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  • pistol is a handgun, more specifically one with the chamber integral to its gun barrel, though in common usage the two terms are often used interchangeably. The English word was introduced in ca. 1570 – when early handguns were produced in Europe and are derived from the Middle French pistolet (ca. 1550), meaning a small gun or knife. In colloquial usage, the word “pistol” is often used to describe any type of handgun, inclusive of revolvers (which have a single barrel and a separate cylinder housing multiple chambers) and the pocket-sized derringers (which are often multi-barrelled).
  • The most common type of pistol used in the contemporary era is the semi-automatic pistol, while the older single-shot and manual repeating pistols are now rarely seen and used primarily for nostalgic hunting and historical reenactment, and the fully automatic machine pistols are uncommon in civilian usage due to generally poor recoil-controllability and strict laws and regulations governing their manufacture and sale.

Difference Between Pistol And Handgun

A handgun is a gun that fits in your hand, which includes both pistols and revolvers. A pistol has a stationary gun chamber; a revolver has a chamber that spins. … In pistols, there are semi-automatic handguns that are also in single-action, double-action, and double-action-only models. Female pistols available on sale

The differences between pistols and revolvers can be summarized as follows –

Pistols Revolvers
The ammunition is placed in a removable magazine The ammunition is placed in a barrel
The magazine is arranged in the grip. A cylindrical magazine is arranged behind the breech end of the barrel.
The magazine accommodates more than eight cartridges. Normally the cylinder accommodates less than eight cartridges.
It ejects the casings with each shot. It keeps the shell casings in the barrel.
The trigger pull is less. The trigger pull is more.
The weapon is light in weight. It is somewhat heavy (due to its cylinder)
A misfired cartridge cannot be easily removed. A misfired cartridge can easily be removed.