Handgun Radio 245 - Cousins



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 pistols that may be cousins!

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Week in Review:


Ryan: - Got back from our trip with Weerd & Co, thank you again! (Pretzels, Drinks, Awesome show)

-Bought terrible scotch & turned 30.

-Borrowed a S&W Model 422 and disassembled it, and put a few rounds through it.


Weerd:





Drink Segment:

My mint is up,  so I’m having a mint Julep 

Mint leaves

Crushed ice

0.5oz Simple syrup

2oz bourbon

https://youtu.be/uTKC9Ht4Erg 




Main Topic: Cousins


-S&W Escort Model 61 & 422/622/2214/2216

-Colt Mustangs and other mini .380 “1911’s”

-Walther P38/Beretta M9/Taurus PT92

-Browning High Power/CZ75

-Walther PP Series/FEG PA-63/Makarov/Radom P64/CZ82-83



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 210 - A Good Bad Idea

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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 proper firearms storage and things we thought were a bad idea, but have come around to it being a great idea!

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Week in Review:

Ryan:

Always full of information

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RATING: ★★★★★

🤠 one of the few podcasts that has good information and history of firearms.... every show - y’all keep it up now👍🏻

Defensive Creations Model 10

-Firearms Storage Safety - Negligence results in a tragic reminder  

-Firepits in wintertime? What do you do?

Weerd:  Busy Week,  hit the range, tested out some new ammo.   

Drink Segment: Wink and Nod Boston  Also I have Jalapenos and Everclear, so Jalapeno vodka will soon be back in my cabinet.

Main Topic: “Bad Ideas” that were actually maybe good!

-Taurus “Curve” But perhaps on a larger framed firearm. (Nod to Gun Nation Podcast)

-Full Conceal Glock

-Ruger LCR (Polymer Framed Revolvers)

-RMR’s (JUST FOR COMPETITION #lol)


Wrap-Up:

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Weer’d  http://www.weerdworld.com  and Assorted Calibers Podcast: https://www.assortedcalibers.com

Until Next week, have fun & SAFE SHOOTING!


 

Handgun Radio 193 - Real Fake Guns & Other New Stuff

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 discuss some new products and some listener questions

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Week in Review:

Ryan: - Bought a HUGE slice of black cherry! Guitar is getting made as we speak!

-Got to check out a Seecamp .380. No Sights.

-Also got to check out one of the Grand Power P1 as imported by Century Arms many years back.
 

Weerd: No range time,  just got back from Vermont for a family function.    One thing this trip brought to mind is securing your gun when traveling with young children.

My personal method is bringing a small hard-sided locking box, and keeping the gun holstered as often as possible.

Drink Segment:  No new drink,  but I am currently enjoying a Vesper Martini with Fee Brothers Peach bitters instead of my usual orange bitters.   Not bad

Main Topic: Real Fake Guns & Other New Stuff

B&T to release the USW-320

New Stuff From Volquartsen

LANTAC Slides for Glock

Iver Johnson Pocket Ace .22 and 1911 Carbine

Kahr S Series
 

Guns that may be confused for fakes?

Kel Tec Pistols (ESPECIALLY PMR 30)

Hi-Points

NAA Mini Revolvers

Any of the Brightly colored guns

Cobray Leonid Derringer

Wrap-Up:

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  • Be sure to go like Handgun Radio on facebook and share it with your friends!

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  • Be sure to visit the Firearms Insider for review more awesome content! Also, if you are interested in writing reviews for the Firearms Insider, please email TJ at tj@firearmsradio.tv

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

  • Visit Weerd Beard at  weerdworld.com   sqrpt.com  

 

Until next week, Have fun and SAFE SHOOTING

Handgun Radio 190 - Handgunnning on a Budget

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 discuss shooting on a budget!

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Week in Review:

Ryan: Went to the Cabelas, got 1000 small pistol primers and a 250 round box of 125 Grain Berrys flat point .38/.357 bullets for reloading.
 

Weerd: So cold and snowy did not do any shooting.   Had a Birthday and got some great podcast related stuff.     Wife got me an “On Air” sign I can hang on the door to the basement,  and I have some quality headphones.


Drink Segment: Tree House Brewing: http://treehousebrew.com/beers/

Currently drinking their Green IPA.

Amazingly good.

 

Main Topic: Shooting On A Budget

Ranges:http://www.jgsales.com/star-bm,-9mm-luger,-compact-semi-auto-pistol,-blued,-good,-used.-sale-p-101051.html

Public vs. Members Clubs

Sandpits

Friends Places

(Laws vary by state in terms of where you can shoot)

Ammunition:

Steel Cased

Bulk Buys

Military Surplus

.22 LR vs. 9mm cost? (used to be .22 was so cheap, but now its closer)

Hearing & Eye protection

Handguns:

Cheap Bad vs Cheap Good

Hi-Point

Heritage Arms Rough Rider

Ruger Firearms
 

Wrap-Up:

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  • Be sure to go like Handgun Radio on facebook and share it with your friends!

  • Leave us a review on iTunes!

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  • Visit Weerd Beard at  weerdworld.com   sqrpt.com  

Until next week, Have fun and SAFE SHOOTING

Handgun Radio 188 - Handgun Safety Mechanisms & Devices

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 discuss the history of handgun safety mechanisms & devices!

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Week in Review:

Ryan: Got the rough cuts of the walnut grips started

Weerd:

Main Topic: A History & Discussion of Handgun Safety Mechanisms/Devices

Remington 1861 Percussion Revolver: Safety notches in cylinder, similar to those currently used on NAA Mini Revolvers.   Allows the gun to be carried with all chambers loaded.

Tranter Cap and Ball: Double Action with hammer block mechanism
S&W Safety Hammerless: Concealed Hammer and grip safety

Iver Johnson Safety Revolver: Transfer Bar safety

https://www.tactical-life.com/firearms/dropped-gun-inertia-discharge/

Early Pistol Safety features:   Grip Safety, Magazine Disconnect

Walther PP: Double Action, Decocking Safety, hammer block safety, Loaded Chamber indicator.

Walther P38: Similar above but uses a firing pin block.

Colt's pre-WW2 Swartz firing pin drop safety for the Government Model National Match.  Colt wouldn't go back to a firing pin drop safety until the 1980s, albeit it was a completely different design.

H&K VP70: DAO Striker fired with cross-block safety

SIG Sauer P220: First large production handgun with no manual safety,  just decocking lever

Glock Safe Action: Pre-Charged striker with firing pin block.   Trigger Shoe safety.


Wrap-Up:

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Until next week, Have fun and SAFE SHOOTING!

 

HGR 048 - Hamilton S. Bowen of Bowen Classic Arms

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, we continue our “Masters Series” of handgun gunsmiths and custom gunmakers with a discussion I had with Hamilton S. Bowen, the founder & proprietor of Bowen Classic Arms, located in Tennessee. We discuss his journey into the custom gunmaking business, along with some of his favorite projects and observations of the industry over the years.

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Week in Review:

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-Still working on stuff for the network, the Firearms Insider is growing every day so be sure to go check that out and become a contributor if you would like to! Use the contact form at www.firearmsinsider.tv and someone will get in touch with you about that!

  • Mike Emert of Jericho Voice & the FRN is putting together an audio version of the United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights. In the spirit of the upcoming Independence Day, the sales of this audio will benefit the Special Operations Wounded Warrior and the Firearms Radio Network. If you would like to support those organizations, please visit this link and purchase the audio. It should be available by June 11th.

That about wraps up our week in review so we are going to head into the main topic which is a discussion with Hamilton Bowen of Bowen Classic Arms!

Main Topic: Hamilton S. Bowen of Bowen Classic Arms

1.) Mr. Bowen, you are the proprietor of Bowen Classic Arms located in Tennessee. What prompted you to start Bowen Classic Arms?

2.) In your opinion, how has the custom gunmaking business as a whole changed since you founded BCA back in 1980?

3.) Bowen Classic Arms is one of the finest examples of the custom gunmaking business, particularly when it comes to single and double action revolvers. What drove you toward custom revolvers specifically?

4.) I am a fan of strange or non-mainstream calibers, and I recall seeing a .25 ACP S&W J-frame that you built and I loved it! When you are conceptualizing a new project, where do you start? Do many customers have detailed plans for custom projects, or do they just give you certain specifications and let you go to work?

5.) In your experience, what base gun makes the best platform for custom work?

6.) Conversely, what base gun(s) can be problematic when performing custom work?

7.) Over your long career, what have been some of your favorite custom projects?

8.) When you take a range trip, what do you personally like to shoot?

8b.) What would you warn the home gunsmiths against that you have seen?

9.) If you could see one change to the way that the big companies produce firearms, what would it be?

10.) There are a few specific custom jobs I have seen on the BCA website that I would like to inquire about:

a.) I own my father’s S&W Model 19-4 that he carried as a police officer in our town starting in 1981. Seeing the small-bore K-Frame caliber conversions really intrigued me. What made you think of doing something like that with the .256 Winchester?

b.) I did some handgun hunting with a scoped Ruger Redhawk in .44 Magnum last year, and seeing your .50 AE Alpine Redhawk I was amazed! Did you come up with the idea or did a customer order it? I remember hearing about you having .50 AE moonclips made?

c.) I am a huge fan of the M1917 .45 ACP revolvers, and I was blown away by the M1917 Redhawk. How did you ever dream that idea up?

Wrap-Up:

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

HGR 041 - Paul Carlson of Safety Solutions Academy & The Remington R-51

This week, myself and special guest Paul Carlson, the proprietor of the Safety Solutions Academy, discuss his work in the defensive training world as well as his experiences with the new-for-2014 Remington R-51.

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Week in Review:

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Ryan:

  • Getting stuff ready for next week’s test of the Glock 42 and the XDs 4.0! Hope to get some great footage of these handguns!
  • My dad found a bunch of old holsters from his early patrol days, as well as the original wooden target grips for the S&W Model 19. I can’t wait to get those on there and see how it looked in it’s original format!

Main Topic: Safety Solutions Academy with Paul Carlson & the Remington R-51 Saga

Safety Solutions Academy:

  • What prompted you to start Safety Solutions Academy?
  • I notice you train people in many different disciplines, such as Unarmed Defensive Training, Long Guns, and have done trainings such as Mas Ayoob’s MAG-20/40 training. Do you have a particular formula that leads you to offer a wide variety such as this? Some way that you balance “knowledge” education with practical education i.e. range time?
  • In your experience, what are some of the more common training “mistakes” made by people who may be new to the training world?
  • With the great increase in firearms sales over the past several years, we have seen a corresponding increase in people offering training services. Many of these people are reputable, knowledgeable individuals such as you & your business, but many are not. For those people that are looking to spend some money and get some training, what are some things to note when looking for a good instructor/training company?
  • What do you have planned in the future for SSA?
  • What are some firearms you are really excited about for 2014?

The Remington R-51 Saga:

As many listeners know, I was extremely excited about the R51, because I am a huge fan of the Colt 1903 and it was nice to see a design from the period being brought back to life. Unfortunately, the R-51 seems to be experiencing quite a few problems. Paul has some videos over at the SSA YouTube page that you can check out!

  • First off, with a hands-on view of the gun like you have (I have not handled one yet) is it living up to much of the hype regarding its controllability and other “advantages”?
  • What are some of the issues that MOST concern you about the pistol? (Maybe from most concerning to least concerning?)
  • Do you have any thoughts as to what might be causing some of the issues you’ve experienced?
  • I really want this gun to work. It is really awesome when a company chooses to resurrect a classic design and they get it right. This is not the case with the R51 it seems. Do you have any thoughts on changes they could make to increase functionality?
  • If you could have the ultimate single-stack 9mm, what would your specifications be for the Paul Carlson 9mm?
  • What classic design would you like to see a modern company reintroduce? (my vote is the Colt 1903.)

Wrap-Up:

HGR 040 - Training with Handguns

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, myself and guest Steve, the Marketing Director and Law Enforcement specialist for the Firearms Radio Network discuss some of the various things you might encounter while training with handguns, along with some different methods of training.

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Week in Review:

Ryan:

  • Did some more videos this weekend with the Sig-Sauer 516 & 716, as well as a video showing the difference between suppressed and unsuppressed using a Ruger SR-22. Go check it out!
  • Doing a video range test with the Glock 42 and XDs 4.0 at the end of April so I should be able to come back with some impressions of them for you all!
  • Also have an interview upcoming with Paul Carlson of the Safety Solutions Academy to discuss his work in the training world. He has also had quite a bit of experience with the Remington R51 and I would like to hear some of the impressions of it from someone who has fired it fairly extensively.

Steve:

  • Took a friend and his wife shooting for the first time.  Started with a safety briefing and moved to the range from there.  Wife had never touched a gun, friend had fired some once before with me a few months ago.  They ended up purchasing a home defense gun, Sig P226.  I think he has the handgun bug now, he’s already talking about buying more, possibly an M&P.

Main Topic: Training With Handguns

Due to his experiences in Law Enforcement, Steve has had the opportunity to take many training classes relating to the proper and effective use of handguns in his daily duties as well as in his off-duty hours. I’d just like to discuss some of the trainings that Steve has taken part in, along with some do’s and don’ts pertaining to handgun training. The most important thing I feel is that the training is beneficial, and that the inherent risk associated with the training is minimized to the absolute lowest degree.

Trainings Attended:

  • Multiple beginner, intermediate, and a few advanced classes
  • Currently required to train at least once per quarter, often times I actually train more and also in my off time
  • Basic firearms handling, multiple targets, moving and shooting, close quarters shooting, target identification and quick decision making

Special Equipment Needed?:

  • One thing to note in particular is the importance of balancing “Hardware” and “Software”. Oftentimes, we are so fixated on having the latest gun or the latest newest piece of gear that we neglect to train in the fundamentals to use that piece of gear in the most efficient way possible.
  • Ammunition is definitely hard to come by in larger quantities, with many retailers restricting the amount of ammunition any one person can buy at a time. If you are a proficient reloader, that can be one way of getting the needed ammo, but components for reloading can also be scarce.

Considerations When attending training (Stuff you needed you never thought to bring):

  • Wear clothing that will be appropriate to the training you are attending. Loose clothing, without a proper belt will be a huge hinderance to a good training experience.
  • Bring the equipment you actually use or plan to use to your training.  Its a great place to test your equipment and see what you really like versus what marketing or hype has lead you to buy.
  • Bring all the food, water, snacks you could possibly want; nothing makes a range day worse than being hungry or having a hunger headache.
  • Bring appropriate bug juice or sunscreen.
  • ALWAYS bring extra ammo.

Miscellaneous Tips & Advice:

  • Ego has no place in training
  • Must come to training open minded to learn new things.  Even if you thing the instructor is crazy trying to get you to try something, at least give it a try, you might like it and it may or may not work for you.
  • Don’t be afraid to call out unsafe actions if necessary
  • Train for firearms failure drills

Wrap-Up:

  • Dont forget to shop Brownells using our affiliate link, www.handgunradio.com/brownells
  • Be sure to go like Handgun Radio on facebook and share it with your friends!
  • Leave us a review on iTunes!
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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 013 - Hunting With Handguns

HGR 013 - Hunting With Handguns

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

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Week In Review:

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

Half-Truth Segment:

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

Main Topic: Hunting With Handguns

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

Category #1: Small to Smaller Medium Game:

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

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

Medium to Large Game:

(Ex. Deer, Elk)

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

Dangerous Game:

(Ex. Bears)

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

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Wrap-Up:

  • I’m going to hold off on reading listener emails so I can save them for the FAQ’s show.
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Thanks for listening and SAFE SHOOTING!!!!

HGR 003 - Reloading Handgun Cartridges

HGR 003 - Reloading Handgun Cartridges

Ryan discusses some basic reloading techniques and some popular & economic ways to reload handgun cartridges.

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Welcome to episode 3 of Handgun Radio! I’m your host Ryan Michad from the wilds of Central Maine and this is your home for all the news, discussion and information in the handgunning world.

Review of the Past Week:

  • Launched the website, iTunes feed, and Facebook page for Handgun Radio. Give us a like on Facebook and also subscribe to the show in iTunes!
  • Received some great feedback on the first two episodes. Thanks to all the listeners & all the people who gave us feedback on our first two shows!
  • The email has changed.  To send feedback, comments or anything about the show, shoot me an email at ryan@handgunradio.com

Discussion: The Importance of Awareness & The Determined Mindset

  • This may not be totally related to handguns, but it is an important consideration for those who are going to or have obtained their Concealed Carry license.
  • Recently, a college student in Boston was abducted, brought to several ATM’s in broad daylight, then taken to a secluded area and murdered.
  • She did not have the means to protect herself, as carrying firearms in Massachusetts is severely restricted.  You need a FOID card just to purchase Pepper Spray & Mace.
  • Having the mindset that you are going to fight your abductor until you escape is KEY when facing this situation, especially when unarmed.
  • Statistics have said that during an abduction, if you are taken away from the original area where the attack began, your chances of survival drop to less than 10%.
  • Given this statistic, you need to FIGHT! From the very beginning, do not let up, do not give in.  You have the capability to incapacitate someone long enough to get away. Don’t give them any slack; they won’t give you any.
  • The long-held advice saying “give them what they want” did not seem to help the case in Boston.
  • I am not a trainer, nor am I pretending to be. I am just an observer who is giving his opinion that the greatest way to survive an attack/abduction is to have that determined mindset of “I will fight until I can no longer”

Main Topic: Reloading Handgun Cartridges

Reloading Basics:

  • Reloading is a fun and rewarding hobby that can greatly improve the time you get to spend shooting. It is also a potentially dangerous activity that requires your full, undivided attention.
  • Safety when reloading is #1! Follow ALL reloading recipes to the letter using a reputable reloading manual produced by one of the powder or bullet companies. Do not smoke while reloading. Do not reload when you are under the influence.
  • One of the best ways to get started reloading is to purchase one of the pre-packaged reloading kits that will contain all of the things you need to begin reloading except for your components, reloading dies, and loading manual.
  • If you are just beginning your reloading hobby, take it slow. DON’T go for redline maximum loads right off. Try to find someone who has reloading experience who you trust to help you when getting started.

Brass:

  • Standard cartridge cases are typically made out of brass. You will see some budget-priced ammunition loaded with steel or aluminum cases, but these are typically non-reloadable.
  • The brass case is put through a sizing die when reloading to bring the spent case back to the factory dimensions for whatever caliber you may be loading. When a cartridge is fired, the brass case swells to the dimensions of that particular firearm’s chamber. Some chambers may vary in dimensions. By bringing the cases back to a uniform size standard, you ensure that the reloaded round will fit in all guns of that caliber.
  • Brass cases can be reloaded many times, so while they may be expensive (if you have to buy them, that is) they are reusable. (I have some .38 Special I’ve loaded with light target charges and I’ve reused the cases 8 or so times so far.)
  • Pay attention to the case mouth area, watching for any cracks forming in the brass.
  • When using redline magnum loads, also look around the case head area (bottom of the cartridge, just above the rim) for a shiny ring around the diameter.  This can indicate stretching and a possible case head separation.

Bullets:

  • Bullets come in many different shapes and weights. The weights are measured in grains and the appropriate grains for any given caliber will be found in a reloading manual.
  • There are several different types of bullets, from Copper Jacketed, to Semi-Jacketed Lead, to Plated Lead and finally hard cast lead bullets.
  • For economy sake, plated lead bullets and hard cast lead bullets are best for practice.
  • When you need performance, a jacketed or semi-jacketed bullet will probably suit your needs.
  • Some great bullets for economical plinking and target shooting are cast lead wadcutters (a soup can shaped bullet with or without a hollow base) or a semi-wadcutter bullet (Shaped like an upside-down clay plant pot).
  • DO NOT substitute bullets intended for a different caliber unless it says you can do so in the reloading manual (i.e, don’t use 9mm bullets (.355” dia.) in a .38 or .357 Magnum load (.358” dia.). NEVER change recipes from the reloading manual.

Smokeless Powders:

I’m only going to talk about the powders that I have had experience with, as I don’t want to give any incorrect information.

  • IMR Trail Boss: By far this is my favorite powder.  I measure my powder using a Lee Dipper set and a properly calibrated scale.  Using Trail Boss is great, especially for the beginning shooter because it is very difficult to double-charge a case without it being very obvious that something isn’t right.  Trail Boss was designed for large volume revolver cartridges used in Cowboy Action Shooting.  With the light loads used in that sport, very small charges of dense powder would not fill the case and you had powder position issues.  Trail Boss is a very bulky powder and helps to mitigate these position issues and offers uniform ignition.
  • HP-38: This is my go to powder for 9mm Parabellum and .32 ACP. I have used it in .38 Special also and it performs well in that role too.  A flake powder, HP-38 is very clean burning and doesn’t need very large charges of powder to get the desired performance.
  • 2400: Formerly known as HERC 2400, this powder is one of the original Magnum pistol powders.  I use this powder when reloading really hot .357 Magnum loads.  2400 is not as sensitive as other Magnum powders such as H110, and you get good performance out of this powder for that purpose.
  • H110: This is the powder that shows the true potential of the .357 Magnum cartridge, along with .44 Magnum and others.  H110 is definitely not a beginners powder, as the margin between maximum and minimum loads is quite small.  H110 also does not like to be loaded down any more than 10% below the minimum charge; it requires a certain operating pressure to burn cleanly and efficiently.

Primers:

  • Primers come in two sizes: Small Pistol Primers and Large Pistol Primers. They also come in two varieties: Small Pistol Magnum Primers and Large Pistol Magnum Primers.
  • The difference between standard and magnum pistol primers is the “brisance”, or force and power the primer exerts when it is set off.
  • Only use magnum primers if it is specified in the reloading manual.

Final Tips:

  • Using Berry’s Plated Bullets for .357/.38 and Trail Boss powder, you can reload light target ammunition to use for plinking.
  • MTM Case-Gard cartridge boxes are very useful when storing your reloaded ammunition.
  • There are many great kit manufacturers out there for getting your reloading hobby set-up. I have been using a Lee Classic Kit for the past three years and have encountered no problems with it.

Links:

Wrap-Up:

  • Thank you to everyone who checked out the show in its first week!
  • Like us on Facebook, subscribe in iTunes and give us an iTunes review!
  • Check out all the other great shows on the Firearms Radio Network.
  • Questions or Comments? Email us at ryan@handgunradio.com

Thank You and Safe Shooting!!!!

HGR 002 - Hollywood Handguns

Ryan talks about how handguns work in Hollywood & some famous Hollywood Handguns!

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Welcome to the second episode of Handgun Radio! I’m your host Ryan Michad from the wilds of Central Maine and this is your home for all the news, discussion and information in the handgunning world!

Review of the Past Week:

-Getting things up and running for the show.

-Brainstormed some topics for future Handgun Radio shows; If you have any suggestions or something you’d like to hear discussed please shoot me an email at ryan@handgunradio.com

-Really excited to hear that Concealed Carry is slowly becoming a reality in the State of Illinois! Very happy for Jake, Mike, Hank and anyone else who lives in the Illinois. Congratulations guys!

Potential New Segment: “Half-Truth of the Week”:

This is a potential new segment for the show, the “Half-Truth” of the week.  Depending upon material, and the response of the listeners this could be a weekly segment, or something that is done only once and awhile.  This segment will touch upon the most egregious half-truth from those who are anti-gun.  Telling half-truths seems to be a fairly new tactic that the anti-gunners are using to convince those who may be undecided on firearms that new laws are needed for “public safety”.

-The half-truth for this week is that you can purchase a firearm on the internet. While this is true, I have heard so many anti-gun people omit the fact that you must have the firearm shipped to a FFL (Federal Firearms License) holder in your home state.  Unless you have a Curio & Relic license (only for specific firearms) or an FFL, you CANNOT have a firearm shipped directly to your door.  By omitting the part about the gun having to be shipped to an FFL, the anti-gunners aren’t lying, but they are misleading the public by omitting pertinent information.  Someone who is not as informed about firearms and the Federal Firearms laws who hears “you can order a gun on the internet” may automatically think “people shouldn’t be allowed to have firearms shipped to their doors!” Having people make informed decisions based upon accurate & complete information is the best thing for portraying firearms and the firearms lifestyle in a positive light.

HGR 002 Main Topic: Hollywood Handguns-

Overview of handguns used in movies & how they work:

-Guns for movies are often modified to work with blank cartridges, which don’t have the power to properly cycle the action.

-Many different ways to modify the action of the gun, depending upon the operating system.

-For example: Sig-Sauer P226 and Glock handguns which have a lockup point on the front of the barrel hood can have that sharp right angle on the front-top of the exterior of the chamber ground down at an angle to make it so the gun no longer locks up properly and can be cycled by blank rounds. (Notice the machining marks and the no longer square front area of the chamber hood (towards the front of the ejection port)

-Other methods include having a special blank adapter that is inserted or otherwise attached to the barrel that allows sufficient backpressure from the blank round to cycle the action properly.

-Blanks are still very deadly if not used properly. There have been quite a few cases of actors being seriously injured or killed by blank cartridges.  For close up shots, a non-gun or flashpaper gun is used.  These are things that resemble popular firearms but are fired electronically or have some sort of pyrotechnic paper that produces a flash, with the sound being added in post-production.

Some Notable Hollywood Handguns:

www.imfdb.org is a WONDERFUL resource if you are intererested in what firearms are used in your favorite movie, TV show or video game. It also has some awesome behind-the-scenes sections on certain movies & interviews with the armorers that worked on the movies.

1.) Raiders of the Lost Ark- Smith & Wesson Model 1917 .45 ACP Revolver

The main sidearm for Indiana Jones in the movie, there were actually two revolvers used on screen by Harrison Ford; one for filming in the U.S. and another S&W Mk.II Hand Ejector in .455 Webley used in the scenes filmed in Europe and the Middle East.

2.) Beverly Hills Cop I, II & III- The Browning High-Power 9mm Pistol

The sidearm used by Axel Foley (Eddie Murphy) throughout the series, the Browning High-Power is a great, accurate 9mm handgun that has a long history of military and some police service.  It was notable that, in the time the movie was made (1984) the changeover to semi-automatic pistols was slowly starting to begin.  Having Axel Foley carry a single-action double stack semi-automatic may have been a nod to the rebellious nature of the character.

3.) Dirty Harry Series- The Smith & Wesson Model 29 .44 Magnum Revolver

One of the most famous Hollywood Handguns, the Model 29 is the handgun used by Inspector Harry Callahan (Clint Eastwood) in the Dirty Harry series.  The script had originally called for a 4” barrel, but one was not available. Eastwood personally got in touch with someone at S&W and had them make guns for the movie with the barrel that they needed.  It was rumored previously that a S&W Model 57 in .41 Magnum was used, as that gun was easier to acquire, but the truth came out later.

4.) The Untouchables (1987)- Colt Model 1911 .45 ACP Pistol

In The Untouchables, Elliot Ness (Kevin Costner) is intended to carry a Colt 1911 .45 ACP.  However, at the time it was easier to find 9mm blanks, and the 9mm blanks tended to be more reliable.  Therefore, in the scenes where Kevin Costner has to fire his handgun, the gun is a Star Model B in 9mm Para.  When the scene does not call for gunfire, the handgun is a standard Colt 1911.

5.) Blade Runner (1982)- COP .357 Magnum Derringer

In the movie Blade Runner, the character Leon (Brion James) used a COP .357 Magnum four-barrel derringer in the beginning of the film. The prop department modified the gun to fire two barrels at once, to increase the muzzle flash of the gun when fired.  The COP .357 Magnum derringer is somewhat rare, and it was interesting to see such a rare, cool looking handgun used in a movie.

Wrap-Up:

-Thanks to everyone on the Firearms Radio Network for being so supportive in this beginning phase of the Handgun Radio podcast.

-Send me your feedback at ryan@handgunradio.com

-Send some show ideas or anything you’d like to hear discussed to my email as well!!

Thanks for listening and safe shooting!!!!!!!!!