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with the 900 or so fps possible with the "captured piston" silenced 38 Casull bottlenecked handgun AMMO. You don't see me recommending the tubular bullet for normal ammo. learn to READ. tubular bullets don't offer enough in standard cartridges, to be worth the hassle of making such bullets. But to have the first 2-3 rds silenced, with 3x the power of a .22lr, while having the rest of the mag being AP and offering over 600 ft lbs per hit, with the dual wound cavities of the split nose, from a handy size and weight gun, yeah, that's worth making the tubular bullets.

you can't really silence a powerful centerfire and have a handy gun and can package. but you CAN have a gov't model 1911 sized package, which uses the soviet type of captured piston, silenced AMMO, in a Defender length gun (ie, 1.8" shorter than a Govt model, and then have 1.8" of silencer attached, to "catch" any gas that leaks past the piston in the silenced ammo. That tiny suppressor IS enough, by the way, to make the horrific blast and flash of the 38 casull rd no worse than those of normal 9mm fired from a regular 5" barrel. Which is to say, reasonably mild

with the captured piston ammo, you have to leave a LOT of empty space in which the piston moves, so only a minimal powder charge is possible. By making the bullet out of steel tubing, with paper "patching" to take the rifling, and with the front edge of the tubing being sharpened, you greatly increase the likelihood of a head hit (with the 60 gr tubular bullet at 900 fps) actually cutting thru the skull and the brain. The fact that such ammo is also AP is just a nice fringe benefit.
 
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