• WordNet 3.6
    • n firearm a portable gun "he wore his firearm in a shoulder holster"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Forty-six US federal agencies have officers with the authority to carry firearms and arrest people.
    • n Firearm fīr"ärm` A gun, pistol, or any weapon from which a shot is discharged by the force of an explosive substance, as gunpowder.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The original IBM-PCs, that had hard drives, referred to the hard drives as Winchester drives. This is due to the fact that the original Winchester drive had a model number of 3030. This is, of course, a Winchester firearm.
    • n firearm A weapon from which a missile, such as a bullet, cannon-ball, shell, etc., is expelled by the combustion of gunpowder or other similar explosive. Pistols, muskets, cannon, etc., are firearms.
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In literature:

Consequently, I received orders to get ready forthwith a canoe and firearms, in order to proceed to their relief.
"Narrative of a Voyage to the Northwest Coast of America in the years 1811, 1812, 1813, and 1814 or the First American Settlement on the Pacific" by Gabriel Franchere
No clergyman here, or anywhere else, ever carries firearms, but there are laymen inside who are not bound by our regulations.
"Willy Reilly The Works of William Carleton, Volume One" by William Carleton
As for us, we will fight them with other weapons besides pistols and firearms.
"Valentine M'Clutchy, The Irish Agent The Works of William Carleton, Volume Two" by William Carleton
He had made a study of firearms and had the eye of an expert.
"Troop One of the Labrador" by Dillon Wallace
The social order is like the small boys who stop their ears at the theatre, so as not to hear the report of the firearms.
"The Physiology of Marriage, Complete" by Honore de Balzac
The report of these firearms had the effect of arousing the entire command.
"The Life and Adventures of Kit Carson, the Nestor of the Rocky Mountains, from Facts Narrated by Himself" by De Witt C. Peters
Our skilled industry can produce firearms equal to any in the world.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol. IV. October, 1863, No. IV." by Various
He had a fondness for firearms that almost amounted to a passion.
"The Ridin' Kid from Powder River" by Henry Herbert Knibbs
The defenders of Dolly's Brae had no firearms, as their opponents had, but they gathered up any weapons they could to repel the invaders.
"The Life Story of an Old Rebel" by John Denvir
I'll learn to handle firearms.
"Bad Hugh" by Mary Jane Holmes
They do not make use of firearms.
"The History of Sumatra" by William Marsden
This we thought very curious at the time, as the Boxers were supposed to laugh at firearms.
"Indiscreet Letters From Peking"
Seeing the advantage of firearms, he has bought four muskets.
"The Last Journals of David Livingstone, in Central Africa, from 1865 to His Death, Volume II (of 2), 1869-1873" by David Livingstone
If firearms are used, the rifle is preferable.
"Camp Life in the Woods and the Tricks of Trapping and Trap Making" by William Hamilton Gibson
Got anything handy in the way of firearms?
"The Black Box" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
The possession by the rioters of some five or six stand of firearms, was felt to be a menace to the peace of the encampment.
"The Romantic Settlement of Lord Selkirk's Colonists" by George Bryce
The light was a strange one, flickering and yet constant, with the thousands of firearms, which kept up an unceasing roar.
"The Cornet of Horse" by G. A. Henty
He had already ordered that firearms were not to be used in the first place.
"The Queen's Cup" by G. A. Henty
Had they carried firearms larger than pistols he would have been sure to detect the gleam of steel.
"Two Knapsacks" by John Campbell
It was against the law of the settlers to trade firearms or ammunition with the Indians.
"Some Three Hundred Years Ago" by Edith Gilman Brewster

In news:

City leaders in Pinole voted 5-0 to restrict a common way some people buy firearms, banning home-based gun dealers.
We instruct responsible adults on topics such as safe gun handling, traveling with a firearm and yes, proper storage of a firearm.
Former Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agent Michael Bouchard, who helped lead the Sniper case investigation, describes the fear that the authorities faced during their daily press conferences.
The Phoenix bureau of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives sold more than 2,000 guns to operatives it believed to be working for Mexican drug cartels between 2006 and 2010.
How Savvy Firearms Retailers Are Cashing In On Knives.
A drug felon whose trial convictions were overturned on appeal because he wasn't adequately warned of the dangers of representing himself was sentenced this week to 8 1/2 years in prison for drug and firearm offenses.
When you get right down to it, current firearms technology—even the alleged cutting-edge, state-of-the-art stuff—is still so 19th-Century.
A defendant described as a "one-man tidal wave" was sentenced Friday to a five-year prison term for a series of burglaries, thefts and firearms violations two years ago.
In Honduras, citizens are allowed up to five personal firearms.
The regular firearm season is Nov 28-Dec.
There's a major reshuffling at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms amid the Fast and Furious "gunwalking" scandal.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives rarely revokes the licenses of gun dealers.
Deer Firearm Season Opens Tomorrow.
BERLIN- Maryland's traditional two-week firearm deer season opens tomo READ.
A Muskegon County jury convicted Bailey of armed robbery and a felony firearm count but acquitted him of assault with intent to murder and using a firearm to do that.

In science:

Many states do not allow hunting with some service caliber handguns during the general firearms season.
A method for testing handgun bullets in deer