Re: Smart Pistols

From: James Rogers (
Date: Wed May 03 2000 - 14:17:36 MDT

On Wed, 03 May 2000, Eugene Leitl wrote:
> James Rogers writes:
> > or who are are too stubborn to change. Revolvers are being slowly confined
> > to the increasingly small niches where they still offer real advantages.
> These being?

1) Shooting non-standard specialty loads. Self-loaders require ammunition
that meets a relatively narrow spec envelope, as it has to feed and it has
to reliably cycle the action. Cartridges with non-standard dimensions,
powder charges, or unconventional payloads usually function just fine in

2) Use in unusual environments that might impede the cycling action
of a self-loader, but which would not impede the action of most revolvers
(like shooting from inside a jacket pocket).

3) Revolver actions are generally better suited for very heavy hunting
loads. Self-loading actions would have to be large to the point of being
unwieldly to approach this ability (e.g. the Desert Eagle).

-James Rogers

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