When distinguished as a subset of handguns, a pistol is a handgun with a chamber that is integral with the barrel, such as a pepperbox revolver - as opposed to a standard (single-barrel) revolver, wherein the chamber is separate from the barrel as a revolving cylinder.

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Fritz Zulauf
... In 1920 he won a bronze medal in the 30 metre military pistol event and a second bronze medal as member of the Swiss team in the team 30 metre military pistol competition ... He was also part of the Swiss team which finished ninth in the team 50 metre free pistol competition ...
Natalia Paderina
... She won the silver medal in Women's 10m air pistol at the 2008 Summer Olympics ... Olympic results Event 25 ... metre pistol 23rd 572 19th 579 — 10 metre air pistol 5th 386+95.9 2 ! Silver 391+98.1 37th 375 ...
Luke Short - Short Versus Courtright Gunfight
... said loudly "Don't you pull a gun on me.", and quickly drew his pistol ... However, Courtright's pistol hung on his watch-chain for a brief second, at which time Short pulled his pistol and fired one shot ... As he tried to switch the pistol to his left hand, Short fired at least four more times and killed Courtright ...
Nino Salukvadze
... the 1988 Summer Olympics, she won a gold medal in the women's 25-metre sporting pistol competition and silver in the women's 10-metre air pistol competition ... to her tally with a bronze medal, also in the 10-metre air pistol event ...
English Lock - Subtypes - Pistols
... Flintlock pistols were used as self-defense weapons and as a military arm ... Pistols were usually smoothbore although some rifled pistols were produced ... Flintlock pistols came in a variety of sizes and styles which often overlap and are not well defined, many of the names we use having been applied by collectors and ...

Famous quotes containing the word pistol:

    The Germans are called brutal, the Spanish cruel, the Americans superficial, and so on; but we are perfide Albion, the island of hypocrites, the people who have built up an Empire with a Bible in one hand, a pistol in the other, and financial concessions in both pockets. Is the charge true? I think it is.
    —E.M. (Edward Morgan)

    Johnson did not answer ...; but talking for victory and determined to be master of the field, he had recourse to the device which Goldsmith imputed to him in the witty words of one of Cibber’s comedies. “There is no arguing with Johnson; for when his pistol misses fire, he knocks you down with the butt end of it.”
    Samuel Johnson (1709–1784)

    I thought it was a wonderfully conceptual act actually, to fire a replica pistol at a figurehead—the guy could have been working for Andy Warhol!
    —J.G. (James Graham)