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Encyclopedia > .41 Magnum

The .41 Magnum is a firearms cartridge introduced in 1964 by Remington. A firearm is a kinetic energy weapon that fires either a single or multiple projectiles propelled at high velocity by the gases produced by action of the rapid confined burning of a propellant. ... It has been suggested that Firearm brass and Casing (ammunition) be merged into this article or section. ... This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ...


In 1963, Elmer Keith and Bill Jordan petitioned Smith & Wesson, Remington, and Norma to produce a revolver and cartridge in this caliber to overcome perceived shortcomings in the extant .357 Magnum and .44 Magnum caliber cartridges. Elmer Keith (March 8, 1899 – February 12, 1984) was an Idaho rancher, highly influential firearms enthusiast, and author. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... A Modern Smith & Wesson Revolver (Model 629) Smith & Wesson (AMEX:SWB), the largest manufacturer of handguns in the United States, has its corporate headquarters in Springfield, Massachusetts. ... The Colt Single Action Army, one of the most popular revolvers of all time For other uses, see Revolver (disambiguation). ... The . ... .44 Magnum The . ...

At the time, jacketed hollow point bullets were not commonly available in .357 Magnum cartridges; most were of the soft lead variety. The .44 Magnum had too much recoil and the revolvers chambered for it were considered too large and bulky for police use. .357 Magnum rounds. ... An early naval cannon design, allowing the gun to roll backwards a small distance when firing The recoil when firing a gun is the backward momentum of a gun, which is equal to the forward momentum of the bullet or shell, due to conservation of momentum. ...

As originally envisioned, there were to be two loadings of the .41 Magnum, a full-power load and a reduced police load.

However, the police load as delivered was regarded as overpowered by most police agencies, many of which were still using .38 Special revolvers. The initial .41 Magnum police load fired a 210 grain semi-wadcutter bullet with a muzzle velocity of 1100 feet per second, while the original specification was for a 200 grain bullet traveling at 950 feet per second. . ... .357 Magnum cartridges, containing bullets A bullet is a solid projectile propelled by a firearm and is normally made from metal (usually lead). ... A guns muzzle velocity is the speed at which the projectile leaves the muzzle of the gun. ...

Additionally, Smith and Wesson developed their revolvers for the new cartridge using their large N-frame, which did not address size and weight concerns. The law-enforcement targeted Smith & Wesson model 58, introduced on January 10, 1964, weighed 41 ounces, compared with 34 ounces for Smith & Wesson's model 10 in .38 Special.

These combined factors mostly eliminated the .41 Magnum from consideration for its intended market as a law enforcement weapon, although it continued to be touted as such and did find a place in some law enforcement agencies.

Smith & Wesson's other revolver in the .41 Magnum caliber, the model 57, was nearly identical to .44 Magnum-chambered model 29. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...

The .41 Magnum never had the success of either the .357 or .44 Magnum cartridges, but was still prized by some handgunners as a hunting cartridge. For the largest game, though, a .44 Magnum with its ability to use a heavier bullet was still preferred.




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