.45 Auto Rim
|.45 Auto Rim|
On left: Two Remington UMC Auto Rim Factory Loads. On right: two Peters Cartridge Auto Rim Factory Loads
|Place of origin||United States|
|Bullet diameter||0.452 in|
|Neck diameter||0.4685 in (11.90 mm)|
|Base diameter||0.4709 in (11.96 mm)|
|Rim diameter||0.5154 in (13.09 mm)|
|Rim thickness||0.0827 in (2.10 mm)|
|Case length||0.9004 in (22.87 mm)|
|Overall length||1.2646 in (32.12 mm)|
|Primer type||Boxer Large Pistol|
The M1917 had previously been used with half-moon clips that held three rounds of the rimless .45ACP. If half-moon or moon clips are not used with a rimless cartridge in a revolver, they must be ejected by hand with a rod or field-expedient tool like a pencil. In revolver cylinders not engineered to allow .45ACP to headspace properly, as in early production Colt M1917's, the cartridges could slip forward, stopping them from firing. Adding the rim solved both these issues.
Loads offered were similar to the standard military loads for the .45ACP, but with fully lead bullets rather than the full metal jacket bullets used for .45ACP. This was done to reduce barrel wear in the shallow rifled revolvers in which it was to be used. The .45AR case is stronger than the .45ACP case and has a slightly larger case capacity, allowing for increases in performance. It can deliver similar performance to standard pressure loadings in older, dimensionally larger, revolver cartridge designs like .45 Colt.
- Ayoob, Massad F. (2012). Massad Ayoob's Greatest Handguns of the World, Volume 2. Gun Digest Books. p. 41.
- Chuck Taylor, "The .45 Auto Rim", Guns Magazine (September 2000 ed.)
- Mike Venturino, "The .45 Colt sucks! Heresy? Listen-up before you blow a gasket!", American Handgunner (March–April 2005 ed.)
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