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Q: Weight and Velocity, Italian 10.4mm M 1889 Revolver ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: Weight and Velocity, Italian 10.4mm M 1889 Revolver
Category: Miscellaneous
Asked by: chrisnp-ga
List Price: $5.00
Posted: 17 Dec 2004 12:14 PST
Expires: 16 Jan 2005 12:14 PST
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?
Subject: Re: Weight and Velocity, Italian 10.4mm M 1889 Revolver
Answered By: leli-ga on 21 Dec 2004 00:27 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
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

Machine translation of the page:

The speed (initial velocity) was 250 metres per second (820 feet per second).

Bodeo  mod. 1889

Machine translation:

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."

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

I hope this is helpful!

Best wishes - Leli


1889 italian revolver
bodeo pallottola
velocitÓ modello 1889
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