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GLOCK'S

Forum topic: 3 years 32 weeks ago - I have the first one they came out with modle 17 ( the one with metal in it :>( ) and was woundering if there is any diffrent in any of the new one's? Read More »

HK USPTop Ten (10) Pistols of All Time

Article: 3 years 33 weeks ago - Pistols have been an omnipresent piece of military, law enforcement, home defense and target shooting since their inception due to their portability, accuracy and durability. Competition is high within the top pistol manufacturers as ... Read More »

The Twins and My New HolsterPistols/revolvers and any other handgun

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Which is best to Purchase?

Forum topic: 3 years 35 weeks ago - I'm looking to purchase my first 9mm. I'm stuck between three choices. 1) Ruger Sr9 2) Glock 19 3) Smith & Wesson M&P Looking for what most people would consider best for work and self defense purposes.I am eventually going to try each ... Read More »

Springfield Armory XD 40 Tactical

Forum topic: 3 years 35 weeks ago - I have had my eye on this piece for quite some time now. The gun shop by my old house up on the mountain wil sell me one for 607.00 Any pros and cons?? Read More »

taurus tcp 380 vs. kel tec p-3at

Forum topic: 3 years 35 weeks ago - -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- which of these two 380's is best. I can get the taurus for $270 out door and kel tec for $250 out door. what do you guys think is the better of the two. i have ... Read More »

Colt Commander CLW .45

Forum topic: 3 years 35 weeks ago - I'm having some difficult finding some information on a Colt Commander CLW 040XXX . The information that I have read about it refers sometimes as having seven digits in the serial number , or six , like the one I'm interested ... Read More »

Polymer frame VS 1911’s

Forum topic: 3 years 37 weeks ago - hey guys i havent been on here in a while but im doing a paper for shcool and i need a hand, without going into too much detail, im looking for a ruff idea on how many people would pick polymer frames or 1911's witch one you would pick if you ... Read More »

Taurus 1911 .45 review

Forum topic: 3 years 38 weeks ago - Taurus 1911 Review The Taurus 1911 .45 ACP has brought sneers and jeers from 1911 snobs since it’s introduction. The company stated in it’s initial press release that their 1911 was “Destined to become the standard that all 1911 pistols ... 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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