Revolver

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A revolver is a type of repeating firearm in which several chambers within a rotating cylinder line up sequentially with the barrel of the firearm. There are three types of revolvers: single action revolvers must be manually recocked after each shot (which also rotates the next chamber to align with the barrel); double action revolvers have a mechanism which automatically cocks and rotates the cylinder when the trigger is pulled; automatic revolvers have a mechanism that uses the recoil energy to rotate the cylinder and cock the revolver for the next shot. The automatic revolver is a very uncommon type of weapon, probably best remembered today by the .455" Webley-Fosbery which was used to kill Sam Spade's partner in The Maltese Falcon. Double action revolvers may also be manually cocked in the same manner as a single action revolver.

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