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In the 17th century, the flintlock, which strikes a flint against steel, appeared.The flintlock remained the standard method of small arms ignition around two hundred years.
Revolvers feed ammunition via the rotation of a cartridge-filled cylinder, in which each cartridge is contained in its own ignition chamber, and is sequentially brought into alignment with the firearms barrel by an indexing mechanism linked to the firearms trigger (double-action) or its hammer (single-action).
This characteristic differentiates handguns from long guns such as rifles and shotguns, which usually mandate holding with both hands and braced against the shoulder for proper shooting.
Major handgun subtypes are the revolver and pistol (including single-shot pistols, semi-automatic pistols, and machine pistols); other subtypes include derringers and pepperboxes.
Single-shot pistols continue to be manufactured today and are often used for target shooting.
They are also sometimes used for handgun hunting of game, including big game.
Not surprisingly, all types of firearms were included in their efforts, from volley guns to analogously devised handguns.