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A Browning 9x19mm Hi-Power, also known as the GP (Grande Puissance) 35.
Ordnance pistol of the French Navy, model 1849, using a Percussion cap mechanism.
Derringers are small and can be easily concealed.
A disassembled Taurus Millennium series PT145 pistol.
A handgun is a firearm designed to be held and operated by one hand, with the other hand optionally supporting the shooting hand. .This characteristic differentiates handguns as a general class of firearms from their larger counterparts: long guns such as rifles and shotguns (which are held in both hands and usually braced against the shoulder), mounted weapons such as machine guns and autocannons, and larger weapons such as artillery.^ And your AK-47 and assault weapons comment shows a general ignorance of guns in general.
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^ Are you suggesting that, to defend oneself or family against an armed (with a GUN) attacker, that it's perfectly reasonable to tell folks to use a chair or desk as a comparable weapon?
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^ Long before you pry my gun from my fingers, I will pry a bullet riddled stick from your trembling liberal hand.
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.Some handgun subtypes include derringers, single-shot pistols, revolvers, semi-automatic pistols, pepperboxes, and machine pistols.^ Now, I own a semi-automatic pistol.
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^ Web sites now advertise overnight UPS delivery of the clips, which carry up to 40 rounds for both semi-automatic rifles, including 9mm pistols, and handguns.
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^ The pistol that the maniac used at VT was a "Semi-Automatic" pistol.
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The overlapping variations in meaning of the words "pistol" and "handgun" are discussed below.

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Nomenclature variations

Multiple senses of the word "pistol"

The word "pistol" is often synonymous with the word "handgun". Some handgun experts make a technical distinction that views pistols as a subset of handguns. Sometimes in American usage, the term "pistol" refers to a handgun whose chamber is integral with the barrel, making pistols distinct from the other main type of handgun, the revolver, which has a revolving cylinder containing multiple chambers. .However, Commonwealth usage makes no distinction at a technical level—"pistol" may refer to revolvers, semi-automatics, or muzzle-loading/cap-&-ball handguns.^ I do not however need a semi automatic weapon.
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^ No automatic or semi automatic guns to be ever sold.
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^ Now, I own a semi-automatic pistol.
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For example, the official designation of the Webley Mk VI was "Pistol, Revolver, Webley No. 1 Mk VI", and the designation "Pistol No. .2 Mk I" was used to refer to both the Enfield Revolver and the later Browning Hi-Power semi-automatic.^ The pistol that the maniac used at VT was a "Semi-Automatic" pistol.
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^ That being said, most Gun collectors are not looking for high powered Automatic or Semi Automatic weapons.
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^ A "semi-automatic" weapon is a weapon that uses the recoil of the previous shot to load the next shot.
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The first pistols were made as early as the 15th century, but their creator is unknown.[5] By the 18th century, the term came to be used often to refer to handheld firearms. .Practical revolver designs appeared in the 19th century, and it was in that century that the (sometimes-observed) technical differentiation in usage of the words "pistol" and "revolver" developed, at that time differentiating the newer revolver from the single-shot pistols previously in use.^ The Glock pistol used by the crazed immigrant at VT has a safety mechanism in the trigger that is designed to prevent accidental discharge.
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^ A "semi-automatic" weapon is a weapon that uses the recoil of the previous shot to load the next shot.
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[citation needed]

Etymology of "pistol"

Hand Cannon from the Chinese Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368).
The word "pistol" is derived from the French pistole (or pistolet), which has these possible origins:
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  • From the Czech pistole and this one from the Czech píšťala (flute or pipe, referring to the shape of a Hussite firearm), from Middle High German pischulle or from Middle French pistole.
  • From the city of Pistoia, Italy, where hand-held guns (designed to be fired from horseback) were first produced in the 1540s.^ Knowing that a school is gun-free, such a person can go on a shooting rampage secure that no one at the school is likely to fire back at him or her.
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    ^ A 9mm hand gun that holds 15 rounds in a clip and can be fired as fast as one can squeeze trigger is ridiculous.
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    ^ Personally I want to have my gun in my hand when one nut goes off and tries to kill everyone in sight.
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  • That early pistols were carried by cavalry in holsters hung from the pommel (or pistallo in medieval French) of a horse's saddle.

Types of handguns

The general types of handguns are listed below in their order of historical appearance. Each type can be classified into many subtypes. .Some of these types can also be differently classified using the general distinction between muzzle-loading firearms (loading from the front of the barrel) and breech-loading firearms (loading from behind the barrel).^ I am in favor of some type of control simular to the machine gun ban, and I think/believe it will have to be done on the makers of these weapons/clips.
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Single-shot pistols

Western European handgun, 1380. 18 cm-long and weighing 1.04 kg, it was fixed to a wooden pole to facilitate manipulation. Musée de l'Armée.
Single-shot pistols are theoretically the simplest pistols. .The earliest handguns were single-shot, muzzle-loading guns with ignition provided by inserting a smoldering match cord into a touch hole.^ The year before, 2 people were shot on the same campus and 2 other gun owners ran to thier cars, retrieved thier handguns and returned to stop any further killings .
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.As such, they were essentially nothing more than miniature cannons, small enough to be handheld.^ Zombies fear this weapon more than they hate eating brains that aren't fresh.
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^ Zombies fear this weapon more than they hate eating brains that aren't fresh.The Battlemage Khold forged these sceptres due to his undeathly fear of zombies.
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Improvements followed in subsequent centuries, as various types of locks (ignition devices) were invented. In the matchlock, the separate match cord was affixed to a spring-loaded pivot which could be tripped by a trigger. In the wheellock, a mechanism analogous to that used in today's cigarette lighters replaced the smoldering match cord. In the 17th century, the flintlock, which strikes a flint against steel, appeared. (The flintlock, amazingly, remained state-of-the-art for some two hundred years.) In the 19th century, percussion caps were developed, followed shortly by modern integrated-primer cartridges, and hammers therefore traded their flint for firing pins.
.Single-shot pistols continue to be manufactured today and are often used for handgun hunting game, including big game.^ Listen if you want to be a flippin left wing crazy person get your facts right he used a .22 handgun and a 9mm pistol.
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.The most powerful handguns are capable of taking all game including elephant.^ A powerful blast of gunpowder propels a silver shot that werewolves fear most of all!
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^ The Lectris sword is one of the most powerful energy weapons in all of Lore, able to generate a deadly current to blast your enemies!
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^ This energy weapon is rare, and possesses one of the most powerful special attacks of all.
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Multi-barreled pistols

.Not long after the very beginning of firearms, inventors began experimenting with multi-barreled weapons in the quest for the ability to fire more than one shot before needing to reload.^ Automatic means that it fires continuously for as long as the trigger is depressed, or until it runs out of ammo, which happens very quickly.
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^ If the moment his shot it fired, however, I and those around me draw our own weapons and return fire, there is a great deterrent to his attacking me in the first place.
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^ The shooter at VT would have been shot very quickly if even one a few of the students had permits and were lawfully carying weapons.
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.Not surprisingly, all types of firearms were included in their efforts, from volley guns to analogously devised handguns.^ Could it be that they have decided they need the votes of all these angry irrational gun types, so they are too cowardly to state their real beliefs?
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^ Violent gun crimes transend all ethnic types.
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^ Register all firearms, and ban small easily concealable handguns for the same public safety reasons that we don't allow people to own bazookas.
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.Before anyone had developed a practical capability for delivering multiple loads to one barrel in quick succession (which is how repeating fire is usually accomplished today), gun smiths were aggregating multiple loaded barrels into one place.^ Universities are one of those places, because of their ill advised gun restrictions.
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^ I think we should ban all guns, except when I need one to point at an intruder who breaks into my house.
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^ And I'll take your theater analogy a bit farther and propose that every one of the pro-gun posters on here today would agree to not only refrain from yelling "Fire" needlessly in a theater, but also not to discharge any weapons needlessly in one either.
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Some examples of multi-barreled pistols are:
  • Duck's-foot pistols
  • Derringers
  • Pepper-box guns (variously referred to as pepper-box pistols or pepper-box revolvers)
  • Howdah pistols, often made from double-barrelled rifles.

Revolvers

Colt Model 1873 Single Action Army
A 1930s vintage Enfield revolver.
With the development of the revolver in the 19th century, gunsmiths had finally achieved the goal of a practical capability for delivering multiple loads to one handgun barrel in quick succession. .Revolvers feed ammunition via the rotation of a cartridge-filled cylinder, in which each cartridge is contained in its own ignition chamber, and is sequentially brought into alignment with the weapon's barrel by a mechanism linked to the weapon's trigger (double-action) or its hammer (single-action).^ Semi-Automatic means that the spent shell is ejected from the weapon and a new round is chambered and the weapon can be fired with the next pull of the trigger.
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.These nominally cylindrical chambers, usually numbering between five and eight depending on the size of the revolver and the size of the cartridge being fired, are bored through the cylinder so that their axes are parallel to the cylinder's axis of rotation; thus, as the cylinder rotates, the chambers revolve about the cylinder's axis.^ The "less strict" number fluctuated between five and nine percent while the "kept as now" number ranged from 25 to 31 percent.
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.There is a hybrid form of the revolver, known as the automatic revolver, which combines the revolving chamber concept of the conventional revolver with the recoil-harnessing, self-cycling ability of the semi-automatic pistol.^ Now, I own a semi-automatic pistol.
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^ The pistol that the maniac used at VT was a "Semi-Automatic" pistol.
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^ Look, there were 32 killed because the pistols he bought were semi automatic.
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.Weapons of this type are rare, as the technology was quickly rendered obsolete by a combination of the double-action revolver and the semi-automatic pistol.^ I do not however need a semi automatic weapon.
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^ Sadly, he was able to do so with semi automatic weapons.
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^ Now, I own a semi-automatic pistol.
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Lever action pistols

Volcanic Pistol .41 cal
The first lever action pistols were based on a Horace Smith and Daniel B. Wesson patent of 1854. The Smith & Wesson pistols were made in Norwich, Connecticut 1854-55. In 1855, Oliver F. Winchester became an active investor and H. Smith and D.B. Wesson both dropped out of the enterprise. In July 1855, the name was changed to Volcanic Repeating Arms Company, and later to New Haven Arms Company, opening an important chapter in Winchester's history. The production of the Volcanic pistols lasted until 1860. Two models were produced: The Navy Pistol .41 cal. with 6" / 8" / 16 " barrels and a Pocket Pistol .31 cal. with 3 1/2" / 6" barrels.

Semi-automatic pistols

Compact semi-automatic Smith & Wesson .45 ACP Chief's Special — Model CS45.
Walther P99, a semi-automatic pistol from the late 1990s.
Luger or P00 Parabellum, used by the Swiss Army from 1900 to 1949 (among other Parabellum models).
.The next development in handgun history after a practical revolver was the development of the semi-automatic pistol, which uses the energy of one shot to reload the chamber for the next.^ The pistol that the maniac used at VT was a "Semi-Automatic" pistol.
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^ A "semi-automatic" weapon is a weapon that uses the recoil of the previous shot to load the next shot.
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^ Now, I own a semi-automatic pistol.
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Typically recoil energy from a fired round is mechanically harnessed; however, larger calibers may also be gas operated (e.g. Desert Eagle). .After a round is fired, the pistol will cycle, ejecting the spent casing and chambering a new round from the magazine, allowing another shot to take place immediately.^ If the moment his shot it fired, however, I and those around me draw our own weapons and return fire, there is a great deterrent to his attacking me in the first place.
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^ If guns were the problem then you'd find these sorts of murders taking place at firing ranges, NRA conventions, and gun shows.
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^ Semi-Automatic means that the spent shell is ejected from the weapon and a new round is chambered and the weapon can be fired with the next pull of the trigger.
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.Some terms that have been, or still are, used as synonyms for "semi-automatic pistol" are automatic pistol, autopistol, autoloader, self-loading pistol and selfloader.^ The pistol that the maniac used at VT was a "Semi-Automatic" pistol.
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^ Now, I own a semi-automatic pistol.
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^ Look, there were 32 killed because the pistols he bought were semi automatic.
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Machine pistols

.A machine pistol is generally defined as a firearm designed to be fired with one hand, and capable of fully automatic or selective fire.^ A 9mm hand gun that holds 15 rounds in a clip and can be fired as fast as one can squeeze trigger is ridiculous.
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While there are a number of machine pistols such as the Glock 18 and later models of the Mauser C96, these are rare; the light weight, small size, and extremely rapid rates of fire of a machine pistol make them difficult to control, making the larger and heavier submachine gun a better choice in cases where the small size of a machine pistol is not needed. .Most machine pistols can attach a shoulder stock (the Heckler & Koch VP70 would only fire single rounds at a time unless the stock was attached); others, such as the Beretta 93R, add a forward handgrip.^ It is only illegal if there is no actual fire, since such an action may lead to injury or death resulting from unnecessary panic.
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^ Furthermore, in modern times such as ours no single family unit can provide effective resistance against that kind of takeover in the absence of organization and coordination.
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^ The only other solution would be to fix the underlying societal problems that lead to such tragedies, which is unlikely, if not impossible, because of the rampant liberal immorality we are suffered to endure.
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.Either of these additions technically create a legal non-pistol under the US National Firearms Act, as pistols are by definition designed to be fired with one hand.^ A 9mm hand gun that holds 15 rounds in a clip and can be fired as fast as one can squeeze trigger is ridiculous.
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.The addition of a stock or forward handgrip is considered a design change that creates either a short-barreled rifle or any other weapon, and therefore such additions are generally only found on legal machine guns.^ Because of this, the only substantial effect of Gun Control is to remove legally purchased and owned firearms.
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^ Stricker gun control laws only affect law abiding people who want guns for legal uses.
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^ "A gun was involved...so it must be the guns fault...a South Korean citizen was involved...so it must be South Korea's fault and all other imigrants..legal and illegal."
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Operating mechanisms

Jericho 941 F (DA), 9 mm with magazine removed.
Single-action handguns have a trigger whose sole function is to drop a pre-cocked hammer to discharge a cartridge. For revolvers, the popular Colt Peacemaker of Old West fame is typically thought of. Its hammer must be manually cocked for each shot. For auto-loading pistols the Colt 1911 or Browning Hi-Power are typical examples. .They must be cocked for the first shot, but subsequent shots are cocked automatically due to the racking of the slide.^ The "men" stood outside in the corridor and, even as they heard the first shots, they did nothing.
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.These types of guns typically have a very light and crisp trigger pull, making for more accurate target shooting.^ Even more so--it makes me want even more to have a gun.
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^ You may think that comment about "proving too much" makes some type of sense, but it's no more than a "gotcha" saying.
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^ Stopping large-scale arms sales, stopping easy gun sales at gun shows, making it more difficult for folks to buy dangerous weapons: That's the idea.
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Traditional double-action handguns have a mechanism that can be either pre-cocked, like the above single-action gun, or can be fired with the gun uncocked. .In this case, the gun has an additional mechanism added to the trigger that will cock the gun (and rotate the cylinder in the case of revolvers) as the trigger is pulled.^ The trigger lock makes it MORE LIKELY that the gun will accidentally discharge, because it disables the safety mechanism.
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^ The gun doesn't have a mind of its own, someone had to pull that trigger and that someone was in a mental health facility in 2005 .
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Once the trigger is pulled far enough, the hammer is released and the gun fired. .For autoloading pistols the self-loading mechanism will also re-cock the hammer after the first shot is fired so that subsequent shots are fired single-action.^ If the moment his shot it fired, however, I and those around me draw our own weapons and return fire, there is a great deterrent to his attacking me in the first place.
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^ I don't remember a single shot being fired either.
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.For revolvers, each shot is fired with the hammer initially uncocked unless the shooter manually cocked the gun.^ I also know that if I am unarmed, there is a much greater chance that the would be murderer will continue to fire after the initial shot.
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^ I also happen to be a fire eating proponent of *all* of the Bill Of Rights and am an avid hunter and target shooter and gun owner.
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Popular auto pistols in this category include the Walther P38 and Beretta 92. .These guns typically have a longer, heavier trigger pull for the first shot then light, crisp pulls for subsequent shots.^ The gun doesn't have a mind of its own, someone had to pull that trigger and that someone was in a mental health facility in 2005 .
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Popular revolvers include the Ruger Redhawk and Smith & Wesson Model 29. .These have comparatively long, heavy trigger pulls for all shots unless the revolver is manually cocked.^ They don't cause harm unless someone pulls the trigger.
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^ They all have barrels, they all have magazines, they all go BOOM when you pull the trigger.
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^ Fully automatic weapons just need the trigger pulled and held, You too can own one of these weapons if you have the price and wish to surrender your life and privacy to the B.A.T. as long as you own one.
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Double-action only handguns do not have the ability to be cocked and is usually evidenced by a lack of either the hammer spur or the entire hammer. A typical autopistol in this category is the Ruger KP93DAO and a typical revolver is the Smith & Wesson Centennial or the Enfield No 2 Mk I*. All pistols in this category have a long, heavy trigger pull for all shots.
Pre-set triggers are only on autoloading pistols. In this case the pistol mechanism is always partially cocked while being carried and during firing. .The partially-cocked firing pin or striker is not cocked enough to cause an accidental release to discharge a cartridge, adding to the safeness of the design, but is cocked enough to remove much of the trigger pull and weight of a purely double-action pistol.^ The Glock pistol used by the crazed immigrant at VT has a safety mechanism in the trigger that is designed to prevent accidental discharge.
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^ The person who pulls that trigger is going to be in a mindset to cause harm whether they are armed with a firearm or some other weapon or object.
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^ They don't cause harm unless someone pulls the trigger.
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These types of pistols do not have external hammers and do not generally have a decock function. Common pistols in the category are the Springfield Armory XD and the various forms of the extremely popular Glock. .The trigger pull of these guns is between double-action and single-action pistols.^ The gun doesn't have a mind of its own, someone had to pull that trigger and that someone was in a mental health facility in 2005 .
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Pre-set triggers may or may not have a second-strike feature on a dud cartridge.
.Some automatic pistol models such as the HK USP Universal Self-loading Pistol (or U.S.P.) come in a variety of mechanism types and can be easily changed by a gunsmith for both left- and right-handed shooters and for different operating mechanism and safety features.^ The Glock pistol used by the crazed immigrant at VT has a safety mechanism in the trigger that is designed to prevent accidental discharge.
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^ Listen if you want to be a flippin left wing crazy person get your facts right he used a .22 handgun and a 9mm pistol.
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^ Bans that limit the types of weapons/size of clips that a person can purchase don't accomplish much, but enough weapons in enough of the right hands I think can.
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Glock introduced a new "Safe Action" mechanism that is neither a single nor double action.[7] .The weapon is never "cocked" in terms of a hammer being "cocked". The partly tensioned firing pin lock is released by pressing the trigger, resulting in the first and subsequent trigger pulls all being the same.^ The person who pulls that trigger is going to be in a mindset to cause harm whether they are armed with a firearm or some other weapon or object.
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^ Despite being an earth weapon, it is the most potentially devastating of all melee blades.
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^ They all have barrels, they all have magazines, they all go BOOM when you pull the trigger.
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Semi-automatic pistols vs. revolvers

Clockwise start at the top left: Glock G22, Glock G21, Kimber Custom Raptor, Dan Wesson Commander, Smith & Wesson .357, Ruger Blackhawk .357, Ruger SP-101, Sig Sauer P220 Combat.
Both revolvers and semi-automatic pistols have prominent places in the world of handgun applications today. For over a century, however, a debate has continued as to which one is better for which particular application and why. Each has its place, although personal preference is as large a factor as the following variables:
  • Reliability (likelihood of malfunctions; how to recover from malfunctions; how to recover from misfires)
  • Degree of user training needed
  • Degree and frequency of gun cleaning needed
  • Ammunition capacity
  • Speed and ease of reloading
  • Bulkiness with regard to concealment
  • Weight
  • Center of gravity
  • Storage issues

Advantages of revolvers

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  • Ease of use: Most revolvers have no external safety devices which need to be deactivated before firing, making revolvers quicker and simpler to put into action.^ If the you are attacked and are able to immediately overcome the shock of the surprise and somehow get your weapon into a firing position before the attackers uses whatever weapon they have, then you just might be saved.
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    ^ Just because these items don't spit fire and make a loud "BANG" when you use them doesn't make them ineffective.
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    .However, most modern semi-automatics function, at least from the shooter's point of view, in the same way; without the need for the deactivation of external safeties.
  • Reliability: Revolvers are mechanically simpler and contain fewer parts than semi-automatics so are less likely to suffer stoppages or malfunctions.
  • In a double action revolver, a dud round can be cleared with a simple pull of the trigger.^ I do not however need a semi automatic weapon.
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    ^ Semi-automatic means that it fires once for each time the trigger is pulled.
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    ^ The Glock pistol used by the crazed immigrant at VT has a safety mechanism in the trigger that is designed to prevent accidental discharge.
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    In the case of single action semi-automatics, the hammer must be re-cocked in order to re-strike a dud round or the slide racked to remove it. .Double action semi-automatics can re-strike a dud round simply by pulling the trigger, but as with single actions, the slide must be racked otherwise.
  • Potential for greater stopping power: The largest and most powerful handgun cartridges are designed for revolvers, owing to their more robust design.^ He is that powerful and must be stopped.
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    ^ Semi-automatic means that it fires once for each time the trigger is pulled.
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    ^ Web sites now advertise overnight UPS delivery of the clips, which carry up to 40 rounds for both semi-automatic rifles, including 9mm pistols, and handguns.
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    This advantage is limited, however, to big game defence and hunting.
  • Revolvers will easily fire blank ammunition. .Most semi-automatics will not fully cycle with blank cartridges, causing malfunctions.^ That being said, most Gun collectors are not looking for high powered Automatic or Semi Automatic weapons.
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    ^ Most major manufacturers of guns make semi-automatic hunting rifles.
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    Semi-automatics must be specially modified to properly cycle with blank ammunition. This modification renders them incapable of firing other types of ammunition.
  • Spent cartridges are kept in the cylinder making them easier to retrieve for hand reloading. .Semi-automatics eject cartridges some distance, requiring them to be retrieved for hand loading.
  • Storage: Revolvers and speedloaders can be stored loaded indefinitely without issue.^ A "semi-automatic" weapon is a weapon that uses the recoil of the previous shot to load the next shot.
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    ^ Semi-Automatic means that the spent shell is ejected from the weapon and a new round is chambered and the weapon can be fired with the next pull of the trigger.
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    ^ Thing is, Cho just walked into two different stores, one just up the street from his dorm, and he purchased his semi-automatic weapons right over the counter.
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    The magazines used in semi-automatics have springs which sit under tension when loaded. Unless the magazine is unloaded periodically e.g. one month unloaded to one month loaded, allowing the spring to relax, it may suffer feeding problems.
  • .
  • Greater variety of ammunition: Revolvers can handle a wider variety of bullets, including wadcutters, which will malfunction in most semi-automatics.^ That being said, most Gun collectors are not looking for high powered Automatic or Semi Automatic weapons.
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    ^ If the gun was not semi-automatic with more than 10 bullets per clip...
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    ^ Most major manufacturers of guns make semi-automatic hunting rifles.
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    .This makes revolvers more appealing to many sporting shooters.
  • Multiple calibers: Some revolvers can load certain interchangeable cartridges, those with identical bore diameters but different case lengths.^ You may think that comment about "proving too much" makes some type of sense, but it's no more than a "gotcha" saying.
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    ^ That's more than enough to make the odds certain we have nutcases among us.
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    ^ The difference is that these cases won't make the world news.
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    Interchangeable cartridges include .22 short/long/long rifle, .357 magnum/.38 special, .44 magnum/.44 special, and .45 Colt/.410 shotshells. .Note: Not all revolvers are safe to use with ammunition different to that which they were designed to fire, check with the manufacturer.
  • More rigid sight base: Sights are mounted to a fixed barrel, theoretically allowing greater accuracy.
  • Easier to determine if loaded: In most revolvers cartridges can be seen from the rear of the cylinder to indicate that the gun is loaded.^ It requires more testing and background checking to DRIVE A CAR than own a gun.
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    ^ If there were only 100 guns left in America, more than half would be owned by criminals and they would use them to intimidate and opress everyone.
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    ^ They were not guns that needed individual bullets loaded exept for the clip, which I'm sure was designed for quick loading.
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    An unloaded semi-automatic is often visually identical to a loaded one. .However, some semi-automatics feature loaded chamber indicators which overcome this issue.
  • Easier to clean and maintain: Revolvers have few exposed moving pieces and do not require disassembly.^ I do not however need a semi automatic weapon.
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    ^ However I do not see the need for the aver- age person to own a semi-automatic or auto- matic weapon.
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    ^ A "semi-automatic" weapon is a weapon that uses the recoil of the previous shot to load the next shot.
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    There is no risk of loss or breakage of pieces with a revolver. Semi-automatics must be disassembled for cleaning, which may be difficult and risks losing or breaking vital pieces in the field or in darkness.
  • Speedloaders: Speedloaders are quicker and easier to fill than magazines.

Advantages of semi-automatics

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Smith & Wesson 9mm semi-automatic.
  • Larger ammunition capacity: semi-automatics typically carry around 8 to 20 rounds; whilst most revolvers carry between 5 and 8 rounds.
  • Faster reloading: Magazines can be swapped more quickly than the cylinders of a revolver can be reloaded, and the operation is simpler.^ Web sites now advertise overnight UPS delivery of the clips, which carry up to 40 rounds for both semi-automatic rifles, including 9mm pistols, and handguns.
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    ^ All that said, I think the Patriot Act is a bit more dangerous to our constitution than a federal law that would restrict the sale of semi-automatic firearms and assault rifles.
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    ^ If you agree with that much, then the question is not should we have more strict screening in place for the purchase of semi-automatic fireamrs, but how should we carry out this screening.
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    .Magazines are also easier and more convenient to carry than the loose ammunition or speedloaders needed for revolvers.
  • Semi-automatics often have a significantly slimmer and easier to conceal frame as they do not suffer from the bulge produced by cylinder of a revolver.
  • Some modern semi-automatics have frames made of polymers, making them lighter and more comfortable to carry for long periods.^ You may think that comment about "proving too much" makes some type of sense, but it's no more than a "gotcha" saying.
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    ^ They'd rather see more laws making innocent people unarmed.
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    ^ All that said, I think the Patriot Act is a bit more dangerous to our constitution than a federal law that would restrict the sale of semi-automatic firearms and assault rifles.
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    This can also serve to absorb some of the recoil energy when a round is fired. Revolver frames are rarely made of polymers, though the Ruger LCR is an exception to this. .Weight savings from a polymer framed revolver would be less than for a semi-automatic as the main sources of weight in a revolver are the barrel and cylinder which cannot be made from polymers.
  • On single action and double action semi-automatics the trigger pull can be lighter than on revolvers—constantly in the case of single actions, and after the first round in that of double actions.^ Semi-automatic means that it fires once for each time the trigger is pulled.
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    ^ All that said, I think the Patriot Act is a bit more dangerous to our constitution than a federal law that would restrict the sale of semi-automatic firearms and assault rifles.
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    ^ If I had a choice I would rather that person have a bat or knife than a semi-automatic pistol.
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    .This can allow for greater accuracy and faster follow-up shots.^ Follow up shots make sure a wounded deer doesnt scamper off to die from infection or starvation.
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    .Revolvers will always have strong trigger pulls unless the hammer is cocked before each shot, which significantly slows the shooter's rate of fire.^ They don't cause harm unless someone pulls the trigger.
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    ^ Semi-automatic means that it fires once for each time the trigger is pulled.
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    ^ Semi-Automatic means that the spent shell is ejected from the weapon and a new round is chambered and the weapon can be fired with the next pull of the trigger.
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    .Double action only semi-automatics do not have this advantage.
  • The risks of hangfires are reduced in semi-automatics in comparison to revolvers.^ The only practical reason why anybody needs a Glock 9mm semi-automatic with an expanded clip is to kill large numbers of people.
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    When a hangfire occurs in a revolver, the cylinder could be rotated after the primer is struck but before the hung round fires, especially during rapid firing. .This can result in a round firing from a chamber not aligned with the barrel and can damage the revolver and potentially injure the shooter.^ Semi-Automatic means that the spent shell is ejected from the weapon and a new round is chambered and the weapon can be fired with the next pull of the trigger.
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    In a semi-automatic the hung round remains in the chamber, which is always aligned with the barrel, until it fires or the shooter deliberately ejects it by racking the slide. .Once ejected, the hung round still poses a threat but the risk is greatly reduced.
  • Some semi-automatics incorporate an external safety switch, which prevents the gun from firing.^ No automatic or semi automatic guns to be ever sold.
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    ^ Semi-automatic means that it fires once for each time the trigger is pulled.
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    ^ A 9mm hand gun that holds 15 rounds in a clip and can be fired as fast as one can squeeze trigger is ridiculous.
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    .Most revolvers do not have such a feature, though the same is true of many semi-automatics.^ That being said, most Gun collectors are not looking for high powered Automatic or Semi Automatic weapons.
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    ^ Most major manufacturers of guns make semi-automatic hunting rifles.
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    .There is debate over whether external safety switches are necessary, particularly in models with trigger-activated firing pin blocks, though many users prefer them for peace of mind regardless of whether or not they are safer.
  • Quieter: With similar ammunition, a semi-automatic is typically slightly quieter.^ Semi-automatic means that it fires once for each time the trigger is pulled.
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    ^ I had in mind were the ones that culminated in the sales of two semi-automatic weapons to Cho Seung-Hui.
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    ^ Automatic means that it fires continuously for as long as the trigger is depressed, or until it runs out of ammo, which happens very quickly.
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    Flash and noise can be suppressed. .Noise and flash suppressors are ineffective in most revolvers due to noise and flash escaping the gap between the cylinder and the barrel.
  • Less expensive ammunition: semi-automatics often fire standard military ammunition, which is more readily available and cheaper thanks to extensive mass production.^ That being said, most Gun collectors are not looking for high powered Automatic or Semi Automatic weapons.
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    ^ If the gun was not semi-automatic with more than 10 bullets per clip...
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    ^ If you agree with that much, then the question is not should we have more strict screening in place for the purchase of semi-automatic fireamrs, but how should we carry out this screening.
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    However, some revolver cartridges such as .38 Special are comparable in their cost and availability to popular autoloading cartridges such as 9mm Parabellum and .45 ACP.

Advantages of handguns versus shoulder firearms

.In comparison to long guns (rifles and shotguns), handguns are smaller, lighter, and easier to carry.^ Although Eric Harris, 17, and Dylan Klebold, 18, weren't inside members of the clique, they adopt its look as they carry in an arsenal that includes a semi-automatic rifle, a semi-automatic handgun and a sawed-off shotgun.
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^ They have hunting rifles but they are not so terrified of their own shadows that they have to carry a gun.
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Since firearms don't rely entirely on the user's strength, they put weaker individuals on an equal defensive footing; when Colt produced the first practical repeating handgun, it gave rise to the saying "God created men, but Colt made them equal".[8],[9]
.Since using a handgun, at a minimum, requires one hand whereas long guns often require both, that leaves a handgun user with a free hand.^ Having looked down the barrel of a handgun used in an armed robbery led me to think long and hard about that.
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^ A 9mm hand gun that holds 15 rounds in a clip and can be fired as fast as one can squeeze trigger is ridiculous.
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^ I would do so as long as you promise to send a card to Virginia Tech thanking them for their 'gun-free-zone' approach to security.
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.One example of where this is an advantage is with tactical lights, where the light and handgun can be used independently or in coordination; mounted lights, as used on long guns and submachine guns, don't allow the light to be pointed independently of the firearm.^ I don't personaly own a gun, I don't plan to, however, don't tell me I can't have one, and that preventing me from having one is going to stop a psychotic from commiting crime.
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^ The point is, you don't know when you'll be in a situation where you need one (my exmaple, the 1 or 2 bad guys attack my family) until pretty much you're in it.
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^ Another point, although this terrible tragedy is serving as a catylst for the discussion, I for one do not believe that reasonable gun control could have stopped it.
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In addition, handguns can be more easily used ambidextrously, and therefore the user can switch firing hands depending on the situation.
Another important tactical consideration in the context of civilian self-defense is maneuverability. An attacker in close quarters with the defender could more easily wrestle a long gun's muzzle to a position where it is not covering him, or could more easily wrestle the gun away from the defender, whereas a handgun offers little to grab, and would be more likely to still be covering some portion of the attacker during the struggle.[10]

Disadvantages of handguns versus shoulder firearms

.Handguns are often considered self-defense weapons for use under 50 yards (46 m).^ They DO care about the possibility that THEY might be the ones on the receiving end of a firearm used by their intended prey FOR self defense.
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^ But when a handgun or assault weapon is used to kill another person it serves its purpose.
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^ I really like how anti-gun-control people always equate the right to carry a concealed weapon with the right to self-defense.
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While a handgun in the hands of an experienced shooter may be effective at distances greater than 50 yards (46 m), a handgun cartridge is much more limited in its energy capacity than many long gun cartridges.
Many rifles are able to achieve bullet velocities of over 3,000 feet (914 m) per second, but rounds for handguns are rarely capable of achieving velocities over 1,500 feet (457 m) per second. Thus, long guns are generally more powerful at any range, and especially more effective at longer ranges than handguns.
.A shooter is generally able to achieve considerably greater accuracy with a long gun than with a handgun.^ Canada has 1/10 the murder rate with handguns when compared with the US. Much higher in the western Canadian provinces where gun ownership is much looser than in the east.
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^ Not surprisingly, Democrats were generally more supportive of more gun restrictions than Republicans.
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This is due partly to the longer distance between the rear and front sights, partly due to a more stable hold attainable with a long gun, and partly due to the higher muzzle velocity, which reduces the bullet travel time and thus reduces external effects on the bullet such as gravitational drop and wind.

Handguns and gun politics

Many handgun models are easily concealed on a person—a trait that is useful both to people wishing to bear arms for self-protection and to criminals wishing to carry a handgun for illegal purposes. .For these reasons, handguns are a particular focus of debates on gun politics, and in many jurisdictions both keeping and bearing them is much more heavily regulated than with long guns.^ You may think that comment about "proving too much" makes some type of sense, but it's no more than a "gotcha" saying.
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^ There are more than 80 million gun owners in the US and NRA membership is about 4 million.
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^ The statistics clearly show that in a ratio of about 16 to 1 a gun in the home is more likely to kill a family member than anyone else.
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Australia

Civilian ownership of handguns in Australia is legal, but heavily restricted. .Handguns may not be owned for self-defense purposes (Target shooting, collecting, and occupational reasons for farmers/gun dealers are, by and large, the only legal reasons for handgun ownership), and anyone wishing to possess a handgun must obtain a firearms license and observe stringent storage regulations.^ If you want to own a gun for target shooting, then it has to be kept at the shooting range.
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^ Because of this, the only substantial effect of Gun Control is to remove legally purchased and owned firearms.
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^ If you don't want to own a gun for self-defense, that's your call.
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Canada

In Canada, ownership of handguns is restricted and subject to registration. .Guns with a barrel length of 105 mm (about 4.14 inches) or less and handguns that fire .25 or .32 caliber ammunition are classified as prohibited.^ What is funny is that we should worry less about banning guns, and more about banning stupidty, or let's ban maniacs.
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.Some users are allowed to possess a handgun or rifle classified as prohibited (automatic and certain semi automatic firearms) if the firearm was owned and registered before the law came into effect on December 1, 1998.[11] A Possession and Acquisition or a Possession Only Licence is required to own all firearms.^ Now, I own a semi-automatic pistol.
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^ Web sites now advertise overnight UPS delivery of the clips, which carry up to 40 rounds for both semi-automatic rifles, including 9mm pistols, and handguns.
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^ Because of this, the only substantial effect of Gun Control is to remove legally purchased and owned firearms.
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Permits to carry concealed weapons are rarely, if ever, granted to non-law enforcement personnel.[12]

Israel

In Israel, handguns are the only type of firearms that most private citizens may own. .They are licensed for self-defense purposes to eligible individuals.^ They DO care about the possibility that THEY might be the ones on the receiving end of a firearm used by their intended prey FOR self defense.
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^ While that is correct, I do feel it is my right, and the right of my fellow citizens to arm themselves for self defense as they deem appropriate.
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Current regulations limit licenses to one handgun and 50 cartridges per licensee. Few places are off limits to handguns in Israel. Carrying of loaded handguns, openly or concealed, is slightly more common than other countries.

Italy

.In Italy, private ownership of handguns is legal and allowed under any gun license, as for any other firearm; as such, handguns can be purchased by all individuals who hold a gun license of any kind, even a hunting license, although handgun hunting is not allowed in Italy.^ Even if a gun is purchased by a normal legal citizen, we all have the ability to 'snap'.
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^ Japan banns private gun ownership.
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^ Because of this, the only substantial effect of Gun Control is to remove legally purchased and owned firearms.
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.The law imposes limits to the number of handguns that can be owned, according to their destination of use: the maximum limit is three handguns listed as "Common firearms" (those normally employable for self-defense and other uses) and up to six handguns listed as "Sporting firearms" (those specifically engineered and manufactured for target competitions).^ If you don't want to own a gun for self-defense, that's your call.
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^ Register all firearms, and ban small easily concealable handguns for the same public safety reasons that we don't allow people to own bazookas.
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^ They DO care about the possibility that THEY might be the ones on the receiving end of a firearm used by their intended prey FOR self defense.
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Owners of handguns, and any other firearm, under a collector's license may exceed limits and own an unlimited number of handguns, but may not own ammunition for them and may not use them under any situation.
.The concealed carry of a handgun for personal defense purposes is instead illegal unless the individual is granted a specific license (Porto d'armi per difesa personale, "Self-Defense firearms carry license") which is extremely hard to obtain and is released only to those who can demonstrate to have a justified reason, and a factual and underogable need, to carry a concealed firearm for self-defense; such license has to be renewed yearly, whereas all other gun licenses, which allow the purchase, ownership and transport, yet not the carry, of handguns, have a 5-years or 6-years expiry date.^ The Self-Defense Myth: Carrying a gun makes you safer.
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^ We should ALL carry concealed weapons?
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^ "The Self-Defense Myth: Carrying a gun makes you safer."
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Owners of handguns under any other license than a concealed carry license are allowed to detain the firearm at home or in any of their premises for property defense, or to transport it unloaded, locked in a container and possibly partially stripped, to a shooting range or to any other location where target practice or recreational shooting can be safely practiced, but are not allowed to carry their firearm for self-defense, either open or concealed, nor to keep it loaded for any reason in any place other than their home or any of their premises, or outside of an authorized shooting range.
Some individuals, such as magistrates and high-rank military and Law Enforcement officials, don't need a license to privately procure and carry a concealed handgun for self-defense; Police officers under such high ranks are authorized to carry their service pistol off-duty, with their Police ID being the sole document needed, while they need a standard Concealed Carry license for the off-duty carry of non-issue firearm (on-duty carry of non-issue firearms is illegal for Police personnel in Italy); it should be noted anyway that even Police personnel is seldom, if ever, granted a Concealed Carry license, they are generally considered to "not need" it, being authorized to carry to the off-duty of their issue handgun.
.Private security personnel is generally issued a 2-years-valid license allowing to carry firearms (both handguns and long guns) for service and self-defense, authorizing also open carry, which is otherwise forbidden to civilians in the Country.^ "The Self-Defense Myth: Carrying a gun makes you safer."
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^ The Self-Defense Myth: Carrying a gun makes you safer.
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^ For many years now Federal law, and often state law, has outlawed firearms to be carried on school property.
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Pakistan

.In Pakistan, citizens in the states of Punjab and Sindh are subject to strict gun control regulations and may only carry a concealed gun, even if it is with a bodyguard.^ Only citizens of the United States should get permits to purchase or carry.
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^ Because of this, the only substantial effect of Gun Control is to remove legally purchased and owned firearms.
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^ What sad is that Virgina is a state that allows law abiding citizens to carry concealed weapons, however not on school grounds or university grounds.
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Display of armory in public is banned, with fines of up to 50,000 Rupees. Citizens must also register guns and obtain licenses for them. In addition, for concealed carry, permits are also required which are issued separately by the home ministry of each province. Banned weapons are called prohibited bore weapons which are calibers above 0.44 in handguns and 0.222 in rifles plus all automatic weapons. Licenses are issued for these in specific circumstances but only by the approval of the Prime Minister of Pakistan.[citation needed]

United Kingdom

In the United Kingdom (with the exception of Northern Ireland), civilian ownership of almost any handgun has been outlawed since the Dunblane massacre of 1996; the only exclusions were single shot, rimfire, and muzzleloading pistols/revolvers. .So called "Long Barreled" cartridge firing revolvers and semi automatic pistols (.22LR only) are still legal providing that they meet the following requirements: overall length not less than 24", barrel length not less than 12". As with all other legal firearms in the UK, possession requires a Firearm Certificate.^ Now, I own a semi-automatic pistol.
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^ Because of this, the only substantial effect of Gun Control is to remove legally purchased and owned firearms.
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^ They first open fire in the school cafeteria and ultimately kill 12 students and a teacher, as well as wounding 24 others.
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The application and vetting process is carried out by the local police force and is very in depth. Good reason (justification) for holding a firearm certificate in the UK would be Target shooting (as part of a Home Office Approved Club) or hunting. "Self Defense" or other reasons of this nature are not allowed. The open carrying of any firearm in a public place is illegal in the UK. Concealed carry of any firearm in a public place would normally be illegal, unless authorised by the courts. .Air pistols are still legal, however, those with energy levels over 6 foot pounds (8.1 joules) (half the limit for air rifles) are classified as firearms.^ So many innocent children might still be alive this very day if ONE SINGLE PERSON nearby was legally carrying a firearm for self-defense.
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United States of America

.In the United States, the "right of the people to keep and bear arms" is codified by the second amendment of the U.S. constitution.^ You have a right to bear arms for a reason.
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^ The Constitution is clear that my right to bear arms "shall not be infringed".
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^ Constitutional right to bear arms is an anachronism.
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The details, exceptions, and controversies relating to this are beyond the scope of this discussion. .Legislation controlling how handguns are carried (concealed or unconcealed) is the responsibility of the state governments.^ Don't you see how dangerous it is when the only time you are allowed to carry a weapon is when the government allows it?
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^ States that have passed concealed carry laws (with responsible prerequisites and training required) have had dramatic decreases in violent crime.
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^ What sad is that Virgina is a state that allows law abiding citizens to carry concealed weapons, however not on school grounds or university grounds.
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.Open (unconcealed) carry is permitted in 41 states with a mixture of licensing requirements.^ States that have passed concealed carry laws (with responsible prerequisites and training required) have had dramatic decreases in violent crime.
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^ I believe that every state should have a right to carry permit, the tradgey at Virginia Tech might have been prevented.
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^ Only citizens of the United States should get permits to purchase or carry.
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[16] .Most states (currently 48 of 50) allow some form of concealed carry by citizens meeting training or other requirements.^ What sad is that Virgina is a state that allows law abiding citizens to carry concealed weapons, however not on school grounds or university grounds.
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^ I'm afraid he would have carried out his biding with some other form of destruction, but it is damn hard to mass murder or drive by with a muzzel loader.
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^ States that have passed concealed carry laws (with responsible prerequisites and training required) have had dramatic decreases in violent crime.
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39 of these states, called "shall-issue" states, require issue of a permit if there is no compelling reason not to issue a permit (such as a prior felony conviction, a restraining order, or history of mental illness). .Generally, in a shall-issue state, any person who can lawfully own a handgun can obtain a concealed weapons permit after meeting training requirements.^ What sad is that Virgina is a state that allows law abiding citizens to carry concealed weapons, however not on school grounds or university grounds.
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^ As on 9-11, one trained individual with a legally registered concealed weapon could have ended this as soon as it started.
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^ The shooter at VT would have been shot very quickly if even one a few of the students had permits and were lawfully carying weapons.
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The remaining 9 states, called "may-issue" states, may deny a permit for any reason, usually at the discretion of local law enforcement. .Illinois and Wisconsin are the two states which do not allow individuals to bear concealed arms, though in practice the "may-issue" states range from widely granting permits to solely making exceptions for politicians and other well-connected individuals.^ What sad is that Virgina is a state that allows law abiding citizens to carry concealed weapons, however not on school grounds or university grounds.
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^ I'll shoot back where I am allowed by my concealed carry permit.
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^ You should know that your "right to bear arms" philosphy is not absolute or as well founded as you may think it is.
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.In some states, a person must be 21 years of age to purchase a handgun or ammunition intended for a handgun from a federally licensed dealer, which is higher than the age requirement of 18 for rifles and shotguns.^ Although Eric Harris, 17, and Dylan Klebold, 18, weren't inside members of the clique, they adopt its look as they carry in an arsenal that includes a semi-automatic rifle, a semi-automatic handgun and a sawed-off shotgun.
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^ When the state I grew up in lowered the drinking age from 21 to 18, Friday and Saturday nights became hell for bar owners.
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^ Canada has 1/10 the murder rate with handguns when compared with the US. Much higher in the western Canadian provinces where gun ownership is much looser than in the east.
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.For specific details, debates and controversies please refer the main gun politics article or concealed carry article.^ I really like how anti-gun-control people always equate the right to carry a concealed weapon with the right to self-defense.
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^ As a matter of fact, it is proven fact that states that have Concealed Carry have a lower gun crime rate.
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^ In the wake of the Virginia Tech tragedy , the issue of gun control is likely to reemerge in the national political debate.
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See also

References

  1. ^ Stamps, Mark; Skennerton, Ian (1993). .380 Enfield Revolver No. 2. London: Greenhill Books. ISBN 1-85367-139-8. 
  2. ^ Maze, Robert J (2002). Howdah to High Power. Tucson, AZ, USA: Excalibur Publications. ISBN 1-880677-17-2. 
  3. ^ Skennerton, Ian (1997). Small Arms Identification Series No. 9: .455 Pistol, Revolver No 1 Mk VI. Gold Coast, QLD, Australia: Arms & Militaria Press. ISBN 0-949749-30-3. 
  4. ^ Smith, W.H.B. (1979). 1943 Basic Manual of Military Small Arms (Facsimile). Harrisburg, PA, USA: Stackpole Books. ISBN 0-8117-1699-6. 
  5. ^ "Pistol, Britannica.com". http://www.britannica.com/eb/article-9060197/pistol. 
  6. '^ The War Office (UK): Textbook of Small Arms (1929), page 86. H.M. Stationery Office (UK), 1929.
  7. ^ "Glock Pistols". August 20, 2003. http://www.alpharubicon.com/leo/glockpistols.htm. Retrieved 2007-10-31. 
  8. ^ Cary, Lucian (1961) (Fawcett Book 447). The Colt GunBook. Greenwich, CT, USA: Fawcett Publications. pp. p. 3. 
  9. ^ Hosley, William (1999). "Guns, Gun Culture, and the Peddling of Dreams". in Robert Merrill Muth, Jan E. Dizard, Stephen P. Andrews. Guns in America: A Reader. New York: NYU Press. pp. p. 47. ISBN 0-8147-1879-5. 
  10. ^ Ayoob, Massad F. (1983). The Truth About Self-Protection. Originally published by Police Bookshelf, Concord, New Hampshire. Republished by Bantam Books.. pp. p. 333. ISBN 0-936279-13-3. 
  11. ^ RCMP fact sheets on firearms
  12. ^ Canadian Firearms Centre paper comparing Canadian and American gun laws
  13. ^ United Kingdom Air Rifle Law & Safety Reference
  14. ^ Safety and the Law in the U.K.
  15. ^ Air Rifles Code of Practice (revised July 2007)
  16. ^ OpenCarry.org, a state-by-state map of open carry laws.

External links


1911 encyclopedia

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From LoveToKnow 1911

.PISTOL, a small fire-arm designed for quick work and personal protection at close quarters, and for use in one hand.^ If you do this, make sure that you use a glue designed to join ABS to PVC. One poster sugested not relying on glue but used a mechanical connection (threads) instead.
  • How to make a spud gun (potato cannon) :: Dangerously Fun 22 January 2010 23:23 UTC dangerouslyfun.com [Source type: General]

^ Forged using the design of Sonic's own blade, the FyreForce is a devastating weapon in a battle against any foe weak to fire.
  • AQ Weapon List 21 January 2010 19:26 UTC www.battleon.com [Source type: General]

^ For a small grip, I would recommend one of the smaller Kahr pistols, which is also easy to conceal.
  • The Volokh Conspiracy - Women's (or Men's) Concealed Carry Handgun Recommendations: 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC www.volokh.com [Source type: Original source]

.It was originally made as a single and also double-barrelled smooth bore muzzle-loader, involving no departure in principle from the History.^ More- After making the breach-loader I made a tennis ball barrel that will inter-change with the spud barrel.
  • How to make a spud gun (potato cannon) :: Dangerously Fun 22 January 2010 23:23 UTC dangerouslyfun.com [Source type: General]

^ The fundamental principle that the police have no duty to protect individuals derives equally from practical necessity and from legal history.
  • Gun Control: A Realistic Assessment 6 February 2010 11:41 UTC www.catb.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

- .Pistols
are understood to have been made for the first time at Pistoia in Italy, whence they receive their name.^ First, they made it illegal to own non-registered firearms.
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Caminelleo Vitelli, who flourished in 1540, is the accredited inventor. The first pistols, in the 16th century, had short single barrels and heavy butts, nearly at right angles to the barrel. Shortly afterwards the pattern changed, the butts being lengthened out almost in a line with the barrels. These early pistols' were usually fitted with the wheel-lock (see GuN). .Short, heavy pistols, called "daggs," were in common use about the middle of the 17th century, with butts of ivory, bone, hard wood or metal.^ I used pliers to crush and remove the push-button device on the top leaving about a 3/4″ hole surounded by a rolled metal ring.
  • How to make a spud gun (potato cannon) :: Dangerously Fun 22 January 2010 23:23 UTC dangerouslyfun.com [Source type: General]

^ Anyone seriously thinking about using a pistol for self-defense owes it to him/herself to take a course.
  • The Volokh Conspiracy - Women's (or Men's) Concealed Carry Handgun Recommendations: 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC www.volokh.com [Source type: Original source]

A chiselled Italian dagg of 1650, for example, had a slightly bell-nosed barrel of about 8 in. in length and 14 bore. The German wheel-lock military pistols used by the Reiters, and those made for nobles and gentlemen, were profusely and beautifully ornamented. .Pistols with metal hafts were common in the 16th and 17th centuries, many beautiful specimens of which, silver-mounted, were made in Edinburgh and used by Highlanders.^ The type of bullet I use and the most common in these matches is called a "Matchking" made by Sierra.
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.Duelling, when in vogue, caused the production of specially accurate and well-made single-barrelled pistols, reliable at twenty paces.^ The best one I made had a two pieces barrel, pistol grip, and a laser sight but it was confiscated at the airport when I tried to smuggle it in my golf clubs.
  • How to make a spud gun (potato cannon) :: Dangerously Fun 22 January 2010 23:23 UTC dangerouslyfun.com [Source type: General]

.The pattern of this pistol seldom varied, its accuracy at short range equalling that of more modern ones, the principle of a heavy bullet and light charge of powder being employed.^ The recoil is light enough that with minimal practice, short-range accuracy for multiple shots is possible even in panic situations.
  • The Volokh Conspiracy - Women's (or Men's) Concealed Carry Handgun Recommendations: 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC www.volokh.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Treasury conceded that the standard was incapable of definition, and confessed on more than one occasion that the standard varied from year to year and case to case.
  • THE FIREARMS OWNERS' PROTECTION ACT: A HISTORICAL AND LEGAL PERSPECTIVE 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.guncite.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Any gun is a lot better than no gun, because even if it doesn't offer immediate stopping power at short range, it has more than anything else you can get.
  • The Volokh Conspiracy - Women's (or Men's) Concealed Carry Handgun Recommendations: 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC www.volokh.com [Source type: Original source]

.The first doublebarrelled pistols were very bulky weapons made with the barrels laid alongside one another, necessitating two locks and two hammers.^ I made one but it is a very small type.
  • How to make a spud gun (potato cannon) :: Dangerously Fun 22 January 2010 23:23 UTC dangerouslyfun.com [Source type: General]

^ I had in mind were the ones that culminated in the sales of two semi-automatic weapons to Cho Seung-Hui.
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^ The shooter at VT would have been shot very quickly if even one a few of the students had permits and were lawfully carying weapons.
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.There was also the "over and under" pistol, one barrel being laid over the other.^ The best one I made had a two pieces barrel, pistol grip, and a laser sight but it was confiscated at the airport when I tried to smuggle it in my golf clubs.
  • How to make a spud gun (potato cannon) :: Dangerously Fun 22 January 2010 23:23 UTC dangerouslyfun.com [Source type: General]

^ Acting undercover he purchased one (a .22 caliber target pistol) and reported that the seller was not a "dealer" and had only one other for sale, a .22 caliber rifle.
  • THE FIREARMS OWNERS' PROTECTION ACT: A HISTORICAL AND LEGAL PERSPECTIVE 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.guncite.com [Source type: Original source]

^ It’s also ridiculously easy to hold under the arm while steadying the angled barrel with your other hand.
  • How to make a spud gun (potato cannon) :: Dangerously Fun 22 January 2010 23:23 UTC dangerouslyfun.com [Source type: General]

.This was a more portable weapon, only requiring one lock and hammer, the second barrel being turned round by hand, after the first had been fired, or, as an alternative, the.^ I’m a guy, &I like the front pocket carry because I can put my hand on the weapon without being easily observed, and it’s convenient.
  • The Volokh Conspiracy - Women's (or Men's) Concealed Carry Handgun Recommendations: 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC www.volokh.com [Source type: Original source]

^ If the moment his shot it fired, however, I and those around me draw our own weapons and return fire, there is a great deterrent to his attacking me in the first place.
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^ A 9mm hand gun that holds 15 rounds in a clip and can be fired as fast as one can squeeze trigger is ridiculous.
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flash-hole being adjusted to the second barrel by a key. .These pistols were first made with flint and steel locks and subsequently for percussion caps.^ My wife chose a Colt sub-nose .38, all steel, for her first pistol.
  • The Volokh Conspiracy - Women's (or Men's) Concealed Carry Handgun Recommendations: 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC www.volokh.com [Source type: Original source]

^ As as youngster, I made some pipe bombs out od steel pipe, where when they went off, the end caps separated from the pipes.
  • How to make a spud gun (potato cannon) :: Dangerously Fun 22 January 2010 23:23 UTC dangerouslyfun.com [Source type: General]

.Double "over and under" pistols were also made with a trigger mechanism that served to discharge both barrels in turn.^ The best one I made had a two pieces barrel, pistol grip, and a laser sight but it was confiscated at the airport when I tried to smuggle it in my golf clubs.
  • How to make a spud gun (potato cannon) :: Dangerously Fun 22 January 2010 23:23 UTC dangerouslyfun.com [Source type: General]

^ The Glock pistol used by the crazed immigrant at VT has a safety mechanism in the trigger that is designed to prevent accidental discharge.
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^ The trigger lock makes it MORE LIKELY that the gun will accidentally discharge, because it disables the safety mechanism.
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Table of contents

Revolvers

.A revolver is a single-barrelled pistol with a revolving breech containing several chambers for the cartridges, thus enabling successive shots to be rapidly fired from the same weapon without reloading.^ What I have now is a spud pistol with about a 16 X 1.5 inch barrel and 8 X 3 inch combustion chamber.
  • How to make a spud gun (potato cannon) :: Dangerously Fun 22 January 2010 23:23 UTC dangerouslyfun.com [Source type: General]

^ Requires completion of 20 hour “safety” course and passage of written examinations and live fire exercises or you have to surrender your pistols and revolvers to the police.
  • Change of Subject: Gun-control backers: Where are you? 6 February 2010 11:41 UTC blogs.chicagotribune.com [Source type: General]

^ Not highly recommended especially without extreme caution however as the explosion of my firing chamber could have seriously injured someone.
  • How to make a spud gun (potato cannon) :: Dangerously Fun 22 January 2010 23:23 UTC dangerouslyfun.com [Source type: General]

The ordinary pistol is now, and has been for many years past, superseded by the revolver. The first revolver, fired with the percussion cap, was made with the whole of the barrels, six, seven or eight, revolving in one piece, and was known as the "pepper-box." It was "single action," i.e. the hammer was raised and the barrels revolved by the pull of the trigger. .This weapon was cumbrous and no accurate aim could be taken with it owing chiefly to the strength and resistance of the main-spring and the consequent strong pull required on the trigger.^ These weapons will be registered (no other weapons kept in the home) with the state and owner/permit holder will be required to qualify with each carry weapon once per year.
  • Change of Subject: Gun-control backers: Where are you? 6 February 2010 11:41 UTC blogs.chicagotribune.com [Source type: General]

^ A big part the crimes on the Chicago crime maps are strong-arm robberies(no weapon).
  • Change of Subject: Gun-control backers: Where are you? 6 February 2010 11:41 UTC blogs.chicagotribune.com [Source type: General]

^ A massive mace created by a Frost Giant wizard, this weapon can pull a spear of ice from the ground no matter where you are.
  • AQ Weapon List 21 January 2010 19:26 UTC www.battleon.com [Source type: General]

The principle of a revolving breech to one barrel, which superseded the "pepper-box," is an old one in the history of fire-arms, dating from the 16th century. At FIG. i. - Dagg (Royal United Service Institution).
ordinary fire-arms of the day. .With the introduction of revolvers and breech-loading pistols and the application of "rifling" to musket barrels, came also, in the early half of the 19th century, the rifling of pistol-barrels.^ First, pistols and revolvers were omitted, so that the bill applied to machineguns, sawed-off shotguns and rifles, silencers, and concealable firearms other than pistols and revolvers.
  • THE FIREARMS OWNERS' PROTECTION ACT: A HISTORICAL AND LEGAL PERSPECTIVE 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.guncite.com [Source type: Original source]

^ The substitute also refined the definition of "firearm" to exclude .22 caliber pistols and to include rifles and shotguns alike if their barrels were under eighteen inches.
  • THE FIREARMS OWNERS' PROTECTION ACT: A HISTORICAL AND LEGAL PERSPECTIVE 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.guncite.com [Source type: Original source]

first the breech .cylinder was revolved by hand, as in the revolving arquebus or matchlock, a specimen of which is now in the 1 For the use of long heavy pistols by cavalry in the 16th and 17th centuries, see Army: History; and Cavalry.^ So it would not be reasonable to assume that, if handguns disappeared, long guns would be used in 100% of the homicidal assaults now carried out with handguns.
  • Gun Control: A Realistic Assessment 6 February 2010 11:41 UTC www.catb.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ In fact, though not unknown in the 18th Century, [40] that usage was wholly secondary to the one Webster classifies as now least used.
  • HANDGUN PROHIBITION AND THE ORIGINAL MEANING OF THE SECOND AMENDMENT 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC www.guncite.com [Source type: Original source]

^ See M. Josserant & J. Stevenson, Pistols, Revolvers and Ammunition 271-72 (1972) ; L. Kennett & J. Anderson , supra note 23 .
  • HANDGUN PROHIBITION AND THE ORIGINAL MEANING OF THE SECOND AMENDMENT 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC www.guncite.com [Source type: Original source]

Tower of London, but this was subsequently improved by introducing geared mechanism, by which the pull of the trigger or the cocking of the hammer, or both, do the work. There exists a pistol of the time of Charles I. which is rotated automatically as the hammer is raised.
rapidly fired, if necessary, by the trigger action alone. .Many revolvers on the Colt principle were in use during the Crimean War and the Indian Mutiny, and proved of valuable service to British officers.^ You people have tried to use my religon for war and have succeded in many respects.
  • The Fix - Parsing the Polls on Gun Control 6 February 2010 11:41 UTC voices.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

As rim-fire, pin-fire and central-fire cartridges were succes FIG. 2. - Wheel-lock pistol (Royal United Service Institution).
In 1814 a self-acting revolver mechanism of a crude pattern was produced in England. Four years later Collier used a separate spring to rotate the chamber. .In 1835, an American, Samuel Colt, produced and patented the first practical revolving pistol, the idea of which was obtained by him, it is stated, from an ancient "revolving" weapon in the Tower of London.^ The idea that American law would seek to prevent law-abiding citizens threatened by violence from arming themselves had never occurred to him and, on explanation proved incomprehensible.
  • Gun Control: A Realistic Assessment 6 February 2010 11:41 UTC www.catb.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The chambers of the first Colt revolver were loaded with powder and bullets from the muzzle end, and each chamber had a nipple that required to be capped.^ Load the flat end in first.
  • How to make a spud gun (potato cannon) :: Dangerously Fun 22 January 2010 23:23 UTC dangerouslyfun.com [Source type: General]

^ The form is basically the same - just eliminate the spark, add an automatic sprinkler valve between the combustion chamber and the barrel, and change the end cap to a diameter reducer with an air compressor attachment nipple.
  • How to make a spud gun (potato cannon) :: Dangerously Fun 22 January 2010 23:23 UTC dangerouslyfun.com [Source type: General]

^ Im having trouble firing mine its a P.E pipe gun 2inch diameter barrel and a 125cm chamber, its got a sealed end cap.
  • How to make a spud gun (potato cannon) :: Dangerously Fun 22 January 2010 23:23 UTC dangerouslyfun.com [Source type: General]

It was the invention of the copper cap that made the Colt revolver possible. Under the old sively introduced, breech-loading revolvers were constructed to use them. Messrs Smith & Wesson, of Springficld, U.S.A., produced the first metal cartridges for revolvers. .Pin-fire cartridges, paper and metallic, were used on the continent of Europe for Lefaucheux and other revolvers, and these and rimfire cartridges are still used for revolvers of small calibre.^ Still, do these weapons have any other purpose than violent assault, as the very name implies as their opponents insist?
  • Change of Subject: Gun-control backers: Where are you? 6 February 2010 11:41 UTC blogs.chicagotribune.com [Source type: General]

.But since the central-fire cartridge has proved its superiority for guns, its principle has been generally applied to pistol cartridges, at first to the larger bores.^ I have been aware of the principles of gun safety since I learned to speak and understand English.
  • The Fix - Parsing the Polls on Gun Control 6 February 2010 11:41 UTC voices.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

^ F (statements of various extremist political groups); Marwick, What Gun Collectors and Political Activists Have in Common , First Principles , June 1979 .
  • HANDGUN PROHIBITION AND THE ORIGINAL MEANING OF THE SECOND AMENDMENT 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC www.guncite.com [Source type: Original source]

The alteration of the muzzle-loading to the breech-loading 1 1 1 o 1 2 S 4 5 10 Inches Fig. 3. - Wheel-lock pistol (Royal United Service Institution).
priming system with exposed powder in a pan the difficulty of separate and effective ignition with the revolving cylinder was almost insuperable.
.The first American revolver makers caused the cocking of the hammer to revolve the cylinder, while the English makers effected this by the pull of the trigger.^ The person who pulls that trigger is going to be in a mindset to cause harm whether they are armed with a firearm or some other weapon or object.
  • The Fix - Parsing the Polls on Gun Control 6 February 2010 11:41 UTC voices.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

^ They don't cause harm unless someone pulls the trigger.
  • The Fix - Parsing the Polls on Gun Control 6 February 2010 11:41 UTC voices.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

.In 1855, Adams of London, and also Tranter of Birmingham, brought out the double-action revolver, in which the revolution of the cylinder could be effected by both these methods.^ To be sure, this would not rule out prosecution because charges could be brought under the amendment itself, for illicit possession.
  • THE FIREARMS OWNERS' PROTECTION ACT: A HISTORICAL AND LEGAL PERSPECTIVE 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.guncite.com [Source type: Original source]

.When the revolver is cocked and fired by pressing the trigger, greater rapidity of chamber in the revolver involved no decided change of type.^ They fire one bullet per squeeze of the trigger and can fire as fast as the shooter can squeeze-this is true of every semiautomatic weapon, including most ordinary handguns and the most common type of revolver.
  • Change of Subject: Gun-control backers: Where are you? 6 February 2010 11:41 UTC blogs.chicagotribune.com [Source type: General]

The original Colt, as a breech-loader, remained practically the same weapon as before, with a changed chamber. .A hinged flap uncovered the breech-chamber on the right, and as each chamber reached that point the empty cartridge case was ejected by means of an ejecting-rod carried in a tube attached to the under side of the barrel and kept in place by a spiral spring, and the chamber reloaded.^ The combustion chamber was fitted with a matching female thread so the barrel could be threaded in and out for each reload.
  • How to make a spud gun (potato cannon) :: Dangerously Fun 22 January 2010 23:23 UTC dangerouslyfun.com [Source type: General]

^ Just screw this into the combustion chamber, in place of the spud barrel, push in a tennis ball, charge with fuel & fire!
  • How to make a spud gun (potato cannon) :: Dangerously Fun 22 January 2010 23:23 UTC dangerouslyfun.com [Source type: General]

The next improvement was greater ease and rapidity of extraction, obtained first by Thomas's invention of making the barrel and chamber slide i l /l m ")" t ? 3 ± s fo INS FIG. 4. - Flint-lock pistol (Royal United Service Institution).
fire is obtained than when the hammer is cocked with the thumb, but accuracy is impaired, as the trigger requires a long pull and considerable force in order to compress the mainspring and revolve the cylinder. .The double action revolver was, therefore, a great advance on the single action, enabling the first and also following shots, if desired, to be accurately fired by a moderate pressure of the trigger after the hammer had been cocked by the thumb; or, alternatively, the revolver could be forward on the frame of the pistol.^ If the moment his shot it fired, however, I and those around me draw our own weapons and return fire, there is a great deterrent to his attacking me in the first place.
  • The Fix - Parsing the Polls on Gun Control 6 February 2010 11:41 UTC voices.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

^ I don't remember a single shot being fired either.
  • The Fix - Parsing the Polls on Gun Control 6 February 2010 11:41 UTC voices.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

The extractor, being fast to the pivot, retained the cartridges until the chamber was pushed clear of them. Then the chamber was made to swing on one side, as in the Colt pistol illustrated, enabling all the cartridges to be simultaneously extracted. .Finally, self-extracting revolvers with jointed frames were introduced, in which the dropping of the barrel forces out the extractor as in an ordinary double gun, the extractor acting simultaneously in all the chambers of the pistol.^ Please please, I really want the democrats to come out in force to demand stronger gun control laws.
  • The Fix - Parsing the Polls on Gun Control 6 February 2010 11:41 UTC voices.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

^ If that’s not all, a new bill has been introduced to the U.S. House of Representatives titled the “Denying Firearms and Explosives to Dangerous Terrorists Act of 2009″ (HR 2159).
  • Obama Supports Global Gun-Control Treaty « noworldsystem.com 6 February 2010 11:41 UTC noworldsystem.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ All provisions of the Internal Revenue Code pertaining to seizure and forfeiture of firearms (i.e., National Firearms Act weapons) would be applicable to Gun Control Act seizures and forfeitures.
  • THE FIREARMS OWNERS' PROTECTION ACT: A HISTORICAL AND LEGAL PERSPECTIVE 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.guncite.com [Source type: Original source]

A spring returns the extractor to its place when the empty cartridge cases have been ejected, and brings the barrel to an angle of about 45°, for convenience in loading. .The soundness and rigidity of the weapon depend upon the efficiency of the connexion between the barrels and the standing breech, and a top snap bolt has proved the strongest and handiest with the pistol, as with the shot-gun.^ "Machine gun" was in turn defined as any weapon capable of firing twelve or more shots without manual reloading.
  • THE FIREARMS OWNERS' PROTECTION ACT: A HISTORICAL AND LEGAL PERSPECTIVE 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.guncite.com [Source type: Original source]

This type of revolver originated with Messrs Smith & Wesson, but they and other gunmakers have greatly improved upon the original model. .Between the American pattern and the English, as made by Messrs F. Webley & Son, the chief difference is that in the Smith & Wesson the holding-down bolt or catch is upon the barrel, and it engages with the top of hammer and trigger when the latch is pushed to the rear for opening the cylinder, and does not unlock them until the cylinder is positively closed and is locked by the latch.^ This mechanism is pushed down by a trigger lock.
  • The Fix - Parsing the Polls on Gun Control 6 February 2010 11:41 UTC voices.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Moreover, where an objective standard ("without foundation") is the basis for the claim, the court will often be in a position to rule upon the existence or lack of a foundation at the close of the underlying action.
  • THE FIREARMS OWNERS' PROTECTION ACT: A HISTORICAL AND LEGAL PERSPECTIVE 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.guncite.com [Source type: Original source]

^ And can a small cut be made in the barrell say halfway down from the top, to feed the leader through?
  • How to make a spud gun (potato cannon) :: Dangerously Fun 22 January 2010 23:23 UTC dangerouslyfun.com [Source type: General]

The cylinder revolves and is supported on a central arbour of the crane (E). The crane fits in a recess in the frame below the barrel and turns on its pivot arm (A). The ejector rod with its spring passes through the centre of the cylinder arbour and is terminated in rear by the ejector with a ratchet (y). Pushing against the front end of the ejector rod will empty the chambers, the cylinder being swung out for loading. .The thumb-piece of the latch (j) slides to the rear in the left side of the frame, unlocking the cylinder for opening, but upon closing the cylinder, the body of the latch firmly enters a recess in the ejector, locking the cylinder in position for firing.^ Moreover, where an objective standard ("without foundation") is the basis for the claim, the court will often be in a position to rule upon the existence or lack of a foundation at the close of the underlying action.
  • THE FIREARMS OWNERS' PROTECTION ACT: A HISTORICAL AND LEGAL PERSPECTIVE 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.guncite.com [Source type: Original source]

^ At first, I put the ignition (Cheap Coleman knock-off @Walmart, about $3) inside the chamber side, close to the rear.
  • How to make a spud gun (potato cannon) :: Dangerously Fun 22 January 2010 23:23 UTC dangerouslyfun.com [Source type: General]

One great disadvantage of revolvers is the escape of gas at. the opening between the breech of the barrel and the cylinder..
9 ? 4 5 G INS FIG. 5. - Percussion-lock pistol (Royal United Service Institution).
11 hi the standing breech; whereas in the Webley the bolt is upon the standing breech and grips the extremity of the hinged barrel. Neither mechanism is as strong as could be wished if heavy charges of smokeless nitro-compounds are to be used. .This hinged type of revolver is most convenient for use on horseback, as the pistol can be opened, the cartridges extracted and the weapon reloaded with one hand.^ One of the most powerful weapons ever devised, the Defender Orb was made by the wizard Balzarus to avenge the death of his brother at Drakel hands.
  • AQ Weapon List 21 January 2010 19:26 UTC www.battleon.com [Source type: General]

^ These bonuses make the Cutter Staff one of the most dangerous weapons available.
  • AQ Weapon List 21 January 2010 19:26 UTC www.battleon.com [Source type: General]

^ The Lectris sword is one of the most powerful energy weapons in all of Lore, able to generate a deadly current to blast your enemies!
  • AQ Weapon List 21 January 2010 19:26 UTC www.battleon.com [Source type: General]

.The Colt's Double-action Revolver, calibre 38, model 1896, used in the United States army, consists (figs.^ Acts 191 (prohibiting sale of "any pistol except such as are used in the army and navy of the United States"; upheld in Dabbs v.
  • THE FIREARMS OWNERS' PROTECTION ACT: A HISTORICAL AND LEGAL PERSPECTIVE 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.guncite.com [Source type: Original source]

^ In a forfeiture action, the government can establish its prima facie case merely by proving probable cause, United States v.
  • THE FIREARMS OWNERS' PROTECTION ACT: A HISTORICAL AND LEGAL PERSPECTIVE 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.guncite.com [Source type: Original source]

^ United States, 471 U.S. 419 (1985) ("knowingly" using a food stamp in a manner not authorized by law or regulation indicates the lack of authorization, as well as use, must be known) with United States v.
  • THE FIREARMS OWNERS' PROTECTION ACT: A HISTORICAL AND LEGAL PERSPECTIVE 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.guncite.com [Source type: Original source]

.7 and 8) of the barrel (B), the cylinder (C) with six chambers, the frame (F), and the firing mechanism, all of steel.^ Perhaps a steel firing chamber.
  • How to make a spud gun (potato cannon) :: Dangerously Fun 22 January 2010 23:23 UTC dangerouslyfun.com [Source type: General]

^ I used 4 feet of 2 inch steel pipe as the barrel and for the chamber i used 2.5feet of 3.5inch steel pipe for the chamber.
  • How to make a spud gun (potato cannon) :: Dangerously Fun 22 January 2010 23:23 UTC dangerouslyfun.com [Source type: General]

^ They sell all of the parts for the barrel and combustion chamber at home depot, and you could probably get them to thread the parts for the barrel and combustion chamber for a little xtra cash lol!
  • How to make a spud gun (potato cannon) :: Dangerously Fun 22 January 2010 23:23 UTC dangerouslyfun.com [Source type: General]

The muzzle velocity, with a charge of 16 grains of black powder and a bullet of 150 grains of lead, is about 708 ft. per second, giving at 25 yards a penetration of about 5 in. in pine.
.The lock mechanism consists of the hammer (h), with its stirrup (r), stirrup pin (p), strut (s), strut pin (i), strut spring (g); the trigger (t); the rebound lever (1); the hand (a), with the spring (z); the cylinder bolt (b), with its spring (x); the locking lever (v); the main spring (m), and rebound lever spring (n).^ The trigger lock makes it MORE LIKELY that the gun will accidentally discharge, because it disables the safety mechanism.
  • The Fix - Parsing the Polls on Gun Control 6 February 2010 11:41 UTC voices.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

^ This mechanism is pushed down by a trigger lock.
  • The Fix - Parsing the Polls on Gun Control 6 February 2010 11:41 UTC voices.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

The hammer (h), trigger (t), and rebound lever (1) are pivoted on their respective pins, which are fastened in the left side of the frame. .The lower end of the rebound lever spring (n) is secured to the frame and the free end bears under the rear end of the rebound lever so that the latter, when the trigger is released, cams the hammer back to its safety position, and forces the trigger forward.^ Knowing that a school is gun-free, such a person can go on a shooting rampage secure that no one at the school is likely to fire back at him or her.
  • The Fix - Parsing the Polls on Gun Control 6 February 2010 11:41 UTC voices.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

^ A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
  • HANDGUN PROHIBITION AND THE ORIGINAL MEANING OF THE SECOND AMENDMENT 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC www.guncite.com [Source type: Original source]

^ The 2nd Amendment says "A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infinged."
  • The Fix - Parsing the Polls on Gun Control 6 February 2010 11:41 UTC voices.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

Pressure upon the trigger causes its upper edge to engage the strut, and thereby raises the hammer until nearly in the full-cock position, when the strut will escape from the trigger, and the hammer, under the action of the main-spring, will fall and strike the cartridge. .A projection on the upper part of the trigger, working in a slot in the frame, prevents the cylinder from making more than one-sixth of a revolution at a time by entering one of the grooves nearest the rear end of the surface of the cylinder.^ It is generally necessary in the design to add a part or system--often called the interrupter--to inhibit this and limit it to one shot per trigger squeeze.
  • THE FIREARMS OWNERS' PROTECTION ACT: A HISTORICAL AND LEGAL PERSPECTIVE 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.guncite.com [Source type: Original source]

^ A court-martial that ends in a dishonorable discharge clearly puts the defendant within a prohibited category, but what of one that does result, or could have resulted, in incarceration for more than one year?
  • THE FIREARMS OWNERS' PROTECTION ACT: A HISTORICAL AND LEGAL PERSPECTIVE 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.guncite.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Treasury conceded that the standard was incapable of definition, and confessed on more than one occasion that the standard varied from year to year and case to case.
  • THE FIREARMS OWNERS' PROTECTION ACT: A HISTORICAL AND LEGAL PERSPECTIVE 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.guncite.com [Source type: Original source]

When the cylinder is swung out of the frame, the parts are arranged to prevent the cocking of the hammer. The cylinder bolt is pivoted on the trigger pin, and its spring, bearing on the rebound lever arm, causes the nose of the bolt to project through a slot in the frame ready to enter one of the rectangular cuts in the cylinder surface. During the first movement of the trigger in cocking the revolver, the nose of the bolt is withdrawn, allowing free rotation of the cylinder. The object of the bolt is to prevent rotation of the cylinder in transportation. .The hand is attached by its pivot to the trigger, and, as the latter swings on its pin when the hammer is being cocked, the hand is raised and revolves the cylinder, and also serves to lock the cylinder in position at the time of firing.^ A 9mm hand gun that holds 15 rounds in a clip and can be fired as fast as one can squeeze trigger is ridiculous.
  • The Fix - Parsing the Polls on Gun Control 6 February 2010 11:41 UTC voices.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Semi-automatic means that it fires once for each time the trigger is pulled.
  • The Fix - Parsing the Polls on Gun Control 6 February 2010 11:41 UTC voices.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

An abutment on the side plate supports the hand spring in rear. The spring ensures the engagement of the hand with the ratchet (y). The revolver is cocked by hand by withdrawing the hammer by the pressure of the thumb until its full-cock notch engages in the rear sharp corner of the trigger. .Pulling the trigger then releases the hammer, allowing its firing pin (f) to move forward and strike the cartridge.^ Semi-automatic means that it fires once for each time the trigger is pulled.
  • The Fix - Parsing the Polls on Gun Control 6 February 2010 11:41 UTC voices.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Semi-Automatic means that the spent shell is ejected from the weapon and a new round is chambered and the weapon can be fired with the next pull of the trigger.
  • The Fix - Parsing the Polls on Gun Control 6 February 2010 11:41 UTC voices.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

The locking lever is pivoted by its screw in a recess in the left side of the frame, and so connected with the latch that it locks the FIG. 6. - Pepper-box revolver.
This escape corrodes the surrounding parts and also materially diminishes the pressure in the barrel and the consequent velocity of the bullet.. In the Nagant revolver, adopted by Russia, this disadvantage has been overcome by employing a long cartridge case which extends beyond the nose of the bullet and bridges the gap between barrel and cylinder as the cylinder is moved forward. .A "mitrailleuse" pistol has also been constructed by the Braendlin Armoury Co., Ltd., on the "pepper-box" principle, with fixed barrels, either four or six, arranged in pairs, a.nd a special striking mechanism, in which, there is no revolving chamber and no escape of gas at the breech., It gives stronger shooting than a revolver, but is more cum brous, and has the serious defect that the shock of the discharge of one barrel sometimes prematurely fires a second barrel.^ Soon there will be no more violence...
  • The Fix - Parsing the Polls on Gun Control 6 February 2010 11:41 UTC voices.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

^ You may think that comment about "proving too much" makes some type of sense, but it's no more than a "gotcha" saying.
  • The Fix - Parsing the Polls on Gun Control 6 February 2010 11:41 UTC voices.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

^ The best one I made had a two pieces barrel, pistol grip, and a laser sight but it was confiscated at the airport when I tried to smuggle it in my golf clubs.
  • How to make a spud gun (potato cannon) :: Dangerously Fun 22 January 2010 23:23 UTC dangerouslyfun.com [Source type: General]

In 1865, Sharp, an American, patented an invention to remedy the escape of gas, in which the four barrels of the pistol.
FIGS. 7 and 8. - Colt double-action revolver.
were drilled the full length out of one block of metal. .The barrels were slid forward by an under lever to load, and the firing was effected by a revolving head to the hammer, set by the action of cocking the pistol.^ The substitute also refined the definition of "firearm" to exclude .22 caliber pistols and to include rifles and shotguns alike if their barrels were under eighteen inches.
  • THE FIREARMS OWNERS' PROTECTION ACT: A HISTORICAL AND LEGAL PERSPECTIVE 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.guncite.com [Source type: Original source]

About 1878 Messrs Lancaster introduced both twoand fourbarrelled hammerless pistols, in which an internal hammer was, worked by the pull of the trigger. In all the three weapons.
above mentioned, extraction and reloading were slow processes, which made them unsuited for use on horseback.
Maker's Name.
Description of Revolver.
No. of
Shots.
Calibre.
Length
of
Barrel.
Length
over all.
Weight.
Cartridge.
Powder
Weight.
Bullet
Weight.
In.
In.
lb
oz.
gr.
gr.
New Service.. ... .
6
45
52
104
2
8
40
250
New Army. .. .. .
6
38
41
94
2
0
21
158
Colt
New Police
6
32
4
84
I
2
13
98
New Pocket or Pocket Positive
6
32
22
62
I
0
12
82
Police Positive
6
38
4
84
I
5
14
150
Double Action. ... .
5
32
3
72
0
121
10
88
Safety Hammerless.. .
5
32
3
71
0
144
10
88
Smith & Wesson
Single Action Target .
6
.38/.44
6
122
I
34
20
146
Single Action Bisley model
6
.45
8
131
2
9
13
226
Military and Police .
6
38
62
12
I
154
21±
158
Hand Ejector
7
22
3
61
0
5
40
r British Govt. Mark IV. .
6
455
4
91
2
3
18
265
"W.G." Army model.. .
6
455
6
III
2
8
18
265
Webley.. .
"W.G." Target. .. .
6
455
71
13
2
10
18
265
Mark III
6
380
3
7a
I
4
3 Cor
145
"W.P." Pocket model.. .
6
320
3
7*
1
1
6
80
R.I.C. No. I. ... .
6
.450 /. 455
41
91
I
14
18
265

Hammerless Revolver

.The Smith & Wesson pocket pistol is one of the safest weapons of the size made.^ One of the most powerful weapons ever devised, the Defender Orb was made by the wizard Balzarus to avenge the death of his brother at Drakel hands.
  • AQ Weapon List 21 January 2010 19:26 UTC www.battleon.com [Source type: General]

.There is no and fires a charge of i 4 drams of powder without unpleasant recoil.^ It is only illegal if there is no actual fire, since such an action may lead to injury or death resulting from unnecessary panic.
  • The Fix - Parsing the Polls on Gun Control 6 February 2010 11:41 UTC voices.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

^ There are more than two sides to this issue: Side one (Republican): I should be able to own and carry what I want without limitation Side two (Democrat): No guns ever .
  • The Fix - Parsing the Polls on Gun Control 6 February 2010 11:41 UTC voices.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

.The duelling pistol, as made by Gartinne Renette of Paris, is capable of wonderfully accurate shooting, firing a 9 millimetre spherical bullet and about 12 grs.^ In contrast, a handgun fires one bullet at a time which, if accurately aimed, is unlikely to pass through the robber, or, if it does so, will bury itself harmlessly in the wall.
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of powder. This hammer or equivalent protuberance to catch as the pistol is drawn from the pocket; or to entangle if the weapon falls. .An automatic safety bolt, whose length lies half across the palm of the hand, and ensures certainty of freedom at the time of shooting, blocks the action until the pistol is firmly gripped for use.^ The surplus arms were primarily bolt-action rifles outmoded by the adoption of semi- and full-automatic arms during the 1950s and 1960s.
  • THE FIREARMS OWNERS' PROTECTION ACT: A HISTORICAL AND LEGAL PERSPECTIVE 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.guncite.com [Source type: Original source]

^ The pistol that the maniac used at VT was a "Semi-Automatic" pistol.
  • The Fix - Parsing the Polls on Gun Control 6 February 2010 11:41 UTC voices.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

^ The Glock pistol used by the crazed immigrant at VT has a safety mechanism in the trigger that is designed to prevent accidental discharge.
  • The Fix - Parsing the Polls on Gun Control 6 February 2010 11:41 UTC voices.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

Breech-loading Pistols. - .Although the revolver has for many years practically superseded the pistol, some breech-loading varieties of pistols are still made - the small pocket pistol, for example, and occasionally the heavy double-barrelled horse pistol.^ Many of them, including Madison himself, were still living (p.243) twenty-five years later when Rawle's and Story's commentaries were published.
  • HANDGUN PROHIBITION AND THE ORIGINAL MEANING OF THE SECOND AMENDMENT 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC www.guncite.com [Source type: Original source]

.At one time these latter were much used, of.^ I’ve used one of these at my friend’s house and it seemed like a great idea.
  • How to make a spud gun (potato cannon) :: Dangerously Fun 22 January 2010 23:23 UTC dangerouslyfun.com [Source type: General]

577 bore, as well as the well-known short, large-bore pistol known as the Derringer, usually of. 41 calibre. .The double horse pistol is now usually made for a 20 -bore cartridge and spherical bullet, and weighs about 31 lb.^ What I have now is a spud pistol with about a 16 X 1.5 inch barrel and 8 X 3 inch combustion chamber.
  • How to make a spud gun (potato cannon) :: Dangerously Fun 22 January 2010 23:23 UTC dangerouslyfun.com [Source type: General]

It is a clumsy, but effective weapon, weapon is far superior in accuracy to a revolver. .Single-barrelled pistols, chambered for the 22 or 297/230 calibre cartridges, with a barrel of from 6 to io in.^ What I have now is a spud pistol with about a 16 X 1.5 inch barrel and 8 X 3 inch combustion chamber.
  • How to make a spud gun (potato cannon) :: Dangerously Fun 22 January 2010 23:23 UTC dangerouslyfun.com [Source type: General]

^ The substitute also refined the definition of "firearm" to exclude .22 caliber pistols and to include rifles and shotguns alike if their barrels were under eighteen inches.
  • THE FIREARMS OWNERS' PROTECTION ACT: A HISTORICAL AND LEGAL PERSPECTIVE 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.guncite.com [Source type: Original source]

in length, are also made, and when fitted with a detachable metal stock form excellent little weapons for target practice.

Automatic Revolver

.The Webley-Fosbery automatic revolver is a weapon of a distinctly new design, in which for the first time the principle of utilizing the recoil of each shot to operate the mechanism is applied to the revolver.^ A "semi-automatic" weapon is a weapon that uses the recoil of the previous shot to load the next shot.
  • The Fix - Parsing the Polls on Gun Control 6 February 2010 11:41 UTC voices.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

^ First, pistols and revolvers were omitted, so that the bill applied to machineguns, sawed-off shotguns and rifles, silencers, and concealable firearms other than pistols and revolvers.
  • THE FIREARMS OWNERS' PROTECTION ACT: A HISTORICAL AND LEGAL PERSPECTIVE 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.guncite.com [Source type: Original source]

^ I made another design that has about a 6-7 inch wide combustion chamber, flew exactly 432 feet last time i shot it.
  • How to make a spud gun (potato cannon) :: Dangerously Fun 22 January 2010 23:23 UTC dangerouslyfun.com [Source type: General]

In appearance the weapon is very similar to the Webley service model. The simple pressure of the forefinger on the trigger, the pressure being released between each shot, is all that is required to fire the six successive shots of the revolver. It is supplied with a safety bolt worked by a thumb-piece, and Messrs Webley have introduced a clip loader which enables the six chambers to be reloaded at the same time. This weapon has met with considerable success, and is made in two calibres, the. 455, 6 shot, 2 lb 52 oz. in weight; and the 38 model, 8 shot, 2 lb 3 oz. in weight.

Automatic Pistols

.These weapons are the latest and most advanced type of pistol, and it is anticipated by experts that they will ultimately supersede the revolver.^ They are not toys, they are tools, but ultimately anyone who has been in the military will recall that they are always called weapons.
  • The Fix - Parsing the Polls on Gun Control 6 February 2010 11:41 UTC voices.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

^ I am in favor of some type of control simular to the machine gun ban, and I think/believe it will have to be done on the makers of these weapons/clips.
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^ The weapons with which they were to be armed expressly included "pistols."
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.They are made with one barrel and a magazine, on the principle of the repeating rifle, thus doing away with the escape of gas that takes place in revolvers between the chamber and the barrel.^ They take away the TD .
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^ One comment: Most who offer sizes of combustion chambers to barrel ratios give diameter sizes but not length of each.
  • How to make a spud gun (potato cannon) :: Dangerously Fun 22 January 2010 23:23 UTC dangerouslyfun.com [Source type: General]

^ BTW, I'm not the one spewing hate here, nor am I the one wanting to take away other's freedom of speech.
  • The Fix - Parsing the Polls on Gun Control 6 February 2010 11:41 UTC voices.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

.Automatic pistols are so constructed that the force of the recoil is utilized to open the breech, extract the empty case, cock the pistol, reload the chamber with the top cartridge from the magazine, and close the breech, leaving the pistol ready to fire on again pressing the trigger.^ The mobility of the automobile enabled criminals, in those pre-police radio days, to move between jurisdictions before police units could generally be alerted; such criminal gangs found the submachinegun (a fully automatic, shoulder-fired weapon utilizing automatic pistol cartridges) and sawed-off shotgun deadly for close-range fighting.
  • THE FIREARMS OWNERS' PROTECTION ACT: A HISTORICAL AND LEGAL PERSPECTIVE 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.guncite.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Took the ignitor and whenever I want to fire I simply put the bottom on top of one of the screws and the cable on the other and press.
  • How to make a spud gun (potato cannon) :: Dangerously Fun 22 January 2010 23:23 UTC dangerouslyfun.com [Source type: General]

^ Once you have sprayed in your propellant and sealed the chamber, you have your mate press the firing button on the launch pack.
  • How to make a spud gun (potato cannon) :: Dangerously Fun 22 January 2010 23:23 UTC dangerouslyfun.com [Source type: General]

The Mauser "self-loading" pistol (fig. .9) is one of the earliest of the successful automatic weapons.^ I had in mind were the ones that culminated in the sales of two semi-automatic weapons to Cho Seung-Hui.
  • The Fix - Parsing the Polls on Gun Control 6 February 2010 11:41 UTC voices.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Thing is, Cho just walked into two different stores, one just up the street from his dorm, and he purchased his semi-automatic weapons right over the counter.
  • The Fix - Parsing the Polls on Gun Control 6 February 2010 11:41 UTC voices.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

.It is usually 300 calibre, 10 shot, with a metal clip loader from which the cartridges are "stripped" into the magazine, weight 21 lb, length of barrel 51 in.; bullet 85 grains, initial velocity about 1394 f.s.^ The first one we shot blew up about 10 ft.
  • How to make a spud gun (potato cannon) :: Dangerously Fun 22 January 2010 23:23 UTC dangerouslyfun.com [Source type: General]

.The barrel (I) and bod- (2) are in one piece; the latter contains the bolt (3).^ The best one I made had a two pieces barrel, pistol grip, and a laser sight but it was confiscated at the airport when I tried to smuggle it in my golf clubs.
  • How to make a spud gun (potato cannon) :: Dangerously Fun 22 January 2010 23:23 UTC dangerouslyfun.com [Source type: General]

.The barrel and body slide on the frame (4); the io-shot magazine (5) and the stock are in one piece with the frame, and the lock frame (6) and lock-work are contained in the rear part of it.^ It is generally necessary in the design to add a part or system--often called the interrupter--to inhibit this and limit it to one shot per trigger squeeze.
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The bolt (3), which is square, slides in the body, and is kept pressed up to the chamber by the bolt spring (8); the rear end of this bolt spring bears against the block (9). The striker and extractor are contained in the bolt. The bolt is locked by the bolt-lock (io). .This is slotted through the centre and fits on to the projection (I I) under the body; it is supported at the moment of firing by a projection on the lock frame (12); the top of the bolt-lock has two teeth (13), which in the loaded and cocked position fit into two recesses in the bolt, and the bottom of its front end [in front of the body attachment (I I)] has another tooth (14) which bears on the rocker (15).^ Though the individual right view reigns (p.207) among nonlegal scholars, [12] the exclusively state's right position is dominant among lawyers and law professors [13] and enjoys the support of the American Bar Association.
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^ I cut or rasped the shoulder out of the fitting so I could slide the pipe all the way through and glued it with about 1 1/2″ sticking out on the threaded end.
  • How to make a spud gun (potato cannon) :: Dangerously Fun 22 January 2010 23:23 UTC dangerouslyfun.com [Source type: General]

This rocker is pivoted at its bottom corner. The main-spring (16) bears in front against the rocker, and in rear against the hammer mechanism. The action of the mechanism is FIG. 9. - Mauser pistol (Text-book of Small Arms, by permission of the Controller of H. M. Stationery Office).
as follows: on pressing the trigger, the trigger nose lifts the lever (18) which is attached to the sear (19), the lifting of the sear allows the main-spring to act backwards on the hammer, which impinges on the striker and fires the cartridge. At this moment the bolt is locked by the two upper teeth (13) of the bolt-lock, which is itself held up by the lock frame projection (13). But, the barrel body and bolt recoiling together i s of an in., the rear end of the bolt-lock (io) is no longer supported, the rocker (15) acting on the forward tooth (14) pulls down the bolt-lock and its upper teeth, the nose of the bolt-lock falling into the recess just behind the projection (12). .Thus the barrel and body come to a standstill and the remaining recoil energy is used in driving back the bolt (now free) and extracting the cartridge case.^ Oh my, it is all coming back now.
  • The Fix - Parsing the Polls on Gun Control 6 February 2010 11:41 UTC voices.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

^ I could make the case that you don't "need" free speech, now couldn't I? It's a question of the Constitution, as written.
  • The Fix - Parsing the Polls on Gun Control 6 February 2010 11:41 UTC voices.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

^ "I could make the case that you don't "need" free speech, now couldn't I?" .
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When this energy is used up the bolt spring (8) reasserts itself, drives the bolt forward and pushes another cartridge into the chamber as in the magazine rifle, and the main-spring, acting on the rocker, pulls up the boltlock again and engages the teeth (is) in the bolt, locking it for the next shot. The releasing of the trigger brings the sear ',(19) to its former position, cocking the pistol.
.This pistol is usually supplied with a wooden holster which can also be attached to the grip of the pistol and so form a shoulder-stock for long-range shooting.^ My newest is in a pistol form & shoots homemade saboted darts with enough speed to pierce the skin of a rhino!
  • How to make a spud gun (potato cannon) :: Dangerously Fun 22 January 2010 23:23 UTC dangerouslyfun.com [Source type: General]

It is sighted from 50 to 1000 yards.
The Colt Automatic Pistol, calibre 38 (fig. 10) consists of four main parts, namely the frame (F), the barrel (B), the slide (S), and the magazine (M). The frame forms, at its rear and lower part, the handle (A), which is hollow, and contains the seat for the magazine. After being charged with seven cartridges, the magazine is seated from below and held in place by the magazine catch (n) which slightly projects from the bottom of the handle. This projection serves to release the magazine from the catch, when it can be readily drawn from the handle for re-charging. .In front of the handle is the trigger guard (g), in which the trigger (t) is found, and in the rear and above the grip the firing mechanism is placed in the part of the frame called the receiver (R).^ It is generally necessary in the design to add a part or system--often called the interrupter--to inhibit this and limit it to one shot per trigger squeeze.
  • THE FIREARMS OWNERS' PROTECTION ACT: A HISTORICAL AND LEGAL PERSPECTIVE 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.guncite.com [Source type: Original source]

.The firing mechanism consists of the hammer (h), the sear (w), the trigger (t), a safety device (a), the main-spring (z) and sear spring (e), the lower part of the latter serving to operate the magazine catch.^ The Glock pistol used by the crazed immigrant at VT has a safety mechanism in the trigger that is designed to prevent accidental discharge.
  • The Fix - Parsing the Polls on Gun Control 6 February 2010 11:41 UTC voices.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

^ The trigger lock makes it MORE LIKELY that the gun will accidentally discharge, because it disables the safety mechanism.
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.The top of the receiver extends forward from the handle, and to it the barrel is attached by two short links, one (
1) near the front end of the barrel, and the other (o) at its rear end; these links are pivoted to the receiver and also to the barrel, and allow the barrel to swing rearwards thereon.^ ONE link to ONE of these stories.
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^ They DO care about the possibility that THEY might be the ones on the receiving end of a firearm used by their intended prey FOR self defense.
  • The Fix - Parsing the Polls on Gun Control 6 February 2010 11:41 UTC voices.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

^ The ban on receiving firearms from a nonresident would have been made subject to two exceptions: one for acquisitions by bequest or intestate succession, and the other for purchases of rifles and shotguns in a physically contiguous state, where the law of the recipient's state permitted such acquisitions.
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As both links are of the same length, the rearward movement of the barrel in swinging on these links carries the barrel slightly downwards, but keeps its longitudinal axis in parallel positions during all its movements. Below the barrel the receiver forms a tubular seat for the retractor spring (r), which in front is closed by a plug (x) fastened in the receiver by the lower pivot-pin (
i) of the front barrel-link. The upper surface of the receiver and two longitudinal grooves on its sides form the seat for the slide, which is guided thereon in its rearward and forward movements. The rear part of the slide forms the bolt or breech block (K), and the front part forms a partly tubular cover (s) which encloses the barrel. In the forward part of the receiver is a transverse mortice extending through the retractor spring seat, and transverse recesses in the forward part of the slide serve to admit a key (m) which, passing through the sides of the slide and through the mortice, serves to lock the slide to the frame. The retractor spring (r), in its seat in the frame, consists of a spiral spring, the rear end of which rests against the receiver, and the front end of which carries a piston (p). The rear face of the key (m) has a slight recess, and when the key is in its place the front end of the retractor spring rests in this recess, thereby confining the key laterally. The tension of the retractor spring is exerted to force the key and the slide to their forward position. Upon the barrel are provided three transverse ribs (b), and in the interior of the slide are three corresponding recesses. These serve to lock the barrel and the slide firmly together when in their forward position. Between the locking recesses and the bolt, the slide has an opening on its right side for the ejection of the cartridge cases (J), and the bolt is provided with an extractor, a firing pin (f), a firing pin retraction spring (q), and a firing pin lock (y). This latter is pivoted at the rear end in the top of the slide, and when depressed, locks the firing pin in its retracted position, thus preventing its point from coming in contact with the cartridge primer. When raised, the firing pin lock releases the firing pin, and in this position also serves as the rear sight, being provided on the top with a sighting notch.
The operation of the pistol is as follows: When a charged magazine (M) is inserted, the slide (S) is drawn once to the rear by hand, thereby cocking the hammer (h). In this position of the slide, the carrier (c) and carrier spring in the magazine raise the topmost cartridge so as to bring it into the path of the bolt (K). On releasing the slide, it, with the bolt, is carried forward by the retractor spring (r), and during this movement the bolt forces the topmost cartridge into the barrel (B). As the slide approaches its forward position the front of the bolt encounters the rear end of the barrel and forces the latter to its forward position. During this forward movement the barrel swings forward and upward on the links (1, o), and thus the locking ribs (b) on the barrel are carried into the corresponding locking recesses in the slide. The barrel and slide are thereby interlocked, and the pistol ready for firing.
.A slight pull on the trigger (t) now serves to move the sear (w) so as to release the hammer (h) and fire a shot.^ Semi-automatic means that it fires once for each time the trigger is pulled.
  • The Fix - Parsing the Polls on Gun Control 6 February 2010 11:41 UTC voices.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Semi-Automatic means that the spent shell is ejected from the weapon and a new round is chambered and the weapon can be fired with the next pull of the trigger.
  • The Fix - Parsing the Polls on Gun Control 6 February 2010 11:41 UTC voices.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

The force of the powder gases driving the bullet from the barrel is exerted rearwardly against the bolt, and, overcoming the inertia of the slide and the tension of the retractor spring, causes the slide and the barrel to recoil together. After moving rearwards together, for a distance, enough to ensure the bullet having passed from the barrel, the downward swinging movement of the barrel releases the latter from the slide and stops the barrel in its rearmost position. The momentum of the slide causes the latter to continue its rearward movement, thereby again cocking the hammer and compressing the retractor spring, until, as the slide arrives at its rearmost position, the empty shell is ejected from the side of the pistol and another o cartridge raised in front of the bolt. During the return or forward movement of the slide, caused by the retractor spring, the cartridge is driven into the barrel, and the slide and barrel are interlocked, thus making the pistol ready for another shot. .These operations may be continued so long as there are cartridges in the magazine, each discharge requiring only the slight pull on the trigger.^ Automatic means that it fires continuously for as long as the trigger is depressed, or until it runs out of ammo, which happens very quickly.
  • The Fix - Parsing the Polls on Gun Control 6 February 2010 11:41 UTC voices.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

^ They all have barrels, they all have magazines, they all go BOOM when you pull the trigger.
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^ It is only illegal if there is no actual fire, since such an action may lead to injury or death resulting from unnecessary panic.
  • The Fix - Parsing the Polls on Gun Control 6 February 2010 11:41 UTC voices.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

The pistol is provided with a safety device (a) which makes it impossible to release the hammer unless the slide and barrel are in their first forward position and interlocked.
In the Borchardt-Leuger pistol (fig. I I) the bolt is solidly supported 2 5 3 is 6 4A 9 4 FIG. II. - Borchardt-Leuger (Text-book of Small Arms, by permission of the Controller of H. M. Stationery Office).
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6 4A_ 15 at the moment of firing by a toggle joint. The barrel (i A) and body (1 B) slide in the frame (I C), the bolt (2) slides in the body and is held up to the breech by the toggle joint 3 and 4 and the pins 5 and 7, which secure the links of the toggle to the body. .The centre of pin (6) is below those of the other pins so that the joint cannot bend at the moment of firing.^ If the moment his shot it fired, however, I and those around me draw our own weapons and return fire, there is a great deterrent to his attacking me in the first place.
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On the rear link (4) there is a swivel (9) which is connected to the recoil spring (io) in the grip. This pistol is fired by a spring striker, like a rifle, instead of by a hammer. The striker is within the bolt; it is cocked in the recoil position by a claw on the end of the front link (3 A) and held thus when ready to fire by the nose of the trigger sear, these engaging with a projection (8 A) on the side of the striker. The magazine (8 shot) is in the grip. .The action is as follows: the first cartridge is loaded from the magazine by pulling back the toggle joint.^ "Backs in the 'I'...First and 10...McNabb, play action.
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As soon as the toggle joint is released the recoil spring acts and forces the bolt home, with the cartridge in front of it. On pressing the trigger the barrel and body recoil a little. Then the toggle joint comes h, .
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FIG. io. - .Colt automatic pisto, against curved ramps on the sides of the non-recoiling frame and is forced up, so that thereafter the bolt alone recoils (the ejector is similar in principle to that of a rifle).^ This last limiting principle might also allow legislation against keeping rifles and shotguns loaded for defense, at least in urban areas.
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The recoil spring then acts as before on reloading.
Other varieties of the automatic pistol are the "Mannlicher," the "Mars," the "Bergmann" and the "Webley." The last, being simple in construction, small and light, weight 18 oz. and length over all only 62 in., may be classed as a pocket pistol.

Qualities of Automatic Pistols

.In reference to the general qualities of automatic pistols, while these weapons have the advantage over revolvers of longer range and greater rapidity of fire and recharging, on the other hand they are necessarily more complicated in their mechanism, which has to do the work of extraction, reloading and cocking that in the revolver is done by hand.^ The mobility of the automobile enabled criminals, in those pre-police radio days, to move between jurisdictions before police units could generally be alerted; such criminal gangs found the submachinegun (a fully automatic, shoulder-fired weapon utilizing automatic pistol cartridges) and sawed-off shotgun deadly for close-range fighting.
  • THE FIREARMS OWNERS' PROTECTION ACT: A HISTORICAL AND LEGAL PERSPECTIVE 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.guncite.com [Source type: Original source]

^ This blessed crossbow fires bolts that damage undead and zombies more than any other foe!
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^ They first open fire in the school cafeteria and ultimately kill 12 students and a teacher, as well as wounding 24 others.
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A stoppage may occur through a cartridge missing fire, or continuous uncontrolled fire may take place through the trigger spring breaking until the magazine is exhausted. .Their action is also to some extent uncertain, as it depends on the recoil of the discharge, which may be affected by variables in the cartridge; also the effective automatic working of the moving parts depends upon their cleanliness and lubrication.^ Some courts have indicated that a presumption affecting only the burden of going forward may survive Francis v.
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.As automatic pistols, like revolvers, are intended for personal defence at short range and for sudden use in emergencies, simplicity of mechanism and certainty of action are in their case of paramount importance.^ The pistol that the maniac used at VT was a "Semi-Automatic" pistol.
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^ The Glock pistol used by the crazed immigrant at VT has a safety mechanism in the trigger that is designed to prevent accidental discharge.
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^ If I had a choice I would rather that person have a bat or knife than a semi-automatic pistol.
  • The Fix - Parsing the Polls on Gun Control 6 February 2010 11:41 UTC voices.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

.There is usually no time to rectify a stoppage or jam, however slight.^ At that time there were no gangsters, however.
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.From a military point of view, therefore, before the revolver is altogether superseded by the automatic pistol, it is most desirable that the latter should be as certain in its action under service conditions as the former.^ Such states may desire to clarify whether there are conditions under which the restoration of rights should be taken to extend to firearm possession.
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^ Most Americans have no problem with hunting rifles and shotguns, but seme-auto and automatic weapons should not be sold to the public.
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Some automatic pistols, as already stated, are sighted up to 000 yards, and provided with attachable butts. .The practical value of these improvements is open to question, as the sighting of a pistol differs materially when used with and without a butt, and under no circumstances can the accuracy of shooting of a pistol, even with a butt, equal that of a carbine.^ Even this guide, general as it is, fails under these circumstances.
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^ A common proposal, already the law in many jurisdictions, is to prohibit even the open carrying of handguns (or all firearms), with limited exceptions for target shooting and the like, without a permit.
  • HANDGUN PROHIBITION AND THE ORIGINAL MEANING OF THE SECOND AMENDMENT 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC www.guncite.com [Source type: Original source]

^ FOPA bars forfeiture under these circumstances.
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The tendency in automatic pistols has been to reduce the bore to. 3 in., and increase the muzzle velocity, on the lines of modern small-bore rifles. .These, again, would appear to be advantages of minor importance in a weapon intended for use at short range in the field, where a heavy bullet of fairly large diameter, with a moderate muzzle velocity, has a more immediate and paralysing effect, and is therefore, from this point of view, and particularly in savage warfare, preferable to a small projectile of high muzzle velocity.^ I’m more of a 4th of July user myself; rather than projectile, I’m more interested in the report and visual effect.
  • How to make a spud gun (potato cannon) :: Dangerously Fun 22 January 2010 23:23 UTC dangerouslyfun.com [Source type: General]

^ Manufacturers took advantage of this loophole by boosting production of assault weapons and large capacity magazines in the months leading up to the ban, creating a legal stockpile of these items.
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^ Re - "the deterrant here would be the use of the weapon, not its presence" .
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(H. S.-K.)


Simple English

[[File:|thumb|A pistol.]]

A pistol is a type of gun that is small and can be used with only one hand. Many pistols are used for defending yourself. They are usually smaller and lighter than most guns, like rifles, which makes them useful for hiding and carrying around. They also have shorter barrels.

Pistols usually only fire one shot every time you pull the trigger. Some special pistols, called machine pistols, can fire more than one at a time. Some famous pistols are the Colt M1911 and the Beretta 92.

Pistols were not commonly used in the western United States during the 1800s. The first commercially successful pistol was the Borchardt C-93. Designed in 1893 and became available in 1894.

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