Recoil Operated

intr.v (rĭ-koil′)

A form of locked-breech semi-automatic operation in which the barrel and breech remain locked together during the peak pressure, then move rearward under recoil to effect unlocking. Most high-power pistols use this system. Recoil operation is an operating mechanism used in locked-breech, autoloading firearms. As the name implies, these actions use the force of recoil to provide energy to cycle the action. In a recoil-operated handgun the barrel moves a short distance with the slide when the gun is fired and the bullet is still in the barrel. Other operating systems are Blow forward operated, blowback operated, gas operated, and chain.

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Recoil Shield

On a revolver, a lateral extension of the standing breech, to each side, to prevent fired or unfired cartridges from coming out of the chambers and to protect the otherwise exposed primers of unfired cartridges. The enlarged portion of a revolver's frame immediately behind the cylinder.

Revolver Recoil Shield
Revolver Recoil Shield
Recoil Spring

The spring that returns a self-loading firarm's action into battery after firing.

Auto Pistol Recoil Spring
Auto Pistol Recoil Spring


Noun (rĭ-vŏl′vər)

Any handgun whose cartridges are contained in a multi-chambered revolving cylinder separate from the barrel. (Cf. PISTOL) A firearm, usually a handgun, with a cylinder having several chambers so arranged as to rotate around an axis and be discharged successively by the same firing mechanism through a common barrel.  A handgun having a revolving cylinder with several cartridge chambers that may be fired in succession. A pistol having a revolving multichambered cylinder that allows several shots to be discharged without reloading.

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