Innovation of Handguns

Timeline created by jacksaint
  • 1560

    Matchlock Pistol

    Matchlock Pistol
    The matchlock was the first mechanism, or "lock" invented to facilitate the firing of a hand-held firearm. This design removed the need to lower by hand a lit match into the weapon's flash pan and made it possible to have both hands free to keep a firm grip on the weapon at the moment of firing, and, more importantly to keep both eyes on the target. This gun is a 1-Shot, Muzzle-Loading Pistol with a 6" barrel. The caliber of it is not known as it was made very unique by the producer.
  • Wheel-Lock Pistol

    Wheel-Lock Pistol
    The wheel-lock is a friction wheel mechanism to cause a spark for firing a firearm. It was the next major development in firearm technology after the matchlock and the self-igniting firearm. The mechanism is a so called because it uses a rotating wheel to provide ignition. The wheel-lock is a 1-Shot, Muzzle-Loading pistol that has a 7" barrel. The wheel-lock has a range of 40-75 in terms of caliber.
  • Flintlock Pistol

    Flintlock Pistol
    The flintlock was a firing mechanism used on muskets, pistols, and rifles in the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries. The flintlock quickly replaced earlier technologies, such as the matchlock and wheel lock. It continued to be in common use for over two centuries. The flintlock is a 1-Shot, Muzzle-Loading pistol with a 5" barrel and has a range of 30-75 in terms of caliber. The flintlock pistol was used mainly by the French.
  • Pepper-Box Revolver

    Pepper-Box Revolver
    The pepper-box revolver is a multi barrel repeating firearm that has three of more barrels grouped around a central axis. It was similar to the revolver in that it contains bullets in separate chambers in a rotating cylinder. Unlike the the revolver the, each chamber in the pepperbox had its own barrel making a complex indexing system unnecessary. The pepper-box is a 3-Shot, Manual Load Revolver/Multi Shot gun. It has a 2" barrel. The caliber for this gun is very unique and not clearly known.
  • Colt Paterson

    Colt Paterson
    The Colt Paterson was the first commercial repeating firearm employing a revolving cylinder with a single, stationary barrel. To fire the Paterson, the shooter thumbed the hammer back and the action rotated a chamber in line with the barrel and locked the cylinder in place. The Colt Paterson is a 5-Round Cylinder Revolver. It has a 7.5" Barrel which is considered to be very long and has a caliber of .28-.36.
  • Smith & Wesson Model 1

    Smith & Wesson Model 1
    The Smith & Wesson Model 1 was the first firearm manufactured by Smith & Wesson. It was also the first commercially available revolver to use rimfire cartridges instead of loose powder, musket ball, and percussion caps. The Smith & Wesson Model 1 is a revolver with a 7-Round Cylinder and a barrel of 3.19". The S&W Model 1 shoots .22 caliber bullets and is an American gun.
  • Derringer Remington Model 95

    Derringer Remington Model 95
    The Remington Model 95 is a double-barrel pocket pistol commonly recognized as a derringer. Guns were offered with engraving or plain blue or nickel-plated finish with grips of metal walnut, rosewood, hard rubber, ivory, or pearl. The Derringer Remington Model 95 is a 2-Shot, Manuel Load with a 3" barrel. The Derringer shoots a .41 caliber rimfire.
  • Colt 1911

    Colt 1911
    Designed to replace military pistols chambered in .38 long colt that were not powerful enough. It was a primary military pistol until the mid 1980's when the military adopted 9mm pistols as a standard sought after from NATO. After over 100 years of production it is still used today and beloved by many around the world. The Colt 1911 is a 7-Round +1, Detachable Box Pistol. It has a 5.03" barrel and has a few different calibers. A .45 caliber, a 9 mm, and a .38 super. This gun was made in America.
  • Colt M1917

    Colt M1917
    The Colt M1917 was adopted by the U.S. Army in 1917, during World War 1. After the war, M1917s became popular on the civilian and police market. Some were military surplus while others were newly manufactured. The Colt M1917 is a 6-Round Cylinder Revolver. It has a 5.5" barrel and shoots a .45 caliber bullet. This Revolver was created in America.
  • Walther P38

    Walther P38
    In the beginning of World War II the P38 was the first locked-breech pistol to use a double-action trigger. The P38 operates by use of a wedge-shaped locking block underneath the breech. When the pistol I fired both the barrel and slide recoil for a short distance together. The P38 is an 8-Round, Detachable Magazine Pistol with a 4.9" barrel. It shoots 9 mm bullets and was created in Nazi Germany.
  • Beretta M1951

    Beretta M1951
    The M1951 is a short recoil operated, locked breech pistol with a vertically falling locking piece and an open top slide. The M1951 featured a lightweight alloy frame which proved to be unable to withstand the shock of the relatively high-powered 9mm Parabellum round in the long run - it was later replaced by a 'second series' model. The Beretta M1951 is an 8-Round, Detachable Magazine Pistol with a 4.9" barrel. This gun shoots 9mm bullets and was made in Italy.
  • Smith & Wesson Model 60

    Smith & Wesson Model 60
    The Smith & Wesson Model 60 revolver is a 5-shot sub nosed gun that is chambered in either .38 Special or .357 Magnum calibers. The Model 60 was the first ever stainless steel revolver ever made. Due to it's popularity, there was a waiting list at gun-shops for up to 6 months after it's release. The S&W Model 60 has has a 5-Round Cylinder with a 3" barrel. The gun was created in America
  • Smith & Wesson Model 59

    Smith & Wesson Model 59
    Designed for the U.S Navy, the Model 59 was one of the first generation of Smith & Wesson semi-automatics. The Model 59 was manufactured in 9mm Parabellum caliber with a wider anodized aluminum frame, a straight backstrap, a magazine disconnect, and a blued carbon steel slide that carries the manual safety. The S&W Model 59 is a 14-Round, double column detachable magazine gun with a 3" barrel. As said before, it fires a 9 caliber bullet. It is an American gun.
  • Smith & Wesson Model 686

    Smith & Wesson Model 686
    The Model 686 is based on Smith & Wesson's L revolver frame. The Model 686 was chambered for .357 and .38 Special +P calibers. The gun was used not only by the Us, but also France, Norway, and Luxembourg. The S&W Model 686 is a 7-Round Cylinder Revolver with a 3" barrel. The Model 686 as said before was an American gun.
  • Glock 17

    Glock 17
    The Clock-17 is a 9mm pistol that uses a modified Browning cam-lock system adapted from the Hi-Power pistol. The Clock 17 was the first successful line of pistols with a polymer frame. Due to it's performance, the Glock 17 became a standard NATO-classified sidearm and was granted a NATO Stock Number. The Clock 17 is a 17-Round, Box Magazine Pistol that fires a 9mm bullet. This gun was created by Austria.
  • Desert Eagle

    Desert Eagle
    The Desert Eagle is a semi-automatic pistol mostly designed by the Israel Military and America. Unlike most pistols, the barrel does not move during firing. When fired, gases are ported out through a small hole in the barrel near the breech. These travel forward through a small tube under the barrel, to a cylinder near the front of the barrel. The Desert Eagle is a 9-Round, Detachable Box Magazine with a 10" Barrel. The Desert Eagle can fire a .357 magnum to a .50 caliber action express.
  • Smith & Wesson Model 910

    Smith & Wesson Model 910
    The Smith & Wesson 910 is a full-sized, 9x19mm pistol that features an aluminum alloy frame, and a slide mounted de-cocking safety. The sighting system of the Model 910 consists of high visibility three-dot fixed sights. It is still in production today. The Smith & Wesson Model 910 is a 15-Round Magazine with a 4" Barrel and shoots 9 mm bullets. The gun was, and still is produced in America.
  • Smith & Wesson Model 500

    Smith & Wesson Model 500
    The Smith & Wesson Model 500 was build on S&W's largest frame, the X-Frame, which was developed because none of S&W's existing double action frame designs could handle the muzzle energy and pressures generated by the .500 S&W cartridge. The manufacturer claims it is the "most powerful production revolver in the world today." The Model 500 is a 5-Round Cylinder Revolver with a 10.5" barrel and shoots a .50 caliber S&W Magnum bullet. This gun is produced in America