Revolver Vs SemiAuto : A Comparison Review

Revolver Vs SemiAuto : A Comparison Review


Before choosing a pistol, handle both revolvers and semiautomatics. Attend a FREE Basic Handgun Safety and Maintenance Course one Saturday a month at 1:30pm, hosted by our resident gunsmith, Jamie Zern. See our Event Schedule for upcoming class dates. Ask your sales associate to demonstrate how to safely dry fire a pistol to try the trigger. Ability to pull as opposed to weight of pull should be considered first. Weightlifting records aren’t set the first time they are attempted, so allow yourself to train the muscles in your gripping hand and trigger finger before casting off certain models. Consider a heavy trigger pull an extra assurance that the firearm will not accidentally discharge. If you can learn to control a heavy trigger, you will only surprise yourself with how deadly accurate your precision trigger game will be. Invest in a set of snap caps or dummy rounds to practice the outlined actions in this article at home. Only your own knowledge and comfort can decide which is the best handgun for you, revolver vs semiauto.


The two most commonly identified parts of a revolver are the cylinder and hammer. These parts can be observed as visibly functioning mechanisms when firing the pistol. When the trigger is pulled, the cylinder holding the ammunition rotates to align a fresh cartridge with the barrel as the hammer draws to the rear before falling to discharge the newly positioned round.

Manually cocking the hammer back will rotate and align the cylinder. When the trigger is pulled the hammer falls and a round is discharged.

The most common type of revolver would be considered a DA/SA revolver. The easiest way to tell this revolver’s type of action is to count how many parts are moving when you pull the trigger. Hammerless (internal hammer) revolvers are double action only,

and revolvers that must be cocked in order to fire are single action only.

The cylinders in most popular revolvers are attached to a crane that swings out to one side. This allows the user to load ammunition and eject spent casings. The revolver’s straight forward and simplistic design makes it ideal for anyone with hand strength ailments like arthritis or tissue damage. It offers a comfortable introduction to firearms for those who are unfamiliar with handling them. Never point a firearm at any person (including your sales associate!). Always check the cylinder before pulling the trigger. Open the cylinder as a courtesy before handing a revolver to another person.

Shooting a revolver repeatedly is limited to how many rounds the cylinder will hold. They are available in nearly all pistol calibers, and some will chamber multiple calibers or gauges. It takes a considerable amount of time and effort to reload a revolver, even with the aid of speed loaders. Revolvers are wider than most subcompact pistols and may require particular holster needs. Revolvers offer no relief in terms of recoil; the energy from each dispersed round will escape the muzzle first causing ‘flip’, and Newton’s Law directly affects your supporting grip. Regardless, revolvers have stood the test of time with reliability and functionality. Choose a revolver for ultimate dependability, inside and outside of your home.


Semiautomatic pistols require dedicated attention towards functionality. One’s ability to properly and confidently operate these types of firearms should be foremost. This usually requires the user to draw back an attached slide under recoil spring pressure in order to chamber a round. Unlike loading the cylinder of a revolver, loading a semiautomatic handgun requires multiple components and preparation. One defining feature of semiautomatic pistols is their ability to accept magazines. Let’s base our research around this feature.

To fire a semiautomatic pistol, you must first load the ammunition into the magazine, then load the magazine into the pistol, and chamber a round. You pull the trigger, a round is discharged and the slide cycles back. Meanwhile, a spent casing is extracted and ejected. The recoil spring brings the slide forward again, stripping another round from the top of the magazine and chambering it. Basically the magazine feeds the pistol, and all the user must do is pull the trigger until all rounds have been fired. The semiautomatic handgun would be as useful as a single shot handgun without this feature.

Most models have a slide stop feature that locks the slide to the rear when the last round has been fired.

When handling an unloaded firearm, the slide will lock back automatically with an empty magazine inserted. Without the follower in play (the base atop the spring in the magazine, that pushes or follows the rounds ‘up’ the automatic slide stop is not engaged. Eject the empty magazine, or insert a loaded magazine to easily release the slide by pressing down on the slide stop lever or by drawing the slide to the rear a touch. Let the slide snap forward with full force from the recoil spring to properly chamber a round.

When not chambering a round or snapcap, ‘ride the slide’ or gently lower the slide into place.

This automatic slide stop feature alerts the user of the need to reload. It is a useful training tool when discovering the strength required to compress a recoil spring enough to effectively operate a semiautomatic handgun. It presents the time saving advantage of not having to draw the slide all the way to the rear again to chamber the top round of a fresh magazine when reloading.  NOT all semiautomatics have this feature, but it is useful in maintenance and operation for the novice. In the debate between revolver vs semiauto the main appeal of semiautomatic pistols is that the magazine feature allows for higher capacities, quicker follow-up shots and faster reloading times. Just like revolvers, semiautomatic firearms are available in multiple types of actions and calibers.

All of our associates at the Florida Gun Exchange are ready to speak with you regarding our many options for revolvers and semi-automatic pistols!

Sig Sauer P229 Legion

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Sig Sauer P229 Legion, New in 2016

Check out this brief video covering the features of the Sig Sauer P229 Legion! One of this year’s most sought after firearms with the same amazing engineering and reliability that you’ve come to expect from Sig Sauer.

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First Time Gun Buyer? What Now?

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So, You Want to Buy a Gun. What Now?

A comprehensive guide for the first time gun buyer

first time gun buyerWorking as a sales associate in the firearms retail industry is literally a blast. The range of customers can be demanding of precise information on numerous platforms. However, more often than not, I encounter the timid first time gun buyer unsure of exactly what they seek. Although my primary services do not include legal advice, I am aptly prepared to answer most of your questions, as are all sales associates at Florida Gun Exchange (FGE). It is our duty to give you the tools and information needed to have confidence as a first time gun buyer. The FGE website has a current list of all classes and seminars readily available for your scheduling convenience (

first time gun buyerCourses vary from Handgun Education and Maintenance, to Concealed Weapons Training. Attending seminars hosted by The US Lawshield and The Well Armed Woman encourages responsible ownership, possession, and use; consider these options as valuable resources to aid in securing essential information on firearms. Become an active and knowledgeable member of the local shooting community by taking our FREE basic courses on handguns and the AR-15 platform (hosted by Jamie Zern, FGE Gunsmith). If you find yourself looking for what to say when you get to the counter at the store, have no fear. A little information goes a long way with helping your sales associate find what is right for you. How will you be using the firearm? Be sure to mention whether you are looking for something for home defense, concealed carry, hunting, hobby, etc. Often there are versatile features on many models that meet more than one application. If a handicap like arthritis or tissue damage has interfered with operating handguns in the past, there are many alternatives that will give you the secured feeling of handling, carrying and firing something fit for you individually.

A few other items should be considered while estimating the cost of your firearm. You’ll more than likely need a cleaning kit. Don’t forget hearing and eye protection and targets and ammunition for the range. How will you store and transport your firearm? Will you need a case, range bag, or safe? Try on any holster before purchasing it, or save your receipt and the packaging should you need to exchange it for another size within 30 days. If you’re curious about the difference between two items, ask questions! We take pride in a knowledgeable and friendly staff as well as an extensive and competitively priced inventory.

first time gun buyerAs a first time gun buyer the process of executing and finalizing the sale of a firearm may seem complicated. Rest assured that here at Florida Gun Exchange we strive to make the experience simple and enjoyable. You will need to produce valid documentation of your current Florida residence as well as photo identification. These MUST be government issued documents. For example; a simple piece of mail or ordinary bill is not acceptable, where as a utility bill from a municipality of your residential city or a letter from the Social Security Administration will provide sufficient documentation. There is a mandatory 3-day hold on all pistols, NOT including weekends or federal holidays. For instance, if you purchase your firearm on a Thursday, it will be held for three FULL business days – Friday, Monday, Tuesday – and your pick up day would be the following Wednesday. The only exceptions to the 3-day hold are possessing a valid Florida Concealed Weapon or Firearm License during this period, or in the situation where you are trading one pistol for another (or others). The purchaser, and no other, must then fill out the required 4473 form.

first time gun buyerTake care in reviewing this form ( and its instructions to be sure no corrections must be made. The information provided herein will then be submitted for a background check to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE). This usually takes no longer than fifteen minutes, although your patience is appreciated on especially busy days. We have no control over the time it takes to receive the final outcome of your background check and are not provided any detailed information on the ultimate decision. We are able to produce contact information for disputes and appeals. FGE offers a 90-day layaway with 20% down and your 3-day wait will begin the business day after your intent to purchase, or down payment.

The experience of shopping for a new firearm as a first time gun buyer can be potentially stressful for some. Remind yourself that everyone doesn’t know something before they do, and even brain surgeons at one point had the same amount of knowledge in their field of expertise as you do now on ‘guns’. The more you handle and familiarize yourself with your new firearm the sooner you will develop a soundly reinforced confidence through practice and performance. We look forward to seeing you soon at the Florida Gun Exchange!

Popular Single Stack 9mm Pistol Comparison

Popular Single Stack 9mm Pistol Comparison

A 360° comparison of single stack 9mm firearms recommended for every day carry.

I encourage everyone to bring as much information with you as possible when shopping for a firearm. Deciding to become a concealed firearm license holder is a step often taken before actually gaining experience with firearms for most, and choosing the right gun as your first concealed firearm purchase can prove to be quite challenging. As a Florida Concealed Weapon/Firearm License (CWFL) holder, I can share tons of horror stories on my experience of carrying a concealed firearm. Some of my least stealthy and most uncomfortable moments packing stem from carrying a gun too big for my stature and preferred attire. It isn’t necessarily difficult to hide a larger gun, but it requires finesse and constant awareness. Anyone who has carried a full size pistol on, or in the waistband can attest to the inconvenience of using a public restroom. I almost always have to wear a cover garment, like a vest or button-up over shirt to conceal larger firearms, and an extra layer in the midst of a Florida Summer is just absurd, so I’m restricted to concealing double stack pistols to about three weeks a year. The following will outline three options I have chosen as optimal recommendations of single stack 9mm pistols for the new concealed weapon or firearm license holder. May it be noted I have taken into consideration that the new shooter is interested in enjoyable shooting at the range and reasonably comfortable concealment, as opposed to an experienced shooters’ confident interest in carrying a micro 9mm pistol as one would carry their cell phone in a pocket. Feel free to print these pages and highlight the features that stand out to you. Bring these notes with you to our Port Orange or Ormond Beach locations for more recommendations from our Professional Staff. We look forward to seeing you in person!

Glock Model 43, Perfection

glock single stack 9mmWhen people ask me how I became interested in firearms I remember the face of my father. His introduction of me to the shooting world began with a Gen 2 Glock Model 19, at age 8. It seeded in my heart a passion for understanding the mechanics of guns. Grasping the simplicity of all Glock models sparked a flame in me that shed light on interests I wouldn’t have otherwise pursued without this foundation. I could refer to Glock as my “gateway gun” into the firearms industry. With this I recommend first, as a concealed carry single stack 9mm firearm, the Glock Model 43.

This model meets a level of performance and dependability that I, and millions of others, have grown to rely on through owning and operating its predecessors. In this single stack 9mm the grip angle, sight alignment and trigger action are seamlessly transferred to its slim profile, light-weight and subcompact frame. The provided flush fitting magazine, with a healthy capacity of 6+1, provides minimal ‘printing’ whilst carrying. An additional 6rd magazine with pinky extension will help develop comfort and control during training. Rest assured this little monster will chew up and spit out anything you feed it, with deadly accuracy right out of the box (Throw Back: remember when Glocks came in tupperware containers?).

Check out more on the Glock 43!

Springfield XDS 9, 3.3” and 4”

Springfield single stack 9mmSpringfield broke the polymer semi-auto striker fire pistol mold when they introduced their XD Series. Followed by an upgraded XDM Match Series, loyal consumers developed a demand for the single stack XDS Series pistols. With four independently operating safeties, this slim frame firearm ensures the user has a proper grip and has engaged the trigger before a discharge may occur. It comes from the factory with one flush fitting 7rd and one extended 8rd magazine, as well as multiple color choices of fiber optic front sights. Ask your sales associate to try out the smaller back strap accessory included with your purchase if you desire an even smaller profile.

Rest assured whilst carrying this firearm, sans a manual safety, that you have the most innovative and secure design available on the market. Look forward to affordable and readily available ammunition as an enjoyable 9mm plinker when you invest in the 4” model, compatible with nearly all 3.3” model holsters and accessories. Try Springfield’s even higher capacity 9rd magazine with XDS Gear grip extension sleeve for ultimate control at the range, and added capacity for familiar operation on the home front.

Check out more on the Springfield XDS!

Ruger LC9S/LC9S Pro

ruger single stack 9mmRuger offers the slimmest of the single stack 9mm handguns with their model LC9S. Spawned from the LC9, this upgraded striker fire version boasts an aluminum trigger with incorporated safe action. Base models include a manual safety and magazine safety (the pistol will not fire without a magazine inserted), and Pro models omit both of these features. Each is equipped with a firing pin safety, and safety pin plunger as two independently operating safeties disarmed ONLY by engaging the trigger safe action and executing (on average, from factory) a 5.5lb trigger pull.

The only drawback to this purchase is that it comes with only one 7rd magazine accompanied by one flush fitting, and one extended grip magazine floor plate. Standard models include an orange “safety mag” intended for use during disassembly, as the trigger must be engaged/disarmed to remove the slide from the frame. This is a feature of nearly all striker fire semi-auto pistols, and this ‘safety mag’ ensures responsible handling during maintenance and care of the Ruger LC9S. Optimistically, the ridiculously affordable retail price of this quality sidearm leaves the budget wanting for accessories like the optional 9rd w/grip extension magazine, or a TechnaClip carry system to enhance your concealing and shooting experiences. Consider TruGlo’s TFO Sight Systems to see things in a different light at the range and on the night stand at home.

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