Category Archive 'Guns and Ammo'

30 Jul 2015

.321 Greener Multiball

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This a multiball loading of the .321 Greener. It was developed by W.W. Greener and was made from a modified .450-31/4” Nitro case. It dates from the mid-to-late 1920’s and was not a commercial success.

The distinctive longitudinal flutes retain the 3 projectiles. Note the top 2 bullets have a coned hollow base to accept the nose of the next projectile. The rearmost projectile is retained by a stab crimp at the bottom of each flute.

Note the use of cordite powder, and a Berdan primer.

This round was not headstamped.

A single ball loading was also made. This was a 155 gr. softpoint loading.

Reference: Hoyem, George, 1991, The History and Development of small arms Ammunition. Volume 3. Page 135.

Hat tip to Cartridge Collectors via Ratak Monodosico.

21 Mar 2009

Last of the Hand-Operated Machine Guns

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Perhaps the most interesting find within the great arms cache released in 2003 from the Royal Nepalese Arsenal and imported to the US arms collecting market were a few ultra-rare examples of the Bira gun, a two-barreled hand-crank .577/450 Martini-Henry calibre machine gun designed and manufactured in Nepal 1896-1897. The Bira was an improved design based upon the American Gardner gun of 1874.

Guns and Ammo profiled and tested the Bira in its on-line edition finding a number of positive features in its design.

The Bira gun was never actually used in combat.

A small number of Biras are still being listed for sale by Atlanta Cutlery and IMA for only $27,500!

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