Sunday, March 4, 2007

tales from the big book of bullets.

Not-so-smart cartridge concept #592: the 9mm Federal.

Designed as a rimmed 9mm for use in revolvers (much like the .45 Auto Rim), it had the misfortune of being able to fit into .38 S&W chambers. There are always folks who cannot read the caliber designations and warnings on ammo boxes, and will shoot anything out of anything as long as it sorta-kinda fits the chamber. A few blown-up blackpowder antiques later, the only revolver manufacturer who ever chambered guns in 9mm Federal (Charter) went out of business, and Federal ceased manufacture of the cartridge.

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