As readers will recall, I have been an avid fan of Sons of Guns, the story of Red Jacket Firearms, which has been a show on the Discovery Channel. I have compared it favorably to another show on the same cable channel, American Choppers, for its lack of soap opera effects and its emphasis on the workmanship involved with innovating existing firearms for their legal and military usefulness. Well, this season, for the first time, the show has changed its emphasis, I fear, and not for the better.
This season, the program has transformed itself into emphasizing heartthrob Stephanie developing a romantic relationship with Chris, whose positive attributes are difficult to see, especially for those of you who don’t live in the Baton Rouge area, where guys like Chris seem to be plentiful at most sports bars and taverns. Then, because of this emphasis, the producers of the program and Will apparently decided to make Chris the lead manager on what was termed ‘the most important weapon the firm has ever produced in a recent episode. As viewers know, Chris not only was incompetent, he lost a part necessary for the weapon to function.
While all this was going on, the gunsmith (a fairly important employee), Vince Buckles has been treated rudely in order to emphasize Chris’ value to the company. Well, it turns out that, in real life, Vince has been bought out by the company recently. But, even goofier, Vince has since reported that, at least pro forma ownership of the company was transferred to himself and some other employees because Will and Stephanie were forced by the federal government to surrender their Federal Firearms License because they have lost a number of guns that were in their custody (the weaponry may be in Mexico as part of the deal that WTH has written about).
Then, on this week’s episode, after Will berated Vince over the phone and Vince walked out of the shop, Will tried to be heavy-handed with the program’s producer. He said that this was more important than the producer’s television program. The producer then told Will that it was ‘our program’, at which Will became unfamiliarly meek.
So, now we have a show about making firearms without a gunsmith. Instead, an employee who seems to have the skills associated more with an apprentice but who makes sure that he says ‘Yessuh’ particularly loudly at least 10 times per episode and who has managed to convince Stephanie that his love (lust) is central to the firm’s existence, will be a featured character on the program. So, I’ll be bidding a bittersweet adieu to this program.
Here is the video of the season finale that I just described: