07 April 2004, 07:55N'gagi
What is a 356 TSW?
My friend has a cartridge we cannot identify. It looks like a 9mm parabellum, but a couple milimeters longer. The headstamp is 356 TSW.
Can anyone tell us about this?
Thanks, this is my first time posting to this (cartridge collecting) forum.
07 April 2004, 09:54The Duh-merican
TSW stand for Team Smith & Wesson. They came out with a somewhat proprietary cartridge to have a safe 'Major' 9mm load for competition. I think.
07 April 2004, 11:37muzza
Welcome aboard N'gagi.
Your cartridge is the 356 Team Smith and Wesson as T D-m states. Brandts Manual of Pistol and Revolver Cartridges gives us a velocity of 1220.5 per second and an energy figure of 486.1 ft/lbs.
Designed for the newly formed Team Smith and Wesson shooting team in the early nineties , the cartridge was developed by elongating the 9 x 21mm case to a length of 21.5mm to gain case volume.