Friday, November 19, 2010

Let me tell you how it will be...

Just a damned minute.

So Browning can sink the development and tooling capital into producing a .22 caliber 1911 that, for some incomprehensible reason, is shrunk to 80% size, but no gun company can afford to engineer a smaller-framed revolver for the .327 magnum cartridge?

Come the hell on, people! This is a good cartridge, with the potential to revitalize revolver carry much more than an expensive plastic frame, or a bolted-on laser. It's being wasted just squeezing another round into .38 sized frames.


  1. If I buy a .22lr 1911, I don't have to worry about buying a reloading bench - because .22lr isn't going anywhere.

    Sturm, Ruger, and Co need to ensure that .327 Mag is going to be commercially viable before anyone is going to spend money to do more than redesign a revolver cylinder.

    And that's an uphill climb

  2. ...And it's unlikely to become a stable commodity in the role that gun companies are making for it. I guess this is why we've been using mostly the same half-dozen handgun cartridges for the last century.

  3. Network effects are a bitch, yeah. Convincing the feds they need a new caliber seems to be the only way to get a new cartridge (cf 10mm and .40 S&W). I can't see the .gov getting interested in a pocket revolver.

  4. Clearly, I just need to make my fortune, custom order ten thousand top-break .32 pocket revolvers from S&W, and sell them myself. ;)

  5. You need a contract for a few million rounds of .327; once you have that the guns will follow