Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Boomsticks: Gratuitous Gun Pr0n No. 42


Smith & Wesson Model 53-2. This one was made in 1974, the last year of production, and sports the unusual 4" barrel. (Most were 6" or 8 3/8" guns.) The .22 Remington Jet cartridge is based on a necked-down .357 Magnum case, and can spit a 40-grain .222" projectile at well over 2000 feet per second from a handgun, rendering the newfangled FN 5.7x28 a touch anemic by comparison. The gun shipped with chamber liners allowing you to shoot .22 LR cartridges as well, and had a selector on the hammer that would allow it to trip either of two frame-mounted firing pins: one centerfire, and one for rimfire. The radically tapered cases required scrupulously clean and dry chambers to prevent them from backing out against the breechface and tying up the cylinder, and this was what kept the gun from catching on with the shooting public. It's tied, by the way, with my 3" .41 and .44 Magnums for producing the most spectacular pyrotechnic displays on a darkened range...

15 comments:

BobG said...

Very nice. Do you have any problems with gas cutting from the Jet cartridge?

B&N said...

I wonder if it's listed as a "cop-killer" since, ya know, it can penetrate body armor with that high speed, spitzer profile .222 projectile.

My guess is no, because it doesn't look scary enough. Nimrods.

B&N said...

Thanks for more beautiful gun prOn. And nice photo too.

Kim du Toit said...

Aaaaahhh the old .221 Jet (or, as it's known to the rocket dorks, the scramjet).

Nothing like using a .357 Mag-sized cartridge case to move a .22 bullet.

I shot a friend's S&W thus chambered once, and the only cartridge which produces anything like the night-time pyrotechnics is the .30 Carbine out of a Ruger Blackhawk.

I know, it's not a S&W, but you should consider this cartridge/firearm combination.

Because you can.

Dwight Brown said...

"I know, it's not a S&W, but you should consider this cartridge/firearm combination."

Interesting. There's a very nice Blackhawk in .30 Carbine at one of my local gunshops. I've been planning to go down this weekend and put some money down on it (as well as paying off the last of my layaway on a Chief's Special 2nd Amendment Commemorative).
I'm glad to see this choice endorsed by someone with the good taste of Mr. Du Toit.

Rabbit said...

Ooooh...muzzleflash....ahhhh....


I've seen a RemJet once at the range. Splendid little idea, that. You're quite correct, they do put on quite the light show. On the .alt side of this, Kim is most perceptive regarding the .30 Carbine in Blackhawks. One of my favorite loads for non-contact mosquito killers is a scary amount of H110 on hot, humid days which approaches M-N44 levels of awe.

Tam, that's one splendid revolver. I assume you have the chamber inserts as well?

Regards,
Rabbit.

Kristopher said...

So .... when does cosmoline and rust get updated?

We need more obscure gun pr0n.

Anonymous said...

I thought they only made those in 6"?

Geoff
Who has never seen one in hard steel, all the shops in my youth, when they were available had them as a very special order item.

Anonymous said...

I thought the .22 Jet and the .221 Remington Fireball were different rounds.

Geoff
Who is too lazy to go in the other room and get his "Cartridges of the World" off the top shelf.

Matt G said...

Oh, mama. Daddy likes.

"Kristopher said...
So .... when does cosmoline and rust get updated?

We need more obscure gun pr0n."


Word up, Tams!

Hobie said...

When will this appear in the Arms Room?

Darrell said...

I have a .30 Blackhawk, bought it used a few years ago, and as you mentioned, I got it after reading Kim Du T. talk about his. It is a hoot to shoot. Rather like Tam mentions about her S&W, though, if I clean the gun thoroughly, and then fire more than two sets of six rounds, it starts suffering cartridge setback or something. Later rounds fail to seat completely, and the cartridges start dragging in the frame. I think some may be the dearth of good .30 carbine ammo nowadays, and hopefully that will change with the M-1 carbines about to go on the market from CMP.

Anonymous said...

Awesome. I want one!

Bruce said...

Yep. Still learning something new ever day. Thanks for posting this!

Veeshir said...

I own a New Model Blackhawk in .30 carbine. I got it because I like Rifle/handgun combos and this went with my M-1 Carbine.
I was actually going to comment to mention the pyrotechnics when you fire that thing but I see Kim DuToit beat me to it. Flame shoots from all over and it has an impressive "BANG".

I wouldn't use it for anything but recreational shooting, but it's a lot of fun. Especially since the range around here that allows rifle calibers is generally pretty dark.

Darrell, I haven't had that problem with mine. I got it new less than a year ago so maybe I can look forward to that.
The only thing I do have a problem with is that the cylinder is so heavy (as it's only hollowed out for a puny .30 carbine round) it doesn't spin smoothly when pointed up. I used to have one in .45LC and it spun much more smoothly. This one you can hear some friction, I've been hoping that as it gets older it'll get smoother.