Definitions for handgunˈhændˌgʌn
This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word handgun
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.
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
There's no advantage for a handgun over an assault rifle.
This is about the state trying to eliminate the handgun market.
This is a picture of the defendant holding what appears to be a handgun in his left hand in a reverse grip.
Our troops had ran into him while on patrol in the area, we recovered a rifle and a handgun near the area where we found the boy.
The last class that we just did which was introductory handgun training for church security members, we had nine different churches that were represented with about 25 students who came.
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