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Handgun Radio 373 – SHOT Show 2023

Hello and welcome to Handgun Radio! I’m your host Ryan Michad from the wild woods of Central Maine, and this is your home for all the news, information and discussion in the handgunning world!

This week, we talk about new guns we have seen before SHOT Show 2023

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Week in Review:

Ryan: -Bradshaw Gun & Rifle Rotary .30-40 Krag & Rising Block

-Marlin Camp Carbine 9mm

Listener Emails:

Listener Michael:

My P239 with the .357 Sig barrel and a Kramer Michigan State Police paddle holster. I have .357 X-Ray 3 sights on it and still have the .40 barrel

Listener Phil:

Hello Gents,

Quick note to try and get this in on time…

For the unconventional carry, I still love my Galco Escort from the 90’s.  It’s a fanny pack and the best one.  In active wear or anything with an untucked shirt, it’s never noticed.  I’ve never been busted while using the Escort.  It’s roomy yet trim and most importantly quite flat.  It has a rear pistol compartment accessed with a quick pull zipper in the corner.  Then, that front flap has a storage accessed via a zipper in the front where you can put your wallet, phones, keys, etc.  That’s awesome, it cements the thing as a straight up fanny pack at the cashier’s station.  Unfortunately, the Escort was discontinued a few years ago.  Mine is slowly coming apart, that will be a sad day when I can no longer use it, I’ve not found anything close to its utility.

For the bring-back list, put me down for the P7 M13!  And also the Beretta Cougar.  Kind of lives on as the PX4, but the all metal guns with walnut grips were really sexy, especially the 8045.  A Beretta in .45ACP.  Why didn’t I buy one???  And finally the Ruger Old Army black powders. Wow, beautiful and rugged. Put me down for a blue one with a 5 1/2” barrel. 


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Drink Segment: Gimlet with Home Made Lime Cordial

-Jeffrey Morgenthaler How to Make Your Own Lime Cordial

Rose’s Lime Juice

1 Cup of Sugar

8 oz hot water

1.5oz fresh lime juice

1.5 Oz (by volume) grated lime zest

1oz (by volume) Citric Acid powder

Mix all ingredients in a blender and blitz for about a min

Give some time to cool,  then strain into a container and refrigerate 


2oz Dry Gin

1.5oz Lime Cordial

Shake or Stir because the juice is clarified and serve on the rocks or straight up.

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Main Topic: SHOT Show 2023 New Guns So Far

-Rock Island Armory 5.0 (THIS IS SO COOL)

-RIA 5.0 Matthew Moss Article

UPDATE: Let’s just do some bullet points on the brand spanking new Rock Island Armory 5.0ST:

FIRST THIS…there is a lot of talk in the industry about innovation, and bold moves, and something completely original…and then what comes out is…wait for it…wait for it…a Hi-Power in FDE (please, nothing against Hi-Powers!).

The Rock Island Armory 5.0ST 9mm SAO is the Real Friggin’ Deal.

• Holy crap this is a GUN! First off, it has the esthetics of the perfect sidearm for Rick Deckard in BLADERUNNER, or maybe the Monolith in 2001…sleek, spare, do flash slide million or Punisher symbols anywhere.

• It has the ergonomics of a beast that *wants* to shoot. The 5.0 points like a custom 1911 or a Sig P210. The frame is two pieces…an aluminum CZ-75 full length “dust cover” with a Pic rail attached to a nylon grip frame. The grip frame is, to me, perfect, rough enough to grip without drawing blood. The slide rides inside the frame a la CZ, but it rides with a smoothness and precision I’ve only felt on a few other guns — a Les Baer 1911, say, or one of the top-end CZ competition pistols (or, to be honest, a P210 after Bruce Gray finishes working on it).

• In appropriate BLADERUNNER fashion, the 5.0 has only three operating controls: the trigger, with the ubiquitous trigger safety we’re all familiar with, the slide release and the mag release button (right-handed only). The slide release is placed and shaped to allow you (or at least me) to use it as a weak-hand “thumb shelf.”

• The gun is hammer, rather than striker, operated. The hammer is shielded, which gives the 5.0 roughly an inch of extra sight radius.

• The external profile of the barrel is square, and gunsmith Fred Craig is a genius. Fred, who teamed up with ARMSCOR head Martin Tuason to bring the wonderful ,22 TCM (Tuason/Craig Magnum) to market around 2017, has fingerprints on the 5.0 as well. The 5.0 used a patented recoil system where the barrel does not tilt, but remains in-lint throughout recoil. I’ll be doing some more research on this (called an RVS, for Ram Valved System), but the net net is the barrel sits slightly lower and directs the recoil directly back into the palm of the hand.

• With recoil directed rearward and the relatively heavy nose (the gun clocks in at about 39.5 ounces), it is wicked quick to run. So far I’ve used ARMSCOR 124-gr all and Federal 150-gr Syntech Match.

• The 5.0 comes with 2 17-round mags (unless, of course, you live in a slave state). I’ve done some checking and the mags are “sorta” Sig P226 patterned, but a stock 226 mag drags at the bottom. I have found the mags from the Tisas PX9, which are also 226-patterned, do work did fine, as did an ancient Mac-Gar 226 20-rounder I’ve had for a couple of decades…I loaded it and ran all 20 rounds without a problem. For those shooting, say, USPSA Limited Optics, I think 24-25 rounds is probably do-able with in the 140mm length. I thought I had some CZ mags around here but I’m still looking for them.

• Holsterwise, I need to talk to some people and I’ll have something for you next week.

• The R.I.A. 5.0 is MADE IN THE USA at ARMSCOR’s new Utah facility.

I talked to Lisa Tuason for a long time this morning. This gun has been 5 years in development, 8 years from the original, “Hey, what it we try this?” She/s been very involved in the creation of this gun and brining it into production. The gun I have now is a first run; my personal gun should be in the works next week, While th gun I have has an LPA adjustable rear and a Dawson fiber optic front, my gun will be milled for the C-More RTS2 dot.

My hat is off to Martin, Lisa, Fred Craig and everybody at ARMSCOR who made this gun happen. I can wait to race it!


Over this past year I’ve handled and shot better than 2 dozen guns — handguns, rifles, shotguns. I bought a couple of them, including the superb Ruger SFAR and the new 15-shot .380, and I’m good to go on buying the Sig Cross .308 and the Rock Island 10mm Commander.

I picked up a couple of guns yesterday at my FFL. I’m not saying I’m jaded, but it has been a long time since I opened up a handgun case and simply went, “Wow!” This one surprised me! The more I handled the new gun, the more wowwie-zowies I felt. It was just plain beautiful, not to mention a seriously ergonomic masterpiece. The trigger was flawless…flawless, I tell you! It pointed like a birddog on meth. Think of it as a mishmash of a several of my favorite guns, with all the good stuff and none of the bad.

You know the punchline, right? I am under a ***DOOMSDAY NDA*** on this thing. A hovering drone will BBQ my butt if jump the NDA (Hear that Caleb Giddings? Not everybody jumps NDAs!).

I took the gun out today…just couldn’t wait…with a box of Federal 9mm SYNTECH Match, 150-gr. And holy crapalooza, as Guy Fieri might say, It shot as good as it looks!

I decided to give you a New Year’s hint. Here are 2 magazines, which look exactly like any of the dozens of 9mm magazines I have here around the Bunker.

I have, BTW, already asked to purchase my T&E or a full production model as soon as they’re available.

-Canik Rival SFx-s Steel

-Hi-Point JXP10 10mm

-POF Lever Action 9mm Mag Fed

-Girsan Witness 2311

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