Good illustration of why the barrels of revolvers tend to jerk up a lot during the recoil. The design of a revolver seems to have the hand position lower to the barrel than with a typical pistol. The lower your hand is to the barrel, the more the barrel jerks up because your hand isn't directly opposing the force of the recoil. With pistols (depending on the design), you can get your hand in a position more directly opposing the force of the recoil, which reduces the tendency (at least a little) for the barrel to jerk upward. All depends on how you hold the gun, but this video clearly illustrates a revolver barrel jerking up big time. Of course, the fact he's probably shooting a home loaded .44 magnum cartridge doesn't help with barrel control.
YouTube - Fast Revolver Shooting
Wicked fast AND with a revolver.
A position to avoid at the firing range
I really hope this was photoshopped. Classic "You're doing it wrong!"
Girls And Guns - Sexy Girls Firing Automatic Weapons!
WTF!?! I mean...WTF! I guess I shouldn't be surprised. Guns, a phallic extension if there ever was one, combined with bikini clad women. Deadly combination...for someone.
YouTube - Todd Jarrett on pistol shooting.
Todd Jarrett know how to teach pistol shooting. I learned a bunch from this short video. Video sound quality isn't great, but it's worth trying to get all that he says. He gets into the physics behind how to hold a pistol. One of the more informative instructional pistol shooting videos I've seen--and it's only five minutes long.

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YouTube - how a silencer works (Silenced HK USP 9SD)
Very illustrative demo. The BANG of a pistol is actually two (nearly?) overlapping sounds: one from the pressure release caused by the explosion of the cartridge and a second from the sonic explosion of the bullet breaking sound barrier. A silencer handles to a great degree the sound caused by the explosive pressure. To eliminate the sonic boom, you simply use ammo that does exceed the speed of sound. Eliminating both explosions (pressure and sound) results is a fairly tolerable plink--not silent but will certainly save the ears.

At least two issues with this. The sub-sonic ammo may not have enough energy to force back the slide of the pistol (silencer/suppressors don't work with most revolvers). Also, both the silencer and the sub-sonic ammo reduce accuracy.

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YouTube - Desert Eagle 50 AE cal Handgun
YouTube - Tactical Solutions Ruger Mk II .22: Suppressed Fun

YouTube - Silenced 1895 Nagant revolver (NFA)
Revolver design that works with silencer. Interesting. The design of a typical revolver is such that a silencer won't work, but this revolver is different. The cylinder moves forward to create seal with the barrel when discharged, which means a silencer will work. Cool.
.22 LR for Self-Defense?
Interesting argument for considering a .22 LR for self -defense. Oddly, .22 LR is a commonly used weapon in a gun fight, mostly because "it's there," not because it's the best weapon for the job. Even so, given the .22's small recoil, and ease-of-use, it's easier to keep the weapon on target than other, larger bore handguns. I particularly like the Smith & Wesson 617 revolver that hold 10 .22 cartridges. Reliable.
Xavier Thoughts: .22 Long Rifle for Self Defense
.22 Long Rifle ammunition is notorious for its inconsistency in ignition, as is any rimfire cartridge. This inconsistency in ignition is as unacceptable in a defensive gun as having tires that may not stay inflated on your car. When a life is on the line, any history of ammunition failure is unacceptable.

That and the simple low stopping power of the cartridge support the position to avoid .22s for defense.

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