The best gun show on TV, American Guns, aired another new episode last night where they built a customized rifle for a Cowboy Action Shooter who wanted an 1873 Winchester. The client, however, may surprise you in that Dylan is a 13-year old boy. But do not let his age fool you for Dylan is ranked 3rd in the country for speed shooting. He can aim and hit 10 separate targets with a pair of six-guns in under 3 seconds! Rich Wyatt negotiates with Dylan′s father over the price of the rifle. Rich starts at $20,000 while Dylan′s dad is thinking more like $15,000. The final price is $18,000.
Rich briefs his team of gunsmiths on the job. They will machine a receiver from a block of stainless steel using their C-in-C machine. The rifle will also utilize a short-pull lever action linkage kit which action shooters love. This allows the weapon to rack a round in about half of the motion as a normal Winchester. Naturally, the rifle will also get a detailed engraving job to make it stand out as a work of art.
Meanwhile, Paige gets herself a client, David, who is in need of a pistol. He runs an exotic animal rescue service and often faces dangerous, angry owners who do not want their exotic animals rescued. Paige talks him into a Smith & Wesson .45 caliber MMP with a customized trigger and a zebra paint job. They haggle a bit over the price and Paige comes down from $1,800 to $1,500 after seeing a baby camel David just rescued.
Jon, who typically does the wood-work for rifle stocks, starts trash-talking about Dylan and wants to challenge him to a shooting contest. Rich sets it up. Jon uses a MAC-10 sub-machine pistol while Dylan uses his current lever-action rifle. Both are assigned nine glass spheres as targets. Despite having a rate of fire of 800 rounds per minute, Jon loses to Dylan by a fraction of a second. Not to mention that Dylan only fired 9 rounds while Jon burned most of his 40-round clip. This kid is incredible!
Paige walks her project through the shop, getting the pistol painted while Brian works on the trigger mechanism. She then test fires the gun under Brian′s supervision. But daddy Rich is not pleased when he finds out that the company is only making a $100 profit on the deal. Paige acknowledges her error as she and Rich deliver the pistol to David. They meet at a shooting range so David can test his new weapon. David arrives with his wife and a young zebra they have rescued. Everyone is happy with the finished product.
Work on the Winchester is wrapped up. Brian had some issues with the linkage kit as the new lever did not align with it. So he put a torch to the lever and banged it enough to reshape the metal to fit. Kurt completes the job with some terrific engraving. Rich delivers the Winchester to Dylan who puts it through its motions. He is very pleased with action and shows off more of his incredible shooting skills. All in all, a great episode of American Guns on the Discovery Channel.