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Turbo launches new series ‘American Guns’

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MUMBAI: The first of its kind 24-hour multi-genre channel “just for males” – Turbo brings a new series that introduces viewers to a typical suburban family which is into most unique weapons business – guns.

The Wyatts family owns Gunsmoke, one of the premiere firearms facilities in the world. Located outside Denver, Colorado, Gunsmoke is where they buy, sell and trade guns - from hand canons to hunting rifles. And if you don't see what you want, they'll build one for you from nothing more than a block of metal. Get ready for some explosive, pump-loading action with the Wyatts in Turbo’s new series American Gunspremiering on 1 January every Thursday at 7 pm.

Where there’s Gunsmoke, there’s a Wyatt! Rich Wyatt, a retired cop with over 20 years of experience, owns the shop and runs it with his family. Not only is Rich one of only six people in the world certified by Colonel Jeff Cooper, a master firearms instructor and one of the 20th century's foremost experts on the use and history of small arms, he is an extremely talented gunsmith. Give him a block of steel and he'll create art. Renee, the matriarch of the Wyatt clan, is a force to be reckoned with. She runs the household and the business side of Gunsmoke, and doesn’t go anywhere without her pistol in her boot. Kurt, their son, is a skilled salesman and an incredible engraver. He qualified as a pistol expert at the age of 13, and handles all of the engraving jobs that come through the gun shop. Daughter Paige graduated high school early, and now works in the shop full time, taking on additional responsibilities for the business. While this 16-year-old may look like a Barbie doll, she knows more about guns than most people who walk through the Gunsmoke door!

Whether making a single action revolver for a preacher to replicating what many experts consider to be the first firearm in history, Gunsmoke is where you’d go to get it done. From a small business 19 years ago, Gunsmoke has flourished into a firearms enterprise. With custom orders pouring in, on top of the customers that walk through their doors to buy in-stock guns, register for safety classes, or engrave their firearm, business is busier than ever and the Wyatt family knows they need to step up their game to keep up with the workflow, while ensuring that no weapon leaves the shop without meeting their standards.

Among the firearms featured in the premiere season of American Guns include:

Knuckle Duster - This gun, built in the late 1800's, was both brass knuckles AND a firearm.  It was used for 'close combat' because it was small and easily concealable.  It's no surprise it was the weapon of choice for many card cheats, thugs and prostitutes at the turn of the century.  When a customer brings one in that can't be repaired, Rich does what he does best - builds him an exact replica from scratch.

'Colt' Single Action Army - This is THE quintessential gun of the American west, carried by outlaws like Jesse James and lawmen like Wyatt Earp. Rich builds a one-of-a-kind Single Action Army from scratch for, proving the widespread appeal of the weapon, a Baptist preacher who wants a specialized and extremely fast six-shooter to help him win Cowboy Action Shooting competitions.

Hand Cannon - Before there were handguns, there were cannons.  The Hand Cannon is the first cannon that could be held in a soldier's hands and fired.  Some argue that this is THE first firearm, the predecessor to everything we today know of as "guns."  Rich and his team build one from scratch for Rich's friend Gary, an explosives fanatic who owns every type firearm built to blow things up...except this one.

Adaptive Hunting Rifle - A young Colorado man lost most of the use of his right arm when his Humvee struck an IED while on patrol in Iraq.  As a right-handed shooter, his injuries have made it difficult for him to hunt with his father, the thing that will make him feel normal again. Rich boldly steps up to the challenge to build this American hero a rifle that adapts perfectly to his physical limitations and helps him feel whole again.

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