Sons of Guns (2011– )
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This show is a waste of time and I don't even bother to watch it anymore since so tired of their sob stories.
They need to change the outline of this show to show more info and although in the show their ceo says he wants big orders and stay away from the one time jobs its the one time jobs that would be interesting for this show and they need to go more in-depth into what they are doing.
However as time has passed the producers, and I'm sure owners of the shop have decided ratings and drama are more important than quality. The overly dramatic tension with the shop manager and his deserting his job was one thing and almost tolerable.
Now after returning from a hiatus the show is more soap opera than anything. Granted all of these shows are staged to a point, but now they are just insulting the viewers with pathetic and horribly written overly dramatic sub plots. When Vince returns during the storm and is shadowed standing outside the shop. And of course he is the only person in the world with the part they need. I'm sure that he and his supposed former boss/enemy enjoy a good laugh after each episode wraps. And the topper, when the employee guarding the shop during a severe storm hears a strange noise. And in a building full of supposed modern weapon innovations, the only thing he has at his disposal is a 17th century gun that only exists in replicas and doesn't even fire actual projectiles. Any gun shop I've ever been to in my life the staff carry in belt of hip holsters. And they carry guns that were invented within the last 200 years. After all they're not pirates.
I often wonder how the owners of these business feel when they look in the mirror after turning their business dreams into a cheesy soap opera.
I remember when the Discovery Channel was educational and had shows that required some actual thought.
First of all: Whats with all the soap opera stuff all the time? All this personal stuff is clearly faked/scripted and frankly just seems kinda whiny.
On the other hand we have all the gun-related stuff:
What the heck? No gun-workshop in the whole wide world is that way. They use machines that never ever can be accurate enough to call the final product "custom". And then in nearly every episode they all "hope" that their newly constructed gun will work. It may be boring, but in every real custom shops you take measurements all the time and make computer models. Every gun designer KNOWS if his gun is gonna work or not, because he can calculate how much pressure the barrel has to hold and so forth.
Then they make ridiculous claims like: We are the first people to put a silencer on a shotgun. Im sorry, but you are not!
And there is this one Episode where this big fella just shoots a newly constructed arrow-gun right in the workspace, right after saying that you should be save blablabla... If somebody would do that in a real gun shop, he'd be fired.
The other time they claim to have found a number-matching wooden stock for a German WW2-rifle, this is just ridiculous.
Im glad that I already have all the guns I want, because in the future we're gonna see some very stupid people repairing and maintaining our guns.
Not cool man, not cool...
One of the more obvious setups is when they call in Ira when attempting to repair the 32mm mortar. They grind the hole in the tube which leaves all the edges glistening with grinding marks yet when they call in Ira, supposedly after the grinding has taken place, he is seen examining a tube with no grinding marks around the hole. Obviously he examined the tube and condemned it BEFORE it was ground and from there on the whole segment was a setup.
The whole "wrong buffer in the AR15" episode was such an obvious setup. In the episode before you see the buffer fall to the floor when Kris angrily disassembles the gun (how a buffer which is shown encased in a spring not 2 seconds earlier falls to the floor is another mystery). When Vince starts to build the rifle he picks up a buffer from the bench behind him and very conveniently stands it on a block of wood on his bench, camera zooms in to show the buffer in minute detail - why?, is the camera man a modified AR15 expert and knows its the wrong buffer or is this just another example of the modified reality. Show the wrong buffer so they can solve the wrong buffer issue in the next episode? From then on the whole "it doesn't shoot in auto" segment is an obvious setup, either that or the AR expert camera man wanted the build to fail which raises a whole different set of issues.
If they keep making such obvious mistakes and adjusting reality to create the all important "illusion of peril / pressure" (in all shows like this every job has a stupid timescale on it - yeah right, business doesn't work like that) which every reality program needs these days then I for one will be finding something else to watch.
Apart from that its a good show; just don't believe everything you see.
And if you have no idea and need to know the purpose of a suppressed shotgun (really?) then this show is not for you. Again, this show is for ENTERTAINMENT purposes if you want to learn more about a certain weapon and it's history go watch another show or look it up. But if you want to watch a weapon being modified and watch them blow stuff up with it, then you will love this show.
You kind of need to know a bit about weapons and enjoy them to enjoy this show. And by the way the M203 (Or clone) that they attached to the AR-15 which is the same thing as it's military twin the M-16 except it is only Semi-Auto, is NOT A FLARE LAUNCHER!!! They only used flare charges instead of the usual 40mm Grenades for obvious reasons. So FilmMan, I believe you aren't as familiarized with firearms as you say you are. And remember this show is for ENTERTAINMENT purposes.
Awesome show too!
If you like guns, especially military-style weapons, this is the show for you. Discovery's rival, the History Channel, has had a variety of gun-related shows, such as "Tales of the Gun," though that show felt compelled to have a disclaimer at the beginning stating that "guns have had an important role in history, sometimes for good and sometimes for evil," or something to that effect. This show doesn't pretend to be anything other than gun pornography, which helps keep it fun. Instead, at the beginning it simply says, "Guns can be dangerous. Don't be an idiot." This is more in keeping with the audience who will watch this show: They're here to see cool guns, not be lectured about how Nazis used them for evil. As much as I liked "Tales of the Gun," it's refreshing to watch a show in which there's no stigma for having an interest in guns, and we don't get bogged down in any moral debate or historical perspective as an excuse to show guns on mainstream TV.
This show splits screen time between the shop employees and the guns they work on. It's set up much like "Pawn Stars" or the myriad other similar shows on TV these days. The characters are entertaining enough, though it sometimes feels as if we're guests at a dinner party watching the hosts argue family issues. Will, as easy-going and nice as he can be, can also get a bit intense. He probably makes a great business owner, but this doesn't always translate well to making a good show. Comparing it to "Pawn Stars," even when shop owner, Rick, gets mad at his employees, we see that he still has affection for them. Will seems much more willing to get rid of people without a second thought. Even so, they still seem to have a lot of fun at the shop, and make interesting guns in the process.
The show is mostly about the guns, but the characters are interesting enough, too. It makes for quick, fun summer TV.