I just finished my first read of the latest IAA Journal. Chris P has done a wonderful job of pulling together a great Journal. I agree with Mel that it is probably the best ever. My favorite article was Dan LeClair’s on the M1853 Enfield cartridge and the Indian Mutiny. This may be the most professional bit of cartridge research and scholarship that has occurred to date! just last week I was watching a program on Queen Victoria that included a significant content on the Indian Mutiny and this, like most of the references Dan quotes was badly misleading. A great bit of “cold case” research.
The Journal is 120 pages long and has something in it for just about everyone. Some highlights are: Development of .45 Win. Mag. & Wildey Pistol, Bob Hillberg; Cartridges of Béatus Béringer, A. Leveau; Industry News, Matt Collins; Soviet Counter-Measure Projectiles for Aircraft Guns, Chris Koll; Biffar, Lau & Galef: Importers, Pete deCoux; Winchester’s Num-Rite Cartridges, Dan Shuey; A stunning set of photos of rare pistols and their clips in Clip Art, Claus Marzen; Super DD Shotshells, Terry Warnock & René Snellink; The Hughes Lockless, Keith Lampear and finally P1853 Enfield Cartridge & the 1857 Indian Mutiny, Dan LeClair. In addition Great SLICS 2015 photos, The Pitman Page, 30-06 grenade cartridges, René Kloosterman’ 30-06 Corner and many other interesting bits and pieces. Thee is even an article on German World War II 9mm and 7.9mm Plastic Exerzierpatronen that grew out of Forum post http://iaaforum.org/forum3/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=17095.
If you are not an IAA member, you probably want to contact the IAA Secretary or go on the IAA home page (link above right) and spend the $25 for an eJournal membership just to get a copy of this Journal. You don’t want to miss this one.
IAA print Journal members who don’t also get the eJournal, you have a real treat coming!