Handgun Advantages

In comparison to long guns (rifles and shotguns), pistols are smaller, lighter, and easier to take. Since firearms don’t rely completely on the user’s potency, they get poorer people on an equal basis; when Colt produced the first functional repeating pistol, it gave rise to the saying “God created men, but Colt made them equal.”

Since using a pistol, at the very least, needs one hand whereas long guns frequently need both, that leaves a free hand to a pistol user. One example of where this is an edge is with tactical lights, where the light and pistol may be utilized alone or in coordination; mounted lights, as used on long guns and submachine guns, do not let the light to be leveled independently of the firearm. Additionally, pistols can be readily used and for that reason the user can simply change firing hands determined by the specific situation.

Another significant tactical concern is maneuverability. In close quarters, an adversary could more readily wrestle a long gun’s muzzle to a posture where it’s not covering him, or could more readily wrestle the gun away from its owner, whereas a pistol offers little to catch, and also would be much more likely to still be covering some part of the competition during the battle.

Machine Pistols

A machine pistol is typically defined as a firearm designed to be fired with one hand, and capable of selective or fully automatic fire. While there are several machine pistols like the Glock 18 and later versions of the Mauser C96, all these are uncommon; the light weight, small size, and exceptionally fast rates of fire of a machine pistol make them hard to control, making the bigger and heavier submachine gun a better alternative in situations where the tiny size of a machine pistol isn’t needed.

Most machine pistols can attach a shoulder stock (the Heckler & Koch VP70 would just fire single rounds at a time unless the stock was attached); others, like the Beretta 93R, add a forward handgrip. Both of these inclusions technically produce a lawful non-pistol below the US National Firearms Act, as pistols are.

The inclusion of forward handgrip or a stock is recognized as a layout change that creates a short-barreled rifle or some other weapon, and therefore such accessions are usually only discovered on lawful machine guns.