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Australian & New Zealand Handgun

Australian & New Zealand Handgun Issue 9

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 2011 edition of Australian & New Zealand Handgun. In this edition, we truly cater for all types of handgunners - from the civilian sporting revolver or pistol shooter, to the professional shooter who works in the police or law enforcement services and requires a handgun as part of their work. First up, Media Officer Rachael Andrews takes a look at the firearms of Australia’s police forces, discussing the move over the past decade from using Smith & Wesson .38-calibre revolvers to Glock and Smith & Wesson .40-calibre self-loading pistols. Daniel O’Dea then uses the Smith & Wesson M&P self-loading pistol as an example to describe the differences between what we as sporting shooters are permitted to use for our sporting activities as compared to what law enforcement personnel…

5 min.
what are our police carrying?

Standard issue handguns for Australia’s police officers have varied far and wide across Australia for the past 50 or more years and until recently, officers could be carrying anything from a Smith & Wesson .38-calibre revolver to a .40-calibre self-loading pistol. Today, however, the standard issue for many of our police is the Glock Model 22 or Smith & Wesson pistol. Victoria was the last state to move to a self-loading pistol, making the change in April 2010 and purchasing more than 10,000 of the handgun at a cost of $7 million. Prior to this, members of Victoria Police carried Smith & Wesson .30-calibre revolvers. The rollout of these handguns, which boast a magazine capacity of 15 rounds and provisions for tactical lighting, occurred in the latter part of 2010. The…

9 min.
for the police and the pros

When it comes to handguns in Australia, we have two very distinct markets: the security and law enforcement market, and the civilian sports target shooting market. Many manufacturers produce variants of the same model handgun that have been adapted to those individual markets, but just what are the differences between the handguns specified for the police officer and ones for the professional competition shooter? From its market launch back in 2006, the Smith & Wesson M&P series pistol has made huge inroads in recapturing much of Smith & Wesson’s traditional law enforcement market. The M&P, an acronym for Military and Police, was specifically designed and manufactured for this purpose. Most famous as a revolver manufacturer, Smith & Wesson struggled to maintain market share as law enforcement agencies saw a worldwide shift from…

4 min.
firearms a tool of the trade for western australian farmers

The use of firearms is a fact of daily life for primary producers across Australia and whether it is for managing feral animals, putting down an injured animal or mustering feral stock, Australia’s farmers recognise the need for access to firearms for their occupation. All states allow farmers access to longarms use in managing their property and for many, this is perfectly suited to the tasks required. But the different environment of farming in Western Australia presents different challenges and the use of a longarm is not as practical. Farmers and representative groups alike have won recognition of this fact, with legislation now allowing handgun licences for those working on the land. David Clarke of the New South Wales Farmers’ Association said the necessity of firearms use and the types needed varied…

11 min.
high-speed reloading

Of all metallic cartridge shooting, I believe handgun shooting requires the greatest volume of ammunition to be loaded. Competitive handgun shooting and handloading have become increasingly demanding, firstly, because of the variety of centrefire handloads that are needed to handle the various events and secondly, because of the sheer volume of ammunition that can be fired by the keen handgunner. Anyone shooting a centrefire handgun in competition should seriously consider reloading for it to avoid the prohibitive costs of using factory-loaded ammunition. Most centrefire ammunition can be reloaded for around $12 to $15 per 100 using commercially cast projectiles or about half that if you cast your own projectiles, while factory loaded ammunition can be four times or more that cost! Getting started While reloading is an interesting pastime, most target handgunners prefer…

9 min.
barrel leading and lead removal

Ammunition costs greatly control how much time we handgun shooters can spend making loud noises at the range. Consequently, sooner or later, many of us find our way into reloading. With jacketed bullets being fairly expensive, some of us may then find ourselves lured into the mystical world of bullet casting. Cast bullets loaded into centrefire cases are often cheaper than rimfire ammo and there is also a great deal of satisfaction to be obtained from shooting your own bullets. One downside of using cast bullets though, can be the accumulation of metallic lead in barrels, which, in turn, causes poor accuracy. Resolving this problem generally involves a combination of both prevention and cure. Prevention is achieved by using the lowest acceptable velocities, coating the bullet with various forms of lubricant…