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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.

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