Handgun Radio 155 - Cartridge Development Part 1

Hello and welcome to Handgun Radio! I’m your host Ryan Michad  from the wild woods of Central Maine, and this is your home for all the news, information and discussion in the handgunning world.

This week, Weerd and I discuss a few popular cartridges and their development histories!!!

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Week in Review:

Ryan: -I was on the We Like Shooting show this past week!!! Check it out!!!

-Hudson H9 Pistol

-S&W 986 2.5” 9mm

Weerd: Took a 1911 Derivative to the range yesterday.

Also friend of the Show Sidhartha Priest suggested I get an inexpensive arbor press to press out the frame wedge on my Walker colt.    Seems like a good idea, as it didn’t cost much and no matter what I’d still have a pretty beefy press.    It’s down in the armory, but I haven’t had a chance to assemble it and get cracking.   Maybe this weekend.

Drink Segment:  For those with simpler tastes, and those who don’t want to bother with a mixer and multiple ingredients.

So I stopped at the liquor store on the way up to my folk’s place, and I like to grab my dad stuff he’s never had before.    He has VERY limited experience with Scotch,  and I’d heard good things about Monkey Shoulder.     Turns out the stuff is VERY reasonably priced and VERY good.

I need to grab a bottle for myself.

Main Topic: Pistol Cartridge Development

Listener Mike:

Hey Ryan and Weerd - great show, as always. Thought I would ask, why don't you look at cartridge development and talk about handgun cartridges. I was thinking as you were talking last show about 38 spl, and the large case compared to the low powder volume. Why is the cases so large? What about others, and what the case size to powder volume is and why.

Early Cartridge Development (Rocketball, .22 Short, etc)

-Rocket Ball

.22 Short

7.65x25mm Borchardt

.38 Special Cartridge:

.357 Magnum

9mm Parabellum:

.40 S&W

.45 ACP  

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