series 80, Kimber, Smith & Wesson, Taurus and Para, a firing pin block keeps the firing pin stationary until the trigger is fully depressed.
  • In order to make your old 1911 drop safe, replace the firing pin and firing pin spring with a light titanium firing pin, with a heavy firing pin spring.  This will decrease the likelihood of a discharge with a dropped gun.
  • If you are not comfortable with the cocked-and -locked carry method, you can choose the Para LDA (Light Double Action) series of handguns, which offer all of the 1911, except the single action trigger design.  Every  trigger pull is a double action only trigger stroke.
  • You can also use the Safety Fast Shooting System from Cylinder & Slide.  This modification allows you to carry your 1911 cocked and locked, but with the hammer safely down. When you disengage the thumb safety, the hammer springs backward to full-cock, and you are ready to fire.

5.) I want to have a gunsmith customize my 1911 pistol. Do you have any advice for someone who has never worked with a gunsmith before?

  • If you are going to have a custom 1911, or any gun built or worked on by a gunsmith, choose a good one. Shop around.  The ones who do exemplary work will not be cheap, and they typically have quite a backlog. This is a good thing, as good work equals high demand which equals the backlog. There may be a reason if a gunsmith does not have a backlog. Just do your homework.
  • Bigger name gunsmiths can increase the value of your handgun, but don’t always assume that.
  • Know what you want done.  If you want a concealed carry firearm, its probably best that you don’t take your handgun to the guy who builds custom big-bore hunting revolvers.
  • Knowing what you want done will also help the gunsmith guide the project and ultimately will result in a better final product.

6.) Some E-Mails from listeners.

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