What does handgun mean?

Definitions for handgun
ˈhændˌgʌnhand·gun

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. pistol, handgun, side arm, shooting ironnoun

    a firearm that is held and fired with one hand

Wiktionary

  1. handgunnoun

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

  2. Etymology: From hand + gun.

Wikipedia

  1. Handgun

    A handgun is a short-barrelled gun, typically a firearm, that is designed to be usable with only one hand. It is distinguished from a long gun (i.e. rifle, shotgun, submachine gun, machine gun, etc.), which needs to be held by both hands and also braced against the shoulder to be used properly. The two most common types of handguns in modern times are revolvers and semi-automatic pistols, although other types such as derringers and machine pistols also see infrequent usage. Before commercial mass production, handguns were often considered a badge of office, comparable to a ceremonial sword. As they had limited utility and were more expensive than the long guns of the era, the few who could only afford to purchase them carried these handguns. However, in 1836, Samuel Colt patented the Colt Paterson, the first practical mass-produced revolver, which was capable of firing five shots in rapid succession and very quickly became a popular defensive weapon, giving rise to the saying, "God created men, but Colt made them equal." Today, in most of the world, handguns are primarily used by police and military officers as sidearms. However, in the United States and some other countries around the world, handguns are also widely available to civilians and commonly carried for self-defense.

ChatGPT

  1. handgun

    A handgun is a short-barreled, handheld firearm that can be used with one hand. This category includes revolvers, pistols, and derringers. Handguns are typically used for personal protection, sport shooting, and law enforcement.

Wikidata

  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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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of handgun in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of handgun in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of handgun in a Sentence

  1. Nassau County Sheriff Bill Leeper:

    The driver's arm came out of the vehicle with a handgun and shot the deputy right here.

  2. Ibrahim Patrasa:

    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.

  3. Alex Spyropoulos:

    The benefits of any vaccine far outweigh the risks -- period, this complication from the vaccine is excruciatingly rare. Certainly more people are going to be killed by handgun in the United States than by these complications.

  4. Jorge Elorza:

    This has to stop. the young people involved believing that the way to solve their disputes is with a handgun. I mean, that just can't be the way, it's just too easy to access these guns and we have to do something about that.

  5. Atlanta Police Department:

    While fleeing, the Silverado drove into the front of a marked patrol vehicle and the passenger fired a handgun toward officers, the truck then fled down Cascade Avenue and struck an SUV before crashing into a vacant building at 804 Cascade Avenue.

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