Tuesday, July 2, 2013

What is a Revolver? The ATF Definition

Defined Under Federal Laws: 18 U.S.C., § 921(A)(29) and 27 CFR § 478.11:

The term “Revolver” means a projectile weapon of the pistol type, having a breechloading chambered cylinder so arranged that the cocking of the hammer or movement of the trigger rotates it and brings the next cartridge in line with the barrel for firing.

As for the terminology and nomenclature of revolvers, the first illustration shows the primary characteristics exhibited in the "Revolver" category.

The second illustration below further details the primary characteristics exhibited in the "Revolver" category. Since revolver configurations differ significantly, various models in this classification may exhibit any of the illustrated components in a revised configuration, but not necessarily all components shown will be incorporated in any one given design.

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This is per the ATF website:

Firearms - Guides - Importation & Verification of Firearms - Gun Control Act Definition - Revolver

1 comment:

  1. What the ATF considers a firearm depends on what kind of gun you have. Any gun that can easily be modified illegally to fire a projectile is classified as a firearm. If you can easily modify the caliber, barrel length, capacity, or even the gun itself illegally, then you are committing a felony. Once you are charged as a convicted felon, any and all chances of you legally owning or purchasing a firearm go out the window. Some people tend to think that they can take a .38 special for example and amp it up to .410 and that will be legal. No no no no. Not legal. That is a felony. And another thing that is a felony is purchasing a firearm for somebody who cannot legally purchase the gun themselves. This is a straw purchase. And that to my knowledge is illegal. When it comes to a revolver, by definition, that is a handgun that can fire six or more rounds of live ammo. The most common calibers for a revolver are .22, .38, .44, and .45. There are others as well including the .357, the .44 Special, the .41 Magnum, and the .454 Casull. Me, personally, I would carry either a .22, .32, .38, or .45. I'm not too big on the .44 Magnum since it seems like a much heavier gun. Don't get wrong. I am a revolver guy. But there are some revolvers that I won't touch with a twenty foot pole. The ATF's definition of a revolver is a handgun that can be classified as a firearm under federal law. I could be wrong, but last time I checked, that was in the mandate. So if you have any questions or concerns, please let me know. However, I don't have a personal internet site or page where you can find me so it would have to be in person. I have been studying firearms now for eight years straight and I can't begin to tell you how stressful being an Old West historian and gun expert really is. Most of my research comes from the books that others have written that I've read since I haven't written any myself. I am an expert in American history and I would know whether or not a certain firearm qualifies. You are more than welcome to come visit me so that we can discuss this. I'm sorry if my information is limited or misconstrued. It's just that there's so much about ATF classifications that I don't know. But like I said, you're welcome to come visit me so we can talk. Your opinion matters. Bye for now.


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