Definitions for handgunˈhændˌgʌn

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. pistol, handgun, side arm, shooting iron(noun)

    a firearm that is held and fired with one hand


  1. handgun(Noun)

    A small, hand-held gun with a relatively short barrel.

  2. Origin: From hand + gun.


  1. Handgun

    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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