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Shooting Times May 2019

Every issue of Shooting Times brings you exciting, authoritative coverage of guns, ammunition, reloading, and the shooting sports. Written for the experienced and novice gun enthusiast by focusing on new product developments and activities in the shooting industry.

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KSE Sportsman Media, Inc.
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12 Issues

In this issue

4 min.
webley mark vi: the rest of the story

I enjoyed the “Peacemaker of the British Empire” column by Terry Wieland in the February issue. Many of these robust handguns were offered for sale on the military surplus arms market in the 1960s at bargain-basement prices. In 1960, with the approval of our parents, my twin brother and I each ordered Webley Mark VI revolvers by mail-order from a gun dealer in Chicago for about $16 each. The revolvers arrived by railway express a few weeks later. They both had the cylinders modified to accept .45 ACP cartridges with halfmoon clips. The revolvers were in very good to mint condition and were fun to shoot. I still have mine that was made in 1926. Gil Martin Schnecksville, PA Making a Point Which is faster, revolvers or autoloaders? Here is the situation: three…

2 min.
lyman no. 2 tang sight for henry lever actions

LYMAN NOW OFFERS AN ALL-STEEL NO. 2 folding tang sight for Henry lever-action rifles. The sight features elevation-locking sleeves and both hunting- and target-style apertures. It fits Henry Big Boy, Big Boy Carbine, Big Boy Silver, All-Weather 30-30, All-Weather 45-70, Big Boy All Weather, Big Boy Steel, and the Lever Action 410 Shotgun. The sight folds flat for easy storage in a scabbard, is elevation adjustable, and increases sight radius for improved accuracy. Drilling and tapping tang screw holes is required, so the company suggests having it installed by a professional gunsmith. MSRP: $102.50 lymanproducts.com DoubleStar ZERO Carbine DoubleStar’s new direct-impingement ZERO Carbine features a premium, stainless-steel, 16-inch, 1:8 twist Wilson Air Gauged heavy barrel; an Alpha AR compensator; a Cloak M-LOK aluminum handguard; a rubber overmold ERGO Ambi Suregrip; and a five-position ACE SOCOM…

3 min.
should i anneal handgun brass?

Q: I’ve been annealing the neck/shoulder area on rifle cases for many years. I have not, however, heard of or seen anyone annealing handgun cases. I have loaded and fired some of my .44 Magnum cases 12 times without any failures, but I wonder if annealing would be a good thing to do before continuing to use them. Loads in these have all been in the “moderate” range thus far. Bob Presley Via email A: Thank you for an excellent question. Like you, I have handgun cases that have been fired many times with pressures from 12,000 psi for .44-40 WCF to 36,000 psi for .44 Magnum, and I’ve never annealed a handgun case nor found a cracked neck in one. I think you are on a reasonable path. What usually wears out…

5 min.
yugoslavian m24/47 mauser-pattern rifle

AT CORE BASICALLY A MAUSER K98K BUILT IN Slavic regions, the M24/47 is a post-World War II update of the earlier M24. It is a Mauser 98 knockoff, if you will, that was manufactured at the Kragujevac Arsenal in the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats, and Slovenes (later Yugoslavia and now Serbia) beginning in 1924. After World War II, many existing M24s were rebuilt with new 23.4-inch barrels and stocks of walnut, teak, or other available hardwood. Since the project kicked off in 1947, the rebuilds were dubbed M24/47s. A lot of these rifles were churned out of the Kragujevac Arsenal—now renamed “Zastava”—continuing into the early ’50s. However, as the newer standard-issue Mauser M48 became readily available, most of the reconfigured M24/47 battle rifles saw little use. As a result, M24/47s are typically…

5 min.
a ballistic oddity

AT THE DALLAS CRIME LAB WE WERE CONSTANTLY testing new ammunition for law enforcement. We occasionally wandered into queries of how specific firearm types affected terminal performance. One of these was a classic revolver versus a semiauto showdown. Sturm, Ruger & Co. and Smith & Wesson both introduced 9mm Luger revolvers in the 1980s. One of my co-workers bought an S&W Model 547 9mm Luger revolver with a 3.0-inch barrel; we insisted he hand it over for testing, and he acquiesced. We .45 Auto fans offered dire predictions about 9mm revolver performance because of the 3.0-inch barrel, the barrel/ cylinder gap, and a rifling pattern that should present more resistance to the bullet than that in most 9mm semiauto pistols. We were certain that these factors would reduce 9mm Luger velocities…

4 min.
share the handloading experience

JUST A FEW ISSUES BACK, I reported on teaching a reloading class sponsored by a local gun-shop to a half-dozen shooters. A few months later, a young man, Dustin, from my church got married. He was an enthusiastic hunter and had visited my shop several times but hadn’t shown much interest in reloading. He and his new bride, Sydnee, stopped by our home one afternoon, and he asked if they could check out the shop. During that short visit, I learned she had hunted a few times with her dad and had taken a deer with his .243 Winchester rifle. I asked, “Sydnee, don’t you think you need your own deer rifle?” Not knowing me from Adam’s house cat, she stammered a weak, “I guess so, sir.” I opened the vault…