Handguns, like rifles and shotguns are known by their different actions. Handguns are manufactured in four different actions. Let's look at each action in detail to help you decide which style may suit your needs.
With this style of handgun, a single pull of the trigger both cocks and drops the hammer. To open the action, every double action has a release button that, when pressed, allows the cylinderPart on a revolver where ammunition is stored. to swing out from the framePart of a handgun that all other parts are attached to or housed in.. With the cylinder accessible, you can load the cartridges into the chambersPart of a firearm where ammunition is loaded and ready to be fired.. To close the cylinder, push the cylinder into the frame until it locks in place. When you pull the trigger back, the cylinder revolves to a new chamber, and at the same time the hammer starts toward the cocked position. Continuing to pull the trigger will result in the cylinder stopping on a new chamber and the hammer being dropped, striking the firing pinPart of the action of a firearm - the firing pin is the part that makes contact with the primer, to ignite the gunpowder in a cartridge or shotshell.. To fire another cartridge, start pulling the trigger back slowly until the revolver fires. Alternatively, while keeping your finger off the trigger, pull the hammer all the way back with your thumb until it locks into position. A slight squeeze on the trigger will fire the gun. To unload the double action, press the cylinder release, swing the cylinder out to expose the chambers, and push on the ejection rodPart on the outside cylinder of a double-action revolver. Pressing the rod ejects all cartridges from the cylinder simultaneously.. All the cartridges will fall from the cylinder.
Safety first! A revolver does not have an external safety. When carrying a revolver, make sure the hammer is resting on an empty chamber.