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Women's Guide to Buying Your First Handgun
and reliability depend on the maker and gun model.
although there are extremely durable and reliable semi-automatic
pistol models, revolvers tend to have the edge especially with
regard to the casual user.
This is generally a debatable subject and responses will
vary depending on which gun expert you speak with.
view here is that semi-automatic pistols are more complex as a
mechanical device than are revolvers.
There are a lot more parts and there are springs that can
easily diminish in tension with age and use.
No doubt that a well-maintained mechanical gun will serve
its owner well and perhaps even result in superior performance
in some cases, but for the casual user who has neither time nor
inclination to maintain the gun, durability and reliability can
should be emphasized that durability and reliability are
dependent also on the owner.
With revolvers, this is less true.
So, in the case of the casual user/owner, revolver can
make more sense, generally speaking.
said that, however, it should be pointed out that if the
owner/user is willing to exercise some amount of maintenance,
some semi-automatic pistol models might make better sense, if
other considerations merit it. In the case of some gun models, only a small amount of
additional care can make the semi-automatic pistol a better
is related to durability and reliability.
It is the attribute of the gun on how easy it is to keep
in proper operating condition.
handgun needs to occasionally be field stripped in order to
clean and lubricate it. Some
guns are easy to field strip, some are difficult.
Some guns you can take apart in one minute and spend
forever trying to put it together again.
This is an issue of maintainability.
is recommended that you clean your gun after each use, but some
guns are more flexible and will let you get away without
cleaning after many hundreds of rounds.
With other guns, youíd better forget thinking about
getting away without cleaning after each and every use.
semi-automatic pistols are designed for better maintainability
than others. Donít
forget that there are more parts to a semi-automatic pistol than
a revolver. For
each cleaning, you pretty much have to remove the slide from the
receiver of a semi-automatic pistol, which for some people can
be an adventure. With
revolvers, itís easy enough to open the cylinder and clean the
as a general rule, revolvers tend to have better maintainability
than semi-automatic pistols.
keep in mind that even some casual users donít mind investing
a little more maintenance time in order to enjoy other benefits
of a semi-automatic pistol.
So, weíre not trying to jump on any anti semi-automatic
Ch 1 - Introduction | Ch 2 - Why Handguns | Ch 3 - Why Many Handguns Aren't Right | Ch 4 - What to Look for in Handguns | Ch 5 - Revolver vs Semi-Automatic Pistol | Ch 6 - Revolver Choices | Ch 7 - Semi-Automatic Choices | Ch 8 - Used or New | Ch 9 - Internet or Local | Ch 10 - Why Practice is Important
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