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Australian & New Zealand Handgun

Australian & New Zealand Handgun Issue 17

Australian & New Zealand Handgun showcases legitimate handgun shooting activities for recreational club and competitive shooters, collectors, historians, and those in the law enforcement and security industries. The magazine features reviews on air pistols, rimfire and centrefire self-loading pistols and revolvers, ammunition and other shooting accessories, as well as interviews with successful Australian and international handgun competitors, and articles on ammunition reloading, custom firearms and handguns of historical interest.

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Welcome to Australian & New Zealand Handgun, the Oceania region’s premier publication for handgun and pistol enthusiasts. This, the 17th edition of our popular annual, will bring you the usual mix of handgun reviews, expert tips for pistol shooters, must-have products to keep your firearms in top condition, a look back at some of history’s iconic handguns and we even turn the spotlight on one of Australia’s 2018 Commonwealth Games success stories. Our cover picture features the SSAA’s Kate Fantinel who takes us through her journey from novice to medal-winner and what it takes to firstly gain your Category H firearms licence, join a club and become a competitive pistol shooter. Rod Pascoe puts the new SIG Sauer P320 X-Five to the test and calls in elite IPSC shooter Gary White to…

6 min.
grand power’s x-trim .22 - it’s no turkey!

It is now 20 years since Grand Power of Slovakia started making handguns to the unique designs of its founder, Jaroslav Kuracina. The firm’s factory is in Banska Bystrica, about 200km north east of the capital, Bratislava, and the output of 2000 handguns per month consists mainly of modern, well-designed polymer framed self-loaders. Of the 25 or so models being made, the flagship of their range is the X-Calibur which was reviewed in ANZ Handgun 13 back in 2015. The handgun under the microscope here is the .22 rimfire X-Trim Mk 12 model. For Australian purposes this is a double-action, 10-shot, straight blowback self-loader with a 125mm barrel, supplied with a spare magazine and four interchangeable backstraps in a foam-lined and moulded plastic case. Modern and stylish looking, the gun points well…

7 min.
beretta model 92fs

Italian manufacturer Beretta has long held the distinction of being one of the world’s premier firearms producers, known for building the highest quality rifles, shotguns and handguns. But while the list of fine Beretta guns is quite lengthy, there’s one I feel is worthy of the title “best of the best”. That gun is the 9mm chambered Model 92FS which is commonly found in the hands and on the hips of many military, police and civilian shooters throughout the world. Obviously some shooters will always prefer the larger and often considerably heavier .45 ACP chambered handguns over that of the smaller 9mm Parabellum calibre guns. I suppose for some people that will never change, but for those choosing to shoot a 9mm I believe there’s no better choice than the Beretta…

7 min.
pistol shooting - practice makes perfect

Handgun skills are not a natural gift but the result of hours of dedicated practice from shooting thousands of rounds. Renowned firearms enthusiast and author Elmer Keith once wrote that if you want to be a top gun you have to shoot every day. Handguns are a lot of fun to shoot and while some of us do well, others never grasp the full gist of the art. It matters little if you’re deliberately shooting at a target for tight cluster groups or being a pretend ‘Billy the Kid’ at a western action event, steel challenge or 10-pin bowl shoot - the principles are similar. How fast you can acquire a target, aim and fire or place a carefully-aimed shot from a single-shot freestyle pistol in the bull at 50m, all…

7 min.
history in your hands - a tale of two pistols

The German 9mm Luger and the 1911 Model US Army Colt .45 are without doubt the most instantly recognisable military sidearms of our era. Many hundreds, if not thousands of both types found their way to Australia (clandestinely in most cases) after the two World Wars, some more recently in the case of the .45 in the wash-up from Korea and Vietnam. Sadly, over the decades countless numbers have been rounded up under firearm amnesties in this country and ingloriously consigned to crushing mills. But happily, here we have a tale of two members of that elite duo which escaped such a cruel fate and now repose in the care of an appropriately licensed Queensland collector. He wants to remain anonymous but was willing to give me brief access to the pistols…

7 min.
an introduction to small arms primers

Shooters who reload their own ammunition invariably face the task of selecting which primers to use, often from a quite limited range of availability. These tiny reloading components are frequently underrated in terms of the potential damage they can cause if mishandled. They are likewise misunderstood by much of the general public. How often do we see images of “live” rounds on book covers or in media photographs where the primer has a firing pin imprint? How often do we read of the primer “detonating” the powder charge? Loose terminology and poor understanding are a small part of the much larger problem faced by shooters when confronted by those who would put us out of business. The primer is often described as the “spark plug” that initiates the firing process within the…