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shooting iron

noun, Informal.
a firearm, especially a pistol or revolver.
Origin of shooting iron
An Americanism dating back to 1780-90 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • I had my hand on my shooting iron in my pocket after that, I can tell you!

    The Red Redmaynes Eden Phillpotts
  • "Put up your shooting iron, Mr. Melville," said Col. Warner, exhibiting a slight shade of annoyance.

    Do and Dare Horatio Alger, Jr.
  • In each pair one was to carry the light, while the other managed the ‘shooting iron.’

    The Hunters' Feast Mayne Reid
  • There was a good sized crowd of them, every one with some kind of shooting iron, and I saw at once that they meant business.

  • He pulled his shooting iron and trimmed the whiskers of one of 'em with a chunk of lead.

    Gunman's Reckoning Max Brand
  • I'll give you some of the plunder, if you'll put up that shooting iron, and make no trouble.

    Try and Trust Horatio Alger
British Dictionary definitions for shooting iron

shooting iron

(US, slang) a firearm, esp a pistol
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for shooting iron

shooting iron

noun phrase

A firearm, esp a pistol (1775+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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