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Australian & New Zealand Handgun

Australian & New Zealand Handgun Issue 7

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.

Pays:
Australia
Langue:
English
Éditeur:
Sporting Shooters' Association of Australia
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2 min.
editorial

Welcome to the 2009 edition of Australian & New Zealand Handgun - the magazine for sport shooting competitors and those who use handguns in their profession. In this, the seventh edition of Handgun, we have something to interest all handgun shooters and firearms enthusiasts in general. First up, Dick Tibbar shares some of the secrets of revolver accuracy, while Dick Eussen tells us how to reload for one of the most popular and versatile cartridges in the world - the .357 Magnum. Muzzleloading aficionado Leo Laden takes us back to the old days of black powder shooting in his story ‘Shooting Japanese matchlock pistols’. ‘Concept’ disciplines such as Muzzleloading and Single Action, where shooters use original or replica firearms from certain historical periods and often wear period-style costumes, add another dimension to target…

14 min.
secrets of revolver accuracy

By any standards applied to firearms that determine their accuracy, revolvers fail most of them. Rifle shooters seeking the best performance are diligent about having their barrels tightly chambered and their loads set up so that the projectile engages the rifling as soon as it starts to move out of the case neck. With revolvers though, there is anything from five to 10 separate chambers that will each have its own characteristics and each have to line up with the barrel. In addition, the projectile has to leave the case, travel through the chamber throat, jump across the cylinder gap and engage the rifling in the barrel, while allowing a fair proportion of the propellant gas to blow out of the cylinder gap. In spite of this, revolvers can be remarkably…

6 min.
shooting japanese matchlock pistols

Matchlocks were the first firearms that used a mechanical system to apply fire to the main charge of gunpowder. This was achieved by using a pivoted arm or ‘serpentine’ that held a source of fire, such as a smouldering piece of cotton or hemp, called a ‘slow match’ or ‘match cord’, which was gently lowered into a pan full of very fine priming powder. When this ignited, a flash passed through a hole (touch hole or vent), setting off the main charge and thus, expelling a lead ball in the general direction of the target. Matchlocks became widely used in Europe and parts of Asia and Africa in the 15th to 16th centuries and were introduced to Japan in the 1540s by Portuguese traders. The Japanese liked what they saw and…

13 min.
reloading for the .357 magnum revolver

History of the .357 Magnum The predecessor to the .357 Magnum was the Smith & Wesson .38 Special, introduced in 1906. Smith & Wesson chambered its new Double Action Military & Police K-frame revolver for the round. It fired a 158-grain bullet at a modest velocity of 860fps using 12.5 grains of black powder. Modern factory loadings have velocities rated at about 750 to 770fps. However, the demand for more power prompted Colt to introduce the .38 Super in 1929, which delivered a 130-grain full-metal jacket bullet at 1300fps. The Colt .38 Super Automatic was the most powerful pistol in the world for a long time. Smith & Wesson responded by bringing out the .38-44 Heavy Duty revolver in 1930 and the .38-44 Outdoorsman in 1931. The latter had adjustable sights. Both…

8 min.
train with airguns

Learning to shoot well is a task that takes most of us years to accomplish. If we are lucky, we will be introduced to firearms and shooting at a young age and if we are determined to do well as shooters, we will learn about sight-picture and trigger control and we begin improving from there. However, for most of us, it is a long gradual process and along the way, we can develop (and then have to learn to get rid of) bad habits such as flinching, that we might not even realise we are doing. As competitive shooters, many of us can spend years and literally tens of thousands of rounds of ammunition learning to achieve techniques, which will get us to the level that we want to be at.…

11 min.
casting for competition

Casting bullets for target handguns is not as popular as it once was. In earlier times, the range of lead bullets available for competitive pistol shooting was limited to those largely designed for mid-range bullseye competition and soft-lead hollow-based wadcutters were the dominant option. With the introduction of matches such as the Service Pistol, Metallic Silhouette and IPSC, the need for other types of lead projectiles resulted in many shooters getting into casting their own projectiles - me being one of them. In addition, if no value was put on your time, shooters could save a few dollars by casting their own bullets out of cheap scrap lead. In more recent times, good-quality commercial projectiles became available in a much wider range and almost all target handgunning needs could be satisfied off…