Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is a handgun?

As the name implies, a ‘handgun’ is a small pistol or revolver, designed to be shot with one hand.

Q: What is a ‘Pistol’?

A pistol is any ‘automatic’, or ‘semi-automatic’ handgun, that is fed with a ‘magazine’ of bullets. In a semi-automatic pistol (such as a Glock) every time the gun is initially charged and the trigger is depressed, the gun fires one bullet, and then it reloads itself, automatically. In fully automatic pistols (like an Uzi) the gun can fire MULTIPLE times, with one pull off the trigger, and will empty the magazine, if the shooter does not let go of the trigger before the weapon runs empty.

Q: What are the main advantages of a pistol?

  1. faster reloading than most revolvers, between rounds being fired, and between magazine changes.
  2. higher capacity than most revolvers, allows for more than 6 rounds, averaging over 10, but up to 30+.
  3. lighter weight and slimmer, allow for easy carry.

Q: What are the downsides of a pistol?

  1. despite vast improvements, semiautomatic guns can jam, and under certain circumstances (such as interfering with the slide) will jam every time.
  2. more parts than most revolvers, and more parts mean more points of possible failure.
  3. more complicated to learn and can be deadly if the operator panics, and doesn’t operate the safeties correctly.

Q: What is a ‘Revolver’?

A revolver, or ‘wheel gun’, has a cylinder, which rotates to align with the barrel, BEFORE the gun is fired.

Q: What are the main advantages of a revolver?

  1. super reliable, in all conditions and situations
  2. easy to understand and operate, even in panic situations

Q: What are the downsides of a revolver?

  1. limited round capacity, with usually only 5-6 bullets
  2. overall, somewhat slower to shoot and reload, unless you are a quick draw expert.