Sons of Guns: Season 1 DVD
SKU ID #300676
- Additional Details
- Format: DVD
- Rating: Not Rated
- Number of Discs: 2
- Region: 1
- Language: English
- Studio: Discovery Channel
- DVD Release Date: August 23, 2011
- Genre: TV Series
- Release Date: 2011
Fans of the show need to add the Sons of Guns DVD to their collection! Sons of Guns showcases one of America's most skilled and creative gun works, Red Jacket Firearms, and its founder, Will Hayden. While pursuing its bread-and-butter work with customizing and improving AK-47s, the Baton Rouge, Louisiana team delves into the world of historic and classic weapons. See how this amazing group of eclectic gunsmiths build one-of-a-kind custom firearms and other weapons in the Sons of Guns DVD, featuring 16 complete episodes.
Will Hayden, owner of Red Jacket Firearms, is commissioned to build a dream gun for local a SWAT team. SWAT teams face many dangers when they breach doors and often have to transition from a shoulder slung shotgun, used to blow down doors, to an M16 rifle, used to confront heavily armed drug dealers on the other side. The seconds lost during this transition maneuver are crucial, and have resulted in serious injury and death to SWAT teams across the country. Will sets out to design the Master Key - a combination shotgun and high powered rifle, a weapon any door beaching SWAT team member would love to have. Will and his daughter Stephanie, agree that this could be a game changer for the family business. The Red Jacket team, Vince, Kris, Charlie and Joe gather in the shop and Will breaks down the challenges and sets the team to work. As a former Marine, Will understands that the weapon they are building will be relied upon to perform flawlessly at critical moments. Failure to function is not an option. The build begins, but they soon run into a design problem. For inspiration, Will looks to a combination weapon that Marines relied heavily upon in Vietnam - the M203 grenade launcher, which is mounted under an M16 rifle. He sends Joe, his trusty scavenger, out to find one. Stephanie tries to keep Will focused on the business at hand, but it doesn't take long before the neighbors are treated to a big bang, as Will "field tests" the grenade launcher.
Civil War Cannon/Shotgun Silencer
Gunsmiths say it's impossible to effectively silence a 12-gauge shotgun, but a customer has seen one in a movie and wants to know if Will Hayden, owner of Red Jacket Firearms, can make one. Shotguns fire lots of pellets surrounded by exploding gas, so building a tube to suppress or "silence" this destructive discharge is a huge challenge. Will and the Red Jacket team go to work using a high-speed camera and years of gun building experience to figure a way around the problem. They need to silence the sound of the shotgun's blast to the level of a jet engine, so that anyone firing it can do so without damaging their hearing. The build proves to be tricky. One miscalculation in the design and the carefully machined silencer will be blown apart when tested. Will's historian friend Glenn shows up with a rare, brass Civil War cannon. He wants Will to fire it. Will's daughter Stephanie is worried because Glenn has a habit of bringing big toys to her dad, and Will has a habit of spending big money on them. The whole team drools over the cannon, but it hasn't been fired in over 145 years. Will brings in a sonogram team to go over the cannon from muzzle to breech, looking for cracks or obstructions, making sure it will stand up to firing. With the shotgun silencer ready for testing and the cannon appearing to be sound, Will, Glenn and Kris, the shop apprentice, head out to the bayou to fire the cannon and blow off some steam. Will the 145-year-old cannon hold up to the pressure of firing 12-pound iron loads? If it doesn't, the cannon could explode; destroying a Civil War artifact worth $250,000 and severely injuring everyon around it.
Will Hayden, owner of Red Jacket Firearms, and his daughter Stephanie visit the WWII Museum in New Orleans where they meet Woody Williams, a fellow Marine and decorated WWII veteran. Will learns that Woody is a Congressional Medal of Honor recipient, and still has the original flamethrower he used while fighting in the Pacific. Will offers to get it up and running. If Will can make Woody's rusty, 65-year-old flamethrower operational, it could be worth $15,000 and more importantly, it would give Will the opportunity to honor Woody's service to his country. Woody brings his flamethrower to the shop and meets the team. The guys are skeptical and don't think they can make a fully functioning weapon out of two rusty tanks, but some skilled craftsmanship and research from Charlie, the forensics tech, pays off. If they can find some key parts, and make some repairs, the flamethrower will work. Stephanie's excited to try it out, but is surprised to hear that Will doesn't want to shoot it. Will has never missed an opportunity to fire a weapon in his life. Something is up. Charlie invites an expert to the shop to pressure test the flamethrower's restored tanks. If the tanks rupture, everything and everyone will go up in flames. The new welds and seams need to hold. If the expert confirms that the tanks are solid, will Will be ready? Will reveals that his worst nightmare is a ""fiery death"" and the idea of strapping on a flamethrower that streams fire at 3000 degrees terrifies him. The team tries to convince Will to do it for a fellow Marine.
Browning Machine Gun/Stephanie's Big Bet
Will Hayden, owner of Red Jacket Firearms, gets a visit from his historian friend Glenn - who stops by with a big box of gun parts. Will and the guys quickly realize that what they thought were random gun parts are actually the key components to a 1941 Browning M2 .50 caliber machine gun. To a gun collector the Browning M2 .50 cal, affectionately known as the "Ma Deuce", is the Holy Grail of heavy machine guns. The Ma Deuce parts cost $6,000, but a working, fully automatic Ma Deuce could fetch as much as $25,000. Much to daughter Stephanie's chagrin, Will wants to keep it. He can't wait to assemble the impressive weapon and enlists the entire team to make it happen. Now Stephanie must sell $25,000 in guns and parts to make up for the lost revenue, since the entire shop is focused on the Ma Deuce. The team hit some snags early on so Will reaches out Kristos, a Ma Deuce expert, who flies in from Chicago to help out. Stephanie tallies up the mounting costs of her Dad's fun gun project. She bets Will that she can make the $25,000 in sales before he can assemble the Ma Deuce. Kristos turns out to be more academic in his approach to assembling the Ma Deuce than Will would have hoped. While the guys labor over the assembly, Stephanie takes a break and heads out to the bayou for a nighttime bow fishing trip with some customers. By the time Kristos has to leave, the Ma Deuce is assembled but not tested. Will will have to field test the weapon without his expert. Will mounts the gun to his war wagon and takes his team out into the field to put his dream machine to the test.
Will Hayden, owner of Red Jacket Firearms, is challenged by one of his top clients Joe, to do something that's never been done before - build an internal silencer for an AK-47. Red Jacket already makes external silencers, but Joe wants the silencer to be built inside the gun instead of screwed on to the end of the gun. If Will can rise to the challenge, not only will it be an incredible feat of gun engineering, but Joe will order five of the revolutionary modifications on the spot. Will rallies the crew. Will makes sketches for Vince, Red Jacket's lead gunsmith, who must translate Will's vision of the internally silenced AK-47 into a finished product. The tricky part will be a precision alignment. If the alignment is off by even 1/1000th of an inch, the key component - the tubing that silences the sound - will fly off the gun. To alleviate some pressure, Will embarks on a side project. Knowing his crew loves historical weapons as much as he does, he brings in a cannon - and with some modification and fabrication, they turn the cannon into a swivel gun. Will mounts the swivel gun on a boat and treats the crew to an afternoon on the water, firing the cannon. With $28,000 in sales on the line, Will, along with daughter Stephanie and shop apprentice Kris, meet up with Joe to test Red Jacket's modified, internally silenced AK-47. The gun must be as reliable as an original AK-47, so in addition to testing the sound level of the silencer, Will will have to put the AK though a series of environmental and ballistics tests. Will the internal silencer prevent the AK from working after being buried in sand, mud and water? Will it still shoot straight and pierce armor? Stephanie and Kris assist as Will puts the internally silenced AK-47 to the test.
Coffee Grinder Gun/Katana
Red Jacket Firearms gets a chance to boost their reputation when Will, owner of Red Jacket, gets a visit from legendary combat firearms instructor Tiger McKee. Tiger is looking for someone to make a compact, lightweight rifle based on an AR15, that he calls the Shootrite Katana. Tiger knows there's a niche market for the high-end gun that he refers to as "an extension of the warrior", so when he asks for an order of five right away, Will promises to have them ready in a week. Will brings Tiger in to consult with Vince, Red Jacket's lead gunsmith, who is concerned with the precision required and the short time frame. Will accepts the job regardless and the pressure falls on Vince to get the job done. Leaving Vince hard at work, Will goes to his historian buddy Glenn's house where they drool over what appears to be a rare Civil War "coffee grinder"- a rifle with an actual grinder built into the stock, used by soldiers to grind coffee and corn while in the field. History buff Will is ecstatic and sets out to prove they hit the jackpot. If it's authentic, it could be worth $50,000. Back at the shop, Will cracks the whip when Kris, the apprentice, messes up the paint job on the Katanas, forcing Vince to work late into the night. Unfazed, Vince is determined to do whatever it takes, so that he can provide for his wife and new baby daughter. After repainting, calibrating and sighting the guns, Vince test fires the Katanas and they seem ready to go. The next day, Tiger arrives and after scrutinizing the Katanas in the shop, he takes them to the range. Will and Vince watch as Tiger puts the rifles through a series of malfunction scenarios - something neither Will nor Vince expected. Vince's work, Will's reputation and Red Jacket's name are all on the line as Tiger pulls the trigger.
Remote Control Machine Gun
Will, owner of Red Jacket Firearms, meets with DB Cooper, a private security contractor. DB tells Will that his teams in Afghanistan are being lured into "kill zones", which are contrived intersections surrounded by bad guys. The teams get trapped in these zones, roll down their bulletproof windows to return fire and become easy targets. Will suggests a weapon that can be fired without leaving the vehicle - a rooftop mounted, remote control machine gun. DB likes what he hears and commissions Red Jacket for the build. Money is no object for DB's firm and Will gets to work. Stephanie, Will's daughter, is excited. If Red Jacket proves they can build a weapon like this for a private client, a government contract couldn't be far behind. Will consults with Joe, Red Jacket's development ace, on the mechanics of mounting a remote controlled M16 that can track a target through 360 degrees. The Red Jacket team gets to work designing the platform, the mounting system and the controllers. To handle the robotics, Joe brings in a robotics research team from LSU. Will is not happy that bunch of academics will be working on such an important component of his project. He reminds them that the system has to be simple, intuitive, and reliable in a war zone. Will and Stephanie take on a side job after visiting an antique gun shop in New Orleans. The owners of the shop have a 160-year-old black powder revolver with a load lodged inside the barrel. Will brings the gun back to Red Jacket. He must carefully unload the gun and test fire it, making sure the obstruction has cleared. It's a delicate operation - even a small spark could ignite the black powder and the gun could blow up in Will's hands. Will and Joe visit LSU to check on the robotics team. They have successfully created a system that tracks a target as the vehicle moves, but magnetic interference and the unforgiving laws of mechanics threaten to derail the project. With no time to spare and the components assembled, the Red Jacket team meets up with BD to put their rooftop mounted, remote control machine gun to the ultimate free-fire, field test.
Tommy Gun / Machete
The Baton Rouge sheriff asks Will, founder of Red Jacket Firearms, to convert a semi-automatic, replica Tommy Gun into a modern, fully automatic weapon. The sheriff received the gun as a gift and wants to convert it into a weapon that his department can put to good use. Will decides to make the weapon "select fire", so that the department can choose between semi-automatic and full automatic fire with the flick of a switch. It's a strange and difficult modification, but Will tells the sheriff that it's not a problem for Red Jacket. Apprentice Kris and gunsmith Vince are excited to be working on the iconic Tommy Gun, but they disagree on Will's modification design. Vince wants to keep it classic, but Kris and Will - keeping in mind the needs of the sheriff's department - are all set to go modern. Will and Vince butt heads when Vince wants to use the original 100-round drum magazine, and Will decides to use lighter weight, stick magazines. Kris keeps the atmosphere light when takes on the persona of a 1920's gangster, showing up in a suit and hat, and doing his best James Cagney impersonation. Forensics firearms expert and part-time Red Jacket crew member Charlie, takes advantage of Will's good mood and convinces him to support his efforts to build a combination samurai sword and machete. Will gives Charlie one week and $500 to prove that he can make a weapon worthy of the Red Jacket brand. Can he do it? Vince is not so sure. The Tommy Gun requires more trial and error than Will has patience. After repeated jams and busted springs, the gun locks on full auto while firing- a very dangerous and deadly "runaway" situation. Will gets back on the tools, determined to perfect this modification. Will hits his deadline and meets up with the sheriff to test the new Tommy Gun. The only question is, how many rounds can the Tommy Gun fire per minute? Will guesses that it might be 1000 rounds per minute. Kris brings along a precision timing device to find out for sure.
The Bazooka / Kris' Birthday
Historian Glenn, an active member of the reenactment community, shows Will, founder of Red Jacket Firearms, a WWII reenactment bazooka and asks Will to build one that can be used for his buddy John's upcoming WWII reenactments. Will knows that if he can create a working bazooka, Red Jacket can capture a big segment of the reenactment market, so he agrees despite the tight two week deadline. To take the bazooka up a notch and set it apart from the competition, Will tells gunsmith Vince to enlarge the bazooka tube to accommodate larger rockets. Vince gets to work. Apprentice Kris accidentally drills through the tube, but Will cuts him some slack. It's an easy fix for Will - besides, it's Kris' birthday and Will has a surprise gift for him. With the bazooka tube complete, the guys focus on the rockets. Will wants to create two types of rockets -soft "marker rockets", which are full of powder and mark a target when hit, and pyrotechnic rockets that explode on impact. Will asks gunsmith and resident engineer Joe, to design and build the rockets. Will and the guys test the rockets to see if they fly straight and hit their targets, but they don't and fly wildly of course. This is not acceptable, especially for the explosive rockets. Will demands that Joe go back to the drawing board. After an all-nighter of recalculations and reconfiguring, Joe gets the rockets to fly straight out of the bazooka. Will is not satisfied. The marker rockets have to be safe enough for the reenactors to use on each other. The team is all set to demo the bazooka for John, but in a shocking twist, Will demands that Joe test fire a rocket straight into Will's chest. He says it's the only way to know for sure if the bazooka and the rockets are safe enough for use on a reenactment field. Will Joe shoot a rocket straight at his boss?
Movie Gun / Leopard Gun
Will, founder of Red Jacket Firearms, and his daughter Stephanie wait late into the night for a potential new client from a big movie thatís being filmed in New Orleans. The production designer Tom, finally arrives and says heís looking for a gun that can be converted into a prop gun that only fires blanks. Willís interest is piqued but he wants to know more. Tom reveals that the gun is for the movie "The Courier" starring Jeffrey Dean Morgan. Will takes Tom into his office and they look over the guns lining the walls. Tom picks out an M-11 machine gun. A normal blank gun conversion would be 2 weeks but Tom needs it in 2 days. The shop is on the verge of a major back up, but Tomís budget of $3700 is music to Willís ears. Will and Stephanie are both fans of Jeffrey Dean Morgan and are excited to break into the movie gun business, so Will accepts the job. The next day, Will gives gunsmith Vince and apprentice Kris the run down on permanently converting the M-11 machine gun into a blanks-only firing prop gun. Precision machining of the barrel will be key, and if done incorrectly, the gun will become a very dangerous and lethal weapon. The shop is busy and everyone gets to work. Stephanie, noticing all the hard work and long hours that Will has been putting into the business, enlists Vince and part-time Red Jacket crew member and forensics firearms expert Charlie, to make a gun that Will has always wanted - a Leopard Gun. A Leopard Gun, as Will likes to call it, is a pistol grip, sawed-off, double barrel shotgun. When fired, it leaves a distinctive spotted pattern, just like a leopardís spots. Stephanie gives the guys one of Willís 20-gauge shotguns and they get to work, hoping to finish and surprise Will before returns from the delivering the movie gun. Will, Kris and Stephanie head out to New Orleans to deliver the blank adapted M-11 machine gun. "The Courier" is being filmed at an amusement park that has been abandoned since Hurricane Katrina, and as soon as they arrive, Kris wins a roll as a machine gun-toting extra. Will meets up with the prop master Leonard, who wants to double check the safety of the conversion. The gun will be in the hands of actors, not professional shooters, so there is no room for error. Will assures Leonard that the gun is safe and loads it with blanks for test firing - but when the gun is fired, all does not go as planned. Will this be the end of Red Jacketís movie gun making career?
ATV Gun / Help Wanted at Red Jacket
Will, founder of Red Jacket Firearms, is visited by Mark, a good friend and customer. Mark is involved with The Wounded Warrior Foundation, which provides rehabilitation services for wounded war veterans. Mark asks for Will's help on a special project for Brandon, a Marine Corp veteran who lost the use of his right arm in Iraq. Mark wants to give Brandon the opportunity to hunt again, a sport he loves. He asks Will to create an ATV mounted shotgun that Brandon can safely shoot with only his left arm. Will says he'll do it. Business is booming at Red Jacket and Will realizes it's time to hire a new gunsmith. Daughter Stephanie sets up interviews for Will and apprentice Kris is taken off guard when someone from his past shows up for the position. Brandon's ATV is brought into the shop and Will begins to design the mount. Gunsmith Vince is concerned that Will's design will not be able to handle the recoil from the shotgun, and cause the gun to jam. Tempers flare when Will takes offense that Vince has questioned his expertise. Will is not impressed with the first round of gunsmith candidates. Then he meets Flemm, who brings with him a gun that he built himself - an MG42. Will likes what he sees and takes Flemm to the range to test fire the MG42. If Will determines that it's a solid build, will he offer Flemm the job? With the ATV finished, and cooler heads prevailing, Will bets Vince that recoil will not be an issue with the mount and the shotgun will not jam. Vince is still skeptical and accepts the bet. With a steak dinner on the line, the crew head out to a nearby swamp for a test fire and to settle the bet. Will, Kris and gunsmith Joe drive out to the country to deliver Brandon's ATV, with its new shotgun mount, and stick around for a wild boar hunt. After taking a few spins around the property, Brandon is thrilled with the ATV, but the true test will be to see how the shotgun holds up during the hunt. Will Brandon be able to successfully operate an ATV mounted shotgun with only his left arm? Will recoil be a concern? Will they come back with a something to roast?
Machine Gun Mania / The New Guy
Mike, a lieutenant from the local police department asks Will, founder of Red Jacket Firearms, to transform his heavy, tripod-mounted 1919 Machine Gun into a shoulder-fire weapon. Mike wants to use the 1919 in his precinct's annual machine gun shooting competition, but the competition's rules dictate that only shoulder-mounted machine guns can be used. Always up for a challenge, Will sets out to make the transformation. Will, gunsmith Vince and apprentice Kris take the 1919 out for a field test to get a feel for the weapon. Will finds that the 1919 fires "like a sewing machine" - he'll just need to add a handle and a buttstock for shoulder-firing, makes some tweaks, and the transformation should be complete. Will calls gunsmith Joe, and asks him to track down the necessary parts. Back at the shop, Will introduces Flemm, the new guy, to Vince and Kris. Will, not comfortable adding Flemm to the 1919 project, puts him to work welding trigger guards for another order. Vince and Kris are skeptical of Flemm's abilities and warn him not to screw up. They give him a hard time about his hair and discuss what it's like to work for Will. To reduce the weight of the 1919 - and make it more comfortable as a hand held, shoulder-fire weapon - Vince cuts down the barrel and adds a buttstock and a handle. With these changes in place, Will takes the 1919 out for another test fire and discovers a very dangerous problem - the ammo is now detonating upon loading. The 1919 goes back to the shop and Vince determines that the new buttstock has created alignment issues, causing the ammo to detonate. He gets to work milling the backplate to perfect the alignment, while Will adds more of Joe's lightweight parts to the gun. Will and Vince test the new configuration in the range only to uncover more problems. Frustrated, Will tells Vince to break down the gun and reassemble it from scratch. Vince works overnight to perfect the assembly, so that the 1919 will be ready for Mike's shooting competition in the morning. Vince meets Will at the competition site to test fire the 1919 before Mike arrives. But Mike is early, and the new assembly will have to be tested for the first time in front of him - a situation that Will never wants to have happen. Will the 1919 fire? If so, will it be good enough to win?
The Rocket Launcher
Will, founder of Red Jacket Firearms, meets with Marco, a private international security contractor. Marco has just landed a job operating off the horn of Africa, and needs a non-lethal deterrent to scare away pirates. Will suggests a small, multiple rocket launching system that is portable enough to fit on a boat. Marco likes the idea, but stresses the importance of not hurting the pirates, because any act of aggression against citizens of another country is a potential act of war. Will is up for the challenge. The biggest hurdle in building the portable, multiple rocket launching system will be creating the non-lethal rockets - rockets that fly straight, make a big bang, and do so without shrapnel. Gunsmith Joe, builds tester rockets, and Will and the crew check them for accuracy and impressive explosions. Despite touching off a small brush fire, the rockets fly without complication, so they head back to the shop to begin welding the15 rocket launching tubes. Meanwhile, a customer brings in an extremely rare 1910 Maxim gun, one of the first portable machine guns, and wants to get it back to firing condition. Everyone in the shop is awestruck by the Maxim, especially gunsmith Vince. He can't wait to open it up, makes the repairs and get in firing again. After welding the 15 rocket launching tubes together and attaching them to a portable mount, Will and the crew head out to an undisclosed location where they await Marco's arrival for a live demonstration. Will the rockets fire successfully? And will Marco be impressed enough to buy it?
Alligator Kill Stick
Will, founder of Red Jacket Firearms, calls gunsmith Vince and apprentice Kris into his office, and assigns them more responsibilities around the shop. Vince will need to help with customers and sales, and Kris will need to cover the phones and front office for Stephanie when she has to leave the shop. It's not long before Dennis, a professional alligator hunter, comes into the shop, and Vince has his first customer consult. Dennis is looking for a weapon that can kill alligators humanely without damaging their valuable hides. Vince recommends a "kill stick," a hand-held weapon, used at point-blank range, that shoots a .410 shotgun shell. However, this is a prototype weapon, not something that Red Jacket stocks, so Vince will have to design and create it from scratch. Vince works on his design for the new "alligator kill stick", but has problems when test-firing. The fire control switch is sluggish, and could potentially endanger a hunter using it, especially if that hunter is facing an aggressive alligator. Vince goes to Will for help. Meanwhile, Stephanie has to leave the office and asks Kris to handle the front desk. Packages arrive while the phone rings off the hook, and Kris gains a whole new respect for what Stephanie does to keep Red Jacket running. After fine tuning the kill sticks' assembly, Will calls forensics firearms expert and part-time Red Jacket crew member Charlie, and asks him to bring in a ballistics gel block. The gel block will simulate the density of alligator tissue. If the kill sticks' .410 shotgun shell shoots through the gel block, the guys will know that the kill stick will ruin an alligator's hide - exactly what it's designed not to do. The testing goes well, but Will and Vince both know that there is a big difference between a block of gel in the range and a deadly alligator fighting for his life. After Will and Vince leave, Charlie and new hire Flem, take advantage of the free range time and conduct ballistics tests on some unusual guns that Charlie has brought to the shop -including a Mare's Leg, the iconic, short barrel rifle that Steve McQueen used in the TV series Wanted: Dead or Alive. Vince convinces Will to go with him to demo the kill stick for Dennis and his hunting team, Cookie and One Eye. Will the kill stick work during a real hunt? Will Vince's chance to prove himself to Will be a success? The moment of truth arrives when Dennis catches an alligator.
Red Jacket Firearms founder Will, meets with Jeff, an active duty, special teams boat gunner for the Navy. Jeff asks Will to build two M16s that can be mounted together side-by-side, and attached to a boat. Jeff needs the M16s to be able to fire hundreds of rounds per minute, going through magazine after magazine, without any malfunctions. Will suggests that Jeff use attachable beta magazines that hold 100 rounds each, to significantly increase the M16 standard firing power. Will takes Jeff into the range for a beta magazine demonstration, where he immediately discovers that with the increased firepower, the M16 gas tube turns "cherry red" -which signals that the gun is overheating. So now, in addition to mounting two M16s together, Will needs to develop a water cooling system to stop the guns from overheating. The next day, Will summons the team and explains the project. Everyone is excited to mount two M16s side-by-side on a boat. The most challenging aspect of the build will be the water cooling system, and Will assigns the task to gunsmith Joe. Will and Joe take an M16 into the range to test fire three 100 round beta magazines, to simulate Jeff's anticipated firing conditions. They bring along a thermometer to monitor the gas tube temperature. The gas tube heats up to an amazing 725 degrees! With this discovery, the pressure is on: Joe must somehow create a water cooling system that will knock the temperature of the M16 gas tube way, way down. How low will they be able to get it? Meanwhile, Will's daughter Stephanie assists Donna, a customer that is in the market for a home defense shotgun. Stephanie grabs a few different models and takes Donna to the range. Stephanie is surprised when Donna shows that she knows how to shoot. Donna then reveals that she is actually a police officer. They both have some fun in the range and Stephanie seals the deal when Donna decides that she'll take a $1500 .410 shotgun -just like Stephanie's. While apprentice Kris is minding the front of the store for Stephanie, he gets an unexpected visit from a girlfriend. With Will and Stephanie both offsite, Kris decides to give her a tour of the shop. Will returns to find a customer knocking on the front door, unable to get a response. Will is ticked when he discovers that Kris has left his duties behind to give an unauthorized shop tour. Joe tests the newly designed, double M16 water cooling system in the range -and it works perfectly. Both M16 gas tubes run at low temperature during sustained fire. Now, Will must mount the new system to Jeff's boat and take it out on the river for test firing. Will the new system work from a boat, on a choppy river, during evasive maneuvers? The Red Jacket crew tags along to find out.
Folding Flashlight Gun
Will, founder of Red Jacket Firearms, is intrigued when forensics firearms expert and part-time crew member Charlie, stops by to show off his new, folding pellet gun. Charlie wants Will to put his spin on the idea and make a Red Jacket folding gun. Will decides to create a combination flashlight and survival kit for campers, that will unfold into a semi-automatic M11. Unable to contain his excitement, Charlie advertises the Folding Flashlight Gun on the Red Jacket website. It isn't long before Will's daughter Stephanie is surprised by calls from eager customer wanting the buy the gun. Will is upset when he learns that Charlie has advertised a prototype still in development. Meanwhile, local gun manufacturer Chris, stops by the shop looking for some help with a parts kit for an MG42 -the infamous WWII machine gun known as ""Hitler's Buzzsaw"". Since the new guy Flem brought an MG42 to his Red Jacket interview, Will assigns the project to him. Flem is nervous. Building an MG42 from scratch is a daunting task. He did it once, but will he be able to do it again? It's his first big chance to prove himself to Will, and this time he only has two weeks to get it right. Gunsmith Vince is upset that Flem gets to build the MG42 -a piece of WWII history- while he is stuck working on the Folding Flashlight Gun prototype, a gun that he not so affectionately refers to as ""MacGyver's Lunch Box"". The Folding Flashlight Gun is an unusual build for Red Jacket, and it's scrutinized in the research and development phase. Should they pursue it or leave it as ""just a cool idea""? Vince is all for leaving it on the table as an interesting idea, until Will shares a camping story about how he had to shoot a rabid, wild dog to protect his daughter. Vince, having a daughter of his own, relates to the moment and together, he and Will decide to move forward with the Folding Flashlight Gun and bring it up to ""Red Jacket Standards"". With the Folding Flashlight Gun finished, the team heads out to a wilderness campground to meet up with one of Charlie's friends, who is eager to test the new gun. Nightfall arrives and the guys set out for a walk through the woods that is full of surprises. Will the flashlight work, and more importantly, will it quickly unfold into a gun when danger arrives?