Australian & New Zealand Handgun
The Australian & New Zealand Handgun is the SSAA’s dedicated magazine for handgun enthusiasts. Published annually, it showcases legitimate handgun shooting for recreational club and competitive shooters, collectors, historians and those who may use their handguns professionally, such as law enforcement and security personnel.
Handgun features reviews on air pistols, rimfire and centrefire self-loading pistols and revolvers, ammunition, reloading guides, holsters and other shooting accessories, as well as stories about reloading and building custom firearms, hints for shooting specific disciplines and interviews with successful Australian and international competitors.
The magazine also examines the evolution of handguns and ammunition, profiling some of the world’s most influential firearm makers and the creation and use of handguns that have changed the course of history.
The latest edition of our popular annual features the usual mix of handgun reviews, expert tips for pistol shooters, must-have products to keep your firearms in top condition, a look back at some of history’s iconic handguns and we even turn the spotlight on one of Australia’s 2018 Commonwealth Games success stories. Our cover features the SSAA’s Kate Fantinel who takes us through her journey from novice to medal-winner and what it takes to firstly gain your Category H firearms licence, join a club and become a competitive pistol shooter. Rod Pascoe puts the new SIG Sauer P320 X-Five to the test and also under review is the Slovakian-made Grand Power X-Trim .22 which impresses Geoff Smith, Thomas Tabor runs the rule on both the Smith & Wesson .17 HMR 647 Varminter and Heckler & Koch HK45, while Daniel O’Dea finds the Smith & Wesson M&P9 2.0 ‘a good thing made better’. For the collectors out there, Mark van den Boogaart goes in search of his personal grail, the Pritchard pistol, and heads west for some collectable Colts. Henri Lach has history in his hands in ‘A Tale of Two Pistols’, Royce Wilson mourns the loss of the Browning Hi-Power but celebrates the beauty of the Beaumont-Adams double-action percussion revolver, while Daniel O’Dea gets his hands on some American steel with a couple of classic Smith & Wesson self-loaders.Order
Geoff Smith reviews Walther’s PPQ Q5 Match 9mm pistol and gives a lesson on reloading with MKE brass from Turkey. Rob Nicholls tests out the Heckler & Koch SFP9-SF Tactical pistol, Jeremiah takes to the Single Action shooting range with the Ruger Single-Six Hunter revolver and Dick Eussen looks at Breakthrough Clean Technologies gun cleaning equipment. Rod Pascoe investigates how to travel safely and legally with handguns from Australia to New Zealand, and explains how a Ransom Rest can help you find the perfect load. James Cheung breaks down the fundamentals of grip and stance, while Dick Eussen covers the importance of trigger pressure, and considers single-action versus double-action revolvers. Royce Wilson looks at the remarkable Colt collection at Cleaver Firearms, Mark van den Boogaart analyses an antique Parsons coat pistol and Dave Burgess details how joining a pistol club changed his life.
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Sarah Jane Jacob finds out what makes Australia’s high-level IPSC golden girls tick. Communications Officer Sam Talbot investigates how shooters can take advantage of the Quiet Eye technique to improve their shooting accuracy, and then talks with Dave ‘Saddler’ Earle about how he combined his love of leather-making with Single Action shooting. Dick Eussen lists the best handguns to have in your battery for SSAA competitions, James Cheung takes us back to basics by going over trigger control and Alek Wadi offers advice for shooters who aren’t seeing things as clearly as they used to. We review the GSG 1911 .22LR Target, Pardini SP Rapid Fire and Browning Buck Mark Buckthorn pistols, Smith & Wesson Model 67 revolver and Red Hill Tactical holsters. Henri Lach looks inside the world of miniature pistol collecting, while Geoff Smith recounts an unusual tale about barrel repair involving 10 stuck bullets.
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Assistant Editor Dave Rose speaks with Tiffany Piper, a New Zealand handgun champion who’s taking on the world of international Action Pistol shooting. James Cheung discusses how he upgraded his Glock 17A Gen 3 pistol in search of better shooting accuracy, while Geoff Smith and Dick Eussen share some tips for reloading handgun cartridges and buying secondhand revolvers. Alek Wadi shares his fondness for the SIG-Hammerli P240 .38 Special Wadcutter pistol, Leo Laden reminisces about a .45-calibre Japanese smoothbore matchlock pistol, and Henri Lach uncovers a curious invention, a .22 Short-calibre pocket-knife pistol. Our team of reviewers also test the Smith & Wesson M&P9L Pro Series CORE and Shield, Walther SSP-E, Beretta U22 Neos .22, Tisas ZIG M1 9mm and Kimber 1911 Rimfire Target Black .22 pistols, the Alfa-Proj 3561 Stainless .357 Magnum revolver and Hogue aftermarket handgun grips.
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Alek Wadi sifts through some of the problems that can afflict .22LR-calibre handguns and offers some solutions. These guns often require careful cleaning and maintenance to fulfil their potential, which sometimes means consulting an experienced, qualified gunsmith. Peter Richards puts forward some advice and training tips for those involved in Combined Services handgun matches, while assistant film director, actor and former elite bodybuilder Greg Van Borssum shows off his Ray Pulver-built STI 2011 pistol. Our reviewers take a look at the Steyr-Mannlicher M9-A1, Walther PPQ M2 and Grand Power X-Calibur pistols, Ruger Super Blackhawk Stainless revolver and Lyman Turbo sonic cleaning products. On the centenary of the World War I Gallipoli landings in April 1915, Royce Wilson celebrates the Webley Mk VI service revolver, a sturdy piece of wartime equipment which made its initial appearance 100 years ago.
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New South Welshman Sam Medway, featured in Handgun 7 as a youngster to watch, has certainly fulfilled that potential by becoming 2013 Single Action World Champion. ‘Savage Sam’ tells Rachael Andrews how he overcame adversity to do it. We then look at the Steel Challenge, which has added a new rimfire pistol class to its already exhilarating repertoire. This will bring added appeal for juniors and beginners. Daniel O’Dea reviews the Pardini SK12 Absorber PCP air pistol, Roy Cassidy looks at the Colt Marine pistol and a pair of antique French pocket pistols are scrutinised by Leo Laden. In our historical section, Henri Lach examines the quirky Chicago Palm Gun, a tiny, concealable arm that was used by many on both sides of the law as a last-stand item during the American Prohibition era.
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