Louisiana born, but Oklahoma bred. Lee Matthews has been in the radio business since 1982 both behind the mike, behind the scenes and in most all formats. "Talk Radio is my favorite format because it is the one format left that still reaches the listener one on one", Lee said.
One of Lee's favorite charities is the Leukemia Lymphoma society. "Working with the late Mark Shannon tought me a lot about living. If dancing around Bricktown stark naked would help raise money to find a cure for that terrible disease then I'll do it!". Frequently you will see Lee running in the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon, and other local races, in Mark's honor raising money for the cause.
Lee's other hobbies include cooking, music, scuba diving, model railroading, antique clocks, and playing the ukulele. "Nothing bad can happen to you when you are playing a ukulele", he said.
Lee's mom is from Louisiana, but his father and father's family hails from Seminole and Maud; which is why you will frequently hear him reference it on the air. "I have a grand aunt that once said at a gathering, 'Maud, I sure do love that little town!' and it has become a family joke I use on the air".
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Email from a listener;
Thank you for your support of our Second Amendment rights. I am an avid listener and truly enjoy your Fire Arms Friday. Quite often I hear you refer to .22, .25, .380, 9mm, .357, .40, .44, and .45 calibers. Why have you ignored the .32? Is it something personal? Did a .32 caliber do you wrong? Miss fire keeping you from saving “M”?
I realize the .32 ACP, (or 7.65mm as it isknown in Europe), died down in popularity for a while because people wanted more punch. But with the resurgence of Conceal
Carry laws in the US, isn’t it time to bring it back?
The real reason I haven’t done anything on the .32 is simply because I don’t have access to one. I also noticed higher calibers more available. On the other hand, they make a GREAT conceal gun because of their size, punch, and as you will see, availability of ammunition in hollow point.
David Elderton, an instructor and organizer of Heartland Outdoors’ shooting matches, (see the bottom of this article for more), has a wonderful arsenal of handguns including several .32 calibers. He and I shot the H & R .32 Smith & Wesson five shot point and pull, the H&R .32
S&W top break, (both antique models), and the Kel Tec .32 pistol.
The revolvers had an easy double action, as does many antique Smith & Wesson guns, very little noise, very little kick, but still some punch to the round. I would imagine in you want one the best place to start would be a used gun shop or gun show. (Actually there is one this weekend). The pistols are small, easy to conceal, and light weight.
The Kel Tec is small as well, holds more rounds, is semi-automatic, and hollow point
ammunition is available for a little extra damage. It too is very concealable, light weight, more
powerful than a .22 or .25, but with very little kick. Quieter and holding more rounds than a .380, anyone can shoot it.
Although I don’t see them going away completely, will the .32 caliber make a comeback? Until more shooters embrace the benefits of a smaller gun and manufacturers recognize their value, I don’t see it happening soon.
Want to hone your skills?
Attend this weekend’s the Carry gun/Action Pistol match. Now that Heartland Outdoors’ range is back to full power the match is back and better than ever!
This Sunday, the 16th, we will run 4 scenario stages inspired by some memorable movie scenes, with a few twists added for extra fun. Any handgun is allowed and the holster must cover the trigger guard. Two spare magazines or speed loaders will get you thru any stage. 100 rds is plenty.
$50 gift certificates for Heartland Outdoors will be awarded. Sign up begins at 5:30 pm
Contact David Elderton, Match Director. www.Kytac.com, or call 330-5447.