The untold truth of Sons of Guns
It was a story of American triumph—but by the end, it uncovered a legacy of tragedy. Sons of Guns, the Discovery Channel series that ran from 2011 from 2014, centered on a gun store and workshop in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and its family staff.
For three years and 65 episodes, it was a ratings dynamo, drawing celebrity drop-ins and giving its cast an international platform as spokespeople and mascots of American gun culture, gaining fans and critics both for their unapologetic embrace of excess and their enjoyment of the Second Amendment.
But the success of the series masked disturbing truths behind the scenes, and it all came crashing down in 2014 with the show's sudden cancellation following the arrest of Will Hayden, the center of the show and the owner of Red Jacket Firearms.
How did this show rise so quickly and fall so far, and what are the cast members doing now? Read on to learn the tragic story of Red Jacket Firearms, Will Hayden, and Sons of Guns.