We Sell A Variety of New & Used Handguns to Law-Abiding Residents in Lakeland, Plant City, & Winter Haven, FL
The experienced staff of our gun shop can provide you with a pistol in your caliber of choice.
So many pistols, so little time! The variety available in handguns is dizzying. And we can provide you with any one of them!
We carry names such as Glock, Smith & Wesson, Baretta, Ruger, Sig Sauer, Walther, and so many other pistol brands. The members of our staff are all experienced, avid shooters who can talk shop about handguns with the best of them!
Law abiding residents from Plant City, or Lakeland, all the way over to Winter Haven, Florida can come to our gun shop and purchase the new or used pistol that they desire in their caliber of choice.
The Most Requested Handguns From Our Customers
Whether it is someone looking for their first CCW pistol or a law enforcement officer looking for a solid duty weapon, time and again we are asked for handgun models that have become known for their reliability, quality, and so forth.
The customers we have from the Lakeland, Plant City, and Winter Haven area mostly request the pistol models in the list below. If you are in the market for a new or used revolver or semi-automatic pistol and you don’t see what you are looking for listed below, give us a call at (863) 858-1218. You can bet that if we don’t have a particular firearm in stock, that we can get it to you in short order!
GlockG17 Gen 5
Designed for professionals, the Glock 17 in 9mm set the standard for polymer, semi-auto handguns and is the most widely used law enforcement pistol worldwide.
Smith & WessonM&P45
The design of the M&P45 considers the needs of the military and law enforcement from every conceivable angle. Extra features include a picatinny rail.
Springfield ArmoryXDM40 (Duo Tone)
The new trigger of the XDM series has the shortest travel of any polymer pistol currently available, which helps for faster, more accurate follow-up shots.
Colt1911 Combat Elite
This classic pistol is built with exciting features that are desired by the combat-style match shooter, along with the quality and reliability they demand.
To be a part of America’s first line of defense, the P226 needed to prove its mettle. It did, and then some, with durability, reliability and accuracy.
Smith & WessonShield
Smith & Wesson took the power and features of their full sized M&P pistols and put them into a slim, concealable, lightweight pistol the size of your hand.
The G43 is the answer to your everyday concealed carry needs. It's ultra-concealable, accurate, and fantastic for all shooters regardless of hand size.
The LCP II features a short, crisp, single-action trigger, improved sights, a larger grip surface for better distribution of recoil forces and an easy-to-rack slide.
The Taurus PT738 TCP .380 ACP Semiautomatic Pistol features a light and compact design with a black polymer frame, a blue steel slide and polymer grips.
Chambered in everything from .17 HMR to .44 Magnum, The Tracker family of revolvers are rugged, durable, and a practical choice for hunters and backpakers.
Smith & WessonModel 642
With a concealed hammer that won’t snag in the pocket, this 5-shot double-action .38 Special snubby has earned an impressive reputation as a pocket pistol.
Freedom ArmsModel 83
Designed for hunting, this single-action revolver is built like a Swiss watch, is bank-vault tough and is chambered for an array of cartridges that can handle big-game.
The Basics of Pistols for New Shooters
With the variety of pistols available on the market, a new shooter would be hard pressed to find one that didn’t suit their needs. At the same time, the choice of pistols available can be intimidating, especially when you do not understand some of the basics.
You can essentially break handguns down into 2 categories...revolvers and semi-automatic. Which one is better? That is totally subjective and up to your personal taste, comfort, and more. The fact of the matter is in either case you are benefitting from 2 or 3 human lifetimes worth of innovation and refinement of the respective technologies.
The first revolver was patented in 1836 by Samuel Colt and the first semi-automatic pistol was built by Joseph Laumann in 1892.
How Revolvers Work
The mechanics behind a revolver is relatively simple. Their relative simplicity in design is one of the reasons why revolvers remain popular to this day. You will very easily find some shooters who prefer revolvers over semi-automatic handguns and vice versa.
Though there can be slight variations between them, in principle all revolvers operate in the same way.
- There is a cylinder of 6 chambers that the rounds are loaded into. The barrel of the gun is on the side of the cylinder that is facing down range and a spring-loaded hammer is on the shooter’s side of the cylinder, in line with the barrel.
- As the hammer is cocked back, a round (also referred to as a cartridge) is set in line with the barrel of the gun.
- Upon pulling the trigger, the hammer is released. This causes the hammer to strike the primer of the cartridge. The primer explodes and this ignites the propellant.
- The explosion of the propellant drives the bullet forward through the barrel. As the bullet makes its way down the barrel, the grooves (rifling) spins the bullet, which gives it stability after leaving the barrel.
Just as is the case with all other firearms like rifles and shotguns, the longer the barrel is on a handgun, the faster the bullet will travel.
Semi-Automatic Handgun & The Blowback System
Take apart a semi-automatic handgun and compare it to a revolver that has been taken apart and you will see that semi-auto pistols have a lot more parts.
However, semi-automatic pistols are different than semi-automatic rifles are different because they almost never function by using combustion gases. The alternative method that semi-auto pistols more frequently use is called blowback.
With the blowback system, the modes of operation are:
- The bolt of the pistol is locked in the firing position, yet is free to be thrust backwards by the energy used to propel the bullet out through the barrel.
- The thrusting of the bolt to the rear then ejects the empty cartridge our of the pistol’s chamber. At the same time, energy is stored in a spring.
- The stored energy in the spring thrusts the bolt assembly forward, which then injects a new round into the chamber from the magazine.
The Roles That Pistols Fill
Pistols can serve very useful roles and there’s no denying that having a good, reliable handgun available in certain situations can save your life. Some excellent examples of how pistols are used are:
- As a backup weapon - Soldiers in the military and hunters are two examples where pistols are carried as a backup or secondary weapon. If their primary weapon (battle rifle or hunting rifle) they are carrying should fail, they can use their pistol to continue engaging the threat, whether it is an enemy soldier or a charging, wounded wild hog.
- As a duty weapon - Police officers and armed security guards both use handguns as duty weapons. The caliber of ammunition carried by these law enforcement and protection industry professionals generally is either 9mm .40 S&W, or .45 ACP.
- As a self-protection weapon (CCW gun) - Pistols serve a vital role in self-protection as concealed carry weapons (CCW). There is a swarm of compact and subcompact handguns in the market that are ideal choices as concealed carry weapons.
Call or Visit In Person for Your Concealed Carry or Duty Weapon Needs
From revolvers to semi-automatic, from open carry duty weapons to concealed carry weapons, shooters from all over the greater Lakeland, Plant City, Winter Haven, Florida area can come to Rapture Guns & Knives for the new or used pistol they need.
If you are a new shooter, our expert staff would be happy to offer suggestions on handguns options based on your needs.
To find out more about our inventory or for pricing information, call us at (863) 858-1218 or just visit our gun store in person!