Stephanie Hayden is an American TV personality and firearms expert, born December 22, 1984 in Louisiana, USA. She is known for appearing in the reality TV series “Sons of Guns”.
Stephanie Marie Hayden is the only daughter resulting from the marriage of Will and Rachel Hayden. From an early age, Stephanie developed an interest in horse riding and climbing. Thanks to her father’s influence, she started learning about firearms and their use in her teens, which, along with hunting, became her greatest passion in life.
There is no information about Stephanie’s childhood, relationship with parents, and education, though she presumably did not attend college when she joined her father’s custom gun shop at age 18.
Stephanie’s parents divorced at some point in her childhood, though their divorce date is unknown.
In 2002, Stephanie Hayden began working as a manager in Red Jacket Firearms Inc, a retail store dedicated to selling custom weapons to security forces and corporations. The shop was found in 1999 by Stephanie’s father and former Commissioner Will Hayden. With the store proving successful from the start, Will sold his other refrigeration business to fully focus on his new business.
Despite its success, Red Jacket Firearms faced several legal problems.
In 2009, the store failed to account for ten guns registered in their database, according to an ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms) inspection; this prompted Stephanie and Will Hayden to give up their licenses as gun makers.
Red Jacket Inc’s attorney stated that the missing firearms were not misplaced, but that two were stolen and the rest disposed of due to various errors by the store’s gunsmiths. However, because of Hayden Don’t keep track of gun serial numbers according to legal requirements, the store was eventually closed.
This did not deter Stephanie and her father, as they promptly started a new company – Red Jacket Firearms, LLC. However, this new company was not under Will Hayden’s name, but was instead Vincent Buckles, registered as a “Confidential Business Decision.” .
TV Debut – Sons of Guns
Stephanie Hayden debuted on TV when the “Sons of Guns” series premiered in 2011. The show revolves around Stephanie’s father’s shop Red Jacket Firearms, LLC, with its customers and gunsmiths. Red Jacket not only produces firearms, but also sells weapons such as swords, knives and cannons. The show was marked by warning viewers not to attempt the scenes depicted in it. In addition, no specific details about the production and modification of weapons were presented.
“Sons of Guns” aired for five seasons until its cancellation in 2014, when Will Hayden was accused of sexually assaulting a minor.
With regard to this scandal, Discovery Channel announced“In view of the serious and gruesome nature of the allegations against Will Hayden, we have decided to halt further production on Sons of Guns and cancel the series.”
Records of the series on the networks website have been removed, including episode availability. Despite this, Stephanie denied cancellation rumors on a post on her official Facebook.
Red Jacket distanced itself from the Hayden scandal, as a statement on their official website said, ‘Red Jacket Firearms LLC, as an entity, has initiated and received full legal separation, from William M. Hayden. It is with a heavy heart that we will continue to work and ensure the fulfillment of new customer orders, reorders and provide support to those affected by these new developments.”
There is no information about Red Jacket’s current circumstances, although the website is currently inactive.
Allegations of sexual abuse
Will Hayden’s sexual abuse allegations were leveled by his youngest daughter, who was 12 years old at the time. The teenage girl stated that Will had been raping her since she was 11 and received threats from him if she reported him to the authorities.
Hayden denied the accuracy of the allegations against him and stated that his ex-girlfriend and the girl’s mother retaliated for the end of their relationship. Hayden was arrested by the East Baton Rouge sheriff in August 2014, though he was later released after posting $150,000 bail.
Initially, Stephanie Hayden defended her father: “There was never anything inappropriate in our house. He was and is a good father. But in an interview with Dr Phil, Stephanie confessed that she was also sexually assaulted by her father, in an incident that happened when she was 12 years old. Reportedly, drunken Will Hayden entered her bedroom and violently assaulted her inappropriately: “He continued to kiss my chest. Once that happened I jumped back and he just left and he never touched me like that again.”
Her father’s actions caused young Stephanie to be extremely afraid of him and constantly carry knives for self-defense.
Allegations were dismissed by Will’s attorney, who accused Stephanie of lying: “After 45 shows and 20 years, this is the first I’m hearing of it.” Her complaints only arose after her income from the show and (gun) shop stopped. She’s still Will’s daughter and he loves her.’
In 2017, Will Hayden was found guilty of aggravated rape and will serve three life sentences plus 40 years in prison for his crimes.
Stephanie Hayden has been married twice. Her first husband was William Scott, with whom she had a son in 2005. The couple filed for divorce in the late 2000s for unknown reasons.
In 2008, Stephanie met Kris Ford, who was looking for a job at the time. Although he was an experienced hunter and his family owned a gun shop, Ford had never been much interested in guns. Despite this, he accepted Hayden’s offer to work at Red Jacket Firearms. He started out as a sweeper in the shop, but soon moved into a better position due to his increasing fascination with firearms.
Ford and Hayden were initially friends, though they soon fell in love and began a romantic relationship. Though the couple got married in 2011 and had a son together, their marriage was short-lived as they filed for divorce; the exact date of divorce and its details have not been disclosed.
Today, Ford works at his family’s gun shop Fords Firearms and dates a woman named Kayla Nelson.
In 2014, Kris Ford was charged with assaulting Hayden’s son with ex-husband William Scott. Following Scott’s accusations, Kris Ford hit his nine-year-old with a leather belt while Stephanie was in the room. However, both Ford and Hayden were arrested for cruelty to youths more information about the case is unknown.
As a result of her appearances in “Sons of Guns” and her work as a firearms specialist, Stephanie Hayden’s estimated net worth is over $500,000 as of mid-2020.
Stephanie is a woman of white ethnicity, who has hazel eyes and black hair. Her vital statistics are unknown.
Stephanie passed out after her interview with Dr. Phil.
She was arrested just a few months after his father’s imprisonment.
Joe Meaux, Red Jacket Firearms employee, strongly supported Stephanie of her sexual abuse allegations against her father: “I will be as helpful as I can because she needs that support and that space. I fully support her. I want to give my support to the people damaged by Will. Especially the young ladies, they have acquired something irreplaceable.’
Stephanie Hayden’s official Instagram hasn’t been updated since April 2015.