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The .357 Magnum: Anything But Boring

This 82-year-old veteran handgun round has done nothing but improve with age.

Smith & Wesson .357 Registered Magnum

Today, gun registration is anathema to those who understand the genius of the Second Amendment and its importance to the protection of our collective and individual freedoms. However, in 1935, the best shooters and most discriminating handgun enthusiasts were eager to register a certain type of revolver-the Smith & Wesson .357 Registered Magnum.

Coonan Classic .357 Magnum Automatic

The Coonan is a powerful, high-performance handgun that is not meant to be a first handgun.

.357 or .357

In past years, various writing projects have caused me to research a couple of cartridges with similar sounding names—the .357 Mag. and the .357 Sig.

Handgun Bottlenecks

When the automatic pistol was a fresh new concept, designers of that time faced the same problem that modern designers also face—feeding. Since the slide and breech face of a pistol are directly behind the chamber end of the barrel, the pistol magazine has to be below and behind the chamber.

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