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A revolver is a repeating firearm that has a revolving cylinder containing multiple chambers and at least one barrel for firing. The term "revolver" refers to a handgun, but other weapons may also have a revolving chamber. These include some models of grenade launchers, shotguns, and rifles.
Though the original name was revolving gun, the short-hand "revolver" is universally used. (Cannon using this mechanism are known as revolver cannon.) Nearly all early revolvers and many modern ones have six chambers in the cylinder, giving rise to the slang term six-shooter; however, revolvers with a number of different chambers have been made, with most modern revolvers having 5 or 6 chambers.
The revolver allows the user to fire multiple rounds without reloading. Each time the user cocks the hammer, the cylinder revolves to align the next chamber and round with the hammer and barrel, which gives this type of firearm its name. In a single-action revolver, the user pulls the hammer back with his free hand or thumb; the trigger pull only releases the hammer. In a double-action revolver, pulling the trigger moves the hammer back, then releases it, which requires a longer and heavier trigger pull than single-action. Loading and unloading a double-action revolver requires the operator to swing out the cylinder and insert the proper ammunition, all while keeping the gun pointed in a safe direction.
The first guns with multichambered cylinders that revolved to feed one barrel were made in the late 16th century in Europe. They were expensive and rare curiosities. Not until the 19th century would revolvers become common weapons of industrial production. One of the first was a flintlock revolver patented by Elisha Collier in 1814. The first percussion cap revolver was invented by the Italian Francesco Antonio Broccu 1833. He received a prize of 300 francs for his invention; although he did not patent it, his revolver was shown to King Charles Albert of Sardinia. However, in 1835 a similar handgun was patented by Samuel Colt, who would go on to make the first mass-produced revolver.
The first cartridge revolvers were produced around 1854 by Eugene Lefaucheux.
Revolvers soon became standard for nearly all uses. In the early 20th century, semi-automatic pistols were developed, which can hold more rounds, and are faster to reload. "Automatic" pistols also have a flat profile, more suitable for concealed carry. Semi-auto pistols were not considered reliable enough for serious police work or self-defense until the later half of the century, however, and revolvers were the dominant handgun for police and civilians until modern pistols such as the Beretta 92 and Glock 17 were developed in the 70s and 80s. Automatic pistols have almost completely replaced revolvers in military and law enforcement use (in military use, from 1910-1960; in law enforcement, in the 1980s and 1990s).
Revolvers still remain popular as back-up and off-duty handguns among American law enforcement officers and security guards. Also, revolvers are still common in the American private sector as defensive and sporting/hunting firearms. Famous police and military revolvers include the Webley, the Colt Single Action Army, the Colt Police Special, the Smith & Wesson Model 36, the Smith & Wesson Model 10, the Smith & Wesson 1917, the Smith & Wesson Model 3 the Nagant M1895.
I have a S&W Model 34-2 (‘Kit gun’j. S/N begins with ’BDB’. Found a lot about the 34-1 but not a lot on 34-2. Mine has some bluing wear from holster I assume but is in I would say ‘very good shape’. 22LR, Single and double action. I have the original box somewhere but am having trouble finding...
I have a great condition Charles Daly/Pietta SAA clone in .45LC for trade. Only 15 rounds put through it by me. Been sitting in the holster for years lol.
Comes with leather holster, leather belt with 20rnds of Sig V-Crown .45LC and a 50ct box of Fiocchi 250gn LRNFP.
I am looking for a...
For sale only!
Please note price is firm.
WTS: Brand New in box , top of the line, 2021 Colt Python 357 Magnum stainless steel revolver with 6” barrel and wood grips. This revolver can also shoot 38 special ammo.
This is the newest version Python, and likely the last original independent Colt...
A friend of mine has an old Merwin Hulbert & Co. chambered in 44-40. We have been searching for something similar to compare it to for pricing, but everything we are finding is all over the spectrum. I am finding from $1600, to people (guns shops) asking nearly $4000+. (That must be why they...
Looking for a gunsmith in the Oregon City, Portland, Salem area that can repair a Ruger black powder revolver. Purchased new in the '90's, gave it to my son and he says it will not fire because of bad springs??? Have not seen it in decades but want it in firing order before I die. I need the...
Sorry I can't post this in the proper sub-forum, but I've hidden a bunch that I'm not interested in, and can't figure out how to unhide them. Anyway, I'm thinking of getting a cap & ball revolver just for something different. Had a Ruger Old Army years ago, but I didn't keep it long, write it...
Hey guys I've got a old Iver johnson arms and cycle works top break 5 shot revolver for sale
gun is in surprisingly good condition for being as old as it is. Serial number 3031 no letter prefix. I believe this to be a very early model 32 S&W so I am not sure
I have never fired it and have no...
This is a Smith & Wesson revolver in .32 Long - Hand Ejector s/n 23132. You get the original wood grips , AND Hogue Monogrips , PLUS a vintage Bauer Brothers Holster , AND 320 rounds of ammo - ALL FACTORY AMMO. The Fiochi is 97 grain full metal jacket (288 rounds) and the rest are lead bullets...
Absolutely brand new, never fired or carried. Unique Ruger SP101 .357 magnum with factory Cerakote and gold titanium nitride trigger and hammer. 5 round capacity. A great revolver for harsh conditions due to the Cerakote, plus it has a unique look. For purchase, meet at Deschutes Arms and...
I'm looking for a Taurus 692 revolver.
Prefer 3" barrel.
Blue or Stainless okay.
This is a 7-shot revolver with both a 38/357 cylinder and a 9mm cylinder.
I'm in Oregon and willing to travel.
If out of state, I'm willing to pay shipping to my FFL.
Please contact me via the personal message (PM)...
I am in the market for a chiappa rhino chambered in 40 s&w
I prefer the 40ds in nickel finish but would settle for black
I would also concider the 50ds in either nickel or black
Double action prefered but would settle for single as well
New would be awesome but i will also pay decent money for...
Hi, up for sale is an excellently cared for revolver everyday carry package. This Ruger LCR chambered in 357mag/38 Special. It's DAO for a snag free design and has the Houge tamer grip for less felt recoil. It's in great overall condition and has been upgraded with a green hi-viz sight up front...
Hey Guys, a friend needs help identifying this revolver and I'm no revolver expert. Thought I'd check with you all to get a rough idea of its value before she trys selling it.
What I know from just looking at it...
Smith and Wesson mod 19-5
Pretty good condition
1970 Colt .357 Trooper MKIII. This example is in excellent condition. Has the original box and paperwork. Less than 50 rounds. Original owner since new. Nice example, just making more room in the safe. Cash only, not looking for trades at this time. Any questions please feel free to ask. FFL...
Looking for a .45 ACP revolver. Smith or Colt is preferred, but others could be an option. Not looking for a collector grade safe queen, but it should be in working condition. If the price is right, I might look at a fixer upper though.
8-shot Charter Arms Pathfinder, 22 LR
Purchased brand new in January. No issues. Used one time, shooting a few cylinders worth of ammo. Originally bought for my kids to plink with, but need to go a different route. They are still a bit too small to handle a compact revolver. Double...
Downsizing calibers and getting rid of the only revolver I’ve ever really liked.
3” ported barrel, fully adjustable rear sight. 7 round cylinders. Comes with the .38 special/ .357 and the 9x19 cylinders. Two HKS speed loaders filled with Hornady American gunner 125gr .357’s also are FOUR 9x19...