Definitions for handgunˈhændˌgʌn
This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word handgun
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
any firearm that can be held and fired with one hand; a revolver or a pistol.
Origin of handgun:
pistol, handgun, side arm, shooting iron(noun)
a firearm that is held and fired with one hand
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
a small gun
A small, hand-held gun with a relatively short barrel.
Origin: From hand + gun.
A handgun is a firearm designed to be handheld, in either one or both hands. This characteristic differentiates handguns as a general class of firearms from long guns such as rifles and shotguns. Major handgun subtypes are the revolver and pistol; other subtypes include derringers, single-shot pistols, semi-automatic pistols, pepperboxes, and machine pistols. The overlapping variations in meaning of the words "pistol" and "handgun" are discussed below. Although handgun use often includes bracing with a second hand, the essential distinguishing characteristic of a handgun is its facility for one-handed operation.
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