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.
Geoff Smith reviews the Browning HP Practical 9mm pistol, Jess Marks test Sarsilmaz pistols and Daniel O’Dea looks at Crimson Trace sights. Jennifer Martens chats with England’s Commonwealth Games record-holder Mick Gault and Australia’s own top gun Lalita Yauhleuskaya to find out what makes them tick. Damion Faith relates how a 25-strong Australian contingent enjoyed a taste of the Wild West in the Single Action’s world-stage event in New Mexico. The SSAA handgun disciplines are explored by means of a quiz, followed by an in-depth analysis of the various categories. Sport and exercise scientist Enrico Hoover answers shooters’ questions about some of the mental flaws that can hinder their performance. There are also plenty of places to practise as an extensive nationwide list of SSAA clubs that cater to handgun shooters is provided separately.
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Rebecca Lang offers a beginners’ guide into starting out in the art of pistol shooting and recalls how her initial curiosity was sparked by watching her father making his own ammunition on a peculiar reloader machine on a workbench in his garage years earlier. Kaye Jenkins submits further guidance by mapping out how anyone interested in handgunning can take their first tentative steps into becoming involved. A four-page photography spread features ‘Handgunners in focus’ with some stunning images of action on the firing ranges thanks to photos sent in by SSAA members. The SIG P226-X5 and IZH-35M self-loading pistols and Rohm Twinmaster Match air pistol are reviewed, and Thomas Tabor details the tools needed for the task of reloading your own cartridges and describes how much fun it can be.
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The mental aspects of being a successful competitor are addressed from a psychological viewpoint by sport and exercise scientist Enrico ‘Harry’ Hoover. From a coach’s standpoint, FT Johnson looks at some of the technical and emotional aspects that can help to improve a shooter’s performance, while Ric Tester suggests some physical and mental techniques that shooters can used to help themselves. Technological developments being implemented by firearms manufacturer Metal Storm give us a glimpse into what the handgun of the future may look like. Up for review are the Feinwerkbau P40 Match and Moroni MG-1 air pistols, the Beretta Stampede revolver and STI International Trojan self-loading pistol. In echoes from the past, the romantic images conjured up by old duelling pistols and cowboy shoot-outs in films from Hollywood’s yesteryears are fondly remembered by Leo Laden.
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The vexing question of what handguns should be used by the police and law enforcement agencies is analysed, while the issue of health and safety practices in the security industry comes under scrutiny. The ins and outs of buying your first pistol are pored over for us by Ric Tester, while FT Johnson covers similar ponderables when purchasing secondhand models. Geoff Smith discusses the use of handguns for euthanising animals. John Harding introduces us to the challenging shooting discipline of Handgun Metallic Silhouette, and Italy’s Benelli Group has moved into air-powered arms with its Kite production. That stylish offering is given the low-down by John Coory. Brendan Atkinson canvasses the Australian firearms distributors to ascertain what products are new and available to buyers.
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The inaugural issue, in 2003, kicks off with a look at three Australian shooters gearing up to take part in the Athens Olympic Games of 2004. Annemarie Forder, Linda Ryan and Lalita Yauhleuskaya (then known as Lolita Evglevskaya) are profiled and offer their thoughts and hopes within their respective shooting disciplines. Geoff Smith outlines the passion that can make handgun collecting a serious hobby, while the dilemma of whether to choose revolver or self-loading pistol is explored by Thomas Tabor. Brendan Atkinson discusses reloading pistol ammunition and John Coory reviews the Taurus 970 Tracker .22 revolver. Ric Tester lauds the joys of pistol shooting and in a separate article offers 12 handgun shooting tips. A thorough 20-page section provides a handgun shooting guide as an introductory starting point and training manual for those interested in that sphere of action.
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