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Automatic revolver
.44 Magnum double revolver

The term revolver refers to repeating firearms with a revolving cylinder. Revolvers have several chambers. These are handguns although other types of weapons use revolving cylinders. They are also called revolving guns, though revolver is used far more often. The first revolvers date back to late 1500s in Europe. It was not until the 1700s or 1800s, however, they became affordable.[1] Revolvers are sometimes used by law enforcement agencies. On some occasions, these guns can be reset by one hand, then loaded with the other.[2]


  1. "S&W history". Smith and Wesson. Retrieved February 7, 2014.
  2. "Revolvers' Actions and Tips for Lefties". The Gun Week. Retrieved February 7, 2014.