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Walther P88ASWalther P99AS

Forum topic: 3 years 41 weeks ago - I am going to receive my new Walther P99AS before the end of the week! Can't wait! Anyone have experience with this firearm? I read that it was designed by one of the original two Glock designers. Read More »

Taurus PT 140Taurus PT 140

Forum topic: 3 years 41 weeks ago - So I ended up buying a Taurus PT 140 for concealed carry. I have to tell you guys I love it! Great gun I was kinda leary about the Taurus sometimes they get a bad review. But this gun is great hold 10+1 40 Cal. light and small. I'm not a big but ... Read More »

Gun Gripgrip size

Forum topic: 3 years 41 weeks ago - have a small hand and thumb going bad. any suggestions on finding the best fit Read More »

Para Ordnance 1911 GI ExpertPara Ordnance 1911 GI Expert Likes and Dislikes

Forum topic: 3 years 42 weeks ago - I have had my Para Ordnance for 3 days now. I have went over it with a fine tooth comb to say the least. Here are my likes and dislikes as of now. Likes: 1. The frame and slide are solid and mated perfectly to each other. I assume this ... Read More »

2nd Gen Glock 222nd Gen Glock 22 failure...

Forum topic: 3 years 42 weeks ago - We lost another Officer, that makes 3 in 28 days... Maybe they will start forcing them to train or at least make use of the Range once a month, more would be better though. Anyway, from what has been passed through the grape vine down at ... Read More »

kel tec pf9decision made finally

Forum topic: 3 years 42 weeks ago - goin after a kel tec pf9 in a couple days, wouldnt mind a hk or a sig .40, but right now budget is tight, and like many have said, something is better than nothing. will post pics when i get it. starting a new job... again, so will be getting a ... Read More »

Para-Ordnance 1911 GI Expert .45I have a new toy!!!!!!

Forum topic: 3 years 42 weeks ago - If you all recall I taled about a Para-Ordnance 1911 being at my local pawnshop. Well I bought it today!!!!! Its a Para-Ordnance 1911 GI Expert .45. Believe it or not it came with a box,2 Mags,lock,all the books. But it was not cheap and took a ... Read More »

.380.380 Vs. The World

Forum topic: 3 years 42 weeks ago - I would like to hash out reasons to NOT own a .380 as a carry gun. The round can be bought to pop paper all day long but the ballistics on the round for self defense are terrible. I shall prove my point with ballistic charts and solid ... Read More »

Springfield XDM 40 CalSpringfield Armory XDM

Forum topic: 3 years 43 weeks ago - Gonna pick up a 40cal XDM on thursday!! can hardly wait to get it to the range Read More »

FEG MODFEG MOD. PJK-9HP 9MM

Forum topic: 3 years 43 weeks ago - Hello to my fellow Americans! Im looking for any info on the proper disassembly of a Made in Hungary MOD. PJK-9hp 9mm. Looks like a 1911 copy. Is it the same break down as a 1911 Browning???? Dont want to do it blind. Any advice to an ol' ... Read More »

From the beginning of civilization Man has always resorted to the use of weapons in order to survive. As a nomad he used crude arms for self-protection and hunting. As time went by he continued to improve on them. Today he has at his disposal such a wide array of firearms and ammunition, which, if used without discretion, is potent enough to eradicate his very existence.

The Pistol was first invented in the fifteenth century. The name of the inventor however is not known. By eighteenth century any firearm, which was held by hand for use, was referred to as a pistol. The term pistol however owes its origin to the French word ‘pistolet.’

The pistol or the handgun, which are often synonymously used, is defined as a firearm with a short barrel and is held in the hand for use. In the U.S however a distinction is drawn between a pistol and a revolver, an important type of handgun. The pistol is defined as a handgun with a chamber, which is an intrinsic and essential part of the barrel. A revolver on the other hand has several chambers and a rotating cylinder. However today the Commonwealth countries see no technical difference between a pistol and a revolver.

Pistols are of different types, namely single shot pistols, multibarreled, lever action, machine pistols, semi automatic etc.

The simplest kind of pistol is the single shot pistol. It was mostly in use in West Europe. This eighteen-centimeter weapon was attached to a wooden staff for easy handling. It worked like a cannon and gunpowder was loaded into the muzzle for every single shot. Insertion of an ignited cord into the hole triggered it. The single shot pistol underwent several developments over the centuries. It came to be equipped with different kinds of locks like the matchlock, wheel lock and flintlock. In the first case a cord was attached to a pivot, which was loaded to a spring.

In case of wheel lock something similar to modern day cigarette lighters was used instead of the ignited cord. The flintlock surprisingly remained in use till the nineteenth century. Ignition was caused by the abrasion between steel and flint. Hammers, percussion caps and cartridges came into use in the nineteenth century. Today single shot pistols have not become obsolete. They are still used for hunting and the powerful ones can be used to bring down even elephants.

Soon people began to feel the need to fire multiple shots in quick succession before having to reload. Several experiments were conducted and multibarreled pistols came into use. The Derringers, Howdah pistols, Pepperbox guns and Duck’s –foot pistols were some of them.

The invention of the revolver was the answer to all the problems. This enabled them to use multiple shots in quick succession. In a revolver an ignition chamber is allotted for each cartridge. Based on the size of cartridge and gun the number may vary from five to eight. When in use the cartridge is aligned with the barrel of the gun by a certain mechanism.

Lever action pistols were not as popular as revolvers. Volcanic pistol is an example. In a semi automatic pistol a chamber is reloaded by utilizing the energy of the previous shot. The pistol ejects the used casing after the user fires and a new shot is loaded from its magazine. This enables the shooter to fire the next shot immediately.

Mauser C 96, Glock 18 are examples of machine pistols. Machine pistols are not very common and only one hand is used to fire. They are advantageous in the sense that they are small and light, but they can prove to be difficult to handle, as their rate of firing is very high. For this reason the bulkier submachine guns are often preferred.

Revolvers have definite advantages over other kinds of firearms. They are easy to use and do not require any difficult steps to put them into action. Involvement of several steps may prove hazardous in a critical situation. There is very little scope for malfunction as their mechanism is simpler. Use of semi automatic pistols on the other hand involve various steps and are often prone to various kinds of malfunctions.

Storing and loading a revolver is hassle free, but in a semi automatic if the spring weakens then loading cartridges becomes difficult. Moreover any cartridge can be used in a revolver. Revolvers are simpler to maintain and also easier to determine whether it is loaded or not. This is a problem in semiautomatics. Revolvers on the other hand are quieter and lighter, often made of polymers and the ammunition used by them are not very expensive. The act of pulling the trigger is lot easier.

In the modern pistol, several measures have been adopted to make it safer. The Pistol is easily portable and light in weight unlike shoulder firearms. Moreover as only one hand is used it puts the user in an advantageous position when combating an enemy. On the other hand arms with long muzzles may prove to be advantageous to the defender. He could move the gun away from him. The pistol offers no space to grab. Pistols however have certain disadvantages. They are effective for short distances and the energy of their cartridges is limited. Their speed rarely exceeds fifteen hundred feet per second. A long gun is more accurate than a pistol.

Ownership of pistols is subjected to many rules and regulations. In the United States forty-one states allow open or unconcealed carrying of handguns. Excepting muzzle loading and single shot pistols, use of handguns has been banned since Dunblane massacre in U.K and Ireland. Australia allows ownership by civilians but there are several restrictions. Licence is mandatory. Israel allows use of handguns for self-defense. Strict gun control rules are followed in the Indian sub continent. Flouting of rules in the use of the pistol is strictly dealt with.

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