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Australian & New Zealand Handgun

Australian & New Zealand Handgun Issue 10

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 the 2012 edition of Australian & New Zealand Handgun. We are so pleased to present this, the 10th edition, to you. Who would have thought that despite 10 years of restrictive, ineffective and at times, very frustrating handgun regulations, buybacks, hand-ins and politics that we would still be publishing this magazine? Well, we did, of course! As this edition of Handgun and indeed all before it demonstrates, recreational revolver and self-loading pistol shooting is a legitimate, relevant and enjoyable pastime. It is also something that we seem to do very well, with shooters from Australia and all over the Pacific region often gaining a place on the podium at the Olympic and Commonwealth Games and many other international Action Match, Target Pistol, Handgun Metallic Silhouette and Single Action shooting…

3 min.
why we need self-loading handguns in target shooting

It is the common catchcry of anti-gun groups to ban self-loading (semi-automatic) handguns, but firearm owners know the actual aim of these groups is to remove all legal firearms from civilians and these handguns are the easy target to start with. What the antigunners, the public and politicians don’t realise, however, is the potentially hundreds of thousands of Australians who can and do use their selfloading handguns for target shooting at a local, state, national and international level and that this is a legitimate sporting activity. To target shooters, competing with their selfloading handgun is a sport and is no different than playing soccer, footy or tennis on the weekend. It would never be suggested that these latter sports be played without the racquet or the ball and the same attitude…

3 min.
self-loaders - key to aussie success

SSAA New South Wales members Craig Ginger and Allan Harriman are no strangers to international target shooting and the pair has no doubts that a ban on semi-automatic (self-loading) handguns in Australia would effectively destroy their chances of holding their own when competing overseas. In 1997, United Kingdom authorities banned civilian ownership of any handgun, except muzzleloading pistols. Following this, there was a dramatic decline in the country’s competitiveness in handgun target shooting, as the pistol squad was forced to practise abroad. Allan, a seasoned Action Match, Steel Challenge and IPSC competitor, believes the same thing would happen to Australian target shooting if a self-loading pistol ban were to go ahead here. He likened the UK ban to a Japanese team of target shooters he sees at the annual Bianchi Cup…

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feeling the effects of the uk handgun ban

Britain’s elite target shooters felt the effects of a self-loading handgun ban on their sport shooting activities 15 years ago. Now, they are forced to travel to train and compete. With the London 2012 Olympic Games firm in her sights, top British pistol shooter Georgina ‘Gorgs’ Geikie, 26, shares her experiences of the restrictive firearm laws in her country. A University of Wales Institute, Cardiff, graduate and former modern pentathlete, Gorgs currently participates in the 10m Air Pistol and 25m Sport Pistol shooting events. There was an incident in Scotland in 1996 regarding a gunman in a school. Since then, semi-automatic (selfloading) handguns were banned in the United Kingdom. Personally, I wasn’t purely shooting at this point, as I was involved in pony club tetrathlon and then modern pentathlon, but it…

9 min.
reloading and shooting the .38 super self-loader

The .38 Super cartridge was originally introduced in 1900 as the .38 Automatic Colt Pistol (ACP), and was developed as a military round to replace the .38 Long Colt - the then United States Army’s official sidearm. While the military showed little interest in the cartridge, because it had already found favour with the .45 ACP, another of Browning and Colt’s designs, it was readily accepted by law enforcement personnel, as the Colt pistol could fire eight rounds in semiautomatic mode. The .38 ACP became obsolete when the .38 Super Automatic came online in 1929 in an improved and much stronger Model 1911 pistol. The .38 Super is dimensionally identical to the .38 ACP, but operates at much higher pressures and velocities, and must therefore never be fired in pistols chambered…

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the taurus 1911 pistol

This Brazilian-made pistol has been reviewed in previous issues. It is a basic Model 1911, has a brushed stainless steel construction and is fitted with standard non-adjustable sights. The trigger pull is demanding, so it is not a great combination for target shooting, but of note is all the 220 rounds tested with various powder/bullet combinations printed in an 18cm high and 14cm wide pattern, with only the odd flier outside that. It is truly remarkable for the range of loads tested that they grouped so close to each other at 25m with 10 different bullet weights, and four different brands and powder types. The trigger and sights are my only complaint about this handgun, as it shoots well, does not jam when loads are spoton and has excellent handling qualities.…