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Pros & Cons of Revolver VS Pistol; Definitions, Handgun Chamber, Most Accurate, Practice, Training & More

Though sometimes mistakenly used interchangeably, there is a difference between revolvers and pistols, or semi-automatic automatic handguns, than many people think. Revolvers are better known from the onscreen westerns, where most pistols, or the semi-automatic handguns are displayed in modern films. Today, we at Shooting Range Industries would like to discuss the differences between the modern pistols and revolvers.

Handgun Chamber

Their respective chambers, which is the spot near the base of the barrel where ammunition is seated to be fired, is where the major difference lies. For example, the pistol is equipped with one or more stationary chambers and the revolver features several chambers within a rotating cylinder.

Pistol Definition

Despite what the dictionary says, looking to buy a pistol at a local gun shop will not have you directed to the revolvers. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, or the BATFE / ATF defines pistols as: “means a weapon originally designed, made, and intended to fire a projectile (bullet) from one or more barrels when held in one hand.” As well as a chamber as integral parts or aligned permanently with the bore. Below the line of the bore extends a short stock designed to be gripped by one hand at an angle to.

Definition of a Revolver

The revolver, according to the BATFE includes “a projectile weapon of the pistol type, having a breechloading chambered cylinder so arranged that the cocking of the hammer or movement of the trigger rotates it and brings the next cartridge in line with the barrel for firing.” The ATF wouldn’t use pistol and revolver interchangeably due to the way laws are executed depends on these definitions. Essentially, it is very much like using the words car and truck interchangeably. Though similar, not the same thing.

Most Accurate; Pistol or Revolver

Due to several factors, many semi-autos suffer from accuracy issues. Extracting the spent cartridge on the recoil and grabbing a new cartridge from the magazine during the return to battery though the explosion of gases from the cartridge is used to force the slide rearward during firing. Recoil starts once the bullet is moving down the barrel. A mass of metal slamming rearward is what the recoil consists of. During this recoil can shift the barrel’s alignment slightly, particularly guns with “floating” barrels – or barrels that are not fixed, from the vibration and jolting forces imparted to the shooter’s hand and the barrel itself. On higher power locked-breeched pistols is used with floating barrels, due to the higher chamber pressures associated with them. To unlock and allow the slide to function, the barrel locks into the slide by pressure until the pressure drops enough. Possibly causing the cartridge to explode rather than containing the pressure until the bullet leaves the barrel, without this locking breech function, the higher chamber pressures would slam the slide backward hard enough to damage it. As it locks and unlocks, this locking and unlocking of the barrel cause a very slight movement in barrel alignment. The large moving part of the weapon, rather than a fixed barrel, the sights on a semi-auto pistol are also integral to the slide.

Custom Shooting Ranges for Practice & Training

Where each type of gun has its pros and cons, ultimately, selecting which is better for you is your choice. Be sure to research the options and decide which is a better fit for your shooting style and preferences. Shooting Range Industries designs and builds custom shooting ranges for your practice and training of both pistols and revolvers. Call us to learn more about our shooting ranges today.

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