There are a number of handguns that fire .50 caliber rounds, or near .50 caliber rounds, and in some cases even larger calibers. Many black powder pistols fired rounds with diameter well above .5 inch. Beginning in the 1900s .50 caliber bullets began to include larger versions of an existing, smaller bullet, such as the .50 Action Express, and specifically designed rounds, such as the .500 S&W, or rifle rounds such as .50 BMG. There are automatic, revolver, and singleshot designs, and even some bolt action examples. They tend to be larger and heavier than most other arms of their type, which helps absorb some of the tremendous recoil associated with firing these weapons. ...more on Wikipedia about ".50 caliber handguns"
The AN/PEQ-6 is a laser aiming module (LAM) developed under the Offensive Handgun Weapon System (OHWS) program, run by the United Stated Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) in the 1990s for use with the Mark 23 semi-automatic pistol. ...more on Wikipedia about "AN/PEQ-6"
A Philadelphia Deringer is a small percussion handgun designed by Henry Deringer (1786-1868) and produced from 1852 through 1968. A popular handgun of the era, this design was widely copied by competitors, sometimes down to the markings. Over time, the misspelling " derringer" has come to refer to any small-sized, usually large- caliber handgun that is neither semiautomatic nor a revolver. ...more on Wikipedia about "Deringer"
The term derringer is a genericized misspelling of the last name of Henry Deringer, a famous maker of small pocket pistols in the 1800s. Many copies of the original Philadelphia Deringer pistol were made by other gun makers worldwide, and the name was often misspelled; this misspelling soon became a generic term for any pocket pistol. The original Deringer pistol was a single shot muzzleloading pistol; with the advent of cartridge firearms, pistols began to be produced in the modern form still known as a "derringer". ...more on Wikipedia about "Derringer"
Dueling pistols are pistols of identical appearance, reliability and accuracy that were used in a classical duel. They were often blackpowder single shot pistols. ...more on Wikipedia about "Duelling pistol"
A flare gun is a gun that shoots flares. They are a common item in rescue kits. ...more on Wikipedia about "Flare gun"
The GLOCK 21 is a pistol manufactured by GLOCK. It is a large frame GLOCK based on the GLOCK 20 and fires the .45 ACP ammunition. It uses a modified GLOCK 20 frame, .45 ACP barrel, modified slide and magazine but these difference are quite minor and it does look identical to a GLOCK 20. It is a very popular sports and law enforcement pistol in the United States, because of its reputation for rugged dependability, 13- round magazine capacity, and it being chambered in the popular and effective .45 ACP ...more on Wikipedia about "GLOCK 21" You've Got Questions. We've Got www.shortopedia.com.
The HK P11 is a special-purpose Heckler & Koch pistol designed to be used underwater, where ordinary-shaped bullets are inaccurate and have very short range. As a result, this pistol fires rocket-like solid-fuel steel darts that are about 10 cm long. It is longer range and has more penetrating power than spearguns. It has five barrels, each of which is loaded with a cartridge. After firing all five cartridges, the pistol must be sent back to its manufacturer for reloading. It has been seen in action in movies. ...more on Wikipedia about "HK P11"
The Jericho 941 is a double action, high capacity pistol developed by IMI and introduced in 1990. Its design is based on the CZ-75 pistol produced by Česká zbrojovka (CZ) of the Czech Republic. The introduction of the Jericho 941 also introduced a new caliber to the market, the .41 Action Express (or .41 AE), which was developed in 1986. The .41 AE was a unique rebated rim cartridge designed to use .410 inch (10.25 mm) bullets and duplicate a reduced power police loading of the .41 Magnum. The Jericho originally shipped with two barrels, one for 9mm Luger and the other for .41 AE. The magazine was designed to feed either round, and since the .41 AE was designed with a rebated rim the same dimensions as that of the 9mm, the extractor and ejector worked equally well for either cartridge. Soon after its commercial introduction, the .40 S&W was introduced to the market. Ballistically, the .40 S&W was nearly identical to moderate .41 AE loads (the reloading manuals that list the .41 AE generally say to use .40 S&W data), although commercial loadings of .41 AE were somewhat more powerful than the .40 S&W. With the stronger backing of major American firearms and ammunition manufacturers, the .40 S&W quickly pushed the .41 AE out of the market. The Jericho 941 was only on the market for 1 year before the dual 9mm/.41 AE chambering was dropped, and the pistol was sold as either 9mm or .40 S&W. A later compact version, the Jericho 945, was chambered in .45 ACP or 9mm. IMI eventually dropped the "Jericho" name in the American marketplace, and renamed the line of pistols "Baby Eagle", to capitalize on the cosmetic resemblence to IMI's more popular Desert Eagle pistol line. ...more on Wikipedia about "Jericho 941"
The FN Browning M1900 is a single action, semi-automatic handgun designed ca. 1896 by John Browning. ...more on Wikipedia about "M1900"
A mousegun is most-often considered a category of small revolver, or semi-automatic handgun intended for self defense; typically such small pistols are of 9 mm caliber or less. Compared to so-called " Saturday night specials" mouseguns tend to be of significantly higher quality and cost. A mousegun, for this use of the term, is essentially a high-quality pocket pistol. The key factor for pistols considered to be mouseguns is not the caliber, but rather the size of the pistol, in determining whether any particular pistol is considered a mousegun. ...more on Wikipedia about "Mousegun"
A pistol or handgun is a usually small firearm that can be used with one hand. There are three common types of pistols: single-shot pistols, revolvers, and semi-automatic pistols. In the 15th century the term "pistol" was used for small knives and daggers which could be concealed in a person's clothing. By the 18th century the term came to be used exclusively to refer to small firearms, or additionally, and more recently, similar devices designed for the aimed discharge of projectiles by the force of gas pressure stored by means other than chemical (" air pistol"). Although all handguns are generally referred to as pistols, some restrict the term "pistol" to single-chamber handguns, such as semi-automatic or single-shot pistols, as opposed to multi-chambered revolvers or multi-barreled derringers, and use handgun for the broader category. ...more on Wikipedia about "Pistol"
A revolver is a multishot firearm, usually a handgun, in which the rounds are held in a revolving cylinder that rotates to fire them through a single barrel. ...more on Wikipedia about "Revolver"
Saturday night special is an American pejorative or slang term for any small, inexpensive handgun. In written shorthand, it is sometimes written as SNS. ...more on Wikipedia about "Saturday night special"
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A Semi-automatic (also known as Self-loading) pistol is a handgun that can be fired in semi-automatic mode, firing one cartridge for each trigger pull until running out of stored ammunition and which additionally utilizes but a single chamber and a single barrel which remain in a fixed linear orientation relative to each other while being fired and re-loaded semi-automatically. ...more on Wikipedia about "Semi-automatic self-loading pistol"
The 4.5 mm SPP-1 Underwater Pistol is made in Russia for use underwater by Russian frogmen or, using Russian military terminology, by combat swimmers. It was developed in the late 1960's. Underwater, ordinary-shaped bullets are inaccurate and very short-range. As a result, this pistol fires a steel bolt about 4 inches long. It has four barrels, each containing one cartridge. Its ammunition comes as a clip of four cartridges which is inserted into the pistol's breech. It is longer range and has more penetrating power than spearguns. Its barrel is not rifled; the fired projectile is kept in line by hydrodynamic effects. As a result, it is somewhat inaccurate when fired out of water. ...more on Wikipedia about "SPP-1 Underwater Pistol"
Zip gun is a term used for a crude, illegal, improvised firearm, usually a handgun. Zip guns are usually associated with criminals, although they may also be used by insurgents, who may not be considered criminals outside their own nation. Zip guns are almost always single-shot, and often one shot, as the improvised construction makes them weak enough to be destroyed by the act of firing. Many zip guns use black market commercial ammunition, which is usually more easily obtained than black market firearms, but a zip gun could use improvised ammunition as well. Zip guns are usually smoothbore, unless they are built using barrels salvaged from other firearms. ...more on Wikipedia about "Zip gun"
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