Hosted by actor and gun enthusiast Joe Mantegna, Gun Stories presented by MidwayUSA 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 presented by MidwayUSA looks at the operation and performance of each weapon, from classics like the Mauser bolt-action, to cutting-edge firearms like the Adaptive Combat Rifle. Throughout the series, historians, shooters, trainers and industry experts place these weapons in their historical and social context, making Gun Stories presented by MidwayUSA a unique and definitive collection on the history of firearms.
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Joe Mantegna's web site: http://www.joemantegna.com/
The Autry web site: http://www.theautry.org/ - The Autry is an intercultural history center dedicated to exploring and sharing the stories, experiences, and perceptions of the diverse peoples of the American West. Located in the Los Angeles area, Gun Stories filmed several episodes at the Autry.
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Outdoor Channel had the opportunity to talk with Joe Mantegna, actor and host of our new show, Gun Stories Presented by MidwayUSA. Learn how he became interested in guns while growing up in Chicago, being a gun advocate, and what separates Gun Stories presented by MidwayUSA from other gun shows.
Can you tell us a little bit about the new show Gun Stories presented by MidwayUSA?
In Gun Stories presented by MidwayUSA, we track the firearms that have had an impact on history. In other words, significant firearms throughout, not just the history of America, but history of the world – spanning hundreds of years. So in addition to firearms buffs, people who are interested in history in general and how firearms made an impact on world history will find this show interesting.
What makes this gun show different than other gun shows that are on TV?
Well first of all I’m on it so that makes it a little different than other shows on TV (laughs)! But also, we’ve gone the extra mile in the quality show we are making. Right now we are shooting in the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, Wyoming, which is an incredible location not just for someone interested in the history of firearms but for those interested in the history of the West. We shot in some great places in Hollywood and saw how the magic of Hollywood is able to incorporate firearms in their industry. It’s a real comprehensive show in terms of historical firearms for people who have a passing interest in it and for people who have an avid interest in it.
Tell us about your personal involvement in the gun world and how you became an advocate in the gun industry.
My personal involvement didn’t start at a really young age; I didn’t even shoot a gun until I was well into my late teens. But I got exposed to trap and skeet and sporting clay shooting as a teenager and really enjoyed it. I learned about firearms in the proper way and realized that the shooting sports, be it hunting or target shooting, is an incredible world and sport where you meet incredible people when it’s done correctly, safely and professionally. It’s something that has been around for hundreds of years and obviously has a huge following and I’m glad to be part of that community.
How do you think guns tell history in a unique and different way rather than just a historical look?
It’s funny because you say the word guns and it’s one of those hot button words where people have a certain reaction to it. But bottom line, if you really think about not only the history of our country but the history of the world, firearms have played a significant part as a tool used in different circumstances. Going back to the Revolutionary Way, it guaranteed our country its freedom, and it’s preserved our freedom over a myriad of wars since so it’s had a tremendous impact just on allowing us to be the country we are today. So regardless of a person’s stance or personal feelings on it as a word or as a sport or interest, there is no denying that firearms and guns have had a tremendous impact on not just our day–to-day life, but on the history of our country and every country on this planet.
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