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This article is great, but it's inconsistant with the harm caused by handguns; "not a single injury has been incurred" "twenty thousand casualties were inflicted using the handgun during the great conflict" "4,500 handgun deaths in the country in 2003"

Aaadddaaammm 07:43, 31 May 2006 (UTC)

Inconsistancy on uncyc? Surely not. I, however, am partly responsible. I will be shot at dawn. In the meantime I am forced to explain.
"Not a single injury has been incurred" is correct, and is referenced by a wide range of noted drunks historians.
"Twenty thousand casualties" were indeed inflicted by using handguns - but the handgun itself was merely a tool in the process. The soldiers were all shot later by real guns, as the article points out.
According to the International Handgun Lexical Organisation a "handgun death" is defined as "someone going aaarrrrrrrrgh and rolling on the ground for a bit before getting up and running behind a tree". So the use of this term is indeed consistent within the terms of the article.
I hope this clears up any confusion, as it is my last dying wish that no confusion should come to anyone in this sad and beautiful world --Sir Hardwick Fundlebuggy (Bleat) 08:11, 31 May 2006 (UTC)

OK, you put me back in my place! *crawls into dark corner and assumes fetal position* Aaadddaaammm 09:52, 5 June 2006 (UTC)

Threat from terrorists[edit]

Photo of suspected disassembled Handgun

Senior Officers at America's Department of Homeland Security have expressed concerns about the Handgun due to it's extreme ease of assembly and disassembly. They cite recent photographic evidence of what is believed to be a disassembled Handgun being smuggled onto flight AA372 to New York as a reason to introduce new legislation making Handguns illegal.

Worth adding? --Usewho'sname? 09:38, 31 May 2006 (UTC)

Disassembled handgun being smuggled onto American Airlines Flight 11 just hours before the 9/11 attacks.
Yes. And here's a caption to go with it. I think that's the right plane... if not, change it. ~ Ghelæ talkcontribs 09:52, 31 May 2006 (UTC)

done: but a question... Why has Handgun become Handgun? all I did was a copy'n'paste? is it sopmething to do with it being on it's own page?--Usewho'sname? 10:01, 31 May 2006 (UTC)

Yes. If you want a page to link to itself, use [[Handgun#|Handgun]]. But unless you want an infinite loop page, there's no point in self-linking. ~ Ghelæ talkcontribs 10:04, 31 May 2006 (UTC)


A+. I'm still laughing. -- 03:13, 11 June 2006 (UTC)

Someone revert the last couple edits;[edit]

they kinda brought the piece down. As a non-user, I really can't do that.

P.S. Include this link while you're at it.

Reverted, thanks for the heads-up. —rc (t) 01:53, 20 June 2006 (UTC)

Wow. Thanks. 02:07, 20 June 2006 (UTC)

"Shotgun" Redirect???[edit]

  • Why does "Shotgun" redirect here? I think shotguns and handguns are quite notably different and should have separate articles. Jedibob5 02:54, 28 February 2007 (UTC)


The part of article that says "that the less common single-action can be distinguished by the cocking of the thumb to indicate reloading of the chamber," I always thoght that the movement of the thumb was like the hammer in a revolver. Th3-king 06:46, 24 March 2009 (UTC)

An alternative entry for Origins[edit]

The paragraph might need some rewriting, and possibly doesn't fit to the tone of the article.

The first handgun was invented by a traffic officer in 1988 while directing traffic in an intersection. This description is taken directly from his best-seller autobiography book:

"...Whilst being on the job directing traffic, Out of a stopped car came out a very nice and good looking lady. She told me how wonderfully she thinks I was doing my job, handed me a very large tip and got back to the car. After thanking the lady, I reached down to find out I have no pockets in my jacket. I had to hold the money in my right hand with my pinkie and ring. A couple of cars came near from a crossing road and I signaled them to turn to the road I stopped before. I waved her smiling, and she smiled back. I was thinking about asking her out for a cup of coffe. a passing car scattered dust and made my nose tingle... "choo!". Time stopped as I saw the handgun firing into what could have been the love of my life, while her eyes look at me at total amazement. as the bullet comes closer to her, I was watching the loss, not being able to do anything.

Episode 2 - Life In Jail ..."

What do you think? I don't know if its customary to change a section entirely.

--Tapuzi 14:25, November 30, 2009 (UTC)