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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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As long as there are grizzly bears roaming the American wilderness, there will always be a place for defensive wheelguns.
I am not one of those people who worship at the altar of the wheelgun, but after spending time with this Ruger I definitely understand the impulse.
Pat is a damn good shot, and before he switched to wheelguns to wheedle a spot on the USPSA World Shoot team (and I moved to Glocks) he was shooting 1911s beside me at local matches.
7 Everyone loves a wheelgun and since Colt decided to kill their small-frame "Defective Special" type revolvers, Armscor has filled the hole with their M200, based roughly on the classic Colt design.
It's a well-mannered, authoritative aristocrat of the wheelgun world.
Today's high-tech materials and design innovations have spiced up the humble wheelgun a bit.
The latest in the V-Crown line are two loads for the wheelgun crowd, a 125-grain .
I'm a skinny guy and if I set my mind to it I can indeed pack a 1911, HK P30SK, Steyr L40A1 or even a proper S&W wheelgun in most any climate without scaring the little old lady in the checkout line next to me or inducing orthopedic injuries.
Such is the case of the new Taurus Model 85--a compact, five-shot wheelgun complete with a Lexan sideplate that, although interesting, is purely aesthetic.
The cylinder face is cut for full moon clips, the fastest possible reloading system for a wheelgun.
This was a step up from a 6-shot wheelgun in the early 20th century.
Despite the challenges, producing accurate, reliable and relatively affordable 9mm revolvers has enticed companies such as Ruger, Smith & Wesson, Taurus and Charter Arms to try their hand at developing a user-friendly 9mm wheelgun.