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Someone should also discuss rifles here. -- Mike Wilson 05:00, 24 December 2005 (UTC)
I agree. How's the following for an outline to follow?
Muzzle loading rifles were nearly all single shot; early multishot methods were all quite expensive to produce (multiple barrels, stacked charges (think Roman Candle), and multiple chambers (revolver, organ gun)).
With the advent of cartridge firearms, there was a brief flurry of breechloading single shot designs: Sharps, trapdoor, Martini-Henry, rolling block, falling block. These quickly fell out of use with the development of magazine fed designs.
Break open shotguns have always been popular as starter guns, H&R made huge numbers, still many inexpensive break opens from NEF and various foreign makes. Much cheaper than double, no need to mess with trigger selection and barrel regulating.
Single shots have some large advantages; compact (no reciprocating action), simple (fewer moving parts), often stronger. Break open desings in particular allow great flexibility, as the action is now independent of the cartridge--T/C Contender, rifle/shotgun combos.
Black powder competitions and Cowboy Action Shooting brougth back Sharps and other Old West designs. A quality Sharps replica is highly accurate, over US$1000, and hard to get due to demand > supply.
XP-100, first varmint capable pistol--while could be magazine fed, center grip rendered most single shot.
T/C Contenter perhaps most famous and popular single shot, barrel swap for .22 rimfire to .45-70 Gov't. New T/C Encore has bigger, heaver frame, handes even full power rifle rounds.
Ruger #1 and #3, relatively high dollar guns, very high quality.
NEF Handi Rifle, based on break open shotgun action, very inexpensive, yet very capable, can be had in combinations of calibers/gauges.
I think I'm going to stick this article on my to-do list, so let me know if you see anything else you think should be added. scot 19:12, 16 January 2006 (UTC)
http://www.chuckhawks.com/6mm_PPC.htm brings up an interesting point about short, fat cases and feeding problems. Since short, fat cases tend to be accurate (6mm PPC is one of the most accurate rounds ever made) that gives single shots a distinct advantage over magazine fed firearms... scot 19:47, 17 January 2006 (UTC)
I think all of this sounds great. -- Mike Wilson 20:40, 24 January 2006 (UTC)
Striker pistols are not single-shot. At least not the one I own. Arthurrh 21:49, 16 July 2007 (UTC)
Good point--never handled one before, so all I think of are the XP-100 and the T/C. There's also an Anshutz bolt action pistol which I think comes in a single shot variety, and the Magnum Research SSP, which has a very unique operating system (cannon style rotating breech). scot 22:23, 24 January 2006 (UTC)
Was the magnum research BFR mentioned? It has a .45-70 chambering (and I think .444 marlin, maybe even a .450 marlin these days). There are a lot of "hot rod" single shot pistol-type-weapons. There's even an insane group of .50 BMG handguns. Avriette 03:34, 25 January 2006 (UTC)
BFR stands for "Biggest Finest (or so MR claims) Revolver", so it's out. I think the biggest SS pistols out there are the MR SSP and the Encore. Biggest I've personally shot is a .45-70 T/C (which, along with .22 LR, is among the most sought after barrel on the used T/C barrel market--had to buy mine new). After watching a 135 lb. friend shoot the .45-70, we came up with a new unit for measuring recoil--the "Marcus inch", or how far back the gun kicked Marcus when he shot it...with the foot ton loads I was using, it did a good 8 inches at his shoulder... scot 04:06, 25 January 2006 (UTC)