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see small armssmall arms,
firearms designed primarily to be carried and fired by one person and, generally, held in the hands, as distinguished from heavy arms, or artillery. Early Small Arms

The first small arms came into general use at the end of the 14th cent.
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an individual, multifiring, rifled handgun with a revolving cylinder-type magazine; designed to hit live targets at a maximum distance of 50 m.

The trigger mechanism of the revolver is connected to the mechanism that revolves the cylinder—when the hammer is cocked or the trigger squeezed, the cylinder turns so that the next bullet lines up with the revolver barrel. The matchlock and flintlock cylinder revolvers of the 16th to 19th centuries in which the cylinder was turned by hand did not become widespread. A practical solution for combining the trigger mechanism and the revolving cylinder was found and implemented in the revolver models of Collier, Marietta, and Shierk from 1810 to 1830. In 1835, S. Colt of the United States invented the percussion-type revolver with an improved percussion slide, which was adopted by many armies.

In the second half of the 19th century the Colt revolver was replaced by revolver models with quick-firing metallic fixed rounds and cylinder capacities of from four to 12 rounds. Revolvers were classified as military, police, civilian, and sport guns. The Russian Army adopted the Smith & Wesson 1871, 1874, and 1880 revolver models, which in the late 19th century were replaced by the Nagant 1895 model. With the appearance and development of automatic pistols, military revolvers were gradually declared obsolete by armies in the first half of the 20th century.


The pair of horizontal angles between three points, as observed at any place on the circle defined by the three points; this is the one situation in which such angles do not establish a fix. Also known as swinger.
A firearm with a cylinder of several chambers so arranged as to revolve on an axis and be discharged in succession by the same lock.
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The soft gray mourning doves, known for their soulful cooing and tasty breast meat, come to Six Shooter Land and Timber to feed on seeds.
On this second trip to the Dakotas, Roosevelt once again packed his fancy Frontier Six Shooters on the dusty cattle drives connected with his ranching activities as well as in howling rainstorms and blizzards that caught him and his guides by surprise on many a big-game hunt.
Written and directed by McDonagh, Six Shooter is a black Irish comedy about a train journey where a man (Gleeson) whose wife has died that morning encounters a psychotic oddball.
Abusharib finished the qualifying round with an impressive score of 124 but would be utterly disappointed with the way he lost out in the semis comprising the top six shooters.
We came out of the picture house in Billingham and jumped on our imaginary horses and rode off firing our six shooters at each other, some of us pretending to be baddies and others goodies.
Leading the group of six shooters into the final was defending champion Hancock as the American bettered the Olympic record of 121 by two shots.
The issue of Varun Gandhi's security surfaced after the arrest of six shooters allegedly belonging to Chota Shakeel gang in Delhi last week.
Six shooters from the US Army Marksmanship Unit, representing the United States, brought home two Gold Medals and two Bronze Medals from the 40th Conseil International du Sport Militaire in Thun, Switzerland last October.
Pausing only occasionally to swig from the water bottles that he wore like six shooters in the pockets of his combats, the effect of his sing-song musings was merciless.
Is it necessary that an event that celebrates the spirit, the hard work, the love of nature and its elements, the animals and people and places that are the fiber and soul of the American cowboy include six shooters and rifles for our children?
Dac Technologies Group International's engineering department designed a special rubber pad for its patent pending gunlock model MTL to prevent any movement of the trigger on American Western Arms Peacemaker and Longhorn model six shooters.
The float, which is just passing, belongs to the Alamo Country and Western Club with cowboys complete with six shooters and bales of hay.