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automatic pistol

a type of pistol having a mechanism that throws out the empty shell, puts in a new one, and prepares the pistol to be fired again.
Also called automatic.
1875-80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for automatic pistol
  • He also takes her idea of pointing an automatic pistol at him as a sort of a joke, but does obey her order to hold up his hands.
  • Student will cover the unique aspect of the semi-automatic pistol and semi-automatic pistol shooting techniques.
  • The robber pulled up his shirt and displayed the handle of semi-automatic pistol.
  • One had a dark-colored semi-automatic pistol and the other had a silver semi-automatic pistol.
  • He was carrying what appeared to be a semi-automatic pistol during the robbery.
  • The robber was seen holding a dark colored, semi-automatic pistol.
  • The course will include the revolver, semi-automatic pistol, and the shotgun.
  • Although he pulled out and pointed a semi-automatic pistol at the teller, the robber politely demanded cash.
  • The unidentified subject entered the branch and brandished a silver semi automatic pistol.
Encyclopedia Article for automatic pistol

handgun that utilizes either recoil or blowback to discharge the empty cartridge after each shot, reload, and cock the piece. The automatic pistol dates from the very late 19th century, when developments in ammunition made possible cartridges and bullets that would not be deformed by their handling in automatic loading, as well as smokeless powder that burned evenly to provide smooth action

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Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
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