Pistol vs Revolver...

Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by NymphoGnome, May 7, 2010.

  1. NymphoGnome

    NymphoGnome New Member

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    I have just shot my first 40 mm, and in wishing I remembered the name of it (the grip was almost too small for my hand) I am now in love with 40 mm's.
    I was wanting to know some Pro's and Con's in the Pistol and Revolver, before I decided to go looking.
     
  2. Jo da Plumbr

    Jo da Plumbr New Member

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    Do you mean 40 caliber?
     

  3. skullcrusher

    skullcrusher New Member

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    40 mm = 1.574803"

    .40 caliber = roughly .4"

    Like Jo, I am gonna assume that you are speaking of the .40 S&W round. I am gonna offer up that a revolver is a pistol just like any handgun is a pistol.

    Now, based on that, here's what you need to know.

    A semi-automatic pistol is an auto feeder. Meaning there is a spring fed magazine that place the next bullet into position to load the chamber each time the gun is fired. Generally, they are capable of holding more bullets than a revolver. They also have many moving parts. That means there are many things that have to work right to keep the gun firing when you pull the trigger.

    A revolver generally holds fewer rounds. Each time the gun is fired the cylinder moves to the next position so the gun can be fired again. Revolvers have fewer moving parts, and are regarded as being more reliable because of that. Since the bullets are already loaded into the chambers of the cylinder, there are fewer things that can go wrong.

    Of course, this is all based on both types of pistols being in good and safe working condition.

    Semi-auto = more rounds

    revolver = more reliable

    There are exceptions to those generalizations.
     
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  4. NymphoGnome

    NymphoGnome New Member

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    Okay well just gotta remember 40 Cal now, My uncle is always harping get a Revolver if you wake up in the night you don't wanna worry about the gun jamming.
     
  5. Missileman

    Missileman New Member

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    Must be Friday, I feel like arguing. There are a lot of definitions of "pistol" but almost all of them state that the chamber is part of the barrel--thus a revolver is not, by definition, a pistol. From Websters:

    Pistol definition
    pis·tol (pis′təl)

    Noun

    1.a small firearm made to be held and fired with one hand
    2.such a firearm in which the chamber is part of the barrel
     
  6. NymphoGnome

    NymphoGnome New Member

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    So I win?!?!?
     
  7. orangello

    orangello New Member

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    Get both!!!! (and just call them handguns)
     
  8. skullcrusher

    skullcrusher New Member

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    Weaksauce.

    Sorry, Missleman, but a revolver is a pistol because it matches definition 1. :D

    Show me where it says that any word has to match every definition of the word for that word to be a valid description.

    For instance, how many definitions are there for the word chamber or the word barrel?

    Arguement is null and void. :p
     
  9. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    I was going to chime in, but I see skully is having "one of those days" and I do not want to feed the monster.
     
  10. skullcrusher

    skullcrusher New Member

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    *Skull puts both hands in plain view and slowly backs away from this thread*
     
  11. NGIB

    NGIB New Member

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    I only know of one revolver that will shoot .40 S&W and it's a very pricey S&W 610 that is actually a 10mm revolver. One of these will set you back around a grand...
     
  12. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    Probably a good idea. I realized I, too, am having "one of those days".
     
  13. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

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    Boy I'm glad I didn't add to this thread! [​IMG]
     
  14. skullcrusher

    skullcrusher New Member

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    "Probably"? Self preservation is a huge motivator. :cool:
     
  15. NymphoGnome

    NymphoGnome New Member

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    I say pistol so you know I am not talking about a revolver. It's just my way of seeing it, now seeing as they're called Semi-auto's, I will use that to reference what I called a pistol. I also try extremely hard not to say Ammo > Bullets and Firearm > Gun, leaves less room for trolls.
    I think I like revolvers better, I just don't like magazine clips. They tend to tenderize my fingers.
     
  16. Jo da Plumbr

    Jo da Plumbr New Member

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    Must be contagious. Both the GF and I are in a pissed off mood. We were supposed to go out to her company get together tonight, but said F that. We're going to the range.
     
  17. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    dont worry revolvers can jam just like an autloader. get a piece of bedsheet in the cylinder or a piece of clothing and the cylinder will jam up just fine.

    the odds of a jam happening are just as good on a quality revolver as on a quality autloader. a decent handgun that is properly taken care of will function when it is needed regardless of action choice
     
  18. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    For new shooter, the semi-auto could hide shooter faults (unless you are a practiced shooter). There are NRA certified instructors that are willing to assist you with the basics. Use them (a couple may even like being abused). Good Luck
     
  19. freefall

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    I'm getting old. Can't remember the last time I got a bed sheet caught in the cylinder of my revolver.:(
     
  20. NymphoGnome

    NymphoGnome New Member

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    I got the bed sheet caught in my zipper once, needless to say sex did not ensue. I guess that is along the same lines as Getting the sheets caught in a revolver.

    My buddy's Semi auto only jammed once today, I guess it might as well just come down to price and comfort.

    Another thing is that hearing about any firearm semi-auto or Revolver jamming just makes me (for some crazy reason) think this is something that constantly happens.
     
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