Pistols are a subset of the larger firearm category of handguns, which as the name implies, is a firearm designed to be used with one hand. The two major handgun subsets include revolvers and pistols. Pistols distinguish themselves primarily by a chamber that is integral with the barrel, as opposed to a revolver, where the chamber is separate from the barrel as a revolving cylinder. Sub-types of these two major categories can include pepperboxes, derringers, single shot, semi-automatic and machine pistols.
Since inception, pistols have had a wide variety of uses including hunting and self-defense and are widely used by all factions of military and police. Their compact and lightweight build allows them to be utilized in many different environments. The useful range of a typical pistol is about 100 feet.
Some of the most popular brands in the pistols category are Beretta, Colt, CZ, European American Armory (AAE), Glock, Heckler and Koch (HK), Kahr, Kel-Tec, Magnum Research, Para USA, Sig Sauer, Smith and Wesson, Springfield, Taurus and Walther. With one of the largest selections available anywhere Sportsman’s Depot, LLC carries all of these brands along with many others.