New from Savage Arms: AXIS and AXIS II in 6.5 Creedmoor

“The 6.5mm Creedmoor is a centerfire rifle cartridge introduced by Hornady in 2007 as a modification of the .30 TC, which was based on the 300 Savage,” reports. So it’s no surprise, then, that Savage is adding 6.5 Creedmor capability to its AXIS and AXIS II rifles. [Press release via below.] While 6.5 Creedmor is […]

.357 Magnum. Dead Caliber Walking?

Tom Claycomb writes [via] Back in the day, the Smokin’ . 357 Magnum was once considered a bad ass pistol round. That was before Dirty Harry hit the scene telling the bad guys to “make my day” with his .44 mag. Since then, .44 mag was pushed in the corner by the .454 Casull, .500 SW mag., .50 cal. […]

Why Universal Service Cartridges Will Never Happen

I’ve seen a number of articles on the web and in magazines recently that are concerned with the concept of a universal cartridge for military service. It’s interesting that there’s been so much attention paid to the idea recently in the press. The general idea behind a universal service cartridge is rooted in the desire to streamline supply […]

The Truth About 45 Colt vs. 45 Long Colt

Mike Searson writes [via]: The year was 1873 and Colt’s latest handgun, the Model P (aka as the Single Action Army Revolver of 1873) was just awarded the contract as the official sidearm for the US Army. The chambering selected was a .45 caliber black powder cartridge manufactured by the Union Metallic Cartridge Company of […]

The Truth About Quarter Bore Cartridges

Doug Gilmer writes [via] The quarter bore cartridge family of ammunition is caught in the middle between the popular 6mms, such as the 243 Winchester and the “all the rage today” 6.5mms (26 caliber). Growing up, I read about the 25 calibers in gun magazines where they were described as western calibers. While many trusted the 243 […]

Carrying With A Disability: A Telling Survey

I’ve spent a large amount of my life believing myself invincible. No matter the injury or damage, I just wrapped it up, sucked it up, and kept running. There’s a mindset among many of us who have served that there isn’t anything more powerful than iron will. It was the Riddle of Steel. You know, […]

Fate or Fashion: Why Some Calibers Live Forever

The small arms world is ripe with contradictions. In the edifice of ballistic paradox, there resides the haunting presence of some immortal designs. These concepts were likely never expected to live into our modern age by their designers and those who originally adopted them. Some think that the golden days of our armed tradition are […]

Happy 9mm Day!

Happy 9mm Day to the 9x19mm, 9mm Luger, 9mm Parabellum (“para bellum” meaning “prepare for war” in Latin), 9mmP, 9mm NATO, 9×19, simply the “9mm,” or whatever you prefer to call it.

Ammo Review: CCI COPPER-22, the Fastest .22 LR Ever

CCI’s new COPPER-22 advertises that it sends a 21 grain lead-free projectile down range at 1,850 fps. Actually meeting that figure would make it the fastest .22 LR on the market — perhaps ever — by about a 100 fps margin. Designed for plinking as well as for small game and varmint hunting, the non-lead projectiles make the COPPER-22 […]

What’s Wrong With This Picture: F-35 vs. F-15 20mm Capacity

The above video shows technicians loading an F-15 with what they say are a thousand rounds of 20mm ammo. ( reports that the F-15 Eagle maxes-out at 940 rounds.) In contrast, the Air Force’s new F-35A will be equipped with a four-barrel GAU-22/A gun limited to 182 rounds of 20mm. The most ammo-heavy variant of the new F-35 — the […]