American Guns


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American Guns is a reality television series that aired on the Discovery Channel. The series centers on the blended family where patriarch Rich Wyatt, his wife and his stepchildren run Gunsmoke Guns, located in Wheat Ridge, Colorado;. They specialize in gun manufacture, trade, customization, and instruction. The opening theme music is "Tallahassee" performed by Swamp Cabbage.

On December 17, 2012, Discovery announced the cancellation of the series.

Gunsmoke Staff

Wyatt Family

  • Rich Wyatt "? Founder/Owner, Firearms Instructor
  • Renee Wyatt "? Co-Owner, Business Manager, Rich's wife
  • Kurt Wyatt "? Engraver, Sales Associate, Firearms Instructor
  • Paige Wyatt "? Sales Associate
Rich and Renee have 2 younger children who are not involved in the show due to their age.

Gunsmiths & Sales Team

  • Brian Meidal " Head Gunsmith
  • Gary "? Gunsmith/Welder
  • Joe "? Machinist
  • Jon "? Gunsmith/Painter
  • Scott "? "The Pig" Gunsmith/Custom Rifle Builder
  • Bob "? Gun Historian
  • Ben "? Sales Associate
  • Chris "? Machinist, Sales Associate
  • Brian "? Sales Associate

Reception

The New York Times reviewed the show in the wake of the 2012 Aurora shooting, examining the American fascination with firearms. They describe the show as combining the "haggling of Pawn Stars, the over-the-top customizing of American Chopper and a healthy dose of cleavage in a peppy package that resembles a hundred other small-business-based reality shows, except that the business in this case is the sale of deadly weapons". The reviewer notes that although some may be uncomfortable with the easy availability of guns in America, the audience of over 1 million viewers does not seem to have any such qualms.

Ratings

The season 2 premiere (April 26, 2012) drew strong ratings, up 50% on the season 1 premiere.

Cancellation

On December 17, 2012, Discovery announced the cancellation of the series. Discovery said the decision had been made earlier, it was only announced in December. A spokesperson said "Discovery Channel chose not to renew the series and has no plans to air repeats of the show." The Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting is thought to have played a part in the decision to not even broadcast repeats of the series.

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