Re: Smart pistols

From: Brian D Williams (
Date: Thu May 04 2000 - 07:54:24 MDT

From: James Rogers <>

>I assume you mean "self-loading" rather than "semi-automatic",
>since both revolvers and pistols are "semi-automatic" (unless you
>are talking about single-shot weapons).

Revolvers are not normally considered semi-automatic, even by the
anti-gun crowd.

>The mythical reliability of revolvers has, in recent years, been
>largely superceded by modern self-loading designs. Most of the
>reputation of self-loaders being unreliable can be traced to a
>hundred year history that was dominated by the venerable Colt 1911
>(first sold in 1905 despite the designation).

>The 1990s saw the emergence of extremely reliable self-loading
>designs. Several self-loading designs, such as the H&K USP series
>and the Glock (9mm only), have Mean Rounds Between Failure figures
>that greatly exceed the MRBF figures for most revolvers. Most of
>the people I know who don't trust the reliability of self-loading
>weapons are long time shooters who are unwilling to consider that
>technology has improved beyond what it was or who are are too
>stubborn to change. Revolvers are being slowly confined to the
>increasingly small niches where they still offer real advantages.

I've tried arguing this with them with no success, I'm a proud
owner of a HK USP 9mm myself.

At least they both own nice collections of .44mags and classic


Extropy Institute,
Adler Planetarium
Life Extension Foundation,
National Rifle Association,, 1.800.672.3888
Mars Society,
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