Handgun 10 - 124 pages
6 Why we need self-loading handguns in target shooting
8 Self-loaders - key to Aussie success
10 Feeling the effects of the UK handgun ban
12 Reloading and shooting the .38 Super self-loader
16 Powder without glory - some unexpected consequences
18 In your sights - a discussion on iron handgun sights
22 Cowboys and Indians still alive for Single Action’s Sam Balin
26 It happened to me on the reloading bench
30 Kimber’s Team Match II
36 The SPS Pantera and Vista Long from Metro Arms
42 Air apparent - Walther’s LP400 Carbon
48 Beretta’s 92A1
54 Smith & Wesson’s 686 Competitor weighted-barrel revolver
60 The Colt 1911 Rail Gun by Walther
68 Safe and secure with GunVault
70 The SIG Sauer Mosquito Sport - a practical practice pistol
72 Ransom Master Series shooting rest
76 New Walther PPQ Tactical for Australian market
77 The Buck Commander Pistol Range Bag
78 Nioa’s new-look LE&M website
79 Blue Book of Airguns Ninth Edition
80 The evolution of handguns and their cartridges
91 Building a flintlock duelling pistol
97 Major-General Wingate’s Colt New Service revolver
102 Making replacement screws for old guns
107 The Colt Python - an enduring classic
111 The FP-45 Liberator pistol
114 Industry round-up
116 Handgun merchandise
Welcome to the 2012 edition of Australian & New Zealand Handgun. We are so pleased to present this, the 10th edition, to you. Who would have thought that despite 10 years of restrictive, ineffective and at times, very frustrating handgun regulations, buy-backs, hand-ins and politics that we would still be publishing this magazine? Well, we did, of course!
As this edition of Handgun and indeed all before it demonstrates, recreational revolver and self-loading pistol shooting is a legitimate, relevant and enjoyable pastime. It is also something that we seem to do very well, with shooters from Australia and all over the Pacific region often gaining a place on the podium at the Olympic and Commonwealth Games and many other international Action Match, Target Pistol, Handgun Metallic Silhouette and Single Action shooting events.
First up in this magazine, Media Officer Rachael Andrews debunks a few of the ‘statistics’ and catchcries perpetuated by anti-firearms groups, and discusses why self-loading pistols are important not only in the target shooting scene, but also for Australia’s future sporting successes. We also gain an international perspective from British pistol shooter Georgina Geikie, who talks about recent regulation changes in her country and the difficulties she faces in participating in her chosen shooting disciplines.
We have reviews on Kimber’s Team Match II self-loader, Walther’s LP400 Carbon air pistol, Smith & Wesson’s 686 Competitor weighted-barrel revolver, a shooting rest, handgun bags and cases and much more.
In our Historical section, Dick Eussen provides a comprehensive account of the evolution of handguns and cartridges, from the earliest flintlock and percussion cap firearms, to various wartime innovations, right up to modern-day sporting calibres and cartridges. History and do-it-yourself enthusiast Geoff Smith also offers two stories about some projects he has recently undertaken: namely, to create a flintlock duelling pistol and how you can make your own replacement pieces for old and collectable firearms.
Remember to enter our competitions for your chance to win a C-More pistol sight, Plano double pistol case or SSAA Store range bag, and enjoy all that this magazine has to offer.
Here’s to another 10 editions of Handgun!