American Guns

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  • 2011
  • 2 Seasons
  • 6.3  (513)

American Guns was a reality TV show that aired on the Discovery Channel from 2011 to 2012. The show followed the lives of the Wyatt family, who run a gun store and custom gun manufacturing business in Wheat Ridge, Colorado. The main characters of the show include Rich Wyatt, the patriarch of the family, Paige Wyatt, his daughter who is also a salesperson in the shop, and Kurt Wyatt, Rich's stepson who manages the workshop where custom guns are made. The show also features other members of the family and employees at the gun store.

The show's premise involves showcasing the business and its unique designs, which include custom guns for hunting, shooting competitions, and self-defense. Most of the episodes revolve around the family working on specific custom gun projects for clients, such as creating a gun that can be disassembled to fit into a small case for traveling, or designing a gun with specific features requested by a client.

Aside from the gun-building aspect of the show, American Guns also delved into the personal lives of the cast members. We get to see Rich interacting with his family and employees, with his parenting style often leading to conflicts with Paige and Kurt. Paige, on the other hand, is shown pursuing modeling gigs and dealing with the aftermath of a breakup with her boyfriend. Kurt, who is more reserved compared to Rich and Paige, is portrayed as the go-to guy for any mechanical problem to be solved in the shop.

Furthermore, the show also showcased the importance of gun safety and laws surrounding firearms. The cast members would often provide information on gun ownership and usage laws, such as the importance of background checks and how to handle guns safely. Each episode ended with a disclaimer that provided a website for viewers to visit so that they can learn more about gun laws in their state.

The show's production value was top-notch, with each episode featuring high-quality cinematography that showcased the beauty of Colorado's landscape, as well as the intricate designs of the custom guns. The show's soundtrack also added to the experience, with upbeat rock music playing in the background during the more exciting moments of the show.

Overall, American Guns was a captivating show that showcased the intricacies of the gun industry, as well as the personal lives of the cast members. The show was not without controversy, as it received criticism for promoting gun culture and ownership, especially in the wake of various mass shootings that occurred during the show's run. Nevertheless, American Guns provided an interesting look into the gun industry and the family dynamics of the Wyatt family.

American Guns is a series that is currently running and has 2 seasons (29 episodes). The series first aired on October 10, 2011.

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Sturgis S&W/1898 Krag-Jorgensen
16. Sturgis S&W/1898 Krag-Jorgensen
September 5, 2012
The Gunsmoke crew customize an 1898 Krag-Jorgensen rifle. Rich's motorcycle club brother requests a customized Smith & Wesson 686 Plus for the Sturgis rally. Kurt's disagreement with Rich boils over.
Howdah Pistol/Superbowl Champ Rifle
15. Howdah Pistol/Superbowl Champ Rifle
August 29, 2012
The Gunsmoke crew recreate an 1883 Howdah pistol. Gunsmiths Jon and Doug make a friendly bet -- winner presents a Super Bowl champ with his custom rifle. Tension rises when Kurt reveals he wants to leave Gunsmoke to go to engraving school in Italy.
Wyatt Earp Buntline Special/S&W Pitch
14. Wyatt Earp Buntline Special/S&W Pitch
August 22, 2012
An older gentleman requests a replica made of a Buntline Special, the same gun used by Wyatt Earp. Then Rich and Renee head off to the Smith and Wesson corporate headquarters to make the biggest deal in Gunsmoke history.
Winchester Truck Gun/Ducks Guns
13. Winchester Truck Gun/Ducks Guns
August 8, 2012
The Gunsmoke crew modifies a Winchester into the ultimate "truck gun" that is functional with safety features and designs a special scope on a 5.7 FN for a target-shooting competitor. Kurt is under pressure to engrave gun gifts for a charity event.
Bull Rider Gun/Texas Ranger Cache
12. Bull Rider Gun/Texas Ranger Cache
August 1, 2012
The Gunsmoke creates an unusual wearable gun. A teacher orders an M1 Garand to honor his grandfather who fought at Iwo Jima. Rich assesses a collection of Texas Ranger guns and memorabilia worth more than a half million dollars.
Motorcycle Shotgun
11. Motorcycle Shotgun
July 25, 2012
The Gunsmoke team creates a motorcycle shotgun for a retired firefighter who served during 9/11. A pistol is customized for a retired Air Force soldier.
Helicopter Machine Gun/ BMX Challenge
10. Helicopter Machine Gun/ BMX Challenge
July 18, 2012
The Gunsmoke team creates an improved helicopter M-16 machine gun as a new business venture and rebuilds a 44 Magnum for a British ex-pat. A group of professional BMX stunt riders challenge Rich for some 1911s.
Lupua Sniper Rifle/Machine Gun Cache
9. Lupua Sniper Rifle/Machine Gun Cache
July 11, 2012
The Gunsmoke team creates a .338 Lupua Magnum sniper rifle for the local police department and overhauls an heirloom Remington shot gun. Rich and Renee negotiate for and test fire a cache of different types of machine guns worth $100,000.
Double Barrel Cannon/His and Hers Revolvers
8. Double Barrel Cannon/His and Hers Revolvers
June 27, 2012
The Gunsmoke team creates a Civil War style double barrel cannon that improves the safety of its historic prototype. Rich and Renee help a couple be at ease with their matching revolvers. Scott and Brian have a friendly competition.
Tommy Gun/20 Pound 50 Cal
7. Tommy Gun/20 Pound 50 Cal
June 20, 2012
A customer is looking for a custom tommy gun for use in his 1920's themed competition shootouts. A passionate hunter wants a light weight 50 cal.
Young Cowboy Action Shooter's Winchester
6. Young Cowboy Action Shooter's Winchester
June 13, 2012
A young, fast Cowboy Action Shooter seeks a competition Winchester rifle and challenges Jon to a shoot out. Meanwhile, Paige helps an exotic animal rescuer custom order a S&W MP and takes his project from sale to reveal.
Nock Gun/Reptile Rifle
5. Nock Gun/Reptile Rifle
June 6, 2012
A Navy Veteran commissions a Nock gun. Meanwhile, a Florida Gator hunter orders a rifle powerful enough to take down alligators. Later, Rich and Kurt meet with a weapons designer to purchase an arsenal of custom, indestructible ARs.
Axe Mortar Gun/Trapdoor Springfield Surprise
4. Axe Mortar Gun/Trapdoor Springfield Surprise
May 16, 2012
The Gunsmoke crew mix history with modern in an axe mortar gun. A client gets an extra surprise with his Trapdoor Springfield, a replacement for his lost, childhood gun. The Wyatts fly out to NASCAR driver Regan Smith's home for a gun deal.
Avalanche Gun/AR10 Grenade Launcher
3. Avalanche Gun/AR10 Grenade Launcher
May 9, 2012
Scott and the Gunsmoke crew create a massive avalanche-triggering gun with two interchanagable barrels for a 50 calibre and a 20mm bullet. A female shooter orders an AR-10 with a grenade launcher to take back to her women's pistol league.
Zombie Gun/Rocket Launcher
2. Zombie Gun/Rocket Launcher
May 2, 2012
Tension arises at Gunsmoke when gunsmith Scott assumes leadership and manages the crew as they build a Zombie Apocalypse gun based on a Henry made Mare's Leg. Rich, Kurt and Paige fly out to a client's home to test fire a Vietnam War-era rocket launcher.
Punt Gun/Black Hawk Down 1911
1. Punt Gun/Black Hawk Down 1911
April 25, 2012
In the second season premiere, the Wyatts and the Gunsmoke crew return - and they're building a huge, historical punt gun. Rich trades pistols for some personal Elvis memorabilia. He calls in reinforcements to deliver and test a 1911 for an Army 10th Mountain Division veteran.
Where to Watch American Guns
American Guns is available for streaming on the Discovery Channel website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch American Guns on demand at Discovery+, Amazon Prime, Amazon, Vudu, Google Play, Apple TV, Tubi TV and Discovery.
  • Premiere Date
    October 10, 2011
  • IMDB Rating
    6.3  (513)