- American Handgunner Online
devoted to handguns and handgun shooting sports
- Automatic guns with 15 rounds in 9 mm parabelum
Description of weapons with great capacity. includes a forum. (in french)
- Bullberry Barrel Works Online
Custom Contender and Encore Stock sets and Barrels in over 175 calibers – they have an online catalog that describes their full line of products and services.
- Bullseye Pistol.com
Articles and Resources for the competitive Bullseye Pistol shooter – lots of original and meaningful content – check it out!
- Colt Woodsman Page
An extensive online guide to the Colt Woodsman. Includes manufacture dates by serial number, takedown instructions, tables of features, parts for sale, and more
- David Buehn
Specializing in U.S. Military pistols-rifles-shotguns & Accessories. Cold Pistols & D.A. revolvers (1889-1970), High Standard pistols and Books
- Desert Eagle Pistol FAQ
Information, opinions, reviews, ammo, etc.
- Downsizer Corporation
Manufacturer of the World’s smallest pistol, available in .45 ACP or .357 Magnum
- Excel Arns
Manufactures rifles and pistols in 17-HMR and 22 WMR
- GPB’s Homepage
Journal of one person’s experiences in competitive shooting – a good place to learn what to expect and what it is all about
- Handgun Reference Resource
Site offers a Handgun Database, Manufacturer Database, and Handgun Selector
An informative site about handguns and rifles
- High Standard Manufacting Company, Inc.
Manufacturer’s site with lots of info on their line of .22lr pistols
- Iver Johnson Homepage
Information about Iver Johnson revolvers and other guns made by IJ. Site aspires to be the web resource for iver johnson arms & cycle works guns
- KABOOM! – The Pistol Shooters’ Haven
An archive of original pistol graphics, targets, and links to other pistol sites
- Kahr Arms Homepage
Site features info on manufacturer’s pistols and accessories
- Kel Tec P11 Owners Group
Site for and by owners of this pistol
Manufacturer of 9mm pistols and carbines
- Magnum Research
Makers of the Desert Eagle
- North American Arms
Manufacturer of a mini revolvers and pistols – site features on-line ordering of parts and accessories
- SASS – Single Action Shooting Society
The place to start for information about Single Action Shooting. Lots of useful material.
- SIGARMS INC.–Home Page
Manufacturer of pistols – site has retail price list
- Savage Automatic 1907
You Tube Video presenting the Save Pocket Pistol 1907
- Smallest Guns
A sortable index of the smallest guns of each type of each caliber, focusing on current production models useful for concealed carry
- Smith & Wesson
- Sociedad Largo Homepage
A page dedicated to firearms that shoot the 9x23mm cartridge known as 9mm Largo
- Springfield Interactive
by Springfield Armory
- Taurus Firearms
Full listing (spec and pictures) of both their pistol and revolver line. No pricing info.
- What Gun?
An excellent article fully titled What Kind of Gun Should I Buy? Some Practical Advice for the Novice Gun Owner from The Secretary of the Shawnee Hunt Club
- cz – ceska zbrojovka
manufacturer of pistols, rifles, and shotguns in czech republic
- gallery of guns
search over a 1000 of firearm models, locate a retailer, join the discussion center, send gun e-cards, view specials, and find out about the only guaranteed lifetime replacement warranty.
dedicated to hunting with handguns
- hs 2000 semi automatic pistol
hs america is an importer and reseller of fine handguns and rifles. the hs 2000 is a prime example of craftsmanship and reliability in a law enforcement pistol
- jim spacek’s hi standard homepage
a site dedicated to high standard firearms…
- rossi firearms
features details of the handguns and rifles they manufacture
- the long range handgunners association
offering members advice on the art of long range shooting with a handgun discount loading and accessories and the seasonal postal shoot
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Handguns are designed to be held and operated using one hand, while the other hand can optionally support the firing hand. The characteristics of the handgun make it more convenient and typically easier to use then its larger counterparts, such as the rifle, shotgun or long gun. Today, most types of handguns can fall into one of the following categories: single-shot pistols, derringers, revolvers, pepperboxes, semi-automatic pistols, and machine pistols. These general types of handguns can be found below.
Some of the earliest handguns were single-shot guns with could be ignited by inserting a match cord into the touch hole. Some of the most popular models today include the Thompson/Center Encore and the bolt action handguns. The Remington XP-100 was the first bolt action pistol, introduced in the early 1960’s based similarly to the Remington Model 600 rifle.
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Towards the beginning of the creation of firearms, experimentation with multi-barreled weapons was conducted in order to shoot more than one shot before having to reload. Duck’s-foot pistols and Derringers were two examples of small handheld pistols. Pepper-box guns, also referred to as pepper-box pistols or revolvers, were also popular multi-barreled guns, first introduced in the fifteenth century. Howdah pistols were often created from double-barreled rifles and today is recognized as the “big game hunter’s weapon”.
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During the nineteenth century, gunsmiths achieved their goal of a practical weapon that could deliver multiple loads in a handgun. Ammunition was fed through the revolver through a cartridge-filled cylinder, in which each cartridge had its own ignition chamber. They hybrid form of the traditional revolver is known as the automatic revolver. The Colt is a single action revolver, made famous with the popular Single Action Army, as well as the newer Cowboy model.
Lever Action Pistols
The first lever action pistols were developed in 1854 and based on a Horace Smith and Daniel B. Wesson patent. By 1855, the name was changed to Volcanic Repeating Arms Company, followed by New Haven Arms Company, creating an important even in Winchester’s history. Volcanic pistols only lasted until 1860. Two models were produced during this time: The Pocket Pistol .31 calibers with 3 ½ inch / 6 inch barrels and the Navy Pistol .41 calibers with 6 inch / 8 inch / 16 inch barrels.
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The next greatest development in the history of handguns is the semi-automatic pistol. The semi-automatic uses energy from the first shot to reload the chamber of the second shot. The recoil energy of the process is mechanically harnessed, but some larger calibers are gas powered. After the pistol fires a round, the gun then cycles and ejects the casing and chambers a new round. This allows for a new shot to take place immediately.
The machine pistol is a form of firearm that was developed to be fired using one hand. There are various types of machine pistols, including the Glock 18 and models of the Mauser C96. While some machine pistols have the ability to attach a shoulder stock, such as in the Koch VP70 and the Heckler, others add a forward handgrip, such as in the Beretta 93R. The addition of these two features was a design change to create a short-barreled rifle.