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Australian & New Zealand Handgun Issue 8

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 2010 edition of Australian & New Zealand Handgun - the finest magazine for recreational and professional handgunners this side of the Pacific Ocean. When it comes to handgun shooting, this Handgun magazine is fully loaded! First up, we have the Target section, where you can learn about choosing powder and primers for your pistols and reloading your own ammunition. Reloading, of course, is not only a fantastic way to save money, but also enables you to select your own components and fine-tune your loads to your firearm, calibre, discipline and style of shooting. While it would seem as though the basics of firearms manufacturing and shooting hasn’t changed too much over the years, the ways in which we can practise and review our shooting has changed. This is highlighted…

12 min.
powder and primers for pistols

In the formative years of target handgun shooting in Australia, reloading was simple, as almost everyone was obliged to use .38 Special revolvers with mid-range wadcutter loads powered by a small amount (2.8 grains was the magic number) of fast-burning pistol powder. As the first decade of the 21st century comes to an end, however, handgun reloading options have become increasingly complicated with a wide variety of matches requiring as wide a variety of specialised loads. For most shooters, the load options are largely focused on the projectile. Primers and powders are given secondary consideration and choices are often based on price and availability, with the expectation that if it goes ‘bang!’ and drives the bullet out of the barrel at an acceptable velocity, then all will be well. However, this…

6 min.
using video to perfect your shooting technique

The coaching of any sport is about many things. It’s about having a deep knowledge of the sport itself, including its rules, skills and strategies. It’s about knowing why each individual skill is important and why it contributes to the total effort. Most importantly, however, it’s a study of people and how they learn. Over the past 20 years, the coaching of all sports has become more sophisticated and has benefited greatly from advancements in technology, particularly from the portable video camera and laptop computer. These devices are revolutionary, in that, they make it convenient and easy for the pupil to see themselves in action and how others see them. My nephew is a professional golf coach and has used video techniques in his coaching for several years. The technique itself is…

9 min.
developments in rimfire metallic silhouette handguns

For those unfamiliar with Rimfire Handgun Metallic Silhouette matches, the two courses of fire shot in Australia are at 50 and 100m. Of all the matches on the Handgun Metallic Silhouette program, the 100m Rimfire events are the most demanding on equipment. The chicken (25m), pig (50m), turkey (75m) and ram (100m) targets are scaled down from their Big Bore 200m counterparts and while a .22 rimfire bullet will comfortably knock the heaviest ram target over, accuracy demands on the pistol and ammunition are extreme. Simply shooting a .22 rimfire handgun at 100m brings in factors such as wind drift and trajectory, which are not as critical as with centrefire cartridges. Also, the shooter has no real control over ammunition, other than purchasing a particular type or brand, whereas centrefire handguns…

13 min.
loading the 9mm luger

The 9mm Luger was purpose designed for smokeless powder in 1902 by Georg Luger for his 9mm Luger Pistol and named the 9mm Parabellum. It was adopted by the German armed forces six years later and continues to be widely used by NATO and many other nations as both a pistol and sub-machine-gun round. It is also a popular target round and there are many handguns available for it. Problems to avoid Being a purpose self-loading pistol cartridge, the 9mm pistol is often seen at the shooting range and is shot often because it is fun and burns up quantities of ammo that doesn’t cost a lot. If you are a handloader too, it cuts the cost considerably. The only problem is that you have to pick up the scattered ejected shells.…

11 min.
the fall and rise of the .38 super

I am sure gun company executives sometimes wonder why some of their products succeed, while others languish or do not make it. Cartridges are no exception and shooters have been inundated with an avalanche of new cartridges periodically. The past decade in particular has seen the introduction of many new rifle cartridges in the form of Short Magnums, Super Short Magnums, Ultra Short Magnums and some with adjectives I may have overlooked. Turn the clock back 75 years or so and new cartridges were a rarity, particularly new cartridges for handguns. You would think that a pistol cartridge hitting the streets in 1929 that had the ability to launch a 130-grain bullet at around 1300fps would have got people’s attention. It arrived five years before the first ‘official’ Magnum pistol cartridge…