Is Vince really gone from the Discovery Channel's Sons of Guns?

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Vince Buckles left Red Jacket Firearms and the Discovery Channel in the season finale of Sons of Guns last week--or did he?

Where in the world is Vince Buckles?

Ever since last week’s season finale of the popular Discovery Channel reality show Sons of Guns, fans have been wondering about Vince, the once-head gunsmith of Red Jacket Firearms. There has been much speculation about his future; whether or not he sabotaged the Las Vegas gun build; whether or not he was jealous of Kris; and much discussion about if he had the right temperament to be a leader in the shop in the first place, given the way in which he left his position. Fans have been divided on a number of issues. On Huliq, several comments have demonstrated this. For example:

  • LC7: Why put a rookie in charge when you have an expert? Especially on such an important project. Chris can claim the fame, but we all know it was Vince that built that gun. We are sure Vince could get a job anywhere, and wish him best of everything. How thoughtless of Will to treat Vince like the rookie, ever since Chris and Steph got hot for each other. I would have left as well. No notice, well you don't get a notice when you get fired. Good Luck Vince and Family.
  • Anonymous: How is someone going to get a chance to do anything if you keep putting the more experienced ahead of the rest. Kris should've had a chance before this yes but at least he saved the project where as Vince has been acting like a child for a while crying about who leads what. ... [Kris] was to lead the project and Vince was supposed to help if it came to that. Watch the show closer and without blinders ... leading the project means each member was to do a part of the project.
  • Anonymous: Kris did not ask for help during build. Only asked at end when he was tired of messing with it. Not the way you work if your give a hoot about what your doing. Did you notice that Kris dropped and knocked stuff needed for the build off his bench and never bothered to pick it up?
  • Anonymous: The gun had damage to it and dirt on it that could only have happened if Vince whipped it on the ground. It couldn’t have happened to it while it was in the case (which was broken). You all posting that he was treated unfairly obviously haven't worked much, and seen what an unfair workplace is. This is how Americans are today - they think unless their boss babies them and is nice to them they just stomp their feet and throw a tantrum. If Vince is such a family man he'd do what he's told instead of crying like a baby so he can support his family. Really, how can you all justify him sabotaging the AR, and even damaging it? The guy has some serious mental instability.
  • Eddie: No sabotage was made by Vince or the Red Jacket team would NEVER have found the hydraulic buffer. If so, Vince would have mistakenly taken the buffer with him when he went to St Jude's Hospital in Memphis. Since the Red Jacket employees DID find the custom made buffer, the Vegas demo was saved and no bad blood exists between Vince and Will. I believe, like others, Vince wants to star in his own Gunsmith show with partner, Jake Guidry, and created this opportunity for the shows producer to create a spin-off series; featuring Vince. Unfortunately, Vince does not have the TV personality, unlike Will, to be successful and never presented himself during his tenure at Red Jacket as a go-getter or inventor; merely someone who knows the gunsmith trade.

Background: 'Sons of Guns': Did Vince sabotage the Vegas build? (VIDEO)

The only thing that is clear is that Vince is gone from the Discovery Channel.

Or, is he?

An article on the Discovery Channel website insinuates that fans may be seeing more of Vince in the near future, when the new season of Sons of Guns begins on Feb. 29.

“But is he gone for good?” writer Kirk Denkler asks. “Hold off on any forecasts because there’s probably more to this story coming in the new season premiering February 29. Just around the corner.”

Fans know by now that Vince has started a new company, Mesa Kinetic Research, with a partner. At one time, the site, though skimpy, was live and working. Now, however, visitors to the site will find the following message:

"Thank you for visiting We are in the process of updating our website and online store to bring your more content. Please be patient, the website should be up and running shortly. -Mesa Kinetic Team"

But, could it be possible that there are, as Denkler insinuates, brighter days to come for Vince at Red Jacket Firearms? Or, could the Discovery Channel be developing a rival show for Vince and Mesa Kinetic Research, or even a Red Jacket Firearms v. Mesa Kinetic Research show, a la American Chopper: Junior v. Senior? Or, could it be that the tease by Denkler is just that: an empty tease?

Stay tuned.

UPDATE: Joe Perry visits Red Jacket Firearms.

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Submitted by Rammstein (not verified) on
Vince should leave. he did the work and all the boss did is bitch. The guy that runs this place needs to devolpe some people management skills and pay attention to what is going on in that "huge" shop.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Listen,people seem to think that red jacket revolves around Vince. Well it doesn't! With out the show Vince is just a gunsmith that lives in Baton Rouge. There is plenty of gunsmiths out there,that are better then him and never get the credit because they work for a small gun shop without a show. The show made him and he should be happy that he has or had a job there. Sure he will find another job,but acting the way he does,he wont last long anywhere. He thinks he's the boss when actually he is a employee who needs to listen,and do what he is told.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I guess being the employee that actually holds the Fed Firearm License for the employer was not considered.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
who cares!!!!!!!!! you dont know much do you will and steph lost ther permits to sell auto guns and run the gun shop vince stepped up and used his permits to keep the show on the air because with no shop thers no show, atf inventoryed the shop and a bunch of guns were gone (sold ) with no paper work thats a no no with full auto guns

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
i see alot of fingers pointed at vince and kris. what about the guy who was told by vince to send the gun off?? was I the only one that seen the finale , when will and vince were talking and the dude in the background had a shocked look on his face? kinda like uh-oh!!!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Dudes right vince did delegate to flem to have the AR shipped. When Will called Vince and bitched him out Vince shut his mouth and took the fall without throwing flem under the bus. I do thing vince could have handled the situation better though

Submitted by Brian L. (not verified) on
You're right--Vince DID take the heat for Flem on that one, regardless of whether it was truly Flem's fault of not. Flem was the last one responsible for the gun before its shipping. But Vince got all the flak immediately and exclusively from Will. That's something a lot of people won't point out. And, sure, Vince could've handled his whole situation better, but don't most of you tell me that you'd handled yourselves better--I know that's just not the general public. The most of you just aren't that disciplined. I think if the crew had an honest bone in their body in reviewing the recording, they'll see that it was really Vince that saved their butts all along with that military gun deal in Las Vegas, and though he could've reacted better, they really pushed him to what he did. He basically rebuilt the gun, he stayed all night working on it, even apparently missed his wife's sonogram just to do it, and got no thank you's for it all--only blame. And then he had someone else ship it because he was dog-tired, and he presumed that'd be something simply and properly taken cared of, as he was assured would be. And then instead of a thank you on basically saving the company's butts, he gets an earful from Will about the shipping job being his fault? I'd been pissed off, too! How the gun get in that condition? Could've been some fault on the guy shipping it. Could've even been from when Kris was throwing the gun around in frustration (nobody seems to really consider that much), which seems like the most likely candidate to me. Vince's job was to simply get the gun working--the refurbishing of the gun wasn't his task. Though, if Vince was given this job in the first place, as he was more better suited to take over this most important job probably in the company's history, maybe he would've oversaw the complete perfection of the gun. I know that a rookie's got to learn sometimes, but you don't put your completely inexperienced rookie to do your most important job for your most significant client in the company's history. You just don't. To pass up an experienced AK expert, who can put that kind of gun together in his sleep, as lead of a project this significant is just foolish, if you ask me. Give Kris the next project--this project needed Vince to do it from, start to finish. If Vince had done it from the start, they wouldn't have had to cut things so close, and the gun would've have plenty of time to get to Vegas safely. Will really fumbled on this one, being all sentimental instead of professional. It'd make absolutely no sense to purposely do all that damage to probably the most important gun the company's ever made up to that point, and then show up for work tomorrow. And we all saw Vince test out the gun on camera--it was working just fine! Why would he fix it just to break it? And to be honest, his boss Will could've been more investigative about the matter instead of immediately pinning the problems with the shipped gun on Vince. And then they did that on top of other stuff that just slowly over time push him to the edge--like when Will blew him off from being introduced to Ted Nugent after introducing everybody else in the shop to Ted (that's was so wrong of Will). I think Vince handled the situation wrong at times, but overall, I really can't blame him for leaving. I wish for the best to Vince and his family. And though, I'll still watch the show, I've got a lowered sense of respect and some disappointment for the team now. Vince handled himself wrong at times here, but they weren't innocent at all in this matter.

Submitted by Brian L. (not verified) on
I should say, if any of this was real, that is.... I'm aware this is still a television show, and clever producers do exist. If that whole dramatic situation was totally unscripted and in no way "assisted," I wish Vince good luck.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Yes Vince test fired the AK but just on single fire NOT on full rock and roll. How do you call that a test. If Vince had fired the AK on all the range he would have know that it was not working.


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