HGR 027 - SHOT Show 2014 Preview & Discussion

HGR 027 - SHOT Show 2014 Preview & Discussion

This week, Ryan and guest Matt discuss some of the new products that have been announced and will be introduced at this years SHOT Show!

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Week in Review:

Ryan -

  • Wrote an article over at the Firearms Insider about the new Remington R51 and where it came from. Here is the link for the article, be sure to go check it out along with all the other great content over at the Firearms Insider!
  • Been pretty busy with show stuff and preparing to help out the guys who are in Las Vegas this coming week for SHOT Show 2014! Jake and the rest of the team have a really good game plan for covering as much as absolutely possible while out there.  Each team of two has a high definition video camera to capture as much video of the new products that are going to be introduced.  Please visit www.shotshow2014.com for all the coverage by the Firearms Radio Network!
  • A friend of mine got a deal on a shrouded hammer .38 Special revolver. A close friend had the firearm and just wanted to get rid of it, as they weren’t really a gun person.  They let it go for $50.  It is a Taurus 851 with an alloy frame and a titanium cylinder. It has a shrouded hammer, which I don’t particularly care for, but otherwise looks to be a great little .38, especially for $50. It’s his first gun, so welcome to the world of being a gun owner Jeffery.
  • Matt
  • Finishing up work on my buddies 686, getting it ready for idpa/icore this year
  •           working with the 686 competitor just got
  •            working on my vcomp, fitting the new ti cyl

Main Topic: SHOT Show 2014 Preview & Discussion

This week we are just going to discuss some of the items we have seen announced for this years SHOT Show.  As we said before, Firearms Radio Network will have a lot of people on the ground for SHOT this year, getting as much footage and info as possible for you! Please visit the www.shotshow2014.com link for all the coverage!

We will just discuss these picks:

- All new S&W Revolvers!

- S&W Laser-less Bodyguard .380 ACP

- Ruger GP-100 Match Champion

- Magnum Research 1911U Sub-Compact

- Walther PPQ M1 (Limited?) & M2

- Remington R51 9mm

- Glock 42 .380 ACP

-Springfield Range Officer 1911 in 9mm

- Ruger LCRx Exposed Hammer

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Wrap-Up:

  • Like and share our page on FaceBook with family and friends!
  • Give us a review on iTunes! It helps the show in the iTunes standings.
  • Be sure to go over and check out the God and Guns Podcast!
  • Also go check out all the great content over at the Firearms Insider!

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

HGR 020 - Listener Roundtable

HGR 020 - Listener Roundtable

In the Twentieth episode of Handgun Radio, Ryan discusses handguns and other topics in the first Listener Roundtable!

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Main Topic:

1.) What was your first handgun?

2.) Why did you get into guns?

3.) What has been your most memorable firearms experience?

4.) In your opinion, what is the best looking handgun ever made?

5.) In your opinion, what is the ugliest handgun ever made?

6.) What is your favorite caliber?

7.) Do you reload your own ammunition?

8.) Out of all the episodes of Handgun Radio that you have listened to, which is your favorite and why?

Wrap-Up:

  • Be sure to check out all the great shows over at the Firearms Radio Network! The hosts of all the shows as well as the people working behind the scenes all work very hard each week to put out great content for your listening enjoyment! Any feedback on any part is always welcome. It is great to hear that people enjoy listening, and it is also great to hear constructive feedback which allows us to make our products better.
  • Like and Share our Facebook Page!
  • Please leave us an iTunes review if you haven’t done so. It helps me make the show better each week!
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Until next week have fun and SAFE SHOOTING!!!

HGR 014 - Listener FAQ's

HGR 014 - Listener FAQ’s Episode!

Ryan tackles some of the listener frequently asked questions about handguns and shooting

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Week In Review:

  • Been working on some reviews for the upcoming Firearms Insider launch on Tuesday, October 15th.  I think the listeners are really going to enjoy the whole concept of the Firearms Insider community and the extra level of interaction there is to experience.
  • Found an old .32 S&W Top-Break revolver I had started working on several years ago just as a test of my gunsmithing skills.  I polished and blued the barrel and cylinder so I may have to get back into it and do the lower grip frame sometime soon.
  • I am looking for a picatinny mount for my Ruger 10/22.  I have had some trouble finding a mount online, and I was wondering if any of the listeners had this item or knew of where I could get one.  Thanks in advance!

This will more than likely be a fairly lengthy Q&A episode, so we will skip the Half-Truth segment and head right into the main topic!

Main Topic: Listener Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s):

Thank you to all the listeners who wrote in with your frequently asked questions.  I hope I can answer them sufficiently!

1.) From Listener T: “Can you use a noise suppressor on a revolver? You always see them on semi-autos in the movies. Is there a way to suppress a revolver?

  • Typically no. The revolver has a small space between the front of the cylinder and the entrance to the barrel, which is called the forcing cone.  When the bullet jumps the gap from the chamber in the cylinder to the forcing cone, there is a substantial amount of gas that is vented from this small gap.  Therefore, if you put a suppressor on the end of the barrel, it will capture gas there, but the gas escaping from the barrel/cylinder gap will be just as loud as the unsuppressed shot, thereby negating the suppressor.  The only time this will work sufficiently is with the 1895 Nagant Gas Seal Revolver. The 1895 Nagant uses a camming mechanism which cams the cylinder forward before firing. The Nagant also uses a special cartridge that helps seal the barrel/cylinder gap so no gases escape.

2.) From Listener Todd: “What is the difference in the grain count of different bullets and why does it matter? What is the difference in different grades of ammunition such as match, range, hunting, etc.?”

  • The grain count of a bullet is a measurement of the bullet’s weight.  There are 7000 grains in one pound.  The measurement of 158 Grains or 170 Grains is how much that particular bullet weighs.  Typically, the length of the back end of the bullet grows as the weight increases (you can’t increase the diameter of the bullet to increase weight, and you can’t alter the nose shape either.) The weight of the bullet can have an effect on many things ballistically, such as accuracy, bullet drop, and penetration on the target. When discussing the different grades of ammunition, Match ammunition is manufactured with VERY tight tolerances, and oftentimes each round is inspected by hand to ensure quality and uniformity.  Range ammunition is your basic “Winchester White Box” stuff that is produced in quantity and is not intended for the utmost accuracy, just for practice time on the range.  Bullets are usually full-metal jacket.  Hunting grade ammunition is loaded similarly to Match ammunition, but carries a bullet specifically designed to dispatch a certain type of game.  Remington Core-Lokt bullets are a superb example of hunting ammunition.  It carries a jacketed soft point bullet that will expand on impact, killing the game quickly and humanely.

3.) From Listener Ed: “I have a Browning Hi-Power 9mm which I had stored away for 30+ years.  I carried it off duty when I was a Police Officer.  I have had it reblued and checked over by a gunsmith who advised replacing the recoil spring which is being done. Do you think carrying this handgun cocked and locked in a holster is a reasonably safe thing to do? Do you know where I can obtain spare magazines and a good holster for this model?”

  • It is pretty safe to carry the Browning cocked and locked (in fact, I wouldn’t carry it hammer down on anything except an empty chamber.) Most Brownings, especially the earlier models, are NOT drop safe.  To rectify this, you may check with Cylinder & Slide or Brownells to look for a light firing pin and a heavy firing pin spring.  This should help make the pistol more drop safe.  As for magazines, I have heard good things about Mec-Gar products and have also had good experience with Don Hume holsters for my semi-autos.  These can be found for good prices online at any number of the firearms accessories sites.

4.) From Listener Lyndon: “What is the story behind the development of the .22 Magnum? Many guns shoot both .22 LR and .22 Mag using separate cylinders. It is my understanding is that they increased the thickness of the cartridges case on the inside and decreased the diameter of the bullet by 1/1000th of an inch. This means the .22 Mag is going through a barrel designed for a larger bullet.  This may explain some of the .22 Mag’s accuracy problems. Why didn’t they increase the thickness of the case on the outside instead of the inside? This would alow the gun to shoot the correct diameter bullet. Perhaps the cylinders themselves couldn’t handle the pressure with larger chambers?”

  • The .22 WMR was introduced in 1959. Some people think that the .22 LR and the .22 Magnum are just the same cartridge case that has been lengthened, but this is not the case. The .22 Magnum was derived from the .22 Winchester Rimfire which has a bullet 0.15” greater in diameter than the .22 LR and has a thicker case wall to withstand the higher pressures.  The .22 Magnum uses bullets that are seated in the case like most centerfire rounds, and is .224 inches in diameter.  The .22 LR uses a heel-type bullet, with the case mouth holding onto a sub-caliber heel on the back of the .22 LR bullet. The diameter of the .22 LR bullet is .222 inches.  The .22 LR will fit loosely in a .22 Magnum chamber, but will split upon firing and can be dangerous.  The .22 Magnum/.22 LR convertible revolvers use a .224 inch diameter bore and rely upon the soft lead .22 LR bullet to expand or obdurate to grab the rifling, as the .222 bullet in the .22 LR is far too small for the .224 inch bore.

5.) From Listener Nick: “I hear constant discussion about what calibers and actions are best for in-home defense. What is your opinion?”

  • The calibers argument could be a whole show by itself.  I will try to dissect each question somewhat and give the best answer I can.  In terms of caliber, you must consider your living situation.  Do you live in a house with other people in it? An apartment? Over penetration of ANY handgun round you choose is going to be a significant issue.  It has been shown that even 9mm can penetrate several layers of drywall.  For home defense, look at some of the ammunition that has been produced specifically for home defense purposes, such as Federal Guard Dog. This ammunition is designed to reduce overpenetration. In terms of action, you need to consider who is using the gun and their hand size, stature, etc.  If you have a significant other who is unfamiliar with firearms but may need to use the gun, a revolver may be a good choice due to its simplicity.  If you have someone who can’t operate the heavy trigger of the revolver, something like a Glock may also be called for.  This is a decision that will be heavily based upon the intended users of the firearm, as well as your living situation.

6.) From Listener Jeff: “I am considering a smaller CCW piece in .380 ACP or .32 ACP.  I have heard you talk about the .32 ACP quite a bit. Which cartridge is best in your opinion?”

  • At one time, the .32 ACP was your only option when you wanted to get a really small, concealable pistol.  The .380 ACP was around but was not as popular a cartridge for quite some time.  You do hear me talk about the .32 ACP quite a bit, but that is because I own a Colt 1903 which I enjoy immensely.  There are better defensive rounds out there.  The .380 ACP is the minimum that most people feel comfortable carrying.  The advancements in .380 ACP ammunition in terms of hollowpoint design, velocity and performance put it well above the .32 ACP in terms of stopping power.  The majority of .32 ACP cartridges, even today, will fail to expand due to the fairly low velocity out of a small pocket pistol barrel.  If you still want to carry the .32 ACP, many people including myself recommend full-metal jacket ammunition.  The .32 ACP will need to penetrate to do its work, and the chances of expansion are slim.  Yes, there is the concern for overpenetration, but the .32 ACP is less apt to do so, given its lower velocities.  If you’re carrying .380 ACP, any of the modern hollowpoint designs should be sufficient for self-defense.

7.) From Listener Todd: “I’m interested in learning more about Bullseye Shooting. What are the basics, what types of handguns are most popular, should you try to match your handguns with respect to grips, trigger pull, etc.?”

  • A bullseye pistol match is called a 2700. Each competitor fires 270 shots, each with a POTENTIAL value of 10 points. The 270 shots are divided into three, 90 shot events: .22, Center-Fire, and .45. This originally was intended to allow the use of a .22 pistol, a .38 Special police-style handgun and a 1911 .45 Automatic.
  • I will admit, I have very little experience with this form of competition pistol shooting.  I have found a SUPERB website called Bullseye Pistol Shooting that thoroughly explains what Bullseye shooting is and all the various facets of it.

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Wrap-Up:

  • Thank you to everyone who sent in Listener FAQ’s! This was a very fun episode and I can’t wait to do another one in the future.
  • Be sure to check out the reviews and the Firearms Insider community over at The Firearms Insider! Share the link with your friends!
  • Give Handgun Radio a written review on iTunes! Thank you to everyone who has done so!
  • If it wasn’t for you listeners, the show wouldn’t be where it is today! Thank you so much!

Thanks for listening and SAFE SHOOTING!

HGR 013 - Hunting With Handguns

HGR 013 - Hunting With Handguns

This week Ryan discusses the handguns and cartridges that can be used for hunting.

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Week In Review:

  • Got a chance to get some trigger time in with several firearms this weekend.  Got to shoot an MP5-SD 9mm, Ruger SR-22 .22 LR with Suppressor, Ruger Redhawk .44 Magnum, Sig-Sauer 516, Sig-Sauer 556, Smith & Wesson M&P 9mm and a few others.  I have posted some videos of my shooting session this weekend and you can view them on my YouTube page.
  • I recently got a new microphone, so you may notice a difference in sound quality. Hopefully this microphone will make the speech a bit clearer for listeners.
  • If you haven’t yet done so, listen to last Thursday’s episode of the Gun Guy Radio Roundtable where Jake, Mike and the new addition to the FRN, Nikki Turpeaux discuss the upcoming Firearms Insider debuting on the 15th of October.  Many of your questions will be answered by watching or listening to the podcast. It is going to be really exciting to have the Firearms Insider Community as a part of FRN and I am really excited to be a small part of it.  Kudos to Jake and everyone else for their hard work in getting it up and running.
  • The Listener FAQ’s episode is coming right up! Be sure to get in any last minute FAQ’s to me via email! I’ve already gotten so many GREAT questions from listeners and I can’t thank you all enough!

Half-Truth Segment:

  • Back from an extended hiatus, the half-truth segment for this week involves the shooting at the U.S. Capitol this past week.
  • I have heard many talk show hosts, commentators, etc. discussing what THEY think the response by Capitol and D.C. Police should have been.  Their ideas have included shooting the tires out, ramming her with their cars to stop her, and using spike strips.
  • While their ideas have some validity in Hollywood, in real life you will RARELY, if ever see a police officer shooting out someones tires in car chase. First, if you puncture a tire at high speed, the risk of an accident is tremendous. You put other innocent lives at risk with such a maneuver.
  • Secondly, hitting small-ish objects from a moving vehicle with a handgun is not an easy task.  As we have seen demonstrated, many departments are not offering their officers the firearms training they need and typically rely on two qualifications sessions a year. The officer may not be as trained as he should and firing a weapon in a crowded area has the potential to injure others rather than the suspect.
  • The half-truth is, that the cops had another choice. These people will say they fully support the police, right up until they stop. Then they criticize.  I have but one point to make: these commentators were not the ones staring down a woman who had already shown herself to be a threat.  Whether or not she had a firearm is irrelevant.  She had already rammed a barricade. Okay, fine. But THEN she proceeded to hit two officers, and then ram her car into another police vehicle, injuring two more officers.  Lest we forget, the vehicle is a potent weapon. She was just as much of a threat as if she had stared down the officers with a loaded firearm.  She chose to initiate this series of events, not the police. Others have suggested the police shouldn’t have fired, as there was a child in the car.  My response is, how in the WORLD would the police have known there was a child in the car.  The police were just as much in the dark as the public was when the news first broke.  They made life and death decisions and they judged the threat presented to them.

Main Topic: Hunting With Handguns

This week, we will be discussing the handguns and cartridges that can be used to handgun hunt.  In order to have some organization, I have divided the categories into what size game you will be hunting, then discussing a few cartridges and guns from each category.

Category #1: Small to Smaller Medium Game:

(Ex: Rabbits, Squirrels, Fox, Coyote.)

  • In this category, the .22 LR and .22 Magnum will be the most often seen cartridges (Perhaps with the exception of coyotes.) There are other rounds, but we are talking small game hunting with a handgun and .22 LR is most prevalent.
  • The Ruger Mark Series of .22 LR handguns are very well suited to small game hunting, offering the versatility of mounting a scope or other attachment.
  • There is some difficulty with disassembly on the Mark Series of handguns, so take that into account if you are a person who does not like cleaning firearms.
  • Another attractive option is the Ruger SR-22 Pistol in .22 LR.  The Ruger SR-22 is a compact, yet accurate and reliable pistol that would be suitable for short to medium range small game hunting. The SR-22 also uses some polymer in its construction, resulting in some significant weight savings.
  • Another great small game option is the Smith & Wesson M&P .22. I have had quite a bit of experience with the M&P .22 and I believe S&W has hit a home run with this pistol.  It offers the controllability and ergonomics of the larger pistols but fires the .22 LR cartridge, making it VERY accurate and also offers provisions to mount a suppressor.
  • If you are more into revolvers, Ruger offers their SP-101 Double Action revolver in .22 LR.  I haven’t had any experience with it, but as with all Ruger products, they are typically top notch.
  • If you are more interested in the single-action variety of revolvers, Ruger offers the classic Single-Six revolver, along with their new Single-Ten revolver, holding 10 shots of .22 LR.
  • If you are pursuing small to medium game such as coyotes, then the Ruger Single-Nine may be more appropriate.  Chambered in .22 Magnum, it offers all the advantages of the Ruger Single-Action revolvers in an appropriately sized caliber.  .22 Magnum ammunition has made great strides in the past several years and has greatly improved performance.
  • Taurus also offers many great firearms in the .22 Magnum/.22 LR variety, most notably the recent introduction of the double-action Taurus Tracker in .22 LR and .22 Magnum with interchangeable cylinders.

Medium to Large Game:

(Ex. Deer, Elk)

  • With game such as Deer or smaller Elk, you want to stick with centerfire calibers of an appropriate size.  
  • In my opinion, for deer, nothing smaller than a .357 Magnum, and for Elk, nothing smaller than a .44 Magnum.  
  • In terms of auto pistol cartridges, the .40 S&W, 10mm Auto, and .45 ACP can be formidable handgun hunting cartridges, provided they are loaded properly. (i.e. with the proper bullet.)
  • From Smith & Wesson, the Model 627 in .357 Magnum would be an attractive choice for hunting where you may not be as concerned about scope mounting.  If you want to step up to the .44 Magnum, one of my top choices from the S&W lineup would be the Model 629 Stealth Hunter. It offers provisions for scope mounting.
  • Ruger also makes many great .357 Magnum & .44 Magnum revolvers, along with Taurus USA.  Be sure to check those out as well.
  • With auto pistols, I would go with a Glock 20 in 10mm Auto.  Mated with a long slide kit from Lone Wolf Distributors, it would be an attractive option for handgun hunting.  The 10mm Auto offers plenty of power for deer and smaller elk.

Dangerous Game:

(Ex. Bears)

  • I am aware that there are smaller varieties of bears, that may not require huge amounts of stopping power.  However, if I was personally dealing with bears, I would want a bit more power than I need just to be sure.
  • With larger dangerous game such as bears, penetration is the key, and expansion of the bullet is secondary.  Bears have large bones and large fat deposits that need to be broken through before the vital organs are reached. Emptying a bunch of hollowpoints that expand and stop in the bears fatty tissue will probably not deliver the quick stop you desire.
  • As discussed before, the 10mm Auto would be an attractive option for bears, especially with the long slide and barrel setup and some heavy, hard-cast bullets.
  • For me, I would pick something in the .454 Casull range.  A heavy loaded .44 Magnum might work well also.
  • In terms of .454 Casull revolvers, Freedom Arms offers some of the finest quality single action revolvers in all the major big bore revolver calibers: .500 Wyoming Express, .475 Linebaugh and others.
  • Ruger also offers their Super Redhawk in .480 Ruger and .454 Casull for those desiring a double action trigger system. Taurus also offers their family of Hunter revolvers in .454 Casull and .44 Magnum.
  • You may have noticed that I haven’t mentioned the .500 S&W Magnum or the .460.  The .500 may not be practical for all shooters, and the .480 and .454, while stout, may be easier controlled by a greater number of people.  The .460 is quite attractive though, and allows you the versatility of chambering not only the .460 S&W Magnum, but the .454 Casull and the .45 Colt (Long Colt).

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Wrap-Up:

  • I’m going to hold off on reading listener emails so I can save them for the FAQ’s show.
  • Please visit iTunes and leave Handgun Radio a written review.  It helps the show get noticed on iTunes. Thank you to everyone who has left a review.  The feedback helps me make the show better!
  • Be sure to visit the Firearms Radio Network webpage for more great firearms related show and information.
  • If you have any feedback, please email me at ryan@handgunradio.com.
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Thanks for listening and SAFE SHOOTING!!!!

HGR 011 - Honeymoon Handguns

HGR 011 - Honeymoon Handguns

Ryan discusses some of the handguns he got the chance to see in Florida during his Honeymoon.

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Week In Review:

  • Spent the past week in Florida for my Honeymoon with my wife.  Got the chance to visit some gun stores in the Central Florida and Tampa area.  I was really impressed with the stores down here and will be highlighting one of those stores for our Main Topic this week.
  • I have been getting many emails from listeners describing their experiences with the 1911 platform handguns and will be doing an episode on the various brands and models available either next week or the following week. Thank you all for your input!
  • I have also been getting many emails for the Listener Frequently Asked Questions episode I have planned for early October.  There is still time to write in! If you think of ANYTHING you have ever wondered about in the handgunning/shooting world please send me an email. I will set a deadline of Friday, October 4th for the Listener FAQ’s emails.
  • Also, I know this is not related to handguns per se, but I got the chance to handle a family friend’s AR-15 that he had built by Dragonfire Armory in Winter Haven, FL.  I was very impressed with the build quality of the rifle, and while I did not have a chance to test fire it, I have no doubts that it would function with great reliability and accuracy.  They also list many pistols for sale on their website as well.  Check them out and if you have any feedback on their products please email me at ryan@handgunradio.com

Main Topic: Honeymoon Handguns with Deer Hunter Guns

  • During our stay in Florida and at the suggestion of Braden Gunn from the Big & Wild Outdoors radio show, my wife and I visited Deer Hunter Guns in Clearwater, FL.  I have never walked into a gun shop and felt welcomed like an old friend like I did at this shop.  We walked in and were immediately asked if we would like something to drink, and the hospitality and service were first rate.  I would like to extend a special thank-you to Chuck, David & Charlie for their welcoming attitude and willingness to show me whatever handgun I wanted to look at.  That is customer service that is sadly lacking in many shops.  If you are ever in the area, I highly recommend visiting them. I’d like to discuss a few of the fine handguns I got to examine while there.

1.) Whitney Wolverine .22 LR Pistol:

  • The Whitney Wolverine was a .22 LR pistol that was manufactured in a very modern style for the time.  Introduced in 1956, it was only produced until 1958.  However, the Whitney Wolverine used many advanced manufacturing techniques that are in widespread use today.
  • Designed by Robert Hillsberg who also designed the COP .357 Magnum Derringer and many other firearms, the Whitney Wolverine utilized aluminum construction and the investment casting technique in order to produce the firearm.  
  • There were only 13,371 of the Whitney Wolverine made, with 500 being nickel plated and the rest being an anodized blue color.  
  • Hillsberg named the firearm after his favorite football team, the University of Michigan Wolverines.
  • While the gun had a space-age look and used modern manufacturing techniques, it sold for $39.95, which was slightly more expensive than the comparable Ruger .22 pistols of the time.  This ultimately contributed to the downfall of the company.
  • Today, the Olympic Arms company has resumed production of the Whitney Wolverine, using modern polymer construction and various other improvements on the design.

2.) Smith & Wesson .38/44 "Heavy Duty":

  • With the beginning of the Prohibition Era in the 1920’s, the gangsters of the period started using more powerful firearms and armored vehicles to thwart capture by law enforcement.  
  • The standard police sidearm of the time, the .38 Special revolver in it’s various iterations, was not up to the task of penetrating these armored vehicles and there was a great disparity in firepower between criminals and law enforcement.
  • S&W saw that they could not increase the power of the .38 Special round in their traditional revolvers, so they took the frame of the .44 Special Model of 1926 and fitted it with a .38 Special cylinder and barrel.  This new revolver was dubbed the .38/44 Heavy Duty. S&W also designed a new round to accompany the new revolver.
  • The new cartridge, the .38/44, was simply a .38 Special cartridge loaded hotter.  You would most likely not see something like this done today, for liability reasons. Loading a hot .38 Special into a standard revolver could be disastrous.
  • This revolver set the bar for the development of the .357 Magnum round a few years later, simply by lengthening the .38 Special case.

3.) The Bauer .25 ACP Automatic Pistol:

  • The Bauer .25 ACP was an American made copy of the Baby Browning .25 ACP pocket pistol.
  • The Bauer, unlike the Baby Browning, was made out of stainless steel rather than blued carbon steel, offering a measure of corrosion resistance for a small handgun meant to be carried concealed in a deep cover role.
  • The Bauer was manufactured in Fraser, Michigan from 1972 to 1984, and was popular with undercover police officers as a deep concealment firearm that was able to be carried discreetly.
  • Several parts from the Baby Browning can be interchanged with the Bauer .25 ACP, including the magazines.

4.) AMT Backup Semi-Automatic Pistol:

  • The AMT Backup was produced by Arcadia Machine & Tool beginning in the late 1970’s.  
  • Designed as a small and concealable backup firearm in a large service caliber, the AMT Backup was chambered in such calibers as .380 ACP, 9mm, .45 and others.
  • The AMT company had a spotty reputation for reliability, but the Backup series has a reputation as being somewhat more reliable than the other offerings from the AMT company.
  • Being made out of all stainless steel, the AMT was also somewhat of a modern handgun, as when it was introduced many firearms were still made out of standard blued steel.

Wrap Up:

  • A Few Listener Emails
  • Please be sure to visit the Firearms Radio Network’s website and check out the many great shows on the network!!!
  • Coming October 15th, the Firearms Radio Network will be starting the Firearms Insider! This will be your home for all the product tests, reviews and commentary on the new and classic products that are available in the firearms world! Stay tuned!!!
  • Thank you to everyone who has been sharing our page on Facebook and leaving written iTunes reviews! It really helps the show to get exposure and spread the word to everyone!
  • We are also on Stitcher Radio, so if you prefer to use that service, you can find us on your Android or iPhone application.

As always, Thank you for listening and SAFE SHOOTING!!!!!!!!!

HGR 010 - Handgun Design Disasters

HGR 010 - Handgun Design Disasters

Ryan discusses the handgun designs that didn’t quite make the cut

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Week In Review:

  • This is Handgun Radio’s TENTH episode!!!! I just want to say a huge thank you to all the supportive listeners, and all of the people at the Firearms Radio Network.  It has truly been a wonderful experience to be able to host a radio show on a network with such fine & knowledgeable people, and I look forward to it continuing for a long time to come.
  • As mentioned in the last episode, please send in any of the questions you’ve had pertaining to the handgunning, reloading or shooting world and I will compile as many as I can into a Listener FAQ episode scheduled for sometime in October.
  • Also, thank you to the people who have emailed me listing their experiences with 1911 style pistols.  If you have any experience with the 1911 system, good or bad, please email me at ryan@handgunradio.com and let me know what you thought.  I will use many of these emails in an upcoming episode of Handgun Radio covering the 1911.
  • Next week, I will be in Florida celebrating my Honeymoon with my then-wife.  I do not anticipate any disruptions in the release of the show, and I plan to try and visit a few gunstores down there and record a “Special Report” episode from Florida.  I don’t make it out of Maine very much, so it will be interesting to see what the firearms lifestyle is down there.

Main Topic: Handgun Design Disasters

  • This week’s discussion will cover the handgun designs that weren’t quite ready for prime-time.  In the interests of fairness, I will not be covering guns that just LOOK bad, but guns that had some pretty significant design flaws that prevented their success.

1.) Nambu Type 94 Pistol:

  • Produced by Japan for WWII, production on the 8mm Nambu Type 94 started in 1934.  
  • The Type 94 was originally designed to replace the much larger and more difficult to produce Type 14 pistol that was then in use by the Japanese military.  
  • The Type 94 was widely issued to Japanese forces, and was mainly intended for
  • pilots, tank crews, and soldiers who could not have such a large pistol as the Type 14 in small confines.
  • One of the biggest design flaws of the Type 94 apart from its less-than-ergonomic design was the fact that one could press on an exposed trigger bar on the left side of the pistol and actually cause the gun to discharge without pulling the trigger.

2.) The Dardick Revolver:

  • The Dardick was an attempt to join the concepts of the revolver and semi-automatic pistol together.  
  • The Dardick had an odd external look, as it had a three-chamber cylinder with triangular shaped chambers and fed rounds from a spring loaded magazine in the grip.
  • The gun would pull rounds from the magazine and load them into the cylinder, which would then be fired and ejected out the left side.
  • Because of the design, the gun had to use special ammunition called “Trounds” which were bullets that had a plastic or aluminium case that was shaped like a triangle.
  • The Dardick Model 1100 had a ten-tround capacity magazine and fired .38 Dardick Trounds which were roughly 9mm caliber.

3.) The Schouboe Automatic Pistol:

  • The Schouboe was originally a .32 ACP pistol manufactured by the same company that produced the Madsen LMG. The original Schouboe design was a simple straight blowback, which worked well with .32 ACP.
  • The designer then went to work on the Schouboe 1907, and he wanted to do it in a .45 caliber.  The simple straight blowback design wouldn’t work with such a large cartridge, so he designed a lightweight, wooden bullet with a steel jacket and an aluminum base. The bullet weighed 55 grains.
  • The round was underpowered, and even traveling at 1625 fps it still had significant accuracy problems.

4.) The Jennings/Bryco/Jiminez Brand Pistols:

  • These pistols are pretty much functionally all the same, but just produced under different names after several legal and financial issues.
  • These companies produced guns known as “Ring of Fire” guns, as they were produced in a specific area of California.
  • These guns are made out of Zamak-3 and aluminum. The Hi-Point series of pistols also use Zamak-3 in their construction, but their quality control and casting processes are FAR superior to these firearms.
  • They are VERY inexpensive (the example I own, the Jennings J-22, I paid $60 for) but they are also prone to breakage with extended use.  I have heard of slides coming off of the gun during firing and hitting the shooter. These are also NOT drop-safe.
  • The example I have jams very often, and seldom can I make it through a full magazine without at least one jam.  These guns are just range toys and nothing more.

5.) The Gyrojet Handgun:

  • The Gyrojet was an attempt to use non-conventional “mini-rockets” to propel a projectile out of a firearm.
  • The Gyrojet pistol did not use a traditional barrel, as there was no pressure that needed to be contained because the rounds were driven by small rocket charges in their bases. There were several holes in the base of each round which spun the round and gyroscopically stabilized it.
  • The velocity of the round immediately coming out of the muzzle was very low, but increased once the round traveled some distance, to a typical velocity of 1,250 fps.
  • Because of the low velocity at the muzzle, the Gyrojet was ineffective at short range, and more effective at long range.  The issue was that there were pretty significant accuracy problems, which increased with range.
  • The cartridge the Gyrojet fired was around 13mm Caliber.

6.) The MARS Automatic Pistol:

  • This handgun is interesting, because it is a failed design BECAUSE of its caliber.  The Mars Automatic pistol was an early attempt at an autoloading pistol design firing a very powerful service cartridge.
  • Produced in 1899, it weighed nearly three pounds and had a 9.5” barrel.  It was chambered for the .450 Mars cartridge, which propelled a 220 grain FMJ bullet at 1,200 fps.
  • It also had a pretty violent feeding mechanism which required the rounds to have a significant crimp on the bullet to ensure everything stayed together during feeding.
  • When tested by the British War Office for potential adoption, the gun was rejected for its excessive weight, muzzle blast and high recoil. A quote from the lead tester read “No one who fired once with this pistol wished to fire it again.”

Wrap-Up:

  • A few listener emails.
  • Thank you to all the people who have written in for the Listener FAQ’s episode and the 1911 episode.  If you haven’t done so and you wish to please email me at ryan@handgunradio.com
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Until next week, Thanks for listening and SAFE SHOOTING!!!!!!!!

HGR 008 - Machine Pistols

HGR 008 - Machine Pistols

Ryan discusses the rapid-fire handguns and “almost-handguns” that have been in use throughout recent history.

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Week in Review:

  • Got to reload some more .38 & .357 Magnum loads. I was particularly excited to get some hot .357 Magnum loads put together to test and make sure they will be plenty accurate for the upcoming deer season here in Maine.  I am using a 180 grain Hornady XTP Jacketed Hollowpoint combined with H110 powder.  In the areas I hunt in the ranges are very short and it is very wooded. I don’t think I’ve ever known anyone who hunts around here to have a shot past 100 yards. My last deer I took was shot at 60 yards.
  • Got to play around with a couple of interesting Egyptian military pieces from the 1950’s: The "Helwan" which was a licensed copy of the Beretta Model 1951 9mm Pistol.  I also got to play around with the standard issue rifle of the 1950’s Egyptian military, the "Hakim" rifle. (I know this is Handgun Radio, but I found this rifle VERY interesting.) The Helwan is a single-stack 9mm that was the predecessor to the Beretta M92 that is currently issued to the U.S. Military.  I don’t have much experience with Beretta pistols, so seeing the way the gun locks up was very interesting. The Hakim was also very interesting; it is a licensed copy of the Swedish AG-42 Ljungmann rifle, firing 8mm Mauser cartridges. Check out the video review of the Helwan that I did for a close up view of the locking system and the rest of the gun!

“Half-Truth” Segment:

  • In this week’s “Half-Truths” segment, we are going to touch upon President Obama’s recent Executive Order that altered the use of NFA trusts.
  • An NFA Trust is a way in which people can acquire firearms and accessories that are restricted under the National Firearms Act of 1934 (NFA). This includes fully-automatic weapons, suppressors, short-barreled rifles, etc.
  • When acquiring a NFA-restricted item, there are two routes: As an individual, the purchaser has to submit all the required paperwork to the ATF, along with fingerprint cards, passport photos, ALL required information, a $200 check for the NFA tax stamp (Which is literally, an adhesive stamp.) AND they have to have their Chief Law Enforcement Officer (CLEO) of their county or municipality sign off on the paperwork saying they do not have any reason to believe this person should not be able to posses the NFA item.
  • The second route is by setting up what is called an NFA Trust. The individual contacts a lawyer, and has them set up a Trust. (For this example, we will call it “Billy’s NFA Trust” as its LEGAL name.) The individual is then considered a trustee of “Billy’s NFA Trust”. With this setup, the Trust owns the NFA items, and as such, cannot be fingerprinted or photographed (The Trust isn’t a live person, its an entity.) By going the Trust route, you also do not have to get the CLEO sign-off like you do when you purchase as an individual.
  • A trust also allows you to add family members to the trustee list. That way, if you die, your family does not have to deal with the hassle of getting your NFA items transferred to them, as they are already permitted to have them as a trustee.
  • For awhile now, most people suspected that the administration would seek to make it so every purchase through a trust requires a background check and fingerprinting, so the EO was not unexpected.
  • However, just a few days ago it was announced that EVERY person on the trust would have to have CLEO sign-off for NFA purchases, thereby negating one of the main advantages of a trust. (If your local CLEO will not sign off, the trust USED to be your only option to purchase NFA items.)
  • The half-truth part is: “This Executive Order will stop people from being able to purchase firearms through a “Corporate Trust” (their terms, not mine.) without going through a background check.” The people who purchase NFA items THROUGH LEGAL CHANNELS are NOT the people you need to watch out for. These people are some of the most responsible firearms owners in the country, as they have taken the responsibility to put themselves through the very rigorous legal process to obtain NFA items.
  • Having the CLEO sign-off doesn’t do ANYTHING to stop crime. Why? Because all the CLEO sign-off did was basically say “I know this person is not prohibited and should not be prohibited from purchasing this item.” Nothing more. This move cripples the ability for law-abiding people to purchase NFA items by imposing POTENTIAL restrictions at the local level, rather than the federal level.

Main Topic: Machine Pistols

This week we will be discussing some of the fully-automatic handguns that are out there, along with some that aren’t quite considered handguns, but are similar in size, if not in practicality.

1.) Stechkin APS:

  • Introduced in 1951 along with the Makarov pistol to replace the WWII-era Tokarev TT-33 in 7.62x25mm Tokarev.
  • Chambered mainly in 9x18 Makarov, the Stechkin APS has also been chambered in 9mm Parabellum.
  • With a rate of fire of 750 rounds per minute, the Stechkin is a handful to control. The Soviet Union issued the firearm with a detachable wooden shoulder stock that looked a lot like the stock that was issued with the Mauser C96 712 “Schnellfeuer”. This made the gun much more controllable, and the stock also did double-duty as a holster.
  • Fairly large and bulky for handgun, the Stechkin was mainly issued to tank crews, pilots and other soldiers whose duties may not require a larger rifle or carbine.
  • The Stechkin was also used by several other Soviet Satellite states such as Ukraine and Romania.

2.) Mauser C96 712 "Schnellfeuer":

  • The Mauser C96 “Broomhandle” was one of the first practical semi-automatic pistol designs. Introduced by Mauser in 1896, the C96 was a 10 shot handgun chambered in 7.63x25mm Mauser.
  • The Spanish firm of Astra made a copy of the C96 Mauser, and in 1928 they began making select-fire versions of the gun. Mauser followed suit in 1932 with the “Schnellfeuer”. When adopted by the Wermacht in WWII, the gun was designated the 712.
  • The C96 could also accept a shoulder stock to allow for better control when firing on full-automatic.

3.) Beretta 93R:

  • The Beretta 93R is a select-fire version of the Beretta M92 with some slight modifications.  It was introduced by Beretta in the 1970’s with an eye toward police and military use.  
  • The gun fires at a rate of 1,100 rounds per minute in a three-round burst format. It can also be fired semi-automatic, simply by flipping a selector switch.
  • In order to make the gun more controllable, Beretta added a compensator to the end of the barrel, and also added a folding metal foregrip in front of the trigger guard, as well as the capability to attach a folding metal stock to the back of the grip.
  • There are very few (if any) transferable Beretta 93R’s in the United States and as such, are very valuable if found.  I have heard of some small shops making post-86 dealer samples out of Taurus PT-92’s, but nothing that can be legally owned by someone without the proper licensing.

4.) Heckler & Koch VP-70M:

  • The VP70 was H&K’s machine pistol.  Similar to the Beretta 93R in that it fired in a three-round burst mode, the VP70 was one of the first attempts to design a machine pistol that would be truly controllable.
  • The VP70 is also the very first ever polymer pistol.  It was introduced in 1970, 12 years prior to the Glock’s introduction.
  • The rate of fire was much higher than the Beretta 93R, at 2,200 rounds per minute.
  • The VP70 is also double-action only and striker-fired.  From what I have read the trigger pull is very heavy and long.
  • The VP70 requires a stock with a selector switch on it to be attached before it can be fired fully automatic.

5.) Glock 18:

  • Probably the best known machine pistol, the Glock 18 is a fully automatic variant of the 9mm Glock pistol.
  • The Glock 18 looks much like the Glock 17, but has a rotating selector switch on the left rear of the slide.  By rotating the switch up, you can fire in full automatic mode, and with the switch down, in semi-automatic mode.  
  • The Glock has an extremely high rate of fire at 1,200 rounds per minute.  There is a provision to attach a shoulder stock to the grip of the Glock 18, which allows for more controllable full automatic fire.
  • There were also compensated versions of the Glock 18 called the 18C which had four ports in the top of the barrel that helped with controllability on full-automatic.
  • As far as I know, there are no transferable genuine Glock 18’s in the United States.  Typically when you see a fully automatic Glock on YouTube, it is a post-86 dealer sample Glock that was converted to fully automatic and not manufactured that way.

6.) CZ-75 Fully-Automatic Variant:

  • Very little information exists about this gun. The standard CZ-75 is a rugged and reliable 9mm handgun.
  • In 1992, CZ introduced the fully automatic variant of the CZ-75 for law enforcement and military use.  
  • In my research, I could only find information about the pistol’s specifications.  Apparently it is simply a standard CZ-75 pistol that has a selector switch for fully-automatic fire.  
  • Also, one can attach a magazine to a small slot in front of the trigger guard and use it as a makeshift vertical foregrip for more controllability.

7.) VZ.61 "Skorpion":

  • Not quite in the “handgun” category, the VZ.61 “Skorpion” was developed in 1959 for the Czech military as a sidearm/primary weapon for tank crews and lower ranking members of the armed services.
  • Chambered in .32 ACP, the VZ.61 had a fairly small magazine capacity of 10 or 20 rounds, along with a wire folding stock that folded over the top of the weapon.
  • It was fairly bulky for handgun, but could be worn in a holster on one’s side.  It was also rather small for a submachine gun, but was employed in that role in some instances.
  • The Skorpion utilizes a internal rate reducer device that brings the rate of fire down from 1,000 rounds per minute to around 800 rounds per minute. Visit the God and Guns Podcast and listen to Episode 22 for a great discussion and detailing of the inner workings of the VZ.61.

Wrap-Up:

  • A couple listener e-mails.
  • Thank you all for giving us iTunes reviews! It really helps us get noticed by other people and helps boost our standing in the iTunes world.
  • Thank you to everyone who is sending in e-mails, questions and comments about the show.  You can e-mail me at ryan@handgunradio.com or visit our Handgun Radio website and click on the “Contact” tab at the top.
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Thanks for listening and SAFE SHOOTING!!!!!!!!