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44 S&W Special Ammo - History
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In 1908, Smith & Wesson introduced the .44 Special for their New Century Revolver. They lengthened the case of the accurate .44 Russian black powder cartridge by two tenths of an inch and used smokeless powder instead of black powder. At first, beyond the change from black powder to smokeless, it didn't have much claim to the name "special." The cartridge retained the previous qualities of the old one, including ballistic performance and accuracy.
Famous gun writer Elmer Keith was one of the biggest advocates for the new cartridge. He tried continually heavier loads and heavier bullets, until Remington Arms made the case 1/8" longer and created the new .44 Magnum. Before the creation of this more popular caliber, Keith and his fellow innovators demonstrated the potential power and accuracy of large bore handguns. These experiments paved the way for the increase in hunting with handguns that started in the 1950s.
The .44 Special is often manufactured as hollow points or jacketed hollow points, but they are also produced in round nose and wadcutter configurations. Cor-bon, a specialty ammunition manufacturer, has made the caliber with their unique bullets as well.
Part of the longevity of this caliber, in spite of being superseded by the .44 Magnum, is that it can be fired in the same revolver. Shooters can fire their handguns and enjoy the reduced recoil offered by the lighter caliber. Many shooters believe that the .44 Magnum is more powerful than they need, and so the .44 Special has been enjoying a resurgence among those who still want a large-diameter bullet.
This cartridge enjoys the advantage of being chambered in smaller-framed pistols, making it more appealing for personal defense and shooters with smaller hands. Its versatility and accuracy is what makes it an overall shooter-friendly cartridge that continues to be a respected member of the big bore community.
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Sterling L2A3 Mk IV in 9mm
The Sterling is a British submachine gun. It was tested with the British Army in 1944–1945 as a replacement for the Sten but it did not start to replace it until 1953. It remained in use until 1994, when it was phased out as the L85A1 assault rifle was phased in, however it did still see usage amongst numerous Commonwealth police and militaries. The Sterling was the basis of the E11 Blaster Rifle in the Star Wars movies.
The suppressed version of the Sterling (L34A1/Mk.5) was developed for covert operations. This version uses a ported barrel surrounded by a cylinder with expansion chambers to reduce the velocity of the bullet so that it doesn't break the sound barrier and thus cause a sonic boom, along with decreasing the muzzle blast and flash. This is so effective that the only sounds during firing are from the bolt reciprocating and the barely audible explosive discharge. The Australian and New Zealand SAS regiments used the suppressed version of the Sterling during the Vietnam War. It is notable for having been used by both Argentinian and British Special Forces during the Falklands War.
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