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Double Action Revolvers
<p>A double-action revolver is any revolver that is both cocked and fired by
single pull of the trigger. The trigger commits two actions, hence the double
in double action. Double-action revolvers were designed as far back as
percussion revolvers, however, they were never widely successful or well
<p>The first successful double-action revolver was the Colt M1877, which
was known by a variety of non-official monikers. Double-action revolvers
quickly replaced the single-action revolver for police and military after the
success of the M1877.</p>
<p>The double-action revolver is easy to operate, fast to fire, and easy to
draw. Double-action revolvers served with the military until World War I and
with most police until the mid-'80s. The double-action revolver is capable of
firing more powerful rounds when compared to an automatic. It remains
popular with civilian shooters to this day, especially small, easy-to- conceal
models used for self defense.</p>
<p><ul><li>The M1877 was known as the gunsmith’s favorite due to its
intricate and delicate design</li>
<li>The use of polymers is becoming more and more prevalent in double-
action revolvers, as observed by designs sold by Ruger and Taurus</li>
<li>The most powerful production handgun in the world is a double-action
revolver, the Smith & Wesson .500</li></ul></p>
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