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Friday, August 17th, 2018

The introduction of the British .320 Revolver cartridge in 1870 spurred the development of the .32 caliber pistol. The .32 Long Colt was introduced, by Colt, in their New Line revolvers. The New Line revolvers are a single action pocket revolver and were one of their first rear loading metallic cartridge guns offered by Colt. Smith & Wesson introduced their .32 S&W in 1878 and it still remains a popular caliber today.

Wednesday, August 15th, 2018

Before the end of the Civil War, the muzzle loading rifle had seen its peak of military usefulness. Metallic cartridges were able to be shot at a faster and more reliable rate. Troops, on both sides, were using breach loading and repeating rifles with devastating results. After the war the U.S. Military had a large surplus of the Springfield rifled musket. So, Colonel Hiram Berdan developed a conversion system for these rifles and while the U.S. military never adapted them Spain, Russia and other European powers did. The .58 U.S. Musket & the .58 U.S. Carbine (Berdan) were released in 1869 for use in the Berdan breech loading conversion of the Springfield rifle.

Wednesday, August 15th, 2018

Introduced in 2003 the .243 WSSM is a high velocity round designed to produce high levels of energy. The parent cartridge is the .300 Winchester Short Magnum and is shortened and necked down for the .243 diameter bullet. The short fat design of the cartridge allows for a more uniform and efficient burning of propellant powder than other cartridges. The maximum working pressure of the .243 WSSM (65,000 PSI) did not improve the ballistic performance of the original .243 Winchester (60,000 PSI), as their ballistics are considered identical.