I would like to know if anyone has modified the thumb safety on a Model 51? This pistol as well as the Savage 1907 has a thumb safety that really digs into the web of the thumb and forefinger when… Continue Reading
This publication was created as an instructional aid for Rock Island Arsenal when the weapons design functions of Springfield Armory transferred over to Rock Island Arsenal and personnel with no prior experience in the task were suddenly tasked with the… Continue Reading
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Welcome to Plimking.com At this time we have three basic levels of membership here. The unregistered Spectator. This person can view much of the content on the site, but some areas are closed and not visible to them. This person… Continue Reading
If you have an interest in getting two free websites of your own, learning how to set them up, how to register them, and maybe even make a few dollars on the siide to help pay for them, may I… Continue Reading
Should you reload ammunition? Absolutely I think. Reloaded cartridges can be used in revolvers, rifles, pistols, single shot pistols, etc. You can even reload shotgun ammunition if you have the proper equipment and components. Assuming your ownership of firearms and… Continue Reading
I am told there is a new threat which we should all prepare for. ZOMBIES Personally I haven’t seen any lately, however these folks seem to be ready for it, and they even sell some of their equipment. Maybe you… Continue Reading
Decades ago when they were brand new I purchased a Smith and Wesson Model 25-5 pistol (in .45 Colt of course) with the mandated 8 3/8 inch barrel in the wooden case it came with in those days. Okay the… Continue Reading
Having done the wood penetration testing of the two rounds shown in the other post I grew curious as to what kind of bullet velocity these bullets were getting with such a short barrel. In this first test I measure… Continue Reading
Do you have a desire to write about one of your old guns or a rare cartridge you shoot? Have you built your own copy of a rare firearm or re-manufactured a cartridge that hasn’t existed commercially for a century?… Continue Reading
In tests on human corpses and livestock after the American Civil War the US Army determined any bullet that can penetrate 3/4 of an inch of pine wood was potentially lethal while a bullet that could pierce a full inch of pine wood was quite capable of producing mortal wounds. As shown in the other post the 442 Webley moves a 100 feet per second than does the .44 Bulldog cartridge. I therefore tested both for wood penetration in pine boards from two different 1870s – 1880 period Bulldog revolvers.
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The caliber miked out to just under 36, while the case dimensions were very similar to that of the .38 Short Colt except the rim thickness is only 0.02″, so I realized it was a .380 Rook, aka 380 Ely, or .380 Webley or a variation of. The problem of course is actual new .380 Rook ammunition, even in Europe, has not been available anywhere for a very long time, and inside the US probably not for about a century. That meant I needed to make some ammunition from scratch, unless I wished the pistol to be a non-functional paperweight even if it is in very good shape.
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By Kenneth C Years ago back when unicorns roamed the Earth I worked for something called GSA Federal Protective Service (FPS) and I carried a .38 Special revolver daily at work. Essentially we were security police mostly assigned to (incredibly… Continue Reading
By Kenneth C Not too long ago I acquired a very nice Remington Model 51 in caliber .380. For those who don’t know the Remington M-51 was one of the ‘top of the line’ semi-automatic personal protection.380 pistols of the… Continue Reading