THE .38-CALIBER REVOLVER
The .38-caliber revolver is a cylinder-loading,
single- or a double-action, manually operated hand
weapon (fig. 11-15). Several barrel lengths and weights
THE .45-CALIBER SERVICE PISTOL
The .45-caliber service pistol (fig. 11-16) is an
individual weapon intended for use in close combat.
The .45-caliber pistol is a semiautomatic,
recoil-operated, magazine-fed hand weapon. The
pistol fires one round each time the trigger is squeezed.
The pistol can be carried in either a hip or shoulder
The magazine holds seven cartridges. The forward
movement of the slide strips the upper cartridge from
the magazine into the chamber. After the last cartridge
from the magazine has been fired, the slide remains in
Only your ability to change magazines, aim, and
squeeze the trigger rapidly limits the rate of fire of the
.45-caliber service pistol.
Figure 11-15.The .38-caliber revolver.
Figure 11-16..45-caliber semiautomatic service pistol. (A) Assembled; (B) Sectional view in recoil position.