Here comes an ashtray at 1,420 FEET PER SECOND! This train needs no tunnel—it makes them. This week I am going to make my hero, Dirty Harry, so proud of me. However Mr. Harry, one correction, it was not the gun, but the cartridge that made this the most powerful handgun ever made, the .44 Remington Magnum.
M2A1 ammo cans, like the Military ZAA-095 cans we sell for $14.97, are used extensively by the military to transport ammunition to the troops. Because I shoot a lot of different guns during the same range trip, I use them to “can” my ammo choices by cartridge and mark what’s in which container. When I’m ready to switch firearms, the ammo lots for the next round of guns are already separated, inside and out.
If you hear the shot, it was not meant for you. If you run, you will only die tired. Reach out and touch someone. Ah sniper talk, guys from the high ground, I love it. Without this cartridge, the sniper story would be greatly diminished. From 1952, its design year, then 1954, when the U.S. military chose it as the rifle cartridge for their forces and up to the present it has been the cornerstone cartridge for the long-range warrior. That cartridge is the 7.62x51mm NATO or the civilian .308 Winchester.
So, you think the .22 Long Rifle is a kids round? Don’t bet your life on it. This grand old cartridge predates anything we previously reviewed. It came about in 1887 and up until 1890; manufacturers loaded it with only black powder. It is one of the oldest self-contained cartridges still in mass production—and it is lethal.
Who is cooler than James Bond? No one is—there is your answer plain and simple. So what could be cooler than having the gun of the coolest dude around? The gun in question is the Walther PPK, Polizei Pistole Kurz / Kriminal.
The best gun ever made is the one you have on you when you need it. It may not be your first choice but as long as it goes bang in the right direction, to you there will never be a better gun made. The key to having that gun is that you will keep it with you; always…
No other cartridge has changed the face of the planet like the 7.62×39. It protected communist ideals and was the bane of freedom for nearly 70 years. The weapons that utilize this round have mostly stood for tyranny at its worst. This Russian medium cartridge is a merciless foe, which soldiers, peasants, and children carry in their weapons. Whether utilized in the Samozaryadnyj Karabin sistemy Simonova of 1945 (SKS) or the Avtomat Kalashnikova of 1947 (AK-47), and variants, it has helped change the face of warfare.
Editor’s Note: This article comparing the .223 vs 5.56 is an excerpt from Gun Digest 2013, the world’s foremost firearms annual book. Used with permission. Click here to order Gun Digest 2013 from Cheaper Than Dirt!
This week we go really old school with a big hoss, the 45-70 Government. This comes from a time when people not only rode horses, but also fired guns while riding them. This is among the largest cartridges we have examined so far. This cartridge’s energy exceeds that that of the venerable 30-06 Springfield from last week.
Conventional wisdom of defensive shotgunning says that larger projectiles penetrate more. So loading birdshot guarantees absence of overpentration, while slugs will sail through the foe and possibly hit bystanders. But shotguns are sometimes unpredictable, and this theory only holds “all other things being equal” which they seldom do.
September is National Preparedness Month. Be ready! Have a plan and make an emergency kit. The Shooter’s Log has all the information you need to prepare for disasters.
It’s not if, it’s when.
I’m a shooter who likes to hang out with other shooters. My group of shooting buddies regularly goes through a lot of ammo,
Owners of Browning’s discontinued HP40 Hi-Power chambered in 40 S&W have an unusual but highly competent pistol in their hands.
People love to discuss the age of and continued popularity of the .45 ACP, thought to be the granddad of cartridges and still widely used. However, the .45 ACP does not hold the only reservation in age and popularity. Enter the 9mm Parabellum. Conceived in 1902 and pushed into service in 1904 for the German Navy, this cartridge predates the venerable .45 ACP by over three years.
This is the third part of our study on ballistics. First, we looked at interior ballistics which is what happens when the shooter fires and the bullet is still in the gun. After that, we briefly examined exterior ballistics, which is what happens once the bullet leaves the muzzle of the gun and the forces that act on it as it travels to the target. Now we will look at terminal ballistics. This is what happens once the bullet arrives at the intended destination.
The Lightfield Home Defender 12 gauge rubber slugs are a very good choice for those who are concerned about using standard shotgun shells. However, less than lethal does not mean these rubber slugs are not lethal. They can cause serious bodily injury and death can result from using them on a live target.