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GAT (gat)

Slang for a pistol

Common clues: Heater; Hood's weapon; Piece; Pistol, in B movies; Rod; Gangster's piece; Gangland gun

Crossword puzzle frequency: 2 times a year

Frequency in English language: 73236 / 86800

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All handguns are divided into one of two major groups depending upon the location of the chamber. Revolvers have a revolving chamber; pistols have a chamber integral with the barrel. There are various sub-types.

Derringers were small and easily hidden

Some handguns are: single-shot pistols, revolvers, semi-automatic pistols, and fully automatic pistols. In the 15th century the term "pistol" was used for small knives and daggers which could be concealed in a person's clothing. By the 18th century the term came to be used exclusively to refer to hand-held firearms.

The slang term 'gat' for gun is derived from the Gatling gun.

This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Pistol" and “Gatling gun.