.357 Magnum

The .357 S&W Magnum (9×33mmR), or simply .357 Magnum, is a revolver cartridge with a .357-inch (9.07 mm) bullet diameter, created by Elmer Keith, Phillip B. Sharpe,[5] and Colonel D. B. Wesson[5] of firearms manufacturer Smith & Wesson, and Winchester.[6][7] It is based upon Smith & Wesson’s earlier .38 Special cartridge. The .357 Magnum cartridge was introduced in 1934, and its use has since become widespread. This cartridge started the “Magnum” era of handgun ammunition.[8] The .357 Magnum cartridge has a positive reputation for stopping power.

Educational Zone #88 – The Colt Python .357 Magnum Revolver

The Colt Python .357 Magnum was introduced by Colt in the mid 1950s.It was a “Premium” revolver, and started out as a target revolver.It became the ultimate in police handguns later in its life and I had the privilege of carrying one as a police officer in the early 1970s.The model I carried was a 6 inch nickeled revolver, but I sold it, much to my regret.But I have since replaced it with a blued 6 inch [...]

Educational Zone #66 – Shooting a Black Powder Pistol

In Part One we built a Philadelphia Derringer from a kit. Today, we will see how it shoots. I will also be shooting a Kentucky Percussion Pistol that I built back in the early 1970’s. I have often been asked just how well a black powder pistol will penetrate as compared to a modern smokeless powder pistol. Today we will also look at that issue. Black powder is some weird stuff. It is very easy to ignite and it [...]

Educational Zone #58 – Great Cartridges – The .41 Magnum

In 1964, Smith and Wesson introduced their new .41 Magnum cartridge.It was designed to be more powerful than the .357 Magnum, but easier to shoot than the more powerful .44 Magnum.It indeed fell right between those two rounds, as measured in energy and recoil.It had approximately 20% more power and recoil than the .357 Magnum, and about 20% less power and recoil than the .44 Magnum. Here’s a picture of the .357 [...]

Educational Zone #104 – Interesting Cartridges – The Mighty .357 Magnum

In 1970, I went to work as a Patrolman at the Port Arthur, Texas, Police Department. I was issued uniforms and a Sam Brown pistol belt with all the accessories.Lt. Spradlin loaned me a Model 10 Smith & Wesson .38 Special pistol until I could buy one of my own. He also issued me eighteen Remington .38 Special, 158 grain Round Nose Lead cartridges.Six for the pistol and 12 for my cartridge holder. I was as ready as [...]