Handgun Radio 217 - Listeners!

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


This week, we talk some more firearms news and Listener emails!


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Week in Review:  


Ryan: Played Gigs

-Unknown Soldier Pistols




Weerd:  Children’s birthday party.  Been a LOOOONG weekend. On the gunnie side,  haven’t had much time to hit the range, but I noticed the last time I was shooting I was pulling shots with my 1911.     The only excuse I can think of is lack of dry-fire practice. So since I have this 1st Gen M&P, and those crappy triggers improve with dry-fire,  this is a match made in heaven.



Drink Segment:  Old Overhold 100 Proof rye

Bigelow Brewing Company Skowhegan, Maine




Main Topic:




Listener Email:


Will-

Dear Ryan,

Love the show, the banter, the insights, and knowledge in every week's

episode. Being an Alabama football fan I noticed today this news story

about the former coach Mike DuBose, who accidentally shot himself in

the torso with his .38 while mowing the grass. He carries while mowing

'in case of snakes.' This made me wonder how this could have happened,

i.e. an accidental discharge of a revolver while carrying. I know

you're a revolver man and regularly carry; any ideas about this

particular case based on the limited information available and any

hints for safe revolver carry? Article linked below.

Thanks!

best,

-Will

http://www.mrcolionnoir.com/woman-dies-after-accidentally-shooting-herself-in-the-head-at-missouri-gun-range/



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.


Name: Mike

Subject: Taurus

Message: Enjoyed the show on Taurus. My first carry gun was a Taurus pt111. Even bought a 24/7. The pt111 would not shoot a full magazine without a misfire. Shipped both back for recall. It took them ten months to get the last one back. What a lack of customer service. I doubt I would ever purchase a Taurus again.


Name: Mark

Subject: TAURUS PROGRAM

Message: I don't own any Taurus products but the show was pretty incredible. I would like to see similar shows about other manufactures.


Like SIG Sauer, Steyr, F B Radom, Zastava, CZ, FEG, Star, Para Ordnance, Heckler & Koch, Nambu, Lahti etc.

You guys are doing a great job. The Best program on the network.


For Weerd, I haven't found a bartender anywhere that can make a Sazerac.


Wrap-Up:


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Until next week, have fun and safe shooting!



Handgun Radio 120 - Custom Pistolsmithing with Bayside Custom Gunworks

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

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

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Welcome Chris!

Welcome Weerd!

Week in Review:

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

Chris:

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

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

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

Discussion Questions:

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

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

When did you start Bayside Custom Gunworks?

  • 2011

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

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

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

  • alot :)

Do you modify semi-autos or mainly revolvers?

  • both

Weerd Beard Questions:

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

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

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

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

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

BCG Plugs:

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Handgun Radio 119 - The Sig-Sauer 320 and Chassis Systems

Hello and welcome to Handgun Radio! I’m your host Ryan Michad from the wild woods of Central Maine, and this is your home for all the news, information and discussion in the handgunning world.This week, I’m joined by Matt Lohafer and Clay Klemm to discuss the Sig Sauer 320 pistol as well as pistols that use a chassis design!

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Clay & Matt, how are you doing?

Week in Review:

Ryan- Tested out my new camera, the Canon Vixia HF R60. So far pretty impressed with it! Shot my Jennings J-22 to remind myself of how much that gun malfunctions =)

Matt- Traveling to see family, and showing off my new J67 carbine.

Clay- Finishing up my 2015 gun projects and getting ready for SHOT and my 2016 projects. Just finished my VZ58 SBR project this past week.

Main Topic: The Sig-Sauer 320 and Chassis Systems

So with the recent introduction of the Ruger American, there has been yet more discussion about the chassis system in handguns. The new Ruger uses a chassis system, and from what I understand it is NOT intended to be removable like the Sig 320 or 250. I find that a bit odd because I would think one of the main advantages to the chassis system is having that increased modularity that it offers. Matt and Clay are both quite familiar with the Sig 320 and 250, and I am only experienced with the 250.

So Matt, what is the extent of your experience with the 250 and the 320?

Clay, what is the extent of your experience with the 320?

The 250 was introduced in 2007, so the concept of a chassis that is the serial numbered part is nothing new. I know when I have shot the 250, the trigger is nice but long. The trigger on the 320 that I tried at NRA show was markedly better. Is there anything else Matt that you feel changed between the 250 and the 320?

Clay, what did you shoot before you started shooting the 320 in competition and how do you feel the 320 stacks up against the other guns you’ve used?

When people think of Sig Sauer, they think P226/229 DA/SA with a decocker. The 250 and the 320 is neither of those. Do you think the 320/250 is getting the attention it deserves or do you think that they are hurt by not following the traditional Sig form/function?

Is the “modularity” factor of the 250/320 as convenient and user friendly as its made to sound in terms of availability of other grip frames, ease of changeover, etc?

One common complaint is the high bore axis of Sig pistols compared to other offerings. Friend of the show Nick Humphries from Practically Tactical just finished an evaluation of the Sig Sauer 320 and found that the high bore axis made it really tough for him to shoot as well as he did when using his Glocks. I shoot and carry a Steyr C9A1 which has a very low bore axis, and having gone from a Sig Sauer P226 to the Steyr, I can definitely notice a difference. Have you found that the bore axis has hindered your ability to shoot better? Have you found any ways to minimize the effects of the high bore axis?

If there was one thing on the Sig 320/250 that you could add, remove or change, what would it be?

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Handgun Radio 116 - Modifying Your Revolver For Competition

Hello and welcome to Handgun Radio! I’m your host Ryan Michad from the wild woods of Central Maine, and this is your home for all the news, information and discussion in the handgunning world.This week, I’m joined by Matt Hoffman to discuss the internal and external modifications that you can do yourself or have done by a gunsmith to tailor your wheelgun for competition shooting!

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Week in Review:

Ryan: - Got the chance to check out a Detonics Pocket 9 today. A Family friend said he had a 9mm but didn’t know what it was. Really neat pistol! Pictures and video up on the Handgun Radio Facebook.

Matt:  Its been busy few months. We have been getting our Icore matches going again and shot a few matches big matches. Picked up a couple of Smiths, a 617 full target and 21 Thunder Ranch Special new in box. The new in box part will not last long though.

Main Topic: Modifying your Revolver for Competition

The competition world is generally dominated by autoloading pistols these days. The ease of reloading the autoloader with a magazine filled with cartridges makes it a good stepping stone for those wanting to get into competition shooting. However, the revolver still has its place in competition. The use of moonclips, speedloaders and the 7 and 8 shot guns have brought the revolvers almost even with some people shooting autoloaders. The extra challenge and skill needed to run a wheelgun in competition can be fun and exciting for people who may have grown a bit bored with standard competition and want to diversify their activities, or with people like me and Matt who just love tricked out, cool looking revolvers. Matt has been shooting competition with wheelguns for quite some time now, and we have discussed what gear you would want for competition in previous episodes; but we never really discussed how you might modify your revolver for competition. I thought it would be a good discussion to talk about what modifications you would make both internally and externally to your revolver in order to get it competition ready.

I’ve been exploring this topic for about 3 years now. I’m getting closer to figuring it now

Truth be told, you can go to the safe and pull out that old model 10 or 686 of your grandpa owned and with a few accessories shoot an idpa match. Most people will probably get more enjoyment with a few mods though.

 It's probably better to break it up into some different categories depending on what you intend to do. Most all of them are applicable to later mods.

 We will start off with the basic smooth and tune. I recommend this for most any revolver competition or not. It consists of polishing the rebound block, double action sear and trigger. Most smiths will get the DA pull to about 9-9.5lbs and smooth as silk. With a smooth action the often feel lighter than that.

  You might also consider chamfering the cylinder. A tool is used to put a bevel on the cylinder where your cartridges enter. Makes it like a funnel to guide the rounds in.

  Bobbing the hammer is another mod that could be a plus here. Lightens the hammer and if it's still a self defense gun will smooth the draw and maybe keep a gungho lawyer from saying you went SA.

   On the newer Smiths with the frame mounted firing pins I always check the length of the firing pin. Older guns had .495 length pin but the newer guns have .485 or shorter. I guess the 14lb+ pulls and short pins make them lawyer proof. I replace every short pin with an Apex Tactical firing pin. Longer pins are available from Power Custom and Cylinder and Slide as well.

  These mods are all fairly affordable, possibly user installed, easier to shoot but most importantly reliable with any quality ammo. Perfect for competition like IDPA but still can be used for self defense.

  The next level things get a bit more labor intensive and expensive.

 You can have your forcing cone trued up. This will make it completely flat and polishes the throat so every round leaves the cylinder into the rifling perfect and repeatable. Once that is done you may choose to recrown the barrel so every bullet leaves the exact same way. Somewhat pricey but may squeeze out the last bit of accuracy to raise four x count.

  These next mods are competition only. Here you will see the smooth actions but also much lower DA/SA pull weight. These guns will most likely be purpose built for a particular sport. You may see different barrels,optics and odd calibers.

  The action job will build on the smooth and tune and go beyond by polishing the inside of the frame to remove tooling marks,etc. The trigger and hammer will be shimmed so the pull is straight back with no loading. The trigger face is often polished and contoured. The hammers are bobbed and skeletonised or replaced with an apex hammer. This speeds up the hammer to aid in ignition with the lower pull weights.

  Speaking of pull weights, here you will see 4.5-6 lbs of da pull. No more off the shelf ammo. Deep set Federal primers are a must at these reduced weights. Some people actually crush them a bit.

  Titanium cylinders show here alot. The lower weight reduces the rotational mass to lower the pull and make an easier stop.

   Swapped barrels are pretty common. Lightened for speed and heavy bull for staying on target and accuracy. Ports and comps are common.

  Sights are more specialised often here too. Red dots, fiber optic and the large Aristocate sights with the large range are used alot.

SHOPS: Mojo Custom Guns www.mojocustomguns.com

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               Apex Tactical www.apextactical.com

Wrap-Up:

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HGR 115 - .25’s, .32’s & .380’s with Weerd Beard

HGR 115 - .25’s, .32’s & .380’s with Weerd BeardHello and welcome to Handgun Radio! I’m your host Ryan Michad from the wild woods of Central Maine, and this is your home for all the news, information and discussion in the handgunning world.

This week, I’m joined by Weerd Beard to discuss the diminutive cartridges that are still commercially viable, the .25 ACP, .32 ACP and .380 ACP!

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Week in Review:

Ryan:  Finished up the SafeGuard Armor Level IIIa Soft Armor review. VERY impressed with the results. The video is up on the Handgun Radio Facebook page as well as the Firearms Insider Page. Go check it out!!!

Weerd: Now with penetrating oils, these damn walker nipples are NOT coming out!  I really need to get this to a gunsmith.

Drink Segment: The Gimlet Video

Lavender Bitters  And Bitters make for fine cocktails!

Main Topic: .25’s, .32’s & .380’s with Weerd Beard

The subcaliber options are almost always scoffed at by most people for serious purposes, but they can be fun to shoot in a recreational manner, and if need be, can be pressed into use in a defensive role. Now, many people do consider the .380 ACP to be adequate for self defense, and use it successfully in that role every day, but some also consider it marginal. We figured it would be an interesting discussion to cover the .25 ACP since Weerd has a Colt 1908 Vest Pocket, and I have a Colt 1903 in .32 ACP and have reloaded it before. We also have quite a bit of experience with .380 in the Ruger LCP and Glock 42.

Wikipedia .25 ACP

Great Discussion on .25 ACP

.25 ACP In Use Defensive Encounter

.32 ACP Wikipedia

Claude Werner Post on .32 ACP

Reloading the .32 ACP

.380 ACP Wikipedia

Luckygunner: Is the .380 Powerful enough for self-defense?

Bulk .380 ACP Ammo for sale

No Antibiotics?

Wrap-Up:

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

HGR 114 - The Lone Wolf Timberwolf with TJ

Hello and welcome to Handgun Radio! I’m your host Ryan Michad from the wild woods of Central Maine, and this is your home for all the news, information and discussion in the handgunning world.This week, I’m joined by TJ Gauthier to discuss his experiences with the Timberwolf pistol from Lone Wolf Distributors.

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Week in Review:

Ryan: Did some shooting at the range with a bunch of suppressed guns! Used a Ruger 22/45, the Volquartsen Custom Scorpion, S&W M&P .22 pistol, Ruger SR-22 Pistol, MP5-SD and CZ Scorpion Evo 3 suppressed! Fun times!

-Got some armor in to test probably this upcoming weekend.

TJ:I finished building my latest AR. Hoping to get out and sight in a few rifles soon.

Main Topic: The Timberwolf Experience with TJ

The Glock is like most firearms. You either have people who absolutely love the gun and won’t use anything else, and then you have the people who absolutely hate it for any number of reasons. The most common one I hear it “it doesn’t fit me right” or “I don’t like the grip angle”. Quite a large little industry has sprung up for the modification of these pistols to make them more fit to the user. A top name for this sort of stuff is Boresight Solutions. However, some people don’t want to have to send their gun off for a probably several month process. The Lone Wolf Timberwolf frame and slide allow someone who may not be too enamored with the traditional Glock feel to have a similar pistol that fits them better and has their choice of parts and setup.

Lone Wolf Timberwolf Frame

TJ, what prompted you to start looking at the Timberwolf?

What is the Timberwolf package?

Slides?

Frame?

Calibers?

Wrap-Up:

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

HGR 113 - Cool Handgun Names

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

This week, I’m rejoined by Weerd Beard to discuss cool or interesting handgun names!

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Week in Review:

Ryan: Volquartsen Scorpion Video review is posted! Really enjoyed it! Written review is posted as well! Check it out!!!

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Weerd:   Chicken Fried a steak in Fireclean!

Drink: La Paloma  https://youtu.be/23jTUk8AxyU Thanks listener Bob!

Main Topic: Cool Handgun Names

Sometimes we don’t give much thought to handgun names. Granted, most of them are simply a model number like “Glock 21” or “S&W 459”. There are some handguns that have a special name or interesting name. We thought it would be an interesting topic to discuss!

Desert Eagle

http://world.guns.ru/handguns/hg/isr/desert-eagle-e.html

Baby Eagle

AMT Auto Mag Series

AMT Hardballer

Arsenal Strike One "Strizh"

ASP (deep cover S&W by Paris Theodore)

Beretta 21A Bobcat

Beretta Cheetah

Colt “Snake gun” Series

"Deer Gun"

FP-45 Liberator aka "Flare Projector"

Mars Automatic Pistol

Sphinx

VZ 61 Skorpion

Welrod

Wildey

Wrap-Up:

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

HGR 112 - History of Beretta Handguns with C&Rsenal

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

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

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Week in Review:

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

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

Main Topic: Beretta Handguns

Beretta Handguns over at C&Rsenal

Wrap-Up:

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  • Othais thank you so much for taking the time! It was very enjoyable!
  • Find Othais at C&Rsenal!!!
  • C&Rsenal PatreonUntil next week, have fun and SAFE SHOOTING!

HGR 110 - Pistolsmith Chuck Warner of Elite Warrior Armament

HGR 110 - Pistolsmith Chuck Warner of Elite Warrior ArmamentHello and welcome to Episode 110 of Handgun Radio! I’m your host Ryan Michad from the wild woods of Central Maine, and this is your home for all the news, information and discussion in the handgunning world.

This week, I am joined by pistolsmith Chuck Warner of Elite Warrior Armament to discuss his work with pistols, specifically the 1911 and Hi-Power.

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Week in Review:

  • Just a reminder, don’t forget to check out the lightbox photos posted over on the Handgun Radio facebook page! There are many modern pistols that are highlighted over there with left and right side as well as aiming down the sight views, in case you wondered what the sight picture looks like on a particular pistol.

Main Topic: Pistolsmith Chuck Warner of Elite Warrior Armament

  1. How did you get started in the pistolsmithing business?
  2. What drove you to work on pistols like the 1911 and the Hi-Power?
  3. What is the biggest mistakes you see “pistolsmiths” make when deciding to work on a gun or during performing specific work on a gun?
  4. What is the “True Radius” sear? What is the True Radius Sear Jig?
  5. A lot of focus is paid to the hammers of pistols, weight, shape etc. I understand you offer “Optimized” hammers. What are the function/purpose of those?
  6. I’ve heard of the Mesh Cut frontstrap treatment that you do. What is that and how did you come up with it?
  7. I’ve heard you are getting started on some custom Hi-Power work. What challenges does the Hi-Power bring to the custom gunsmithing game?
  8. What are some of the biggest mistakes people make when pistolsmithing the Hi-Power?
  9. Do you work on pistols besides the 1911 and Browning Hi-Power?
  10. What is in the future for Elite Warrior Armament?
  11. Where can people find more information about you and your company and stay updated?

Wrap-Up:

Thank you Chuck for coming on the show! I really appreciate it!

Until next week, have fun and SAFE SHOOTING!!

HGR 108 - Handguns & 3D Printing

Hello and welcome to Episode 108 of Handgun Radio! I’m your host Ryan Michad from the wild woods of Central Maine, and this is your home for all the news, information and discussion in the handgunning world.This week, Weerd Beard and I discuss the 3D printing of handguns. The concept has been tried with other platforms, but some people are able to apply the process to handgun manufacture as well!

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Bullpup Shoot in September!

Week in Review:

Ryan- Not much gun stuff, but there is a reason for that. If you aren’t on the facebook page you haven’t seen this, but this past Thursday, the man who taught me most of what I know, my grandfather, passed away after a long battle with alzheimer's and the after effects of a motorcycle accident 7 years ago. He always taught me to question how things work, and always encouraged me in my endeavors. I posted a picture of his guitar rig on Facebook when I played it at my gig saturday night in his honor, and I just wanted to thank everyone who wrote with condolences. It was very much appreciated. I think this coming weekend I will take the .22 Rifle that he used to use to smack groundhogs out to the range and shoot it on the steel. Thank you to everyone for your support.

Tragedy in Wisconsin for Concealed Carrier

Weerd- On Vacation camping at a large family camp.   Because of all the kids, the open nature of the tents, and the amount of kids running around (and the amount of time I spent with the girl in Lake Champlain) I didn’t bring a gun.   Sometimes your best option is just not to carry...well a gun, I ALWAYS have a knife on me.

Drink Segment- http://www.amazon.com/Carte-Blanche-James-Bond-Novel/dp/1451629354

http://www.weerdworld.com/2013/drink-like-james-bond/

Carte Blanche Cocktail from the modern James Bond novel of the same name.

Bond specifies a double-measure of Crown Royal Whiskey, a half measure of triple-sec, and angostura bitters.     Shaken and served on the rocks.   Canadian Whiskey is a must for this drink as more busy whiskies really compete with the simple nature of this drink.    Also if you are a Jack Daniels drinker, that is a perfect whiskey for this drink.

Main Topic: Handguns & 3D Printing

We talk about the incredible technological strides we make in the firearms industry when it comes to new design concepts, new gear or new integration of electronics into firearms, but what about the construction of them by themselves? For the majority of history, firearms have been manufactured in large industrial facilities out of chunks of metal that require milling by a very expensive machine. However, new 3D printing technology has started to change all that. While it is still in its infancy, 3D printing is proving to be a very interesting avenue that gun designers can go down. Beyond making functional firearms, 3D printing offers advantages to designers in that they can construct prototypes out of plastic before investing the time and money to make a working full metal prototype.

Legal Issues Surrounding 3D Printing

International Traffic in Arms Regulation (ITAR)

Undetectable Firearms Act

Ares Armor

What is an “80%” 1911?

3D Printed Guns Wiki

Defense Distributed Liberator

Solid Concepts 1911 .45 3D Metal Printed Gun

Wrap-Up:

HGR 107 - The Machine Pistol in Concept & Practice

Hello and welcome to Episode 107 of 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, Nathaniel F from The Firearm Blog and Daniel Watters join me to discuss the machine pistol in concept and in practice!

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Bullpup Shoot in September!

Week in Review:

Ryan- Bryan Bolivar of Modern Rifleman Radio sent me a message and said he agreed with Weerds Assessment last week that the Lee-Enfield that had hang fires was suffering from excessive headspace.

Doesn’t 303 British headspace on the rim like a revolver cartridge?

Yes. -N

Nathaniel- Ruger Blackhawk .45 ACP/.45 Long Colt

Daniel - You found some great magazine articles that pertained to our last episode! Links will be in the show notes.

Magazine 1

High Standard T3 & Experimental 9mm Ammunition

Main Topic: Machine Pistols & Personal Defense Weapons

The Theory/Concept of Machine Pistols:

  1. Machine pistols have a pretty long history, going back to the Steyr-Hahn M.12/P.16 machine pistol, which had a 16 round magazine, and an attachable shoulder stock.
  1. Machine pistols are pretty easy to design; they simply combine the semi-automatic handgun with an automatic fire sear.
  1. Machine pistols crop up on a regular basis, but never achieve wide scale popularity.

So they've been around a long time, didn't create major design problems for their engineers, and never caught on. Could there be a problem with the idea of a machine pistol?

Discuss PDWs - normally these are carbines (M1, M4) or more commonly handguns (M9).

Discuss how the trend in automatic weapons design has been to make them smaller and lighter. Machine pistols are the smallest and lightest, right? Discuss Trejo and Lercker machine pistols.

Discuss how full auto fire has fallen from favor in individual small arms (rifles). Hyperburst is all but dead, and full auto fire has proven to not improve hit probability. So if it's of extremely limited usefulness in individual weapons, what use is it in a pistol?

Lercker Machine Pistol .25 ACP

Prototype VZ-52 Machine Pistol

Stechkin

Discuss purpose-designed PDWs - Begin with Colt SCAMP and move into P90 and MP7. Many use smaller, extremely low-recoil rounds to facilitate more controllable full-auto fire. Is this what machine pistols need to finally catch on? Highlight the fact that these rounds have advantages (chiefly armor penetration), but may need and/or exploit full auto fire to improve terminal effectiveness, rather than hit probability.

Discuss civilian laws that may dampen the popularity of machine pistols

So is the machine pistol doomed to obscurity, or will it become the PDW of choice for our imminent cyberpunk future?

Some Machine Pistols:

Mauser 712 “Schnellfeuer”

(High-Speed Video of Ian from Forgotten Weapons shooting a Mauser 712)

Stetchkin

Glock 18 (or 17 with Auto Sear)

Machine Pistols Viable? (Great Glock 17 with Autosear Pictures)

Beretta 93R

H&K VP70

VZ 61 Skorpion

CZ75 Full Auto Variant

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HGR 106 - Rimfire Handgunning

Hello and welcome to Episode 106 of Handgun Radio! I’m your host Ryan Michad from the wild woods of Central Maine, and this is your home for all the news, information and discussion in the handgunning world.This week, Weerd Beard and I discuss rimfire handgunning, the revolvers and automatic pistols you can use, and some rimfire ammunition considerations as well!!!

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Bullpup Shoot in September!

Week in Review:

Ryan: Shot Vintage S&W Revolvers (Including a Model 34 Kit Gun)

-Video on Lee-Enfield

Weerd: Listener Question:  Who makes a good GI Spec 1911?   Springfield, and Rock Island.   Also look into Auto Ordnance

Fastback Nightmare

Drink  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Margarita

St Germain

Main Topic: Rimfire Handgunning

Rimfire handguns have always been a fun way to spend the afternoon plinking at tin cans and testing one’s marksmanship skills. In the past few years, with the fluctuation in rimfire ammunition availability & price, I’ve noticed many people opting to do the same thing with centerfire rounds instead. I’ve found in my area that rimfire ammo has become much more available in recent months, and I thought it would be a good discussion to talk about some of our favorites and some of our experiences.

Ammo Considerations:

-Target vs. Defensive ammunition

-Hyper velocity stuff versus standard velocity

-CCI Stingers

-Fragmenting Ammo

Revolvers:

S&W Model 617

.22 Magnum Model 351PD

Model 317 Kit Gun

S&W Model 63

S&W Model 43 C

S&W Model 17 Masterpiece

Single Six

SP101

http://www.ruger.com/products/lcr/models.html

Semi-Autos:

Ruger SR-22

Ruger 22/45 LITE

Ruger Mark III Target

S&W M&P Compact .22 LR

Kel-Tec PMR-30

Volquartsen Scorpion

S&W Model 41

Wrap-Up:

HGR 105 - The Joint Service Small Arms Pistol Trials with Daniel Watters

Hello and welcome to Episode 105 of Handgun Radio! I’m your host Ryan Michad from the wild woods of Central Maine, and this is your home for all the news, information and discussion in the handgunning world. This week, Weerd Beard and I are joined by Daniel Watters, firearms researcher & historian, to discuss the Joint Service Small Arms Pistol Trials that ultimately resulted in the adoption of the Beretta M9 pistol by the U.S. Armed Forces.

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Bullpup Shoot in September!

Week in Review:

Ryan- Got to shoot some vintage S&W revolvers, an I frame .32 S&W Long, K-Frame .32-20, N Frame .44 Special

Weerd Beard:  Had the house to myself this week so I FINALLY got a chance to hit the range.   Didn’t want to over-gun the trip so I bought my father’s re-habbed Sears .22 and my Father-in-Law’s S&W M66 because I hadn’t fired them yet.  Also brought my M&P9, my S&W 617, as well as my Uberti Walker Colt.

Shot better than I expected given my absence from the club, the one let-down was the Walker.   First I forgot the powder measure at home,  but also the #10 caps wouldn’t fit the nipples so I assume they have been flattened out by a previous owner dry-firing, and will need to be replaced...only they are frozen...

(Drink Segment) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mojito

Daniel:

Main Topic: The Joint Service Small Arms Pistol Trials with Daniel Watters

Wikipedia Article on the JSSAP

To discuss the issue adequately, we need to track back to the end of World War II. Between the adoption of the M1911 and the end of the war, nearly three million M1911/M1911A1 pistols had been purchased.  In addition, there had been a variety of substitute standard handguns such as the Colt Commando and Smith & Wesson Victory Model, as well as leftovers from World War I such as the Colt and the Smith & Wesson M1917.  There were also specialty pistols like the General Officers Pistol, better known as the Colt Pocket Hammerless.

During the progress of the war, there were a variety of foreign developments.  Our British and Canadian allies had issued the Browning High-Power pistol.  Our German opponents had issued a large number of double-action semiautomatic pistols ranging from pocket pistols like the Sauer 38H, Mauser HSc, and Walther PP and PPK, as well as the full size Walther P38.

In 1946, the US Army Infantry Board had been tasked with determining whether or not a new service pistol was needed and what features it should have.  At the time, they decided that the M1911 pistol was in fact adequate as was the 45 ACP cartridge.  While they could see the utility of the double action feature, they did not believe that this alone would be enough to justify the immediate adoption of a new service pistol. However, any future service pistol should incorporate the double action feature, and ideally, would also include a feature that would allow the slide to be racked by the trigger.  However, they emphasized that the new pistol should be chambered in .45 ACP and could remain the same size as the M1911.

Yet, not everyone was thrilled with the M1911.  The general complaints about the pistol were that it was too heavy and large; it recoiled too much; it was not accurate; it was not reliable; and it was not safe.  A certain amount of the criticism can be blamed on the inadequate training of wartime troops, combined with a certain amount of revolver bias amongst civilian marksmanship enthusiasts.  The average soldier issued the pistol was not issued it as their primary weapon, even when it was their only firearm. They were either leading other troops, manning a crew served weapon, or assigned as a member of a vehicle crew.  One could argue that the US Army had already perceived that their pistol training was inadequate before the war even began given the creation and adoption of the M1 Carbine.  However, even a carbine could be too bulky for armored vehicle and aircraft crews.

The first effort to adopt a double-action 9mm pistol was sponsored by the US Army Air Forces in 1947, just prior to being granted their status as an independent branch.  Even with the creation of the US Air Force, the service still depended upon the Army for the development of its small arms and aircraft guns for many years.  The original characteristics were quite strict with the weight not to exceed 25 ounces, and the overall length not to exceed 7 inches.  The magazine capacity was to be between 7 and 10 rounds. While they quickly dismissed the notion of trigger-based slide racking, they oddly insisted that the new pistol be blowback-operated as opposed to using a locked breech.  Interestingly enough, the original efforts at a new 9 mm cartridge involved the use of the 158 grain full metal jacket projectile from the service .38 Special cartridge.  This was intended to give a velocity of 850 fps.  Contracts for development of the new pistol were ultimately awarded to High Standard and Colt.

By 1950, the specifications were slightly relaxed.  The pistol could now weigh up to 29 ounces, with an overall length of 7-1/2 inches.  However, the pistol should now hold at least 13 rounds like the Browning High-Power pistol.  Yet, they continued to insist that the design be a straight blowback.  Earlier, there had been experiments with the use of an annular chamber ring in order to delay the extraction of the cartridge, and reduce recoil.

In the meantime, Colt had been submitting more conventional alternatives, which included aluminum-framed variants of the Government Model and what was to become the Commander Model.  While they were not under contract, Smith & Wesson also began development of its own lightweight, double-action 9mm pistol, which ultimately became the Model 39. The Infantry Board started a new set of trials in 1952 to evaluate off-the-shelf revolvers and semi-auto pistols ranging from .32 to .45 ACP.  Their report of April 1953 recommended that the M1911 and the .45 ACP cartridge be replaced on a one-to-one basis with a 9mm semi-auto.  The evaluators claimed the M1911 and its cartridge were no longer suitable for Army issue in part due to their weight.

Springfield Armory drafted a solicitation for a commercial 9mm pistol competition in June 1955.  However, less than a month later, the Army’s Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics killed the 9mm pistol procurement program outright, claiming that they had plenty of M1911 pistols in inventory and that pistols were not terribly important anyway.

A few years earlier, the Air Force had already tired of waiting on the Army’s 9mm pistol development, and adopted lightweight .38 Special revolvers as the M13 Aircrew Revolver. The trick with the M13 was that both the frame and the cylinder were made from aluminum.  The U.S. Navy also considered adoption of the M13 Aircrew Revolver for its own naval aviation crews to replace their older S&W Victory Models.  However, they were not as optimistic about the durability of the aluminum cylinder.  This ultimately proved to be correct.  A lower pressure .38 Special load was standardized as M41 Ball.  It used the 130 grain projectile from .38 Super ammunition loaded at approximately 850 fps.

In 1959, the Air Force ultimately decided to scrap its stock of M13 Aircrew Revolvers.  These were replaced by the S&W Model 15 Combat Masterpiece with 4” barrels.  A variant of the 2” snubnose Model 15 was also standardized as the M56.

As the war in Vietnam heated up, both the Air Force and the Navy made small purchases of the Smith & Wesson Model 39.  In the case of the Air Force, the pistol was issued as a General Officers Pistol.  The Navy was primarily issuing it as an aircrew pistol, although it filtered out to other units.  A variant of the Model 39 modified for use with a sound-suppressor, known as the Mark 22, was also developed for the Navy SEAL teams.

By the late 1960s, the Army also started to see a need for a new General Officers Pistol to replace the long discontinued Colt Pocket Hammerless.  Among the pistols tested were the Smith & Wesson Model 39, the Walther P38, a 9mm variant of the Colt Combat Commander known as the M1969, and an in-house compact conversion of the M1911 from Rock Island Arsenal.  The latter was ultimately adopted as the M15.

By the early 1970s, the Air Force began to become disillusioned with the performance of the M41 Ball.  Experiments were made to improve the performance of the cartridge, including short case variants, as well as deep-seated variants.  The latter option was ultimately standardized as the PGU-12/B.  The Air Force also started to look at the potential of modifying the Model 15 revolver to fire the 9mm cartridge.

In August 1977, the Air Force Armament Laboratory contacted manufacturers inviting submission of 9mm semiautomatic pistols.  The pistols should be capable of single and double-action fire; have a magazine capacity of at least 13 rounds; the magazine catch should be easily accessible and drop the magazine free upon release; the slide should lock to the rear when empty; the ambidextrous safety must lower the hammer without touching the trigger and lock the firing pin when engaged; the magazines should be equipped with a removable floor plate; and the pistols parts should be interchangeable.

The submissions included the Beretta 92S-1; the Colt SSP; the FN GP35, ‘‘Fast Action’ Hi-Power, and Double Action Hi-Power; the HK P9S and VP70; the Smith & Wesson 459A; and the Star Model 28.  The HK entries and the basic FN GP35 were quickly dismissed due to failure to meet the basic technical requirements.  Ten each of the remaining candidates were purchased for testing.  An equal number of issue M1911A1 pistols and S&W Model 15 revolvers were used as control samples. The test pistols were to be capable of functioning under adverse operating conditions, including dust, mud, heat, and cold.  Only eight significant malfunctions were to be allowed during the 5,000-round endurance test.  No candidate passed the tests, but the Beretta was considered to have performed the best of all of the handguns tested, including the control models.  Critics seized upon the poor performance of the control M1911A1 pistols to suggest that the Air Force tests were unscientific and flawed.  This ultimately allowed the Army to take over any future pistol trials.

The US Congress had already begun to take interest in the testing, and seemed particularly peeved concerning the number of different handguns being issued by the different services.  The Joint Services Small Arms Program (JSSAP) was established in 1979, and one of their first tasks was sorting out the pistol issue.  In 1980, JSSAP recommended that a single family of 9mm pistols be adopted, with a full-size and compact model.

In 1981, the US Army began the XM9 pistol trials. 85 requirements were laid down for the winning pistol, of which 72 were mandatory while 13 were desirable. Due to the short time between the the Request for Proposal and the required delivery of test samples, only four candidates were submitted: the Beretta 92SB (an improved 92S-1), the HK P7M13, the S&W 459M, and the SIG-Sauer P226. However, all four failed, and strangely, the Beretta now finished dead last, even behind the control M1911A1.  Congress and the GAO were infuriated by the waste of money for no results.  Procurement funds for additional .45 ACP ammunition were withheld until the US Army could formulate a test series that a manufacturer could pass.

The XM9 trials started again in January 1984.  The competitors included the Beretta 92SB-F (an improved 92SB), the Colt SSP, the FN Double Action Hi-Power, the HK P7M13, the SIG-Sauer P226, the S&W 459M, the Steyr GB, and the Walther P88.  In the end, only the SIG-Sauer P226 and 92SB-F were considered to have passed all of the tests.  After a series of bids in which SIG-Sauer started as the low bidder, Beretta was finally awarded the contract in 1985 due to a lower price quoted on its spare parts.  Allegations were made that Beretta was fed SIG-Sauer’s final bid in order to undercut it.  The other manufacturers were also upset for a variety of justifiable reasons.

After a series of Congressional investigations, another series of tests similar to the XM9 trials were ordered for 1987.  The Army fought to keep the 92F (now the M9) from being retested since it had passed the XM9 trials.  SIG-Sauer insisted that the P226 didn’t need to retested either since it had passed XM9 as well.  S&W argued that the Beretta M9 were no longer being built to the standards of the XM9 trials, having received relaxation of several requirements including accuracy.  The initial set of testing was ultimately cancelled, even though FN, Ruger, S&W, and Tanfoglio intended to submit samples.

The XM10 tests were finally rescheduled for the August 1988.  Since Beretta refused to submit samples, the Army used off-the-shelf M9.  S&W submitted their 459M yet again, and Ruger submitted their new P85.  As before, there were allegations of impropriety after the M9 was announced as the winner.  S&W failed tests that they had passed in XM9, and Ruger wasn’t provided any reason why their samples failed.

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Daniel thanks so much for coming on and sharing your knowledge with us!

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

HGR 104 - Viridian ECR & Training Update with Shan from Werkz Holsters

Hello and welcome to Handgun Radio! I’m your host Ryan Michad from the wild woods of Central Maine, and this is your home for all the news, information and discussion in the handgunning world. This week, I’m joined by Shan from Werkz Holsters to discuss his work with the Viridian ECR system, some new pistols he’s had the chance to work with, and some training classes he attended!

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Week in Review

Most of the show is a week in review, but a few updates:

-Picked up some Hornady Critical Duty 135 grain +P ammo for my guns. I am really impressed. I ran a box through my guns and found it to be reliable so far (I know, it’s not 200 but the gun WAS dirty and definitely in need of a cleaning)

Main Topic: Viridian ECR & Training Update with Shan from Werkz Holsters

Shan has been a guest on the show before. The last time he was on, we discussed how Kydex is used to make holsters, as well as the 9x23 Winchester cartridge. It was a great discussion and its great to have Shan on again!

As for topics, I think topics I could be prepared to discuss are:

  • My view on The Walther CCP, H&K VP9
  • CCP - looks good, feels good on paper
  • Wife compared the CCP side by side with the Shield, and preferred the recoil impulse of the shield.  She said she didn’t feel like it was less.
  • I wasn’t impressed with the CCP trigger.  I didn’t feel like I would prefer it over the VP9.
  • Any key learnings from my training this week.
  • Spent two days shooting.  First day normal fundamentals, both strong and weak hand.  Some moving.
  • Second day emphasized moving, including shooting around and from a car.
  • My lessons (from those who have seen combat) included:
  • When shooting, move.  When need to get the weapon going, move or seek cover.
  • When cover is available, use it!
  • In combat, you may not get a perfect sight picture, have perfect form, etc.  Getting the shot and keeping alive is what matters!  This means you need to seek cover.  This means you may make very awkward shots that are from a high degree of cover rather than taking an optimum position that is exposed.
  • We did one exercise that was set up by the instructor that allowed us to take a shot through a tire, and we could do it by going around a car, or going through the car and taking the shot from our side in the hatch.  My natural instinct was to go around, kneel and get the shot.  However, after looking at it from the target, that left me -very- exposed.  When shooting from laying on the side in the back of the wagon (after climbing through the car), It’s amazing how little you might expose from certain positions.
  • The VP9 fits my daughters hand better, so she will be running it for the next class.
  • The VP9 is a nice pistol, and I love the mag release.  I did run it dry in lots of dust, and had failures to chamber the next round.  I also broke off one of the charging wings during a disabled drill (racking on my belt or heel) and never found it.
  • Viridian's ECR system
  • The theory behind it
  • The idea is that, under stress, finding a switch to activate a light or laser is a fine motor skill that may not happen, either due to forgetting, or due to the adrenalin dump causing the operator to not be able to effectively manipulate the switch.  Also, I suspect there is a chance that manipulating a switch forward of the trigger may not be as safe as keeping the trigger finger along the slide.  Some manufacturers solve these issues by using a pressure switch.  The Viridian system is another potential solution.
  • How it works
  • All Viridian lights / lasers are now ECR-enabled.  The “Enhanced Combat Readiness” system pairs the light with the holster, such that immediately upon drawing from the holster, the light activates.  If you have an X5L, for instance, which has both a light and a laser on it, and each can be set to be on / off / or strobe,, you would set it up how you want it to come on when drawn.  You then holster the pistol, and the light goes on “pause.”
  • Practical use
  • I see the reasoning behind Viridian’s system.  If you want the confidence that your weapon light or laser will be on immediately upon being drawn, this system makes sense.  No switch to hit (or not), no pressure switch that requires a proper grip.  I believe that under stress, a lot of things can go wrong, and while all equipment can fail, this removes a lot of possibilities for operator error.
  • As with all lights, I would occasionally check to make sure the batteries are in good shape.  With the ECR, the light/laser turns on before the pistol is fully drawn from the holster.  This also means that if you’ve set the pistol in the safe, if it slides partway out, it could turn on and drain the battery.  This shouldn’t happen with most holsters, but it is possible.
  • It is possible the activation system could be inconvenient in rare circumstances.  For instance, if you’re drawing, but don’t want to give away your position.  The light or laser will come on before you can access the off switch, which may potentially give away your position.
  • How holsters need to work with it
  • There are a few holster manufacturers listed on Viridian’s website that build holsters for the ECR.  Viridian’s own holster line uses rare earth magnets positioned properly to activate a magnetic switch.  This is what “pauses” the light activation.  For Kydex manufacturers, they’ll either position the magnet inside or outside the Kydex.  It’s a fairly simple process, and one that should be reliable as long as both the magnet and the magnetic switch maintain relative strengths.
  • I look forward to Werkz being listed on the Viridian website for holster manufacturers in the coming weeks.
  • Werkz updates
  • Now have the full line of X5, C5, and Reactors from Viridian to build holsters for.
  • AIWB carry:
  • I have become a big proponent of AIWB carry.  For those who are built to be able to use it, it has many advantages.
  • Comfort:  I can sit, drive, move, put my shoes on, and generally perform all my daily activities with a minimum of discomfort.  And this is while wearing the VP9, a full sized pistol, all day.  The most discomfort might be when putting on shoes, where the slide pushes in on my belly more, but that’s it.
  • Concealable:  I simply untuck my shirt, and even with many tighter shirts, it is difficult to tell that I’m carrying.
  • Secure retention:  I’ve never had a pistol slip or move from this position.  Our holsters are snapped around the belt, so there isn’t a question about the holster staying in place when drawn from.  In addition, there is little chance someone is going to draw your pistol without you seeing them coming.
  • Easy on / off:  With our holsters, we use a single one-way snap to hold the holster on the belt.  This means it is very easy to put on or take off.
  • Quick access:  The pistol is available, whether I’m sitting, driving, standing, etc.  I do a fair amount of driving, and one thing I’ve noticed is that my pistol is quite ready when I’m stopped at a rest area.  The Werkz crew has just completed two days of training with Retical LLC training group.  We compared reaction hand draw for myself AIWB versus hip carry, and AIWB was both much faster and much more sure grip.
  • One of the problems I have is that I’m not carrying an extra magazine.  I now have a solution to that problem.  We have integrated a single mag carrier into the AIWB holster.  The whole holster is more narrow than a single mag carrier and holster placed side by side, and attaches using two of the straps I mentioned above for easy access.  It places the pistol just to the right of centerline, and the magazine is next to it.  The rig is shaped with a bend between the holster and carrier so that it isn’t just “flat” across the stomach.  The pistol remains straight drop, but the magazine is angled to the left side to allow for better draw.
  • I’ve provided a few out to people, and they seem to love it.  I’ve also completed that two days of training, all from concealed using this AIWB rig.
  • We will make these available for right handed only (sorry… I’m left handed myself, but so far I only have built the tooling for right handed draw) for a limited set of pistols by the end of the week.
  • This is simply another option for those searching for the perfect holster and mag carrier.  I do not however, recommend it for an inexperienced person.  It requires a degree of comfort with the pistol as well as strong trigger and muzzle discipline.
  • Stocking 36 colors / patterns of Kydex
  • Looking forward to class with Mike Seeklander
  • 2 days pistol, 1 carbine
  • My daughter (who just completed the 2 day pistol class) is coming with me
  • Will probably run AIWB again.  Need to decide which carbines to

run.  Looking at Tavor for myself, but don't have one yet.

-The awesome Steyr C9A1 Holster & Mag Pouch you made for me

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  • Thank you Shan for taking the time! Where can people find more about you?
  • WerkzUntil Next Week, Have Fun & Safe Shooting!!!

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

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

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

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Week in Review:

Ryan:

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

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

Othais:

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

First, a few things about you Othais

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

What was the role of the handgun in the conflict?

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

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Belgium

1900

1910

France

1892

Ruby

Italy

Bodeo

Beretta 1915

Russia

1895 Nagant

UK

Webleys (Mk VI only so far)

Colt New Service (Canadian .455)

US    

1911

Colt and S&W 1917 (no access yet)

Austria-Hungary

Frommer Stop

Steyr Hahn

Rast and Gasser

Germany

Reichsrevolver

C96

Luger P.08

Luger LP.08

Dreyse 1907

Mauser 1914

Walther Model 4

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

Wrap-Up:

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  • Othais thank you so much for taking the time! It was very enjoyable!
  • Find Othais at C&Rsenal!!!
  • C&Rsenal Patreon

Until next week, have fun and SAFE SHOOTING!

HGR 100 - One-Hundredth Episode Extravaganza

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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 is the ONE HUNDREDTH EPISODE of Handgun Radio! We have TJ & Weerd Beard on to discuss the show, how it has progressed and what have been some of their favorite moments!

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Weerd Beard’s Drink Segment: http://www.weerdworld.com/2013/drink-like-james-bond-pt-2-og-bond-drink/

Main Topic: 100th Episode Extravaganza!

Short Show Clip from Episode 001

Favorite Moments:

TJ:

Handgun Beauty Contest

Weerd Beard:

Joe Mantegna Interview

Ryan Michad:

First Ever Appearance on the FRN

Hamilton Bowen Interview

Listener Questions:

Listener Ken:

Hi Ryan, great show! However, I’m not seeing any way to download episodes prior to episode 58. Usually podcasts give you some way to download episodes from their website that no longer show up in the feed but I don’t see a way to do that. Can you tell me how to get these older episodes? I just started listening and would really like to listen to them all.

Listener Steve:

Ryan, I've recently been considering and therefore researching night sights for my EDC gun. This research has led to the discovery of some opinions that night sights are totally unnecessary on a EDC gun due to the nature of most defensive encounters. This makes me wonder if perhaps it could be true that sights might not even come into play in such situations due to the rapid development and close range most often involved. I just re-listened to episode 066, but it didn't exactly elaborate on this. I would very much enjoy hearing a discussion about this in a future episode and I feel sure other listeners would too. As always, the show is great and keep up the good work!

Listener Mike:

Comment: I am considering purchasing an S&W M&P .45c in the next few months and was curious what you think about it if you or anyone you know has fired it yet and what holster you might recommend for conceal carry? Thanks.

Listener Bob:

That should take you to an Imgur gallery with pictures for the big bore revolver shoot I attended today. John Linebaugh brought some of his guns and other big bore enthusiasts from around the country descended on my local club. There were so many beautiful guns there today. Even better so much knowledge about guns and reloading.

I figured you may get a kick out of them.

Also, I like Weerd Beard's drink advice. His taste and mine seem to be about the same. His first drink, the negroni, is one of my favorites. I tend to drink mine with bourbon making it actually a boulivardier. One he should check out is the paloma. I started drinking it in Mexico and is my favorite way to drink tequila. It is pretty easy.

In a high ball glass add:

Ice

The juice of half a lime

1.5 to 2 ounces of tequila depending on taste

Pinch of salt

Grapefruit Soda (Squirt)

At restaurants in Mexico they put the salt on the rim of the glass. I put a pinch in the drink as it cuts down on the salt intake that way.

Thanks for the show and keep up the good work.

Listener Spencer:

Hey Ryan, you guys had some questions about the Ruger LCR chambered in 9mm. As a new owner of one let me give you my thoughts on this kind of strange revolver...

I can say that it’s the same size and weight as the 357 version, since it handles similar pressures. I bought this a couple of weeks ago since I’m switching from 45ACP for carry to 9mm, and this seemed like it would be a good backup to my FNS-Compact.

If you look at Ballistics by the Inch you’ll see that out of a 2 inch barrel most 9mm loads will leave a 38-special load in the dust, both in energy and in velocity. In fact according to them, the 9mm gets better performance than the 357 loads in a 2-inch barrel.

It typically has a lighter bullet, but given that there is some excellent self-defense ammo out there for the 9mm, I’m very happy with this revolver as either a backup or a primary carry gun.

I did swap out the fatter grips that come with it for the astoundingly good Ruger boot grip (link below), and even with those the recoil is much more manageable than the 357 version, or even some hot +P 38 Special loads I’ve tried. There is very little muzzle-flash as well, I’m guessing because 9mm tends to use faster burning powders?

As far as the moonclips go, I tried an experiment.

I took a box of the cheapest, dirtiest 9mm ammo I could find and started shooting it without using the clips. To empty the rounds I would just open the cylinder, flip the muzzle up a bit and rap the grip with my palm.

I got through 25 rounds (5 cylinders) before I ran into the first case that I had to manually extract with a fingernail. On the next string that same chamber stuck worse, and I had to use my folding knife to get it out.

At that point I switched to Hornady Critical Defense (my carry ammo) and started putting that in without the clips. I got through the entire box of 25 without any issues, probably because of the nickel plating that ammo uses.

That convinced me that I could carry this with a moonclip in place, but use it as a secondary gun just by stripping ammo from the FN and loading it in directly. With high quality, self-defense ammo you could probably shoot this gun without moonclips all day long.

One last thing I noticed. Since this is the latest LCR to be released, it has all the various improvements they’ve made to the line over the years. Mainly small things, but having a white section on the front sight blade and the newer, crisper trigger are definitely a bonus.

Wrap-Up:

Until next week, have fun and SAFE SHOOTING!

HGR 099 - The .40 S&W Saga

Hello and welcome to Handgun Radio! I’m your host Ryan Michad from the wild woods of Central Maine, and this is your home for all the news, information and discussion in the handgunning world. This week, Weerd Beard and I are going to discuss the history behind the development of the .40 Smith & Wesson cartridge. It has an interesting history and is either loved or hated, and we will discuss some of the reasons behind this!

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Week In Review:

Ryan: Waiting on the delivery of my Steyr C9-A1!!!

Had some fun on the range with my Mosin-Nagant M44

Finally posted the testing of my ShootSteel.com 8-inch Plate!

C&Rsenal is such an awesome website!

Weerd: Flies are in High demand.   Got out the Bug-A-Salt, and did some blasting while my daughter was napping.

Drink Segment: Bulliet Bourbon...how you say that?

Mai Tai: http://www.weerdworld.com/2015/tonights-drink-the-mai-tai/

Main Topic: The .40 Smith & Wesson Saga

Handgun Radio 025 - Shooutouts and What Can We Learn?

10mm Auto

.40 S&W Cartridge

9mm Parabellum

1986 FBI Miami Shootout

Wrap-Up:

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    • Be sure to check out the Firearms Radio Network on YouTube!

Until next week, have fun and SAFE SHOOTING!

HGR 098 - Smith & Wesson Autoloading Pistols

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

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Week in Review:

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

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

Main Topic: Smith & Wesson Autoloading Pistol

Model 39

Model 59

Model 41

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

S&W Sigma (& .380)

S&W M&P Series

S&W Shield

S&W 1911’s

Wrap-Up:

Until next week, have fun and SAFE SHOOTING!

HGR 097 - Sig-Sauer Pistols

HGR 097 - Sig-Sauer Pistols 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.

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This week, I’m joined by Reed from the AR-15 Podcast to discuss the Sig-Sauer handguns. Reed & I have quite a bit of experience with them so we thought it would be fun to discuss the various models they have!

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Week in Review:

Ryan:

-Reloaded

-Range Trip

Reed: -.357 Sig

Main Topic: Sig-Sauer Pistols

Sig-Sauer has a rich history in the manufacture of firearms. Some people may remember the Sauer 38H from WWII, which was an innovative little pocket pistol used by the Fallschirmjager in WWII as their sidearm.  My personal experience with the Sig-Sauer lineup has been the P226 in 9mm. It was the first 9mm handgun I ever fired. The issues some people have with the DA/SA system notwithstanding, the Sig pistols are very nicely made and I have found mine to be very reliable. I would absolutely LOVE to own a Sig P210!

Reed, what is your experience with Sig-Sauer?

Why did you pick them over other similar guns?

Suppressor Use?

Sig-Sauer P220

Factory .45 tb

Sig-Sauer P226

9mm factory Sig barrel, threaded

.357 Sig, Bar-Sto, threaded

Sig-Sauer P230/232

Sig P210

SIG P238/P938

SIG P239

9mm factory Sig barrel, threaded

SIG P250

SIG P320

SIG Pro Series

Wrap-Up:

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  • Be sure to check out the Firearms Radio Network on YouTube!
  • Where can people find you Reed? AR-15 Podcast

Until next week, have fun and SAFE SHOOTING!

HGR 095 - Gun Library Extravaganza with Weerd Beard

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.

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This past week, I met up with Weerd Beard at Cabelas during the long weekend and we perused the gun library and got to see some really cool handguns & rifles!

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Product Discussion:

Zero Carry

Main Topic: Gun Library Extravaganza with Weerd Beard

Smith & Wesson Mark II Hand Ejector .455 Webley

Merwin & Hulbert in .44-40 W.C.F.

Savage 1907 .380

Browning Hi-Power w/Stock

Rossi Presentation “Manuel Noriega”

Colt Officers Model .38 Special Second Issue

Video of the Merwin-Hulbert Action

Colt New Service .38-40

Steyr M9A1

Weerd Got Some .22 LR!!!

Ryan Got Some Small Pistol Primers Times TWO!

Wrap-Up:

Until next week, have fun & SAFE SHOOTING!!