The Gavel does the following for the Taurus Judge:
- Drastically reduces group sizes, making the Judge as practical as other .45 revolvers for hunting and for self defense beyond the remarkably limited practical range of this weapon when loaded with factory standard .45 LC ammo.
-Prevents keyholing / tumbling bullets. Testing showed standard bullets sometimes tumble when fired through the Judge used in development. The Gavel's gas skirt also works as a driving band, engaging the shallow rifling of the Judge much better than standard bullets.
- Reduces gas blow-by, increasing velocities and improving the consistency of velocity from shot to shot.
- Greatly reduces evidence of bullet shaving at the forcing cone, which is really notable with the guns I've looked over and the one I own.
- Appears to reduce lead content of smoke (I cannot think of any other reason the same powder charge blows darker smoke with standard bullets than with the Gavel, except that lead from damaged standard bullets is blasting out along with the propellant gasses at the cylinder gap and muzzle.
I really like the Gavel. It's new and it makes the Judge revolver shoot like a Colt SAA instead of a single pellet shotgun, when you run .45 LC through it.
As an added benefit, the Gavel should also serve to restore practical accuracy in .45 caliber weapons with damaged bores. This is because the Gavel is essentially the same design as the 9mm Zombie, which we are developing expressly for the purpose of getting rusted and worn out 9mm pistols back in the game. Got a family Colt SAA with a bad bore that you just can't bring yourself to re-barrel. Depending upon the type and severity of the damage, the Gavel may help (bore damage is highly individual from gun to gun and may or may not be safe and responsive with the use of the Gavel. KIR has found that similar projectiles in 9mm can greatly improve accuracy in severely eroded barrels, but it is impossible for us to test for every type and grade of bore damage encountered. And we must be absolutely clear, that there are types of bore damage that make a gun unsafe to shoot with any ammo, and that it is possible that some types of bore damage may be even less safe with combined with the Gavel, as opposed to standard ammunition -- though I can't think of a likely scenario for this).
Okay. With any luck, I'll have some bullets for sale by tomorrow. I've got 400 sized, with the lube drying as I write this.
Stay safe out there, and enjoy your time at the range -- Charlie