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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. 2018.
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  • He pulled his shooting iron and trimmed the whiskers of one of 'em with a chunk of lead.

    Gunman's Reckoning Max Brand
  • I had my hand on my shooting iron in my pocket after that, I can tell you!

    The Red Redmaynes

    Eden Phillpotts
  • 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
  • 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.

  • In each pair one was to carry the light, while the other managed the ‘shooting iron.’

    The Hunters' Feast Mayne Reid
  • "Put up your shooting iron, Mr. Melville," said Col. Warner, exhibiting a slight shade of annoyance.

    Do and Dare Horatio Alger, Jr.
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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