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A firearm, usually a handgun, with the capacity to fire multiple times prior to reloading. A revolver has a revolving cylinder, usually with six chambers, each of which can be loaded with a single cartridge. As the firearm is fired, the cylinder advances, or rotates, bringing the next cartridge into position for firing.

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