SSAA Members Firearms Insurance -  Members say it pays to be covered

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.

  • Issue 15

    Issue 15

    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.

    Australian & New Zealand Handgun 15 is available for mobile, tablet and desktop devices through Zinio. Order in digital for whatever device suits you best so you can enjoy your favourite handgun magazine wherever you go!

    Read more
  • Issue 14

    Issue 14

    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.

    Australian & New Zealand Handgun 14 is now available for mobile, tablet and desktop devices through Zinio. Order in digital for whatever device suits you best so you can enjoy your favourite handgun magazine wherever you go!

    Read more
  • Issue 13

    Issue 13

    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.

    Australian & New Zealand Handgun 13 is available for mobile, tablet and desktop devices through Zinio. Order in digital for whatever device suits you best so you can enjoy your favourite handgun magazine wherever you go!

    Read more
  • Issue 12

    Issue 12

    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.

    Australian & New Zealand Handgun 12 is available for mobile, tablet and desktop devices through Zinio. Order in digital for whatever device suits you best so you can enjoy your favourite handgun magazine wherever you go!

    Read more
  • Issue 11

    Issue 11

    Ric Tester offers some timeless advice for improving your rapid-fire in four steps, from creating a process to shooting with rhythm. Up for review is the Colt Government .38 pistol, Ruger SP-101 .22 revolver, Berry copper-plated projectiles and SmartReloader products. Paul Barker takes a wander through the old goldfields of New South Wales and Victoria as far back as 1814, discovering how the gritty diggers used to arm themselves against any opportunistic villains trying to rob them of their hard-earned gold. Another slice of history is dissected as Royce Wilson comes across a Colt M1908 pistol that was owned by iconic British tank commander Field Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery aka ‘Monty’, which now resides in the London Imperial War Museum. A further link to World War II is Henri Lach’s peek at a Nazi belt buckle gun at a collector’s abode on the Gold Coast.

    Australian & New Zealand Handgun 11 is available for mobile, tablet and desktop devices through Zinio. Order in digital for whatever device suits you best so you can enjoy your favourite handgun magazine wherever you go!

    Read more
  • Issue 10

    Issue 10

    Australia enjoys a proud reputation on the sporting scene in various shooting disciplines, but Rachael Andrews explains how future success could be put at risk by calls to ban self-loading pistols. One athlete who has experienced the frustrations of anti-firearms legislation is British pistol shooter Georgina Geikie. She outlines the difficulties in keeping her Olympic ambitions alive. International competition is also on the agenda for Australia’s Sam Balin, who treks to the United States for Single Action events. Sam explains his passion for the genre, which includes using an alias persona as a cowboy. Also turning back the clock is Dick Eussen, who traces the evolution of handguns and their cartridges from the earliest flintlock period of the early 19th century through various wartime innovations up to modern sporting calibres.

    Australian & New Zealand Handgun 10 is available for mobile, tablet and desktop devices through Zinio. Order in digital for whatever device suits you best so you can enjoy your favourite handgun magazine wherever you go!

    Read more

National E-newsletter

The SSAA National E-newsletter is a subscription email service available FREE of charge to SSAA members. It includes current and upcoming news, views and events about firearms ownership, sport shooting and recreational hunting issues, important SSAA news, special offers and time-sensitive news.

Facebook Feed