Weight and Velocity, Italian 10.4mm M 1889 Revolver
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17 Dec 2004 12:14 PST
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Question ID: 444040
What was the weight (preferably in grains) and speed (preferably muzzle velocity in feet per second) of the projectile fired by the Italian 10.4mm Model 1889 service revolver using standard Italian military service ammunition? Did this pistol fire plain lead or metal jacketed bullets?
Re: Weight and Velocity, Italian 10.4mm M 1889 Revolver
Answered By: leli-ga on 21 Dec 2004 00:27 PST
Hello chrisnp I found an Italian firearms site which explains that models 1874 and 1889 fired the same ammunition. The lead bullet weighed 11.6 grams (179 grains). The cartridge contained 1.3 grams of fine-grained black powder. From 1890 the ammunition was different. The new weight of the bullet was 11.3 grams (174 grains), and it was plated in brass. Ballistite was used instead of black powder. Cartuccia a pallottola per pistola modello ?74 ed ?89 http://www.exordinanza.net/schede/1035ita.htm Machine translation of the page: http://translate.google.com/translate?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.exordinanza.net%2Fschede%2F1035ita.htm&langpair=it%7Cen&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&prev=%2Flanguage_tools The speed (initial velocity) was 250 metres per second (820 feet per second). Bodeo mod. 1889 http://www.vecio.it/1889.htm Machine translation: http://translate.google.com/translate?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.vecio.it%2F1889.htm&langpair=it%7Cen&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&prev=%2Flanguage_tools It is rather confusing that model 1889 is sometimes described as 10.4, and sometimes 10.35. " . . . an Italian model 1889 (Bodeo) revolver. . . . . It is chambered for the Italian 10.35mm (sometimes called 10.4mm) black powder cartridge." http://www.gunsamerica.com/guns/976387322.htm I worked on your question because I could read the language, not because I'm a gun expert, so please forgive me if I haven't used the right technical terms. You are welcome to ask for clarification if necessary. I hope this is helpful! Best wishes - Leli searches: 1889 italian revolver bodeo pallottola velocitÓ modello 1889
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