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Sunday, 3 July 2016

A 'Better 9MM' (-8MM?) - or the 5.7x28mm?:

Why is the .32 ACP (32 Auto) cartridge also known as the 7.65 x17mm SR Browning ? - Surely the .32 bullet that variously measures .311" - .314" diameter is truly an 8mm.

1mm = 0.03937 inches - so 8mm = 0.31496" (see above)

Why is the old British .303" Round (actually also an 8 mm) not called an 8mm? -I dunno (politics? - but the 7.62x39 Russian is the same diameter bullet .. actually 7.92mm or .312" ) - some European 8mm rounds use bullets sized up to .324".  ** I've just read that in Canada the .303" round (still in use in  No.4 Mk1* Enfields by volunteer units like The Rangers) is known as the 7.7x56mmR .

Yes - it is a mess..

Now when NATO were looking for a 'better 9mm' they got the FN 5.7x28 - a bottle nosed centre-fire .22".  - why didn't they opt for an 8mm/32" calibre version of a short .300 Blackout cartridge (.308") aka 7.62x35mm and call it '8x28mm NATO' ?
300BLK Could be Shortened to say, 28mm to give an 8x28 MM ?
('7.62 or 7.92 x28' if you must).

I'm more comfortable with old English inches than centimetres and millimetres but why complicate things when there's a clearer, simpler way? - Many of what are commonly called '30 Cal' cartridges are properly closer to .32"/8mm.
My 'origami' 8x28  NATO (32 Calibre) 300BLK.
- a sort of stretched high pressure 32 NAA?

Bottleneck cartridges do feed very well into gun chambers - Wouldn't that work & impress better in a side-arm than a "centre-fire .22" ?
FN 5.7x28

Marty K.