Australian & New Zealand Handgun

Australian & New Zealand Handgun Issue 13

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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 2015 edition of Australian & New Zealand Handgun. This edition is a bit of a mixed bag for handgun discipline shooting. Keen Combined Services discipline shooter Peter Richards kicks us off with some advice and training tips for participating in Combined Services handgun matches, while Single Action shooter Jeremiah discusses reloading for the .44-40 cartridge. Greg Van Borssum then shares his introduction to the world of competitive pistol shooting and showcases his Ray Pulver-built STI 2011 - a pistol he says gave him the edge and helped him win the two-man Metallic Teams category at the 2014 World Action Pistol Championships. Also in the Target section, Alek Wadi examines some of the problems commonly encountered with .22LR handguns and offers suggestions on how to remedy them. Despite being…

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combined services handgun training

The Combined Services discipline was introduced to foster the use of original military and service-type firearms and calibres for competitive shooting matches. Combined Services comprises various rifle and handgun components, which have been active in their current form for at least 20 years, and the discipline prides itself on providing shooters (most of whom are cross-trained) for national teams who have competed overseas and often return with piles of gold medals. All SSAA shooting disciplines have a rule book to provide participants with information on all aspects of that activity, and the Combined Services rule book has a series of matches that cover a wide variety of handgun types. The matches have evolved, at times after many meetings, from other base competition formats and some simple formats that may have been…

13 min.
.22lr handgun malfunctions

At our club, I see disappointed friends having problem after problem with their .22LR-calibre self-loading pistols or even with their revolvers. Often, this could be avoided or repaired with some experience, understanding of the functioning of a pistol, a bit of thinking and a lot of reading. In the following, I will review the most common malfunctions in .22LR pistols with suggestions on how to remedy them. If you have an occasional malfunction or misfire, let’s say every 500 to 1000 rounds, don’t worry; this is perfectly normal and part of the ammunition statistics. However, if you have a malfunction or misfire with every 10 to 20 rounds, then you had better find your solution. The most common malfunction in handguns is a feeding problem due to a dirty chamber or a…

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reloading the .44-40

The famous Winchester Model 73 (1873) rifle, known as ‘the gun that won the West’, was chambered for the .44-40 (.44WCF) cartridge, and Colt released its Single Action Army (SAA) revolver in .45 Colt in the same year. Colt then produced its Frontier Six-Shooter in .44-40 in 1878. This breakthrough success centrefire round, which was the first to be compatible with rifle and pistol, could also be reloaded with hand reloading tools supplied by Winchester, which added to its ready acceptance. Cartridges of the World states, “The .44-40 is one of the all-time great American cartridges. It is said it has killed more game, big and small, and more people, good and bad, than any other commercial cartridge ever developed. In its original black powder loading, it was the first effective…

10 min.
a ray pulverbuilt sti 2011

My name is Greg Van Borssum. Most people who know me outside of the realm of shooting know me for my work in film as one of the directors of Happy Feet and Happy Feet 2, and most recently for my work on the upcoming Mad Max Fury Road film, where I was the fight choreographer and weapons specialist. Back in the 1990s, after my retirement from professional bodybuilding, I was looking for a new sport to sink my teeth into. As a kid, I had always wanted to do pistol shooting, but at the time I inquired, I was still too young to take part, so I let it lie dormant and focused my sights on bodybuilding. By the age of 20, I had won the national championships and went…

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the .38 special

Introduced by Smith & Wesson in 1902, the .38 Special is an enduring cartridge that is ‘special’ for several reasons and was a ballistic improvement over the .38 Long Colt round of the day. The .38 Special was originally a black powder round that was readily accepted because of its fine accuracy. It had plenty of power for what it’s been designed for, the Smith & Wesson Hand Ejector Military & Police 1st Model 1899 Revolver, and in its original loading, it fired a 158-grain round-nose lead bullet at less than 800fps. This load is still the standard today, due to the many older guns in circulation. The exceptions are +P high-pressure loadings that were introduced in 1974 and are purpose-made for modern guns designed for high-performance rounds. Yet, as far…