Handgun Radio 243 - Full Metal.....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, we talk about all-metal pistols!

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Week in Review:

Ryan: HANDGUN RADIO Q&A!

-I WANT A .22 LR SNUBBY. MODEL 43C VS, RUGER LCR .22 LR

Weerd:  Had a Mouse-gun Showdown between the Beretta 21A and the S&W Escort...and the Ruger LCR .22 won!    I’m certainly warming to the odd little Escort

Drink Segment:  French 75 Variant

This is one of my wife’s favorites.

2oz Gin ( Prefer New Amsterdam or a Barrel Aged gin)

1oz Elderflower Liqueur (I like St Elder)

0.5oz Lemon Juice

Dashes of Orange Bitters


Top with champagne

Main Topic: All Metal-Pistols

-Smith & Wesson

https://aimsurplus.com/smith-wesson-model-6906-9mm-pistol

https://aimsurplus.com/smith-wesson-model-64-5-38spl-4-in-revolver

https://aimsurplus.com/smith-wesson-model-5903-9mm-handgun


-Beretta

-Sig Sauer

https://aimsurplus.com/leo-trade-in-sig-sauer-p226-357-sig-handgun

https://aimsurplus.com/leo-trade-in-sig-sauer-p226-e2-357-sig-handgun


-Browning

-CZ

-Kahr

-Walther



Wrap-Up:

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  • Check out Weerd Beard at the Assorted Calibers Podcast & Weerd World!


Until Next week, have fun and safe shooting!


Handgun Radio 219 - Movies, Wadcutters & Listeners

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 talk some good movies, good actors, wadcutters & some listener questions!


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Week in Review:

Ryan:

Historical Games: Red Dead Redemption 2


Weerd: Chazz Palminteri And Treat WIlliams Mulholland Falls


Drink Segment:  Email from Listener Tony


“Hey Weerd,

The Rye Whiskey you and Ryan were talking about was it the Bonded or regular Old Overholt? I have been wanting to start trying Rye whiskeys, thought this would be a good start. DO you suggest straight up to start with? What other suggestions do you have? I am a  Tanqueray Guy, what gins do you prefer?”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





Listener Emails:

Name: Skyler

Subject: Episode suggestions

Message: Hi guys, I’m a loyal listener of the podcast and I have a suggestion for a main topic. C&R licenses? How to get one. Are they worth it? How difficult are they to maintain? WHY DOESNT RYAN HAVE HIS YET?! If nothing else I hope this gets Weerd to start asking about it every other episode. Thanks for your time and I really appreciate the podcast. You’ve really helped to provide a new gunner with solid information in an entertaining way. Keep up the great work.


Lawrence

Hi Ryan,

Lawrence here. I just got my hands on this Taurus Spectrum and really like it. I know Weerd is not much of a fan of Tauruses, but I like to come to own conclusions.

You can say my name on the show when you think you should.

Keep up the excellent work guys.


Name: Graham

Subject: Taurus revolvers

Message: What's the verdict on Taurus revolvers? There's a local listing for a raging bull in .454 casull with 300 rounds for 750. Seems like a steal. Are they decent? Can they handle the big Magnum?

William

Wadcutters for self defense?

https://americanhandgunner.com/45-wadcutters-slow-and-steady-wins/



Wrap-Up:


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  • Check out Weerd Beard at the Assorted Calibers Podcast & Weerd World!



Until next week, have fun and safe shooting!


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

Wrap-Up:

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  • Check out Weerd Beard at the Assorted Calibers Podcast & Weerd World!



Until next week, have fun and safe shooting!


Handgun Radio 170 - Lesser Known Handgun Manufacturers

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.

Tonight,  Weerd & I discuss some lesser known handgun manufacturers!

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Week in Review:

Ryan: -Getting ready to head down to MA for a few days! Gonna finally get to go to the range with Weerd!!!

 Weerd: 

Drink Segment:  Snow Cones!

You can make flavored syrup by mixing the proper proportions of sugar and drink mix with equal amounts of water.

You then take your trusty lewis bag and a hammer and make a glass full of snow, and you can have all the fun at the fair for a fraction of the price.

https://www.amazon.com/Houseables-Condiment-Container-Polyethylene-Restaurant/dp/B01E0CAWJ2/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1497230764&sr=8-6&keywords=condiment+bottles+with+cap

Main Topic: Lesser Known Semi-Auto Handgun Manufacturers

Haskell "Hi-Point" Pistol

FEG Pistols

Grendel INC

Mauser M2 & HSc 

Jehrico 941

Star Megastar & Firestar

Daewoo

Wrap-Up:

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

 

 

 

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

Wrap-Up:

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

 

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!

  • Be sure to get into the Handgun Radio Discussion Group on facebook! Lots of great content there!

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

Wrap-Up:

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HGR 111 - Early Self-Loading Pistols with Forgotten Weapons at James D. Julia Auctions

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.A few weeks ago, I spent the day with Ian from Forgotten Weapons up at the James D. Julia Auction House to check out some incredibly cool & rare historical firearms and discussed the progression of early-self loading pistols!

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Links to Visit:

This episode is going to be heavily dependent on photographs and video for you to see the guns we talked about. Check out the Handgun Radio Facebook Page or the Ryan Michad Youtube Channel to see video of a few of the guns’ mechanisms and photos!

Visit James D. Julia Auction House for more information about the upcoming October Auction, and to see their catalogs with amazing photography as well as their archives!

Visit Forgotten Weapons at Full30.com to see the videos of some of these guns. They are also on Facebook.

Main Topic: Early Self-Loading Pistols with Forgotten Weapons at James D. Julia Auctions

 

 

Berger Ring Trigger

Berger Pistol
Berger Pistol
Schulhof Pistol
Schulhof Pistol
Mannlicher 1894 Blow Forward
Mannlicher 1894 Blow Forward
Gabbett-Fairfax 1901 Mars Pistol
Gabbett-Fairfax 1901 Mars Pistol

Wrap-Up:

  • Dont forget to shop Brownells using our affiliate link, www.handgunradio.com/brownells
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  • Be sure to check out the Firearms Radio Network on YouTube!
  • Visit James D. Julia Auctions for more amazing firearms!
  • Visit Forgotten Weapons for great video & information!
  • Thank you Ian for taking the time and for a great day of historical firearms!

Until next week, Have fun and SAFE SHOOTING!

HGR 078 - Gas-Operated & Gas Delayed

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 gas-operated handguns and gas-delayed handguns!

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Week in Review:

Ryan:

Weerd:

Kahr Gen 2

Mousegun Chart

Main Topic: Gas Operated & Gas Delayed

One of the many operating systems and locking systems out there is Gas Operation and Gas Delayed blowback. We are used to the traditional straight blowback system or the standard Browning Tilt-Lock system.

Gas-Operation:

AR, AK & FAL “Pistols”:

Desert Eagle:

Wildey Pistol:

Gas-Delayed Locking:

Walther CCP:

H&K P7:

Steyr GB:

Wilson Combat ADP/Heritage Stealth:

Vector CP1


Wrap-Up:

Until next week, have fun and SAFE SHOOTING!

HGR 039 - Concealed Carry Handguns

HGR 039 - Concealed Carry Handguns

Hello and welcome to episode 039 of Handgun Radio! Im your host Ryan Michad and this is your home for all the news, information and discussion in the handgunning world! This week, I have with me Matt and Weerd Beard to discuss some popular options in concealed carry handguns.

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Week in Review:

Ryan:

  • Got my Altamont Boot Grips in for my S&W Model 60. I am exceedingly happy with them! The fit it awesome and the figuring on the wood is very cool too. I am really pleased. The slick texture also helps with pocket carry. There is a video over at the youtube channel featuring them so go check it out!
  • Got to do some great video & shooting this weekend with the Arcus 98 DA, the Sig-Sauer P225, the Helwan which we have talked about before and the new suppressor ready Ruger 10/22 Takedown. Really awesome guns!
  • Been working on reloading so I can get a lot of shooting in this summer and also get some video for the listeners and viewers!!

     Matt:

*    Finally got some rounds down range through the competitor. Using it for NRA  action pistol Wolrd shoot, maybe Bianchi in the metallic sight division.

       *   trying to find some American Eagle 158gr .357 as a back up.

Weerd: weerdworld.com, The Squirrel Report Podcast

Unfortunetly I’m tied up with a new baby and haven’t had a chance to hit the range.  Also having a baby will make you sick as a dog!

Main Topic: Concealed Carry Handguns

This episode we are going to discuss some of the concealed carry handguns that are available, both new and old, and what things to look out for with those guns.

New (or newer) handguns:

Sig-Sauer P938:

  • Small 9mm handgun based upon the 1911/Colt Mustang design.
  • Single action trigger pull 7.5 lbs
  • 5.9” length
  • 3.9” height
  • 1.1” width
  • Barrel length 3.0” with sight radius of 4.2”
  • Weight without magazine 16.0 oz.
  • Holds six rounds
  • Comes with SIGLITE night sights.
  • MSRP $819.00
  • NOT CA COMPLIANT

Walther PPS:

  • Available in 9mm or .40 S&W
  • 6.1 lbs trigger pull
  • 3.2” barrel length
  • OAL: 6.3”
  • Magazine Capacity 7 Rounds
  • 0.9” width
  • Sight Radius 5.4”
  • Weight with empty mag 1.3 lbs
  • $533.00

S&W Shield:

  • Available in 9mm or .40 S&W
  • Trigger pull 6.5 lbs
  • 3.1” barrel
  • 6.1” length
  • 0.95” wide
  • 4.6” height
  • 7 round capacity
  • 19.0 oz. weight
  • 5.3” sight radius
  • $449.00 MSRP

Springfield XDs (4.0):

  • Available in 9mm
  • 5.5 to 7.7 lbs Trigger Pull
  • 7+1 round capacity (9+1 with mag extension)
  • 7” length
  • 4.4” height
  • 0.9” width
  • Comes with 1 flush sitting magazine and 1 magazine with grip extension.
  • $599 black finish $669 two-tone finish MSRP

Kahr PM9:

  • Available in 9mm (+p rated)
  • 6+1 capacity (7+1 with mag extension)
  • 3.1” barrel (polygonal rifling)
  • OAL 5.42”
  • 4.0” Height
  • 0.90” Width
  • Pistol weighs 14 oz. Magazine 1.9 oz.

Kahr PM45

  • .45 ACP (+P Rated)
  • 5+1 Standard magazine 6&7-round extended magazines available
  • 3.14” Barrel (pi!)
  • OAL 5.79”
  • 1.01” Wide
  • 17.3 Oz Unloaded 2oz Magazine
  • $855 MSRP, $1,000 Black with Night Sights

S&W J-Frames (36,60,442,642,637,638, etc.):

  • Chambered in .38 Special, .357 Magnum, .32 H&R Magnum (and if you’re lucky, 9mm in the 940)
  • Prices run from $430 to $800 MSRP & retail.
  • 5 shot capacity.
  • Can be had with hammer, hammerless or with a shrouded but accessible hammer (S&W 638)
  • Can be had in stainless steel, carbon steel or any of the lightweight “Airweight” materials S&W uses.
  • Grip options available to fit almost any hand.

Glock 42:

  • Chambered in .380 Automatic
  • 5.94” length
  • 4.13” height
  • 0.94” width
  • 4.92” sight radius
  • 3.25” barrel length
  • 14.36 oz. loaded
  • 5.5 lbs trigger pull
  • 6 round capacity
  • $409.00 retail

Older Designs:

Walther PPK/s:

  • Chambered in .380 Auto and .22 LR currently, and .32 in older models
  • Barrel 3.3 in
  • Capacity 6 Rounds .380 and .32 8 Rounds .22LR
  • OAL 6.1”
  • Width 1”
  • Height  3.8”
  • 22.4 oz unloaded

Colt Commander:

  • Chambered in .45 ACP, .38 Super, 9x19mm as well as other calibers like 10mm auto and .40 S&W for other brand copies
  • Barrel 4.25”
  • Capacity 7+1 Flush fit, 8+1 with mag bumper, and all sorts of odd magazines available from long sticks to drums
  • OAL 7.75”
  • Width 0.91 inches with slim grips or across the slide
  • Height 5.25”
  • Weight 28 oz unloaded
  • Price $500 for cast imports, the sky is the limit for custom guns!

Beretta 21A:

  • Available in .22 LR and .25 ACP
  • 7+1 in .22 LR, 8+1 in .25ACP
  • Barrel 2.4 IN
  • Height 3.7 in
  • Width 1.1in
  • OAL 4.92 in
  • 11.8 oz unloaded

Wrap-Up:

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  • Last week’s winner of the Handgun Radio giveaway has not contacted me yet. It was iTunes reviewer BarrisSmurf. Please contact me at ryan@handgunradio.com so I can ship you your EDC tape. If you do not contact me by next week’s show I will redraw a winner.
  • Thanks guys for coming on!

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

HGR 018 - Buy Used Not Abused

HGR 018 - Buy Used Not Abused

This week Ryan discusses the things to look for when buying a used handgun to make sure you get a quality firearm.

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Week in Review:

  • The Handgun Radio Listener Roundtable has been tentatively scheduled for Saturday, November 23rd. I’ll announce the time as the date gets closer.  I will post the link on the Handgun Radio Facebook page when the roundtable goes live on YouTube. It will also be released as an episode of Handgun Radio.
  • I spent some time out in the woods this past week with the Ruger .44 Magnum Redhawk. Didn’t see any deer yet, but I did do some distance shooting with the .44 on some steel plates.  As most of you know I am usually a Smith & Wesson shooter, and I am used to shooting double-action and single action with those guns. The Ruger trigger is different. It seems harder for me to hit with the Ruger using the gun in single-action. Using the Ruger in double-action, my maximum distance with the gun was roughly 35 to 40 yards with iron sights. In single-action I had a great deal more trouble.
  • Zack Carlson of The Gun Bench and a contributor to Gun Guy Radio and the Firearms Radio Network recently posted an article on his handgun hunting luck using a Glock 20SF in 10mm. He was using 220 grain Hardcast Buffalo Bore ammunition.  Go check it out!
  • Got some great response from the last episode of Handgun Radio.  I hope the stuff that was discussed in the episode in terms of refinishing handguns will be of assistance to you all. If you have any questions about something that wasn’t covered in the episode please feel free to email me at ryan@handgunradio.com

Main Topic: Buy Used Not Abused

Buying a handgun does not have to be a hugely expensive experience! I know I am often floored by the MSRP of some new handguns I see offered and I can’t imagine spending that much money on a handgun unless I was rich! (I wish!) However, just because the new ones cost a lot of money sometimes, doesn’t mean you can’t get a good quality handgun. “Used” should not be a dirty word when it comes to purchasing a handgun! If you know some of the proper ways to check the handgun for aesthetics and function, then you can really find a great used handgun, often for a fraction of its original price. I am not ashamed to admit that I have NEVER purchased a factory-new handgun. All my handguns have been bought used.  This topic will cover some of the ways you can check a Revolver and Semi-Auto pistol for function and to ensure you get a quality used firearm.

Checking Over the Revolver (Single & Double-Action):

  • It should go without saying, but check to ensure the revolver is unloaded. The techniques discussed here may vary slightly from brand to brand, but in general can be applied to the vast majority of revolvers.
  • Give the revolver a good external inspection for scratches, dents, wear and any other unusual things externally.  If the gun has been visibly abused on the outside, then there stands to be a good chance the gun was not taken care of internally as well.
  • Unless the work was done by an established company such as Turnbull Mfg., be wary of any refinished gun.  A gun that is refinished to hide abuse or damage may also be hiding similar surprises internally.
  • Another good indicator when looking at a used handgun is multiple damaged screw heads. One buggered up screw head may be a mistake or a slip of the screwdriver. Multiple damaged screw heads could be indicative of someone who did not know to use the properly fitting screwdriver for that particular screw. Most people who know how to do proper gunsmithing work will always use the proper fitting screwdriver.
  • Look carefully at the sights on the gun, whether fixed or adjustable. Look at the edges on the left or right. If they are bent or damaged, the gun could have been dropped and damaged in a way you may not be able to see with the naked eye.  At best, you may just need to replace the sights.
  • The cylinder should only move VERY slightly fore and aft in the cylinder window. This is called cylinder endshake. Having excessive endshake can cause primer issues, headspace issues and potentially a very dangerous situation in which the cylinder is unlocked. If you are mechanically inclined, excessive endshake can be corrected using the Yoke Endshake Bearings from Brownells. These small shims can be placed inside the cylinder to correct the excessive endshake. Many instructional videos can be found on YouTube regarding this process.
  • The cylinder should not hang up when opening, and the cylinder latch you push with your thumb should operate smoothly as well. Make sure the cylinder crane swings out smoothly when opened and when closing.
  • Some revolvers have fixed ejector rods, others have screw-in ejector rods. Most Ruger double action revolvers use a fixed ejector rod, where the Smith & Wesson revolvers use a screw in ejector rod.  Make sure you pay particular attention to the ejector rod. If it comes unscrewed, it can cause cylinder binding problems (this happened to me with my Model 66). Make sure the ejector rod operates properly by ejecting some snap caps, and make sure it returns to the forward position smoothly and under its own spring power. Place a straight edge underneath the ejector rod perpendicular to the revolver. Spin the ejector rod and check for any wobbling or runout. This can indicate a bent ejector rod, which can cause the cylinder to bind as well.
  • Check the barrel forcing cone, making sure there are no cracks or splits or damage there. The forcing cone is one of the highest-wear areas on a revolver. Damage here can affect accuracy greatly.
  • Check the cylinder stop in the bottom of the cylinder window. It should be undamaged and have sharp,defined edges. Push it down with a small punch and it should spring back up under its own power.
  • Look at the condition of the hand in the back of the cylinder window. It should move upward smoothly and should have sharp, defined edges.  Also look at the ratchet notches on the back of the cylinder, ensuring that they are not excessively worn.
  • Look at the firing pin hole, ensuring that it is not peened in any way from excessive dry firing without snap caps.  Ensure that the hole is properly sized and has defined edges.
  • Check the muzzle crown and ensure it is not damaged, and that the edges are sharp and defined. A damaged muzzle crown can SEVERELY affect accuracy.
  • Finally, load the revolver with snap caps, and check the single-action and double-action timing.  You do this by slowly cocking the revolver six times, ensuring that the cylinder stop snaps up into the corresponding notch in the cylinder just BEFORE the hammer reaches full cock.  To check the double-action timing, pull the trigger slowly through the double-action stroke. The cylinder stop should snap up into the notch just BEFORE the hammer falls.
  • Finally, check the barrel cylinder gap. You can do this using a set of Feeler Gauges. These are strips of metal of varying incremental thicknesses. Using these gauges, you can check the minimum and maximum barrel-cylinder gap and compare these measurements to specifications from the manufacturer to ensure they are within accepted tolerances.  Having excessive barrel-cylinder gap can cause excessive lead spitting, particulate gases escaping on firing and many other unpleasant things. Having too little barrel-cylinder gap can cause the revolver to bind up after just a few shots.

Semi-Auto Pistols:

In terms of semi-auto pistols, you can use most of the techniques discussed above in the revolver section to examine the aesthetics of the handgun. This section will cover mostly mechanical checks to ensure the handgun will function properly and safely.

  • Ensure all the external controls are in their proper place and they function positively. Check whatever safety features and controls are on the gun, and ensure they work & do what they are intended. (Ensure the gun is unloaded, as always.)
  • With the slide closed, press down on the top of the chamber hood (The portion of the barrel that is exposed in the ejection port.  With the slide completely closed, the barrel hood should NOT move at all.  If it doesn’t move, the barrel is locked up properly.  As you slowly retract the slide, the barrel should remain locked and move with the slide for a VERY short distance, and it should then start to drop down and unlock from the slide.  Note that this technique will not work on straight blowback pistols because the barrel is affixed to the frame and does not operate in the same manner as the tilt-locking Browning mechanism.
  • If possible, disassemble the gun so you can inspect the barrel and chamber. Ensure there is no rust in the chamber and that the bore is bright and shiny and the rifling looks clear-cut and well defined.  Any imperfections inside the chamber can cause cases to get stuck upon firing.
  • Examine the slide for cracks or any other small imperfections.  The slide on a semi-auto can be a very high stress part and some cheaper firearms may not have had their slides properly heat-treated.
  • One thing that is often overlooked is ensuring the gun has a magazine with it. Some older, more obscure guns can have very hard to find or expensive magazines.  Magazines for my Colt 1903 can run into the $100 range. Make sure the magazine functions positively and smoothly.  A worn magazine can be the cause of many functioning issues.

If the handgun passes these tests, then it should  be a fairly safe used buy.  Follow your gut though. If it seems too good to be true, it probably is. Cross-check online prices for used guns similar to the one you’re looking at to make sure the price you’re paying is in the right ballpark.  Inspect the gun carefully, and if possible test fire it! Many private sellers will let you test-fire the handgun if you just ask (and you seem like you’re ready to close the deal and all you need to do is test-fire it.) Even if you cannot test fire the gun, if it passes the inspection outlined above, you can feel pretty confident the gun will work well for you.

Wrap-Up:

Until next week, thanks for listening and SAFE SHOOTING!!!!

HGR 017 - From Beater To Beautiful

HGR 017 - From Beater to Beautiful

In this episode, Ryan discusses some of the tools, techniques and tips that you can use to restore a beaten-up old handgun to good-looking or even beautiful condition!

Photo Credit: Turnbull Manufacturing
Photo Credit: Turnbull Manufacturing

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Week in Review:


  • Due to space limitations, I had to re-locate my reloading bench this past week.  Previously, I had a large L-shaped bench setup, but I really didn’t need that space as I didn’t have tumblers and other things working, just my press and powder measure.  I had a purpose-built reloading stand with multiple drawers and shelves that was very compact, so I re-located my setup there.  Now the setup is very space-efficient, and I have some great lighting overhead that will enhance the reloading hobby even more.  Here is a picture of the new setup:

Main Topic: How can I make my beat-up old gun look new again?

This discussion will cover some of the ways that you can take a beat-up old handgun (or for some techniques/tools, any gun) and restore it to a somewhat decent looking condition. I will be dividing the tools and techniques up into several different categories: Metal Working and Finishing Methods; Wood Working and Finishing Methods; Specialty Methods that cannot be done by your typical end-user (i.e. chrome finishes, hot bluing salts finishes, etc.)

Caution!: If you are planning on refinishing an old, beat up firearm PLEASE make sure it does not have any historical or collector value.  There have been a great number of collectable firearms that have acquired a nice, natural patina, only to have it scrubbed off by someone with a wire brush trying to make the gun look “nicer”. If you have any doubts, don’t do it and get the gun checked out.  I thoroughly checked out my Colt 1903 to the point where I felt comfortable enough before I refinished it.

Metalworking & Metal Finishing Options:

  • If you have a firearm that has some light rust, perhaps some pitting and a scratched up, dull finish you may choose to do a complete refinish of the handgun.
  • I originally tried my hand at metal refinishing with an old no-name break top .32 S&W revolver that had no collector value.  It was an old piece that had quite a bit of rust and pitting and the firing pin had fallen out of the hammer so the gun was non-functional which made it a great first test gun.
  • I had the gun sandblasted by a friend with a sandblasting setup, and left in the white (no finish). The gun had to be completely disassembled before the refinishing process could take place (this is typically the case with all refinishing methods.)
  • after the sandblasting took away most of the pitting and imperfections in the metal, I used progressively higher grits of sandpaper until I ended at 2000 grit wet sandpaper.  I must stress that this sanding action was done with a VERY light touch, to smooth out the metal. I then finished with a light polish of the metal with very fine steel wool.
  • One product I used for both the .32 S&W revolver project and the Colt 1903 project that I was very impressed with was Brownells Oxpho-Blue Creme bluing compound.  When I used it, it produced a much deeper and long lasting blue finish than the liquid blue compounds typically do.
  • One thing that is ABSOLUTELY KEY when bluing a firearm (or doing any metal prep work, really) is to wear rubber gloves so you do not contaminate the metal surface with oils and fingerprints, as these will show up in the final finish.  MAKE SURE THE ENTIRE METAL SURFACE IS CLEAR OF ANY OIL.  Use some sort of degreaser to ensure there is no oil that could ruin the finish.
  • If you are someone who refinishes firearms often, you may be interested in the Benchtop Parkerizing Kit from Brownells.  This kit allows you to add a durable parkerized finish to handguns and small parts. The parkerizing absorbs oil quite well and helps with corrosion resistance, and can provide a great replacement finish for a firearm that may not look great cosmetically with a traditional bluing job.
  • One other option for a firearm that may not look great with a cold-blue job is using the Duracoat Painting System. The Duracoat painting system allows you to apply a painted on finish in a variety of colors on firearms and firearms parts. Then you simply bake the part in the oven to allow the paint to cure and let it sit for the time allotted in the instruction manual.  This can be a great alternative.

Wood Finishing Products & Techniques:

  • Much of what will be discussed in this category can be applied to handgun grips as well as rifle stocks that you are refinishing. The same rules apply here: Make sure it isn’t a collectable!
  • I’ve worked quite a bit on smooth handgun grips, but on checkered handgun grips proper wood refinishing can sometimes be a problem. It can be difficult to use many wood refinishing techniques without damaging the profile of the checkering somewhat.  I would caution you to leave the checkering alone when doing wood refinishing unless you have the means & tools to recut the checkering.
  • For grips & stocks that have been dented, scratched and otherwise damaged, there are many techniques you can use to return them to decent looking condition.  First, use some sort of wood stripping compound to remove all of the old finish off the rifle.  Wear thick rubber gloves and safety goggles, and do this outside.  You will use a lot of paper towels while wiping my preferred compound, Citri-Strip, off the wood stock.  This will remove much of the oil that has seeped into the stock over the years.
  • After the majority of the finish is stripped away, but before the stock dries too much, use a hairdryer on the LOWEST heat setting and slowly run it over the wood a safe distance away. Only do this for about 30 seconds at a time.  This will bring out some of the oil that has permeated the wood over the years.  Be careful doing this on thin handgun stocks.  Don’t do it too much as you don’t want to dry the wood out.
  • To raise dents and scratches, soak a cloth towel in hot water, and then using a standard iron, place the wet towel over the dent or scratch on the wood, and press down with the iron for only 2 or 3 seconds. Any longer and you can burn the wood.  This will raise the dent somewhat which will then allow you to sand it and make it less noticeable.  This technique works better on larger and thicker pieces of wood.
  • To finish the wood, use progressively higher and higher grits of sandpaper, I would start at 240 grit and head up to 320 and perhaps a few steps higher after that.  When you reach the feel you want, make sure the wood is free of any sawdust from the sanding, and apply the stain you want to achieve the color you want.
  • To finish & seal the wood, you have a couple options. You can go the traditional route and use a product such as Brownells Tru-Oil Stock Finish or you can use a modern Polyurethane sealer that can be purchased at any hardware store. The Tru-Oil offers that classic, hand-rubbed oil finish look, while the polyurethane offers a glossy, modern look that is quite resistant to the elements.  I have used both, and my choice depends upon the purpose & character of the firearm.

Specialty Methods:

  • These methods typically cannot be done by the end-user, and require that the gun be shipped off to the shop of your choosing to have the metal work done.
  • If I had a lot of extra money laying around, I would send my Colt 1903 to Turnbull's Mfg. to have it completely refinished and reblued. Turnbull’s shop has done so many AMAZING firearms and I hope one day that I get to own a firearm that they have refinished.  They do truly astounding work and they are one of the few shops who can do that classic blue to old Colt firearms and make it look right. I hope to have the money to send my 1903 in for at least a simple hot blue job sometime soon.
  • If hard chrome or other plating is what you’d like to have on your firearm, then Mahovsky's Metalife is a great option for you. They offer many different services including Hard Chrome metal plating, electroless nickel plating, and many more firearms finishes.
  • Another great option if maximum finish durability and easy cleaning is what you desire is the NP3 Finish from Robar. The NP3 finish is an electroless nickel based finish that is similar to Teflon. It is a very durable and very slick finish which allows for easier cleaning as dirt and fouling cannot stick as well to the surface.

Wrap-Up:

  • I’m really looking forward to the Listener Roundtable, make sure you look out for the live link to be posted.  I will get back to you all with a date very soon.
  • Be sure to check out the reviews and the Firearms Insider community over at The Firearms Insider! Share the link with your friends!
  • Leave a written review on iTunes!
  • Share the Handgun Radio FaceBook page with you friends!!!!
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Thanks for listening and SAFE SHOOTING!!!!

HGR 015 - .22 Handguns

HGR 015 - .22 Handguns

Ryan discusses some of the .22 handguns available as well as some of tips and tricks you can use to to get the most out of your .22 LR handgun training.

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Week in Review:

  • The Firearms Radio Network’s Firearms Insider has launched! It is a whole firearms community, where you have the podcasts, the written reviews, the video reviews, and the blog posts.  All of those pieces come together & work together to form the Firearms Insider Community and I am very happy to be a part of it. Be sure to check out all the great content over there and check back frequently, as it is updated quite often.
  • This past weekend I got the chance to shoot the fairly new Smith & Wesson M&P9 Shield.  I was very impressed as this was the first chance I got to actually handle one of the new Shield pistols and I was astounded at the ergonomics of it.  The gun is VERY thin at only 0.95”.  The grip felt a little different to me, as it didn’t feel as rounded as the larger double-stack M&P pistols.  It would take me some time to get used to, but it was a very reliable and accurate 9mm pistol.  There will be a review of the pistol up on the Firearms Insider page very soon.
  • I had someone ask me a while back if you can just buy a .223/5.56mm suppressor and use it on your .22 LR rifles and pistols as well.  I thought it would work, but to be sure I tested it while I was out shooting this weekend.  I took a video of me shooting the Smith & Wesson M&P .22 Pistol with a .223 suppressor attached and, as you can see, the bullet hitting the steel is louder than the shot itself. I would caution you however, as the .22 LR cartridge burns notoriously dirty, and could cause problems for you in your .223 suppressor if you use it for .22s long term.
  • Someone mentioned in an iTunes review that they could not get older episodes of the show.  That is the way in which the iTunes feed works for the show, and as there are new episodes posted, some of the earliest disappear from the list.  If you wish to get all of them, you can listen to them at their respective episode pages at www.handgunradio.com. If you would prefer you can email me at ryan@handgunradio.com and I will send you the MP3 file of whichever show you would like to hear.

Main Topic: .22 Handguns

For this segment, I will divide the .22 Handguns up into three categories: Semi-Autos with a fully-recoiling slide assembly; Semi-Autos with a half-recoiling slide assembly; and revolvers. This will not be an exhaustive list, just a sampling of some of the better ones.

Semi-Autos with a fully recoiling slide assembly:

  • Smith & Wesson M&P .22 Pistol: This is a great .22 pistol that is very versatile and can serve many roles.  The M&P is a larger, service size semi-auto .22, that mimics the feel and appearance of the larger centerfire M&P pistols.  The pistol runs anywhere from $339 to $419 from some examples I’ve seen on Gunbroker.  The gun has a threaded barrel for a suppressor, and has three dot sights that are white.  The sights are high enough that they will typically clear a .22 LR suppressor, which is a huge plus.  The gun is also fully ambidextrous with a thumb safety on both sides and a reversible magazine release.
  • Ruger SR-22 .22 LR Pistol: This is also another great .22 LR handgun.  This pistol has the threaded barrel and the cartridge in common with the M&P .22, but that is where the similarities end.  The SR-22 is a much smaller, more compact gun (that does, in fact resemble the old Walther P-22 pistols). However, unlike many of the P-22 pistols, the Ruger SR-22 pistol functions reliably and is extremely accurate.  The SR-22 comes with two 10-round magazines and is hammer fired. It has an ambidextrous combination thumb safety and decocker mechanism. It carries adjustable three dot white sights that will also clear most .22 Suppressors. These are running around $350 on Gunbroker.
  • Kimber Rimfire Target: Kimber offers the classic 1911 pistol in a rimfire format for training with a smaller caliber gun that mimics the handling characteristics of the larger centerfire 1911.  Holding 10 rounds, the Kimber Rimfire Target only weighs 23 ounces unloaded. The slide and the frame are aluminum, and it carries adjustable sights. At an MSRP of $871.00, it is not the most inexpensive rimfire pistol however.

.22 Pistols with a half-recoiling slide assembly:

  • Ruger Mark Series Pistols: The Ruger Mark Series pistols do not use a traditional slide assembly, but rather use a tubular receiver assembly with a round bolt reciprocating inside the tube.  Two cocking ears stick out at the rear of the gun for chambering.  The Mark Series guns can be had in many varieties, such as the traditional variety with the sharply angled grip, or the 22/45 variety with the grip frame that mimics the 1911 grip angle and feel.  These guns can be had anywhere from $300 to $500 and up.  They can be difficult to disassemble, but some tools do make the disassembly process much easier.
  • The Browning Buckmark Series: The Browning Buckmark series is a similar design to the Ruger Mark Series, but it uses a breechblock assembly that reciprocates at the rear of the gun. One huge advantage of the Ruger system and the Browning Buckmark system is that a sighting system is easily mounted, as there isn’t a reciprocating slide assembly to interfere with the mount. The Browning Buckmark can be had in a similar price range to the Ruger, and can be had in many different finishes and styles.

Revolvers:

  • Ruger LCR .22: This is a great little snub-nosed polymer .22 double action revolver.  I cannot recall another gun like this that I have seen in quite some time.  Most .22 LR revovlers are of the single-action type, or you can get the double action .22’s from S&W.  Ruger really hit upon a great idea with the Ruger LCR .22, as it allows those people who have a larger Ruger LCR in a centerfire caliber to practice with a smaller gun and cheaper ammunition.  For those recoil sensitive people, the LCR .22 may not be a bad defensive option given you can place your shots correctly with it. The MSRP on these guns is around $529, but I’m sure you could find it in gun stores for a bit less.
  • Ruger SP-101 .22 LR: The Ruger SP-101 series is a double-action revolver line designed by Ruger to be similar to the K-frame size from S&W.  The SP-101 has been chambered in a number of calibers, including .38 Special, .357 Magnum, 9mm, and now .22 LR.  The .22 LR version of the SP-101 is made out of stainless steel and mimics the handling characteristics of its bigger centerfire brothers.  It sports a fiber optic front sight, and at an MSRP of $699, you can probably find these for around $500 to $550 in gun stores.

I know there’s many more .22 handguns out there, and this is just a sampling.  Maybe the listeners can send me in some emails for their favorite .22 handguns and we can feature them on a listener feedback show.

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Wrap-Up:

  • Thank you to everyone who has sent in emails, it helps let me know what you like to hear about and what you don’t like to hear about on the show.
  • I received an email about possibly having some guests on the show and I am planning on doing so in the fairly near future.  I was also considering maybe taking a Saturday night and doing a sort of Listener Roundtable via Google hangout.  I figured if 6 or 7 people wanted to get together and swap stories, tips, tricks, experiences, etc. we could do it via Google Hangout and post it as an episode. What do you think?
  • Be sure to check out the reviews and the Firearms Insider community over at The Firearms Insider! Share the link with your friends!
  • Leave a written review on iTunes!
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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.

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HGR 007 - Modern Police Handguns

HGR 007 - Modern Police Handguns

Ryan discusses the modern handguns used by our police forces. Part 2 of 2 in a series on Law Enforcement handguns. Brought to you by the Firearms Radio Network.

Week in Review & Discussion:

  • Got to tour a few local gun shops around here. Got to see & handle some new handguns that have came out, including the Ruger 1911 Commander size, the new Double-Tap Derringer in 9mm & .45 ACP (a LOT larger than I expected. Thin, but large.) and a Ruger LCR in .22 Long Rifle (I really liked this gun, a light, accurate little .22 double action revolver.)
  • Got to see someone fire a Ruger Blackhawk chambered in .30 Carbine.  That is one cartridge that throws off quite the fireball and is pretty loud, but was VERY accurate.  I was impressed; it was a very fun firearm to see shot.
  • A friend of mine picked up a Smith & Wesson SD-40 which is S&W’s budget line of polymer pistols.  The S&W M&P semi-automatic series is a step up from the SD series, but the SD series are a very solid, well built handgun that is very affordable.  If you are looking for an economical self-defense handgun that will be reliable and accurate, you could do a whole lot worse than purchasing one of the SD series handguns from Smith & Wesson.
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Main Topic: Modern Police Handguns:

Again, this is part two of two in a series on Police handguns. Much of this information is drawn from reading the books Greatest Handguns of the World Vol. I & II by Massad Ayoob. These books are a great read and are books that you will pick up and read over and over again. It has great stories, detailed pictures and history of many of the great classic & modern handguns that you know and love.  Highly recommended!!

1.)The Glock series of pistols (9mm, .40 S&W, .357 SIG, .45 ACP & others.):

  • Originally designed by Gaston Glock in Austria.  Glock was a fabricator of parts made of high-impact polymer.  He was approached by some firearms manufacturers to try and make polymer frames for firearms, and Glock decided to try and make his own handgun.
  • The result of his attempts was the Glock 17, first introduced in 1984.  The Glock 17 was originally adopted by the Austrian army, and then by several other European armies, before being adopted by the Miami Police Department as a replacement for their double-action revolvers.
  • The ATF classified the Glock as a “Double-Action Only”, which caused many police departments to transition to the Glock as a way of reducing accidents resulting from cocked double-action revolvers.  There had been a few cases where officers had cocked their DA revolvers and accidentally shot suspects because of the light trigger pull.  With the Glock pistol, it was a DAO, meaning it could not be cocked.
  • Interestingly, Glock produces two models that are not available in the United States.  The Glock 25 and the Glock 28.  These are both .380 ACP models that are manufactured for countries where civilians cannot own “military” calibers such as 9mm and .45 ACP.
  • Many anti-gun politicians decried the Glock pistols as being “plastic” and being able to be brought through metal detectors.  This was simply untrue, as the Glock pistols are not completely polymer at all.  Yes, the frame and some of the smaller parts are made out of a high-impact polymer, but the slide, barrel, springs and many parts in the trigger kit are made out of traditional steel.
  • Glock has produced several “Generations” of handguns, currently on their Gen4 Models.  The new Gen4 Models have a slightly redesigned recoil spring system and the ability to change the backstraps to fit the shooters hand.

2.) Heckler & Koch P7 “Squeeze Cocker”:

  • The H&K P7 was a semi-automatic pistol in 9mm (along with later versions and even one in .45 ACP) that used a unique “squeeze-cocking” lever on the frontstrap of the grip. In order to fire the pistol one would have to squeeze the lever back, which precocks the pistol and allows you to finish the trigger-stroke.
  • The P7 was a single stack design, with a capacity of 8 rounds.
  • The barrel of the P7 was affixed to the frame, much in the way of the blowback-operated Walther PPK.  However, the P7 was not a blowback design, but used a small scale gas system to keep the slide locked for a sufficient amount of time during firing.
  • That fixed barrel design allows for a high degree of accuracy, as the barrel is not tilting downward as it does in a Browning tilt-locking design.
  • One criticism of the P7, especially when used by American consumers was the magazine catch. The P7 used the heel-type magazine catch system, except rather than pull the catch backwards, you pushed the catch forwards while stripping the magazine out.
  • When the U.S. Army was looking for a replacement sidearm, H&K added a 13 round magazine to the P7 and called it the P7M13 and submitted it to the Army trials.  
  • Some Police Departments including the New Jersey State Police and the Utah State Police have adopted both the P7M8 and the P7M13.

3.) The Beretta Model 92 9mm Pistol:

  • The Beretta Model 92 pistol is a 9mm pistol that has been the standard sidearm of the United States Armed Forces since 1985.
  • The Beretta M92 has been adopted by many different police departments throughout the United States when they transitioned from revolvers in the late 80’s and early 90’s. Maine State Troopers carried the Beretta 92 at one time, although they now carry the H&K USP .45 ACP,
  • The Beretta 92 was developed from the Beretta Model 1951.  The Beretta Model 1951 was a single-stack 9mm pistol that looks a lot like the M92, but has a few differences, such as being a single-action design.  The 1951 also used the old style Beretta magazine release button recessed in the grip panel, much like on the smaller .22 and .25 caliber Beretta pocket pistols.
  • Engineers at Beretta redesigned the 1951 with a double-action trigger system, a double-stack magazine and a manual safety system located on the slide, that also functioned as a decocking lever allowing for safe hammer-down carry with a chambered round.
  • The Beretta 92 was one of the first high-capacity 9mm pistols that would reliably feed hollow-point bullet designs that was introduced to the American market.
  • Before the widespread issue of the Glock 17, most police departments wanted a pistol that was capable of being carried hammer down on a chambered round. They did not want cocked and locked carry that was seen often on semi-automatic pistols of the period. The Beretta 92 allowed for this method of carry.
  • The Beretta 92 beat out entries from Colt, H&K, Ruger & Sig-Sauer to become the U.S. Military’s standard service pistol.

4.) The Sig-Sauer P226 9mm Pistol:

  • The Sig-Sauer P226 9mm pistol is a DA/SA design that was born out of the Army Pistol Trials of the 1980’s. Sig-Sauer took their P220 & P225 models that were single-stack pistols, and redesigned them to accept a double-stack magazine. The P226 was born.
  • While most of the double-stack semi-automatics of the time had a large, bulky grip as a result of the magazine, the Sig-Sauer P226 had the grip recontoured and allowed for a very manageable handgun that carried a large number of rounds.
  • The P226 was said to have beaten or at least tied the Beretta M92 for the Army pistol contract, but Beretta put in a lower bid for the contract.
  • After there were some complaints about parts breakage in the Beretta M92, the Navy SEALS stopped accepting the Beretta M92’s and procured Sig-Sauer P226 pistols instead.
  • The Sig-Sauer is one of the most popular police issue handguns in the country, probably behind the S&W M&P Series and the Glock.
  • The P226 is a reliable, accurate and durable 9mm semi-automatic pistol.

I understand that I haven’t covered nearly as many firearms in this episode as I did in the past episode, and that is for two reasons: 1.) There are several that I could have included, such as the CZ-75 or the Browning High-Power, but those guns have seen much more military than police use. Plus, I also want to cover those pistols and a few more in an upcoming episode of Handgun Radio that will cover Wartime Handguns. And 2.) Many of the handguns that you see used by police departments today are typically variations on a theme more than their own unique design.  The H&K USP, for example has many different design quirks than a Glock or a Sig-Sauer, but ultimately, follows some of the same form & function as those pistols.

Wrap Up:

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