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Pistol (semi-automatic)

The term “Pistol” means a weapon originally designed, made, and intended to fire a projectile (bullet) from one or more barrels when held in one hand, and having:

  • a chamber(s) as an integral part(s) of, or permanently aligned with, the bore(s);
  • and a short stock designed to be gripped by one hand at an angle to and extending below the line of the bore(s).

Pistol nomenclature (below)


The term “Revolver” means a projectile weapon of the pistol type, having a breechloading chambered cylinder so arranged that the cocking of the hammer or movement of the trigger rotates it and brings the next cartridge in line with the barrel for firing.

Revolver nomenclature (below)

*All of the above (text and images) are from ATF (Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives). Thanks to the folks at ATF for allowing the reproduction and use.

For Writers: *Semi-autos and fully automatic (machine guns) automatically eject spent cartridges. Revolvers do not. Therefore, writers, chances are slim and none of finding empty revolver cartridges at a crime scene. Please remember this when writing the “aha” moment in your WIP.

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Officer Alex Yazzie, 42

Navajo Tribal Police, Division of Public Safety

March 19, 2015 – Officer Alex Yazzie was shot and killed while pursuing a suspect who’d shot at another police officer. Additionally, two other officers were wounded by the suspect’s gunfire. The original shooting incident occurred as officers responded to a domestic call where the offender used an AR-15 to fire at officers.

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Patrolman George S. Nissen, 51

Stone Park Illinois Police Department

March 12, 2015 – Patrolman George S. Nissen succumbed to injuries received 10 years earlier after being attacked when responding to a large bar fight. Head injuries and subsequent surgeries resulted in him becoming a quadriplegic and unable to speak. He died as a direct result of his injuries.

Patrolman Nissen is survived by his daughter and four brothers.

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Officer Michael Johnson, 38

San Jose California Police Department

March 25, 2015 – Officer Michael Johnson was shot and killed as he and other officers responded to a suicide call. When officers arrived the suspect stepped out onto a balcony and immediately opened fire, fatally wounding Officer Johnson.

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Trooper Trevor Casper, 21

Wisconsin State Patrol

March 24, 2015 – Trooper Trevor Casper was shot and killed while attempting to apprehend a bank robbery and murder suspect.

Trooper Casper had graduated from the training academy only three months prior to his death, and was working his very first shift assignment after completing his field training. It was his first day working alone.

Trooper Casper is survived by his parents and two sisters.

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