Sons of Guns, the Best TV Show on Weapons

Guess who’s back? If you are thinking Santa Claus, you are right, although only partially. Think similar body type, with a love for guns. Will Hayden? You got it! He is a prior Marine who works as a master armorer in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Will Hayden, Sons of Guns, Prior Marine, Master Armorer

Back for a third season, Discovery Channel’s “Sons of Guns,” seems ready to explode. The first episode finds:

Will and the Red Jacket crew restore a 20 mm Oerlikon cannon and twin 40 mm Bofors anti-aircraft guns aboard the World War II destroyer USS Kidd (DD-661) for an explosive Fourth of July air show. Meanwhile, Steph designs a line of ladies Saiga 5.45 rifles — with fashionable custom paint jobs — much to Will’s chagrin.

There exists simmering tension between Will and his 25 year-old daughter Stephanie‘s new boyfriend, Kris. Will had given Kris Ford the ultimatum, either work at Red Jacket and don’t date Stephanie. Or find another job. We find out in the first episode that he is still working at Red Jacket and dating Stephanie. Perhaps I misunderstood how the last season ended? Or is Kris craftier than he appears?

Stephanie Hayden, Sons of Guns, Discovery Channel 

If you have never watched the show, check it out. Be prepared to hum the theme song, Shelter Me by Buddy Miller, though. It is catchy. (Hmmm, the Yahoo link says: The song is “Shelter me” by Tab Benoit, written by Julie and Buddy Miller, performed by Tab Benoit.)

The crack staff at Navy Times asked Will as to his favorite gun movies. Here is his list:

Last of the Mohicans: “Beautiful work with a musket, a long rifle and a war club.”

Predator: “For a purely fun gun movie, it’s just badass.”

Red Dawn: Remains to be seen if the remake will be any good, but the original is timeless gun-lovin’ glory.

True Grit: “There’s a new one? Sorry, any movie called ‘True Grit’ has got John Wayne in it.”

All Quiet on the Western Front:“I’m looking at a Springfield and an early Enfield here in my office right now.”

Full Metal Jacket and Platoon:“Every war or gun collection has to have those two.”

What no Dirty Harry? Still, good choices. . .

10 thoughts on “Sons of Guns, the Best TV Show on Weapons”

  1. Like you I’m a big fan of the show. But I am concerned that it is going to evolve away from gunsmithing to trying to beat the last “project.” I mean, what is the utility of putting 3 Saiga 12s or MG242s together? Sure such a project looks badass but how are you going to top it the next episode?
    Gunsmoke is another show that focuses on the artistry of gunsmithing and is worth watching.

  2. The staff don’t come off as very smart (“It’s a bolt action–there’s no safety”) and there’s too much “Here’s your job. Get it done and don’t tell me your problems.” As for the daughter/boyfriend/problems, they’re a distraction to the show. Drop ’em.

    “Thousand-yard AK47″… gimme a break.

  3. Will Hayden is way too quick to offer the modified weapons he creates to law enforcement. Most of his modification can be very useful in a military application however these creations in the hands of law enforcement would only be used against the citizens of the U.S. I don’t care to have my grand children and great grand children growing up to be fearful of law enforcement. As a Vietnam era sniper I sincerely hope Discovery Channel reconsiders its position. Better yet I hope Will Hayden reconsiders his actions.

  4. Please, I wouldn’t let him work on an airgun. Did you see the episode where they were working on a sniper rifle? “just eyeball it” he says, what a F’ng moron.

  5. Wow, I am running around between jobs and just read these. You all are probably far more expert than I. Thanks for sharing your gouge. . .

  6. I’ve never seen the show, but my hubby watches several shows on the History channel about guns and weapons. This one sounds a little like a reality show. Maybe Santa will bring me my uzi this year, I’ve always wanted one. Might be hard to conceal though, heh

  7. BTW Gunsmoke is the name of the gun dealer that the show American Guns is about. My biggest problem with the show? I’m no prude but jeez, I wouldn’t let my wife and daughter wearing what they do out in public let alone on a TV show. On second thought, guess I am a prude. FTW!

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