Australian & New Zealand Handgun

Australian & New Zealand Handgun Issue 16

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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 2018 edition of Australian & New Zealand Handgun magazine. Handgun aficionado Geoff Smith kicks off this edition with a review of the Walther PPQ Q5 Match 9mm-calibre pistol. While at the range, Geoff has a chance encounter with UK Gallery Rifle team shooter Gerald Betteridge Jr, who also enjoyed a few shots with the smooth-shooting self-loader. Still on reviews, we also examine the Ruger Mk IV Target Stainless, Heckler & Koch SFP9-SF Tactical, Beretta M9A3, Sig Sauer P226-22 Nitron and Tisas ZIG-14 pistols, as well as the Ruger Single-Six Hunter revolver, MKE brass and Breakthrough Clean Technologies cleaning equipment. Rod Pascoe offers an overview of the rules and regulations for travelling with your handguns to New Zealand. Like many aspects of our sport, there are hoops to jump through, but…

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walther’s ppq q5 match

While the operating principles of self-loading handguns have not altered much over the 120 years since they first came into use, the design techniques and materials used most certainly have, particularly over the past decade or so. In recent times, I have been loaned several variants of Walther’s PPQ (Polizei Pistole Quick) handgun for review purposes and with each I have been impressed with the gradually evolving fine detail of the design and the extent of modern materials and processes employed. My original review of Walther’s 9mm PPQ was published in Australian & New Zealand Handgun 11, while the 9mm M2 version appeared in the February 2015 Australian Shooter and the PPQ M2 .22 rimfire version was reviewed in Australian & New Zealand Handgun 13. Walther’s primary inventor of handguns, Fritz…

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travelling with handguns to new zealand

Every year hundreds of Australians travel to all corners of the world to pursue their shooting sports. It could be hiking over the Rocky Mountains for that elusive elk or competing at the World Silhouette Championships in Prague. But the most popular destination for Australian shooters, be they hunters or target shooters, is New Zealand. Australia and New Zealand have many pistol shooting disciplines in common where world and national competitions are regularly contested in IPSC, Single Action, Silhouette and Service Pistol, to name a few. Travelling overseas with firearms and ammunition requires processes to be followed, both for authorities at home and those in the destination country. It is not difficult but you do need to lodge a number of documents, which to some, may appear a bit overwhelming. Despite…

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the fundamentals of grip and stance

In handgun shooting, there are many fundamental skills to recognise, understand, practise and hopefully master through training. In a previous article about the basics, I spoke of trigger control and the various details of triggers that affect the trigger pull process (see Australian & New Zealand Handgun edition 15). Although trigger control is important, nothing is quite as critical as establishing and maintaining a good, solid grip on a pistol and retaining a strong yet flexible stance while shooting. Where the previous article detailed the nuances of trigger control variables, establishing and keeping a strong grip and stance is actually quite simple, and leverages the principles of human biomechanics. Similar to trigger control, if you adhere to the guiding best practices and principles, ‘what works, works’, and there are no absolute…

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the all-important trigger pressure

When preparing to take a shot, it can be easy to overlook or even misunderstand the importance of the trigger and this is perhaps even more so for handgun shooters, where correct trigger pressure is paramount to good, consistent shooting accuracy. Where the trigger is adjustable, you can customise it to your own liking. Alternatively, trigger or safety repairs are best done by a qualified gunsmith as both require a lot of careful attention and expertise to rectify. Trigger testing When testing triggers, the first thing to do is to ensure that there are no cartridges in the chamber or magazine. The weight of pull of a trigger is best done with a trigger gauge, particularly if you shoot in competitions where a strict trigger pull rule must be adhered to. To…

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ruger’s mark iv target

Ruger began establishing its reputation for building reliable self-loading handguns in 1949 when the company developed what was referred to as its Standard Model. Two years later, the firm expanded that basic design to include the model called the Mark I Target. Both of these pistols were only offered in .22 Long Rifle calibre and each shared a similar outward appearance and design make-up. The major differences between the two consisted of the Standard Model possessing a slimmer contoured barrel and a fixed rear-sight, while the Mark I Target came with a bull barrel and an adjustable sight. Those two firearms are at the heart of what has now become known as the Mark (Mk) Series pistols. More years ago than I want to admit to, I purchased one of the…