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 #46 – Cleaning and Lubricating a Revolver

I’ve had a few friends ask me how to properly clean and lubricate a weapon. I will try to demonstrate the best way to do these tasks, as my 50+ years of experience have taught me.First off, let’s get the “WD-40” question out of the way. For some reason that I simply cannot understand, some folks have an unreasonable hatred of WD-40 and even say things like “I’d never put that stuff on [...]

Educational Zone #15 – The .455 Webley Revolver

Went to the range this fine morning and shot my .455 Webley revolver.It is a fine piece of history.It is marked “N.Z.” for New Zealand.It was converted to .45 Auto Rim to facilitate the use of .45 ACP ammo.This is it. Not very beautiful, but, as Forrest would say, “Pretty is as pretty does”.It shoots great. The design is a break-open design.You push down on the latch and the cylinder and barrel [...]

Educational Zone #127 – Interesting Firearms – The Colt Cobra

I was visiting a local gun shop recently with my buddy Ted, and while he was looking at some guns, I happened to notice an old Colt Cobra in the case. It looked rough as a corn cob, but I couldn’t believe the price. It was tagged $200. I couldn’t believe it and asked to see it. It was rough, but looked like it had no mechanical problems. Of course, I never buy without at least trying to bargain, so I told the fellow, [...]

Educational Zone #133 – The S&W Model 25-5 .45 Colt Revolver

I have owned a few Model 25 Smiths in my life, but foolishly sold them for some unknown reason.I recently wanted one to keep and started looking for a clean sample.I finally found one at a reasonable price and bought it. Here it is.This fine pistol is a typical S&W “N” frame pistol.It is a beautiful piece. It is chambered for the .45 Colt, also sometimes called the .45 Long Colt. Many will say that it ought to [...]
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