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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 for sale a Hawes 22LR western style single action revolver. I believe it is a Model 21 since it has 21 stamped on the barrel. It is in original condition and has not been modified. It also comes with a very nice Bianchi holster that retails for $110. The only problem this revolver has is...
... to the point that DA trigger pulls won't even advance past the 5th round. Even pulling the hammer back for an SA shot gets tight.
Snap caps and unloaded all is smooth as silk.
What am I missing? Any and all help appreciated.
Edit: This is the first session this thing has been fired in 30...
For those that packed a duty wheel gun back in the day I am interested in what you used for leather. Did you have choice or preference? Which brand? What did you like…hi-ride, mid-ride, low-ride, reverse cant, forward cant, swivel?
@Cerberus Group please weigh in.
This is a hard to find 22 Magnum revolver cylinder. 6 shot. Has a fine patina. I'm not sure what it fits so I have included pictures of the important measurements. Be the first one on your block to own this piece of America's shooting tradition. Looks like a low round count but I can't...
Available is a colt Single action army in .38-40. Comes with a nice holster with a bandolier, and 50 rounds of information. Also comes with an additional hammer. The original hammer works, however the half-cock needs to be rebuilt. The spare hammer works great all 3 positions work. Gun shoots...
gf cant pull slide on an auto so looking for revolvers to trade for.
Looking to trade towards a DA revolver 38/357 one or two if you are interested in the other guns listed 3030 or the rossi..
looking for 223,308 ammo also.
sccy for 220.
winchester 94 3030 for 400
from the late 70s i think...
I have a S&W model 69 combat magnum for sale. Is it in good condition.
I am open to trade offers. Specifically looking for:
.38/.357 lever action
S&W 317 2" .22lr
Ruger Mark IV target model with threaded barrel
Glock 10mm and/or .380
Shoot me an offer, no junk...
So here's my new toy, Lefaucheux had dozens of local small companies produce these for them, this is one of them.
I was lied to and told I could make 7mm pinfire out of 25acp, nope. I gotta order the brass.
Hammer spring is broken, I'll weld it and see if that works. If not, I'll attempt to...
This is for a collector.
Forehand & Wadsworth Pocket model. Rare, 3 inch barrel, Double action, six shot, not five shot as most, 32 S&W, break-top, auto eject. All Nickle. Original Hard rubber grips clearly marked with the classic F&W symbols. Extremely nice quality! Cylinder, top break clip...
I have a nice Heritage .357 mag with 5.5" barrel. Good shooter and well built. Have 2 sets of grips, leather cartridge belt and holster, and approx 200 rds of ammo, not all shown, mostly Factory 158 JSP, a near full box of Hard cast 158gr SWC bullets and some brass. $500 for all Heck, the ammo...
Nagant M1895 revolver made in 1941. When I got it years ago I’ve been told it’s a Vietnam bring back I have no documentation to prove it. There’s no import markings on the gun.
If you have something cool for trade let me know
Selling my M1895 Nagant. Bought it years ago to collect; I never loaded or fired it. (It actually went into a display of WWII Soviet medals that I put together.)
Comes with the shown box, tools, lanyard and holster. One note: I can't get the holster flap 'latch' to attach with the gun in the...
Looking to pick up a Remington 1858 new model Army repro blackpowder revolver.
Prefer steel frame but interested in brass aswell,
Also looking for blackpowder supplies, caps, powder, powder measure etc.
Let me know what you have and what you want for it.
Interested in Colt...