The importance of the Borchardt is derived from the fact that it used a reliable and relatively powerful cartridge that was held in a removable magazine placed within the grip of the receiver, a characteristic that would influence almost all subsequent commercial self-loaders
right up to today.
Ruger is constantly upgrading their P-series of centerfire self-loaders and the original .22-caliber model that started the empire.
Self-loaders include target .22s up through compact and full-size defense guns in .45 ACP.
Revolver sales plummeted, while dealers couldn't stock enough self-loaders to satisfy the demand.
Immediately, the police community seized upon the event, with countless departments summarily abandoning their revolvers and adopting some form of self-loader. Those with extraordinary magazine capacity were especially favored, since it allowed officers to carry as many as 20 rounds in their weapons, thus negating their presumed "firepower gap" with the bad guys.
has many advantages, but it is incumbent on the owner/operator to familiarize himself with it before going afield.
With newer handgunning enthusiasts, it actually personifies the term "self-loader," an honor previously held for more than 70 years by the Colt M-1911 .45 ACP.
Such attention to detail as smoothing a DA self-loader's rough edges gives the shooter an additional margin of efficiency.
Some years ago I read that Winchester Self-Loaders
were purchased by Marine officers and NCOs headed for sweaty jungle duty with the Haitian Gendarmerie or bashing about after Sandino's guerillas in Nicaragua.
The first item to consider is the type of rifle -- boltaction or self-loader
-- that best suits your needs.
To this end, we have two basic choices as to what type of action we choose: the self-loader
Why aren't the self-loaders
taken seriously by more dedicated big-game hunters?