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BigMac10 08-02-2007 03:55 PM

Revolver vs Pistol
Why is a Revolver not a pistol?

BLS33 08-02-2007 04:22 PM

Pistol = One chamber

Revolver = Multiple Chambers

That is how I've always thought about it. I think if you really get down to it a pistol is any firearm meant to be shot with one hand so that includes revolvers. So a revolver is a pistol.

FALPhil 08-02-2007 06:38 PM

That's pretty much it. I believe that is a paraphrase of the legal definitions as well.

oznbolivia 08-03-2007 01:44 AM

Revolver has a revolving drum that holds the cartridges. As the trigger is pulled or the hammer is cocked the drum or cylinder rotates to position a nerw round to be fired under the fireing pin (hammer), and align with the barrels forcing cone.

Pistol is any other hand held firearm normally not held to the shoulder.

Now there is a revolver that has a shoulder stock.


Wheeldog 09-04-2007 01:05 AM

I was told a pistol has an intregral chamber and barrel.

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