“Ring of Fire” Saturday Night Specials

We did some research on a fascinating part of U.S. firearms history, the small, low caliber, inexpensive pistols made by manufacturers in the Los Angeles area who were given the nickname, the “Ring of Fire” companies.

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Raven, Jennings, Davis, AMT, Bryco, Lorcin, Phoenix, Cobra and Jimenez are linked in various complex ways to each other through family, business practice or firearm design.

We share our research on this fascinating and often overlooked aspect of firearms.

No matter how you feel about the guns, the people and companies who built them, the lawsuits and regulation that shaped the industry, the people who bought and use these low end guns, or any other facet of this story.. you’ll find new ways to look at these cheap little guns

Explore the history of circumstances that created the market demand for these Saturday Night Specials (made in the US)

Table of Contents:
0:53 Disclaimer
1:06 John Moses Browning
1:20 .25 acp
1:32 FN Model 1906 & Colt Model 1908
1:56 1968 Gun Control Act
2:53 ATF Form 4590
4:20 “Saturday Night Specials”
5:08 “Ring of Fire”
5:22 “Ring of Fire” Map
5:50 “Ring of Fire” chart
9:08 “Ring of Fire” Family Tree
10:59 “Ring of Fire” Firearms Lineage 
12:19 Raven Arms
12:44 Jennings Firearms
13:02 Davis Industries
13:32 AMT – Arcadia Machine & Tool 
13:54 CalWestCo
14:33 Sedco
15:04 Bryco Arms
15:57 Sundance Industries
16:12 Lorcin Engineering
16:52 Phoenix Arms
17:17 Republic Arms
17:27 Standard Arms
17:33 Talon Industries
18:23 Cobra Enterprises
18:37 Jimenez Arms (J.A.)
19:02 “Ring of Fire” Company Chart
19:29 “Ring of Fire” Company Timeline
19:39 “Ring of Fire” Timeline w/ events
20:34 Brandon Maxfield vs. Bryco Arms
22:06 Jason Davis
22:28 “Ring of Fire” in the News
22:47 “Fire Power” by Alix Freedman 
23:16 Ring of Fire: The Handgun Makers of Southern California
by Dr. Garen Wintemute
24:13 FRONTLINE: “Hot Guns” 
25:08 Gun Tests Magazine
25:55 Conclusions

Points to remember:

Who Decides what has a “Sporting Use”?

Defending the “Saturday Night Special” is Defending the right to own a “non-sporting” firearm 


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