Bottlenecked Handgun Cartridges
From the late 1800s until the 1930s, bottleneck handgun cartridges were common, primarily in pistols. Handguns firing bottlenecked cartridges were used by many nations armed forces up until the 1930s (the Mauser C96 “Broomhandle” most popularly; even Winston Churchill and the British used them), and pistols firing these cartridges were chosen as the military sidearm for Russia and Japan in ww2.
To the left you see a picture of the 7.62×25 Tokarev, 7.63×25 Mauser and 7.65×21 Luger cartridges. The bottleneck design for handgun cartridges faded after the 1940s (with 2 exceptions), only to make a minor comeback in the last decade or so. We will get to that later.
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I recently discovered a great set of shows on Spike TV – their “Don’t be a Victim” block airing on Saturday mornings. The shows are each a half hour long, and cover a range of topics of interest to shooters. There are four shows – Conceal/Carry School, Practical Tactical, Lives Depend On It, and What If.
The first two in particular have pointed out a weakness with my current practice. The ranges I frequent have strict rules about what is allowed on the range. That means I really can’t practice movement drills, drawing from concealment and other more practical uses for a defensive firearm. While I could join the IDPA group at my club, I really don’t want to go in as a novice, and frankly I’m not all that sure I’m interested in competitive shooting at this point.
While browsing around the gun blogs I follow, I came across what appears to be a useful solution for me, at least until I have the time and money to go to a more formal training class. Airsoft pistols are close enough to the real thing to be a useful training tool. In the coming weeks, I’ll be clearing out space in my basement to set up a mini shooting gallery, purchasing an Airsoft pistol, and start working on some of the drills I can’t do at the range.
Found this notice via the Firearm Blog –
Beretta U.S.A. Corp. has discovered a potential condition with Beretta .22 caliber NEOS semiautomatic pistols in which the pistol will fire even if the safety is activated and, in some cases, the pistols may fire if the safety is moved from the OFF to the ON position. Chances of either of these situations occurring is extremely remote and no injuries have occurred because of this condition, however, because of safety concerns relating to this situation, Beretta U.S.A. Corp. is immediately implementing a recall of Beretta .22 caliber NEOS semiautomatic pistols. For more information, download a pdf copy of the Recall Notice.
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