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3D Animation Showing How Revolver Works


A 3D animation showing how a 2020 Colt Python revolver works. Cinema 4D was used to create each individual part, as well as animating everything. Rizom UV was used for UV unwrapping. Substance 3D Painter was used for all the texturing. Redshift renderer was used for final output of lighting and textures.

source.image: Matt Rittman

A revolver has several firing chambers arranged in a circle in a cylindrical block; one at a time, these chambers are brought into alignment with the firing mechanism and barrel.

For a revolver, the cylinder normally has six steel chambers, one for each round of ammo. The crane is the part that pivots out and supports the cylinder. The extractor pushes the cartridges out when the shooter pulls the trigger. And lastly, the cylinder release is a small spring-loaded lever on the left side of a revolver.


A single-action revolver requires the hammer to be pulled back by hand before each shot, which also revolves the cylinder. This leaves the trigger with one “single action” to perform—releasing the hammer to fire the shot. In contrast, with a self-cocking, or double-action, revolver, one long squeeze of the trigger pulls back the hammer and revolves the cylinder, then finally fires the shot, thus requiring more force and distance to pull the trigger than in a single-action revolver..