Hosted by actor and gun enthusiast Joe Mantegna, "Gun Stories" takes viewers through a firearm's history, from the heart of the design through its use on the range. Using state-of-the-art, high-speed photography, Gun Stories looks at the operation and performance of each weapon, from classics to cutting-edge firearms. Throughout the series, historians, shooters, trainers and industry experts place these weapons in their historical and social context, making Gun Stories a unique and definitive collection on the history of firearms.
Listen in as host Joe Mantegna joins The Revolution to discuss:
- The gun collection of late rock and roll icon, Elvis Presley.
- The guns of General Custer at the Battle of Little Bighorn and also the guns of their Native American counterparts. Plus, Custer's option to use Gatling guns during that battle, but his decision not to.
- The guns of Nazi Germany and the intricate, although not always practical, designs of that era.
- The Minigun and its capacity to send out thousands of rounds per minute. Later, the Howard Hughes design concept for the Heligun, developed to be an improvement on the Minigun and Gatling gun.
- Bullpup firearms, specifically the Tavor, an Israeli bullpup designed and produced by Israel Weapon Industries. Joe says Israel is a country that obviously has a need for weapons that are reliable and dependable and work well. A lot of different countries make a lot of different kinds of firearms, but Israel's very existence depends on how well they can defend themselves and thus their need for good firearms.
- The guns made famous by Hollywood like the Smith and Wesson Model 29, chambered in .44 Magnum made famous by Clint Eastwood's Dirty Harry. Joe also highlights his Criminal Minds firearm, a custom Sig Sauer 1911 chambered in .45 ACP. Both the Dirty Harry .44 Magnum and Joe's custom Sig are on display at the National Firearms Museum.
- Joe will also talk about some of his philanthropic endeavors like his role of Ambassador for the Gary Sinise Foundations. He'll also discuss some of his current projects like "As We See It" and 30 plus seasons of "The Simpsons".