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British .455 MKII G.F.L Cartridge

British .455 MKII G.F.L Cartridge

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  1. Caliber and Name: The .455 MKII G.F.L cartridge is a centerfire handgun cartridge with a caliber of .455 inches (11.6mm). The "MKII" designation indicates a specific version or iteration of the cartridge, while "G.F.L" typically stands for "Government Factory, Ludhiana." This suggests that the cartridge was manufactured at a government-owned facility in Ludhiana, India.

  2. Bullet: The bullet used in the .455 MKII G.F.L cartridge typically weighs around 265 to 265 grains (17.2 to 17.2 g). It is typically of a full-metal-jacketed (FMJ) design, meaning that the bullet is encased in a thin layer of metal, usually copper or brass, covering the entire bullet except for the base.

  3. Case: The cartridge case is made of brass, a common material for handgun cartridge cases due to its corrosion resistance, malleability, and ability to expand and seal the chamber upon firing. The case length for the .455 MKII G.F.L cartridge is approximately 0.89 inches (22.6mm).

  4. Primer: The cartridge features a centerfire primer, located in the center of the base of the cartridge case. The primer is a small metal cup containing a primary explosive compound, which is struck by the firearm's firing pin to ignite the propellant charge.

  5. Propellant: The .455 MKII G.F.L cartridge is loaded with a smokeless powder charge, which is ignited by the primer upon firing. Smokeless powder provides consistent performance and cleaner burning compared to older black powder formulations.

  6. Performance: The .455 MKII G.F.L cartridge was designed for military use, primarily in handguns such as the Webley revolver. It offers moderate recoil and sufficient stopping power for its intended purposes, including military service and law enforcement.

  7. Historical Significance: The .455 MKII G.F.L cartridge has historical significance as it was used by British military forces during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, particularly during World War I and in various colonial campaigns. It was eventually phased out in favor of smaller-caliber cartridges, but it remains a symbol of British military history and heritage.