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Old July 31, 2013, 02:20 PM   #74
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Originally Posted by biff tannen
I say revolver, because I'd hate to risk a semi jam on the shot that can save my family!
You've got one round loaded in a semi and a revolver.

The semi has a round in the chamber, it only has to drop the hammer or striker to fire.

The revolver has to go through all the additional failure points to rotate the cylinder to get the round into the same position the semi already started in (round under the hammer).

It has to hope that the cartridge doesn't have a high primer that binds the cylinder, hope the cartridge is not over-length and binds the cylinder, hope that none of the springs or rotating mechanism jams, and then it finally gets the round into the same position that the semi started in.

At that point, the trigger mechanism in each can release the hammer (or striker) to fire the round.
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