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Does anyone have any cartridge \'war\' stories?

It had to be embarassing for Colt to build revolvers to accept the S&W cartridge. What cartridge war games developed to keep one or the other on top?
 

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Re: Does anyone have any cartridge \'war\' stories?

i would assume you specificly are asking as it relates to pistols.

If your asking about rifles, that would be a segment that would take up an entire paperback.

What I find MOST interesting was to see the 5.56 replace the 7.62 and exactly WHY it replaced it after the Korean War.

Another "rifle" cartridge to study was the time period where the 30/06, 308, and 303 were all considered and studied for long time use by the Army during WWI and WWII.

As for side arms, I know nothing of the cartridge progression during the 1800's into WWI and WWII and then the changes that took place much later between Nam (.38 and .45acp) to the 9mm of today.
 

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Re: Does anyone have any cartridge \'war\' stories?

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It had to be embarassing for Colt to build revolvers to accept the S&W cartridge. What cartridge war games developed to keep one or the other on top?

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They didn't. They called it the .38 Colt New Police.(smiley)
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Re: Does anyone have any cartridge \'war\' stories?

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They didn't. They called it the .38 Colt New Police.(smiley) JT

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/forums/images/graemlins/confused.gif Do you mean to say .32NP?
 

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Of course he didn't! .32 NP is what Colt called the .32 S&W long cartridge! Another example of the Colt and S&W "war"!

They just couldn't bear to spell out that "S&W",like calling the New Services ".44 Russian and Special" NOT with an S&W anywhere-but then again most ammo buyers wouldn't put S&W before these 2 cartridges when asking for them.

At least S&W did mark ".45 Colt CTG." on those very few pre war N frames made in that chambering-but not with a regular pattern factory die,as in other calibers.

Petty! Petty!!

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Re: Does anyone have any cartridge \'war\' stories?

The Colt New Police cartridges were essentially the equivalent of S&W but with a flat point bullet instead of round-nosed, and bullet weight varied a few grains. The major ammo manufacturers offered NP's, but there must not have been much compared to S&W as they are hard to find now (at least in my area).

I grabbed a Colt's 1933 catalog, and according to it, if you had a .38 DS or OP here is what it would shoot:

.38 Colt Long
.38 Colt Short
.38 S&W Special Mid-Range
.38 S&W Special Mid-Range Sharp Shoulder
.38 Colt Special
.38 Colt Special Hi-Speed
.38 S&W Special
.38 Special High Velocity
.38-44 S&W Special

Whew! /forums/images/graemlins/tongue.gif
 
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