Handgun Radio 162 - Custom Pistolsmithing with KGB Customs

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This week, Weerd and I chat with Karl, the owner of KGB Customs out of Ohio, about his career as a custom pistolsmith!

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Week in Review:

Ryan: -Unplanned range trip yesterday! Got to take out my Steyr, Sig P226, Model 60, 19, as well as a few others. My neighbor critter brought his S&W Model 34 .22 LR, his Star Model B 9mm and one that I hadn’t ever shot, a Cimmaron replica of the 1860 Mason-Richards Army conversion. It was in .38 Special and shot great! Very accurate and a great trigger, and you don’t need to fuss with loose powder and ball! Video coming soon.

-There was a home invasion in my area recently. There was an article in the paper where the son of the elderly woman whose home was invaded came to the home after she called him. He was armed with his Ruger LCP and was ambushed as he entered the home by the intruder who hit him with what is believed to be a hammer. The son ended up shooting the man in the chest with the LCP but then got in a struggle with him over the gun until the son finally got the upper hand and the police arrived. Lots of lessons here Link to Video and Article

Karl:
Weerd:

Drink Segment:  http://www.weerdworld.com/2017/when-mixology-takes-flight/
 

Main Topic: Custom Pistolsmithing with KGB Customs

I have become familiar with Karls work through the Custom Handguns group on facebook. The Custom Handguns group is the premier group to be in if you like seeing the art that some of these pistolsmiths perform. Karl has done everything from 1911’s to CZ’s and everything in between. I especially like the work he does on 1911’s and Hi-Powers.

Karl, how did you get started pistolsmithing and when did you start KGB Customs?

What are the main guns that come through your shop?

What are some of the most common modifications you perform?

What has been the most challenging firearm you’ve ever worked on and what is the most challenging modification to perform?

What are some modifications that you would advise people to avoid?

You posted recently a picture of a Colt Combat Commander in .38 Super that had been worked over by Novak. What was the story behind that? (P.S. I want to get a gun EXACTLY like that one, it looks amazing.)

What does the future look like for KGB Customs? Do you have any exciting projects coming up?

What is the best way for people to contact you and inquire about having work done?

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  • Karl! Thank you so much for coming on! Where can people find you or contact you if they want work done?

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

Handgun Radio 126 - Tools for Tinkering

 

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 and I discuss tools for tinkering!

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Week in Review:

Ryan- Checked out some cool guns at the gunshop, an American Derringer DA 38, a S&W Model 351C, a Beretta Tomcat 3032. Video going up soon on the Youtube and Facebook page!

Weerd-  Just nothing!   The best I have for this week is the inspiration for the show.

Drink Segment:  https://youtu.be/j2eLPui1r7M The Martinez cocktail.   This is NOT the Martini, but a drink that predates it.    I don’t know the exact history of this, but Robert Hess suspects the Martini may have come out of this drink and the Manhattan.

All I know is it’s good.   1oz Gin,  2oz Sweet Vermouth,  a splash of Luxardo (I’ve been getting a lot of mileage out of this bottle!) and a few dashes of orange bitters,   stirred and served in a cocktail glass.    Traditionally it uses a lemon twist, but I have a ton of grapefruit skin, and I must say it works very well too!

Main Topic: Tools for Tinkering

We all know the gunshop horror stories about messed up screws and scratched finishes, so we figured it would be a good topic to discuss what tools are appropriate for the job and what to look for!

-Proper Screwdriver Set for Gunsmithing

-Bench Blocks for holding the gun secure while driving pins and other things.

-Non-Marring Mallet/Hammer

-Vise with non-marring jaws

-Brass Punch Kit

-1911 Multi-tool

-Sight Pusher

 

Wrap-Up:

 

 

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