The .357 Magnum Pistols | Guns for Sale
The .357 is a revolver cartridge first introduced in 1935 by Smith & Wesson. Based upon the .38 Special cartridge, the .357 became the first Magnum cartridge, and was introduced as the world’s most powerful handgun among guns for sale.
For 20 years it was the only Magnum. Eventually, the .357 Magnum was surpassed by more powerful ammunition, especially the .44 Magnum and the 9 mm. Nevertheless, it remains popular today for its stopping power and relaibility.
The Gangster activity of the prohibition era was known to wear early bulletproof vests, which defeated any pistol ammunition of the time, until the development of the .357 Magnum. The .357 Magnum was born out of law enforcement’s need for an advantage over the criminal element.
Colt’s .38 Super Automatic was the first in pistol ammunition that was able to penetrate the car doors and ballistic vests that the gangsters and bootleggers used for cover. The .357 was developed by extending the .38 Super Automatic casing by 1/8 inch allowing room for additional powder. This extension allowed it to be used in rifles, and it became known as a dual use round.
The .357 Magnum pistols, and later the .44 Magnum’s popularity was eclipsed with the development of smaller guns chambered in 9mm using smokeless powder. This was due to the 9mm abilities to produce a higher velocity in a smaller cartridge, providing smaller and lighter guns for modern guns for sale.
The .357 IMI Desert Eagle was the first semi-automatic pistol to fire the .357 Magnum cartridge. Today’s law enforcement often use the .357 Magnum pistols as a backup weapon, but it has been replaced by most law enforcement officers with high-capacity semi-automatic weapons for their primary duty weapon. The .357 Magnum remain popular guns for sale among many citizens for self-protection, security jobs and sports.
The .357 SIG developed in 1994, was designed to mimic the performance of 125 grains .357 Magnum loads fired from 4 inch barreled revolvers in a cartridge designed for semi-automatic pistols. The .357 SIG performs very closely to the .357 Magnum but in a semi-automatic it provides an increased capacity. The Texas Highway Patrol became the first government agencies to use the .357 SIG cartridge in 1995. Today many government agencies and law enforcement officers used the .357 SIG.
The .357 Magnum makes an effective self-defense pistol with its ability to induce initial shock and trauma. While there are other handguns with an even greater impact in these factors, the .357 Magnum remains more than adequate. The fact that it produces less recoil than other more powerful handguns may be an advantage for those shooters who have difficulty maintaining accuracy with recoil. For these shooters, the .357 Magnum pistols can provide ample stopping power, in a handgun they are able to control.
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