Midway USA's Gun Stories

Midway USA's Gun Stories

2011 - 2017, Other, Outdoor
Joe Mantegna hosts as each episode takes viewers through a firearm's history.

Episode Guide

  • Midway USA's Gun Stories - Inside The FBI Gun Vault (Episode 108)
    Episode 108:

    Inside The FBI Gun Vault

    Joe Mantegna visits the vault, where the FBI stores its most famous confiscated weapons.

  • Midway USA's Gun Stories - Inside The FBI's Ballistic Research Facility (Episode 107)
    Episode 107:

    Inside The FBI's Ballistic Research Facility

    Joe Mantegna visits Quantico and examines the ballistics lab, responsible for testing firearms and armor for all FBI agents.

  • Midway USA's Gun Stories - Post WWII Battle Rifles (Episode 106)
    Episode 106:

    Post WWII Battle Rifles

    Joe Mantegna discusses the various battle rifles, that were created in the aftermath of WWII.

  • Midway USA's Gun Stories - 21st Century Pistol Designs (Episode 105)
    Episode 105:

    21st Century Pistol Designs

    Joe Mantegna explores the surge of pistols based on the AR and AK platforms.

  • Midway USA's Gun Stories - The Kentucky Rifle (Episode 104)
    Episode 104:

    The Kentucky Rifle

    Joe Mantegna examines the classic American long rifle.

  • Midway USA's Gun Stories - The Guns Of The Rough Riders (Episode 103)
    Episode 103:

    The Guns Of The Rough Riders

    Joe Mantegna explores the rag-tag cavalry that stormed San Juan Hill.

  • Midway USA's Gun Stories - The CZ-75 (Episode 102)
    Episode 102:

    The CZ-75

    Joe Mantegna discusses one of the most famous 9mm handguns ever produced.

  • Midway USA's Gun Stories - The History Of FBI Service Weapons (Episode 101)
    Episode 101:

    The History Of FBI Service Weapons

    Joe Mantegna explores the various weapons issued to G-men through the years.

  • Midway USA's Gun Stories - The Sturmgewher 44 (Episode 100)
    Episode 100:

    The Sturmgewher 44

    Joe Mantegna explores Nazi Germany's historic assault rifle.

  • Midway USA's Gun Stories - Guns of the New Americans (Episode 99)
    Episode 99:

    Guns of the New Americans

    Joe Mantegna travels to Krebs, Okla. to visit the land his grandfather purchased in 1905 and fire the 1897 Winchester that belonged to his grandfather.

  • Midway USA's Gun Stories - The Broomhandle Mauser (Episode 98)
    Episode 98:

    The Broomhandle Mauser

    Joe Mantegna explores the origins of the pistol's famous design.

  • Midway USA's Gun Stories - M1 Garand (Episode 97)
    Episode 97:

    M1 Garand

    Joe Mantegna takes an in-depth look at the famous U.S. military battle rifle.

  • Midway USA's Gun Stories - The History of Ignition Systems (Episode 96)
    Episode 96:

    The History of Ignition Systems

    Joe Mantegna discusses various ignition systems dating back to the 17th century.

  • Midway USA's Gun Stories - The Guns Of Teddy Roosevelt (Episode 95)
    Episode 95:

    The Guns Of Teddy Roosevelt

    Joe Mantegna takes an in-depth look at the President's famed trip to Africa.

  • Midway USA's Gun Stories - Gun Stories 2017 (Episode 94)
    Episode 94:

    Gun Stories 2017

    Hosted by actor and gun enthusiast Joe Mantegna; taking viewers through a firearm's history, from the heart of the design through its use on the range.

  • Midway USA's Gun Stories - Guns of Little Big Horn: 7th Cavalry (Episode 93)
    Episode 93:

    Guns of Little Big Horn: 7th Cavalry

    Joe Mantegna and numerous experts explore the history of guns used by Gen. Custer at Little Big Horn.

  • Midway USA's Gun Stories - Lee Enfield Rifle (Episode 92)
    Episode 92:

    Lee Enfield Rifle

    Joe Mantegna and numerous experts explore the history of the Lee Enfield bolt-action rifle.

  • Midway USA's Gun Stories - History of Swiss Rifles (Episode 91)
    Episode 91:

    History of Swiss Rifles

    The Swiss have always led the way with precision rifles, owing to their citizen army.

  • Midway USA's Gun Stories - Embellished Weapons (Episode 90)
    Episode 90:

    Embellished Weapons

    Artists work in a variety of mediums; canvas, stone, clay and yes, even firearms.

  • Midway USA's Gun Stories - The Russian PKM (Episode 89)
    Episode 89:

    The Russian PKM

    Mikhail Kalashnikov's design of the PKM has been in use since 1969 and sets the standard.

  • Midway USA's Gun Stories - The Desert Eagle (Episode 88)
    Episode 88:

    The Desert Eagle

    The Desert Eagle -- a handgun that can legitimately lay claim to being a movie star all by itself.

  • Midway USA's Gun Stories - The MP5 (Episode 87)
    Episode 87:

    The MP5

    Considered by some to be the greatest submachine gun ever manufactured, the MP5 has become essential to military and law enforcement personnel.

  • Midway USA's Gun Stories - Oddities and Curioso (Episode 86)
    Episode 86:

    Oddities and Curioso

    Rick Harrison from Pawn Stars shows us some of his most unique acquisitions.

  • Midway USA's Gun Stories - The Winchester Model 73 (Episode 85)
    Episode 85:

    The Winchester Model 73

    The popularity and fame of the Winchester 73 is pretty self evident. A movie is named after it.

  • Midway USA's Gun Stories - The AK 47 (Episode 84)
    Episode 84:

    The AK 47

    The AK47 has become one of the most iconic firearms in history.

  • Midway USA's Gun Stories - The Model 1919 Machine Gun (Episode 83)
    Episode 83:

    The Model 1919 Machine Gun

    Yet again, John Moses Browning created a main line weapon for the US military; the 1919 Browning machine gun.

  • Midway USA's Gun Stories - The Webley Revolver (Episode 82)
    Episode 82:

    The Webley Revolver

    The British Webley revolver occupies its own place in the world of guns.

  • Midway USA's Gun Stories - The Savage Model 99 (Episode 81)
    Episode 81:

    The Savage Model 99

    The lever action Savage Model 99 is unequivocally one of the most successful rifles in the world.

  • Midway USA's Gun Stories - The Israeli Galil (Episode 80)
    Episode 80:

    The Israeli Galil

    The iconic Galil assault rifle is a classic example of a superior battlefield weapon.

  • Midway USA's Gun Stories - The M60 Machine Gun (Episode 79)
    Episode 79:

    The M60 Machine Gun

    The German World War II MG-42 stands as one of the greatest machine guns in history; the story of the American M-60, affectionately or not, known as the Pig.

  • Midway USA's Gun Stories - History of Armscor (Episode 78)
    Episode 78:

    History of Armscor

    ARMSCOR/ROCK ISLAND can trace its roots back to the early 1900s, beginning as Squires Bingham and Company, a clothing and sporting goods store in the Philippines.

  • Midway USA's Gun Stories - The Guns of John Dillinger (Episode 77)
    Episode 77:

    The Guns of John Dillinger

    While the bloody arc of John Dillinger's life is well known, less time has been spent on the convergence of 2 technologies that made Dillinger possible, cars and guns.

  • Midway USA's Gun Stories - The Guns of John Dillinger (Episode 76)
    Episode 76:

    The Guns of John Dillinger

    While the bloody arc of John Dillinger's life is well known, less time has been spent on the convergence of two technologies that made Dillinger possible: cars and guns.

  • Midway USA's Gun Stories - The Model 1911 (Episode 75)
    Episode 75:

    The Model 1911

    With the adoption of the model 1911 pistol by the US military, John Browning established the benchmark that all other handguns would be measured against.

  • Midway USA's Gun Stories - Air Rifles (Episode 74)
    Episode 74:

    Air Rifles

    Air guns have always been tools more than toys. Tools for hunting, target shooting and war. In fact, air guns may be the most unique gun story of all.

  • Midway USA's Gun Stories - The History of Ignitions: Part 2 (Episode 73)
    Episode 73:

    The History of Ignitions: Part 2

    After the matchlock and wheel lock, the flintlock and percussion cap were on the horizon, ending with what would become the modern cartridge.

  • Midway USA's Gun Stories - The History of Ignitions 1 (Episode 72)
    Episode 72:

    The History of Ignitions 1

    As shooters and hunters, the cartridge seems to be a study in simplicity. But getting to that simplicity is nothing short of one of the most fascinating stories in history.

  • Midway USA's Gun Stories - The Sharps Rifle (Episode 71)
    Episode 71:

    The Sharps Rifle

    There is something quintessentially American about the Sharps rifle, with a direct line back to the Civil War and the opening of the West.

  • Midway USA's Gun Stories - Big Bore Revolvers (Episode 70)
    Episode 70:

    Big Bore Revolvers

    Big bore handguns, the greatest challenge in all shooting sports.

  • Midway USA's Gun Stories - History of Suppressors (Episode 69)
    Episode 69:

    History of Suppressors

    Imagine an inexpensive and well tested device than can make shooting any gun safer, reduce recoil by as much as a third and eliminate the single biggest problem in all of shooting - the flinch.

  • Midway USA's Gun Stories - Guns of the Confederacy (Episode 68)
    Episode 68:

    Guns of the Confederacy

    When Confederate canons opened fire on Fort Sumter, neither the North nor the South was prepared for war; for the largely agricultural South, it started from behind when it came to firearms.

  • Midway USA's Gun Stories - The Guns of the Union (Episode 67)
    Episode 67:

    The Guns of the Union

    The Civil War fundamentally changed America, and the arms of the Civil War fundamentally changed warfare.

  • Midway USA's Gun Stories - The Gatling Gun (Episode 66)
    Episode 66:

    The Gatling Gun

    The history of warfare is full of weapons that were created by men who felt their invention would end war; case in point, Richard Jordan Gatling and the terrible marvel that bore his name.

  • Midway USA's Gun Stories - Remington Model 8 (Episode 65)
    Episode 65:

    Remington Model 8

    The Remington Model 8 ushered in a new era of hunting rifle technology.

  • Midway USA's Gun Stories - The Bren Gun (Episode 64)
    Episode 64:

    The Bren Gun

    The famous British Bren Gun is considered the best light machine gun of World War Two.

  • Midway USA's Gun Stories - Colt's Cap and Ball Revolvers (Episode 63)
    Episode 63:

    Colt's Cap and Ball Revolvers

    Sam Colt's pioneering line of cap and ball revolvers changed the way firearms were used forever.

  • Midway USA's Gun Stories - Roosevelt's Africa Guns (Episode 62)
    Episode 62:

    Roosevelt's Africa Guns

  • Midway USA's Gun Stories - The M2HB (Episode 61)
    Episode 61:

    The M2HB

  • Midway USA's Gun Stories - English Double Rifles (Episode 60)
    Episode 60:

    English Double Rifles

  • Midway USA's Gun Stories - Guns of Little Big Horn Part 2 (Episode 59)
    Episode 59:

    Guns of Little Big Horn Part 2

  • Midway USA's Gun Stories - Guns of Little Big Horn Part 1 (Episode 58)
    Episode 58:

    Guns of Little Big Horn Part 1

  • Midway USA's Gun Stories - Sniper Rifles (Episode 57)
    Episode 57:

    Sniper Rifles

    Joe Mantegna and numerous experts explore the history of sniper rifles.

  • Midway USA's Gun Stories - Ruger .22 Standard (Episode 56)
    Episode 56:

    Ruger .22 Standard

  • Midway USA's Gun Stories - Broomhandle (Episode 55)
    Episode 55:

    Broomhandle

  • Midway USA's Gun Stories - Colt Python (Episode 54)
    Episode 54:

    Colt Python

  • Midway USA's Gun Stories - Bullpups (Episode 53)
    Episode 53:

    Bullpups

  • Midway USA's Gun Stories - Lee Enfield (Episode 52)
    Episode 52:

    Lee Enfield

  • Midway USA's Gun Stories - The Browning Auto 5 (Episode 51)
    Episode 51:

    The Browning Auto 5

    Joe Mantegna explores the origins of the famous Browning shotgun.

  • Midway USA's Gun Stories - Walther PPK (Episode 50)
    Episode 50:

    Walther PPK

  • Midway USA's Gun Stories - Classic American Shotguns (Episode 49)
    Episode 49:

    Classic American Shotguns

  • Midway USA's Gun Stories - M1 Girand (Episode 48)
    Episode 48:

    M1 Girand

  • Midway USA's Gun Stories - Bolt Action (Episode 47)
    Episode 47:

    Bolt Action

  • Midway USA's Gun Stories - Glock Handguns (Episode 46)
    Episode 46:

    Glock Handguns

  • Midway USA's Gun Stories - Barret 50 Calibre (Episode 45)
    Episode 45:

    Barret 50 Calibre

  • Midway USA's Gun Stories - M16 (Episode 44)
    Episode 44:

    M16

  • Midway USA's Gun Stories - The Ruger 10-22 (Episode 43)
    Episode 43:

    The Ruger 10-22

  • Midway USA's Gun Stories - Model 29 (Episode 42)
    Episode 42:

    Model 29

  • Midway USA's Gun Stories - The Best of Gun Stories 2013 (Episode 41)
    Episode 41:

    The Best of Gun Stories 2013

  • Midway USA's Gun Stories - AR 10 (Episode 40)
    Episode 40:

    AR 10

    The history of the AR-10 rifle and how it changed military rifles.

  • Midway USA's Gun Stories - SIG P226 (Episode 39)
    Episode 39:

    SIG P226

    The Sig P226 and its role in law enforcement.

  • Midway USA's Gun Stories - The Colt Pockets (Episode 38)
    Episode 38:

    The Colt Pockets

    A look at pocket pistols and the impact they had, especially the Colt 1903 and 1908.

  • Midway USA's Gun Stories - The Benelli M4 (Episode 37)
    Episode 37:

    The Benelli M4

    Examining the Benelli M4.

  • Midway USA's Gun Stories - The MP38, MP40 (Episode 36)
    Episode 36:

    The MP38, MP40

    The MP 38 and MP 40 submachine guns.

  • Midway USA's Gun Stories - The Mosin-Nagant (Episode 35)
    Episode 35:

    The Mosin-Nagant

    The history of the Mosin-Nagant, a military rifle that started in Imperial Russia.

  • Midway USA's Gun Stories - The Deringer (Episode 34)
    Episode 34:

    The Deringer

    Examining the Deringer pistol and the small gun's impact on history.

  • Midway USA's Gun Stories - The M1 Carbine (Episode 33)
    Episode 33:

    The M1 Carbine

    The very useful and very controversial military rifle: the M1 Carbine.

  • Midway USA's Gun Stories - The Maxim, Vickers (Episode 32)
    Episode 32:

    The Maxim, Vickers

    The history of Maxim and Vickers machine guns and how they changed warfare forever.

  • Midway USA's Gun Stories - The Winchester 73 (Episode 31)
    Episode 31:

    The Winchester 73

    The storied history behind the classic Winchester 73 lever action rifle.

  • Midway USA's Gun Stories - The Ruger Redhawk (Episode 30)
    Episode 30:

    The Ruger Redhawk

    The history of the Ruger Redhawk revolver.

  • Midway USA's Gun Stories - The Uzi (Episode 29)
    Episode 29:

    The Uzi

    The history of the uzi.

  • Midway USA's Gun Stories - Best of Gun Stories, Part 2 (Episode 28)
    Episode 28:

    Best of Gun Stories, Part 2

    The Rolling Block and The Model 29.

  • Midway USA's Gun Stories - Best of Gun Stories Part 3 (Episode 26)
    Episode 26:

    Best of Gun Stories Part 3

  • Midway USA's Gun Stories - Best of Gun Stories Part 2 (Episode 25)
    Episode 25:

    Best of Gun Stories Part 2

  • Midway USA's Gun Stories - Best of Gun Stories Part 1 (Episode 24)
    Episode 24:

    Best of Gun Stories Part 1

    Season highlights: the Thompson submachine gun and the Luger.

  • Midway USA's Gun Stories - 1911 Pistol (Episode 23)
    Episode 23:

    1911 Pistol

    The 1911 pistol and its post-WWII revival.

  • Midway USA's Gun Stories - The Rolling Block (Episode 22)
    Episode 22:

    The Rolling Block

    Examining the Remington Rolling Block rifle.

  • Midway USA's Gun Stories - The AK-47 (Episode 21)
    Episode 21:

    The AK-47

    The Automat Kalashnikova -- the AK-47.

  • Midway USA's Gun Stories - The Ruger 10.22 (Episode 20)
    Episode 20:

    The Ruger 10.22

    Examining the quintessentially American Ruger 10.22.

  • Midway USA's Gun Stories - The Browning 1919 (Episode 19)
    Episode 19:

    The Browning 1919

    The reliable and robust Browning 1919 machine gun.

  • Midway USA's Gun Stories - The Luger (Episode 18)
    Episode 18:

    The Luger

    The gun that became the symbol of the German army.

  • Midway USA's Gun Stories - The Thompson (Episode 17)
    Episode 17:

    The Thompson

    The history behind the gun that made the 20s roar -- the Thompson submachine gun.

  • Midway USA's Gun Stories - Classic American Doubles (Episode 16)
    Episode 16:

    Classic American Doubles

    The double-barreled shotgun and the role it played in the early days of American history.

  • Midway USA's Gun Stories - M1 Garand (Episode 15)
    Episode 15:

    M1 Garand

    General George S. Patton called it the greatest battle implement ever devised -- the M1 Garand.

  • Midway USA's Gun Stories - Model 29 (Episode 14)
    Episode 14:

    Model 29

    From the heart of the design through its use on the range, all while using state-of-the-art, high-speed photography. This week, the Model 29.

  • Midway USA's Gun Stories - Guns of the Season (Episode 13)
    Episode 13:

    Guns of the Season

  • Midway USA's Gun Stories - The Model 870 (Episode 12)
    Episode 12:

    The Model 870

    History of the Model 870.

  • Midway USA's Gun Stories - The Barrett M82A1 (Episode 11)
    Episode 11:

    The Barrett M82A1

    A look at the history of the Barrett M82A1.

  • Midway USA's Gun Stories - The Beretta 92 (Episode 10)
    Episode 10:

    The Beretta 92

    A look at the history of the Beretta 92.

  • Midway USA's Gun Stories - The FN Fal (Episode 9)
    Episode 9:

    The FN Fal

    An in-depth look at the FN Fal.

  • Midway USA's Gun Stories - The Glock (Episode 8)
    Episode 8:

    The Glock

    A look at the history of the Glock.

  • Midway USA's Gun Stories - The M16 Rifle (Episode 7)
    Episode 7:

    The M16 Rifle

    A look at the history of the M16 rifle.

  • Midway USA's Gun Stories - Top Break Revolver (Episode 6)
    Episode 6:

    Top Break Revolver

    A look back at the history of the top break revolver.

  • Midway USA's Gun Stories - Browning Automatic Rifle (Episode 5)
    Episode 5:

    Browning Automatic Rifle

    The history of the Browning Automatic Rifle, also known as the BAR.

  • Midway USA's Gun Stories - 1894 Lever Action (Episode 4)
    Episode 4:

    1894 Lever Action

    The rich history behind the 1894 Winchester Lever Action.

  • Midway USA's Gun Stories - 1873 Single Action (Episode 3)
    Episode 3:

    1873 Single Action

    A look at the history behind the Colt 1873 single action revolver.

  • Midway USA's Gun Stories - Mauser Bolt Action (Episode 2)
    Episode 2:

    Mauser Bolt Action

    An inside look at the history of the Mauser bolt action rifle.

  • Midway USA's Gun Stories - Model 1911 (Episode 1)
    Episode 1:

    Model 1911

    A look back at the history of the model 1911.