Well, I see your point from 150-175 years ago, but that does not make it right today, nor does it define the meaning of the word. Nor was I referring to 150 years ago about making and the selling of handguns in the US. At any point in time words can be misconstrued. Today's Colt manufacturing does not ever call a revolver a pistol, at least not officially, nor on their web. The fact still remains that the 'real' and technical definition of a pistol is a handgun that fires the projectile from the barrel, like they all use to do before the advent of the revolver. Perhaps 150 years ago, they did not know the terms true meaning, that since just about all previous handguns were pistols, and then they used the common, known name for marketing reasons (to sell more gunsNo, sir, you are wrong, unless you believe the firearm and ammunition manufacturers were "laymen". Handguns were marketed as "pistols" regardless of whether they were single shots or revolvers, muzzleloaders or cartridge firing for many years after the advent of repeaters. The uptight insistence on separating "revolver" from "pistol" is a relatively recent phenomenon.
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