Since gun control is widely debated for self defense and other purposes, many people would like to know how handgun vs pistol compare, what is the difference. They should be aware that a gun is widely used generic term for all firearms, which can be used to cause injuries and death. The guns are further classified into long guns which are larger in size and are placed on the shoulder for firing and handguns which are more compact. The handguns are guns which can be operated using a single hand, though many people are using both their hands for using the handguns. It should be noted that handgun is a generic term which is used to describe various types of firearms like revolvers, pistols, derringers, semi-automatic pistols, pepperboxes, automatic pistols. It should be noted that all pistols are handguns, however all handguns are not pistols. The pistols are a specific type of handgun based on their design. The main difference between pistols and other handguns like revolvers is their design. The chamber of a pistol is fixed and it has only one chamber. After a shot is fired, due to recoil, the next bullet is moved to the chamber and can be fired. A pistol will usually have a safety mechanism to prevent accidental firing. They can be used over a distance of 45 to 50 meters . They are widely used for self defense, since they are compact, easily concealed, and can be easily used. Pistols were developed in 1885 by Steve Maxins. On the other hand, handguns were developed in the 15th century, and the name of the person who developed them is not known. Revolvers are a type of handgun which have a number of chambers, and these chambers are revolving. Hence it is important to note that handguns is a comprehensive term, while pistol refers to a specific design of a type of handgun.