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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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Another wheelgun you should consider offering your female customers is the Ruger SP-101.
Shop well and the wheelgun with all its gear will cost you half what the game gun would.
The only wheelgun Daisy offers is the Model 65, a double-action revolver with the heft and style of the S&W Model 29.
The advantages of the wheelgun are simple and can be summed up in two words: the trigger.
Tap, rack, heck--when a DA wheelgun goes "click" instead of "bang," all you have to do is pull the trigger again.
He also can add a lever for that purpose on the Ruger wheelgun.
Federal 185-grain Gold Medal Match is what Marine Gunnery Sergeant Brian Zins has been using to win the Nationals at Camp Perry, but this wee wheelgun didn't like it.
The line of Rossi revolvers is making serious inroads into the wheelgun market with .
Wheelgun shooters should not be affected since their casings don't necessarily hit the deck & become part of the treasure.
Although in recent years the semiautomatic pistol has (for the first time in history) outstripped the revolver in domestic handgun sales, the wheelgun remains an important part of any gunshops' inventory.