Revolver or Pistol which is better For almost two hundred years, revolvers, or “wheelguns,” have been around. In a revolving cylinder, a revolver usually contains five, six, or even seven rounds of ammunition. Usually, modern revolvers are double-action guns: a single trigger pulls the hammer and releases both cocks, firing the weapon.
Alternately, in single-action mode, several handguns may be fired, in which the hammer is first cocked, resulting in a lighter pull of the trigger. Revolvers have frames of steel or aluminum and typically are heavier than most handguns, round for round. This both gives a revolver heft and allows recoil to be absorbed.
A modern home defense handgun will be available in either .38 Special or .357 Magnum calibers, and both calibers of bullets can be fired by weapons chambered in the latter.
In home protection, one benefit of the pistol is that it is easier to use and learn to fire. Shooting a revolver doesn’t take much just open the magazine, insert bullets, close the cylinder and pull the trigger. In a high-stress scenario, where the user does not have to think about whether or not the first round was chambered by racking the slide, as in semiautomatic pistols, this simplicity is comforting. In the hands of the owner, the heft of a metal-framed revolver is also comforting.
In a home-defense scenario, too there are drawbacks to a pistol. Revolvers are limited to a handful, usually six bullets. This represents less than half the number available to semiautomatic gun owners.
The pistol owner frequently expends the entire magazine of fifteen or so rounds in the first two seconds in many modern gun engagements. It may also feel insufficient to have six rounds or less but this is more of a training problem than anything else. Revolvers also take more time to reload, which can feel like an eternity in a stressful situation, and involve taking the user’s eyes off the threat to load a fresh set of bullets.
For well over a hundred years, semiautomatic handguns, or pistols, have been around. In a magazine inserted in the gun grip, a pistol normally carries up to seventeen rounds of nine-millimeter ammunition. Most pistols are double-action guns, just like revolvers, although some are capable of firing in single-action mode.
Pistols like the 1911A1 are all steel handguns, but as a weight-saving measure, many newer versions like the Glock 19 and Smith & Wesson M&P make use of polymer frames. The majority of current handguns have nine-millimeter, .40 Smith & Wesson and .45 ACP chambers.
In a home-defense scenario, handguns have some benefits. With the exception of the 1911A1, handguns normally bear twice as many bullets, but in the user’s state, this often depends on firearms laws. (California, for example, only allows ten-round magazines in handguns and pistols.) With the user’s eyes off the threat, pistols can also be reloaded, with the handgun still pointing down. Finally, M1913 rail interface systems are also used in modern handguns. Built by Picatinny Arsenal, these rails allow accessory lights and laser pointers to be mounted, making it easier to shine a light and simultaneously hold a handgun.