Back to Basics: Understanding Handgun Actions
by Dave Campbell
When it comes to handgun operation, there seems to remain a nearly constant misinterpretation. One that occasionally pops up like fingernails on a blackboard to any gunner worth his or her salt is the semi-automatic revolver.
Some time ago an acquaintance wanted to show me his 1911 and produced a Smith & Wesson Model 645, thinking that .45 ACP was synonymous with 1911. His faux pas was not intentional, and after some diplomatic correction he now knows the difference. So let’s see if we can set the record straight on basic handgun operation.