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Will Hayden from "Sons of Guns" stars in the Discovery Channel reality docu-series.

Will Hayden ("Sons of Guns") is the founding force behind Red Jacket Firearms. A native of the Baton Rouge, Louisiana area, his early exposure to guns came from his family — "country people with a shotgun" — who occasionally hunted. Will was a curious kid, and read everything he could get his hands on about history and warfare. This led him to start tinkering with guns, and by age 17 Will learned that building weapons was actually a good way to stay out of trouble. As Will says: "I wanted stuff I couldn't afford" so he found a way to afford them — he made them.

After a six-year stint in the Marine Corps in the early 1980s, Will realized he needed to be his own boss and release his inner entrepreneur. He started a small construction and commercial refrigeration company, but guns were never far from his mind. Will decided to remodel the front of the building and open a side business: an Army Surplus and Firearms Store. That sideline quickly became a full time operation, and Red Jacket Firearms was born.

Red Jacket officially opened in 1999, when his first big order was a build of 20 AK-47s for an Arizona distributor. In exchange for a cut rate on the price, Will requested that his builds be listed as "Proudly Manufactured by Red Jacket" in advertisements. That banner caught the attention of Atlantic Firearms, a highly regarded dealer and distributor, and business boomed. Will's daughter Stephanie came on as a business manager and partner in the operation in 2003. The partnership has lead to Red Jacket's continued success as "the nation's most unique weapons business."

Ever the history nut, Will has been active in the reenactment community for 20 years. For him, the power of a weapon is about "holding a piece of history." Will claims he is a "frustrated artist" and that "weapons-grade steel" is his preferred medium. When he's not in front of the Sons of Guns cameras, he likes to take his team on road trips and his daughter backcountry hiking and elk hunting.



WILL HAYDEN (SONS OF GUNS): FACTS

Where does Will Hayden live? Find out here.

Current Residence: Baton Rouge, LA





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rjari says:
I don't know what it is there is Just something about the man,the way he talk's,the way he walk's his passion for his work and his family.He has HONOR and PRIDE What's not to love?
tkidd1 says:
i was watching your show last night and you featured a elphant gun and you were looking for the 20 mm lattie ammo to fit it. it just so happens my dad was in world war ii and i have a live shell and wanted to know if you were interested in it or had client who was interested in it. would like to add that i really enjoy your show.
cheryl says:
Don't really care who he's dating or why it's important except to him. What I like about the show is the passion and vision to create and make people enjoy life. Good luck on future endeavors.
maxpain says:
the show started out good but turned into another stupid drama show, will, don't act so tough like you can whip the world, cuz you were in the marines, being a life long member of the special forces, people like you make me sick,,,,,

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