• WordNet 3.6
    • n handgun a firearm that is held and fired with one hand
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In literature:

In 1540, he proclaimed that there would be no shooting by handgun except on a shooting range.
"Our Legal Heritage, 5th Ed." by S. A. Reilly
He too possessed one of the handguns of the period, and was a good marksman to boot.
"In the Wars of the Roses" by Evelyn Everett-Green
The Planeteers estimated where the enemy would land, and they were there waiting, with aimed handguns.
"Rip Foster in Ride the Gray Planet" by Harold Leland Goodwin
Handguns were illegal on Earth.
"The Status Civilization" by Robert Sheckley
He reached inside his blouse and took out a fully loaded handgun.
"The Highest Treason" by Randall Garrett
Joe Chessman had a heavy handgun holstered at his waist.
"Adaptation" by Dallas McCord Reynolds
NEEDLER: Sandeman energy handgun.
"Concordance" by Ann Wilson
She'd forgotten just how loud a heavy-caliber handgun could be in a confined area, and her ears were ringing painfully.
"The Alembic Plot" by Ann Wilson
They were no real threat; handguns couldn't penetrate even a courier's shielding.
"A Matter of Honor" by Ann Wilson
Rex Donaldson, a small handgun magically in his hand, was standing, half crouched on his thin, bent legs.
"Border, Breed Nor Birth" by Dallas McCord Reynolds
The small handgun merely jangled their nerves with a high-powered blast of accurately beamed supersonics.
"Anything You Can Do" by Gordon Randall Garrett
I once saw him put on an exhibition of trick handgun shooting.
"Frigid Fracas" by Dallas McCord Reynolds
Homer came to his feet and handgun in fist made a dash for the front entrance.
"Black Man's Burden" by Dallas McCord Reynolds
Each man carried a handgun, or, in two cases a long rifle.
"The Giants From Outer Space" by Geoff St. Reynard
Each man had his own handgun of choice, but the rounds of ammo were cut down to a bare minimum.
"Project Cyclops" by Thomas Hoover
There were two handguns and three rifles and a shotgun.
"The Sex Life of the Gods" by Michael Knerr
The first portable arms were the cannon and handgun, both adjusted to very heavy, straight butt-ends and very difficult to handle.
"The Spell of Belgium" by Isabel Anderson

In news:

Officers seize 13 rifles and shotguns, 4 handguns and stockpile of ammunition.
(AP) – An Alabama lawmaker is again pushing legislation that would let employees take handguns to work.
The 11-year-old boy had a loaded handgun, police said.
And Steeles Ave E and pointed a black handgun at two tellers.
According to police, the suspect showed a handgun to the teller and demanded money.
A masked man armed with a handgun robs a US Bank in Seattle, Nov 29, 2012.
She said she could see one of them, who police identified later as Mr Bragg, carrying a black handgun that was a realistic-looking BB gun , according to a criminal complaint.
Jersey Journal file photo A Bayonne police officer responding to a report of an armed man making threats got a scare last week when a man pointed a realistic-looking handgun at him, according to reports.
BELLINGHAM — A Sudden Valley man was arrested on suspicion of pointing a handgun at a pregnant woman because she was smoking a cigarette Wednesday afternoon, Sept 12, near downtown Bellingham .
And his wife's pink handgun.
Police are looking for a man who stole three handguns and an unknown amount of cash from a 54 year old Bismarck man`s home.
That's because the hunter shot himself with a handgun he was carrying and not a bow .
Police Detective Ryan Mckone says the boys found a handgun in the home, and the older boy accidentally fired a shot while the two were playing with the weapon.
A third person can be seen holding a handgun.
Man was arrested early Sunday after bringing a handgun with its serial number scratched off to a North Scranton club, police said.

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
The actual volume of this truncated cone of pulverized tissue is an estimated 12.18 cubic inches, or nearly 4 times the volume predicted by the PC-only view of wounding via handgun bullets.
A method for testing handgun bullets in deer
The work of Suneson et al. also suggests that remote neural effects can occur with levels of energy transfer possible with handguns (roughly 500 ftlbs/700 joules).
Scientific Evidence for Hydrostatic Shock
Patrick UW : Handgun Wounding Factors and Effectiveness.
Scientific Evidence for Hydrostatic Shock
The published criticisms include unjustified ad hominem attacks and other rhetorical fallacies, gross exaggerations depending upon unjustified presuppositions, and valid concerns affecting the accuracy but not the validity of considering the OSS rating as a measure of relative handgun load effectiveness.
The Ballistic Pressure Wave Theory of Handgun Bullet Incapacitation