Definitions for handgunˈhændˌgʌn
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pistol, handgun, side arm, shooting iron(noun)
a firearm that is held and fired with one hand
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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