- (of a firearm) requiring loading before each shot; not having or using a cartridge magazine.
Origin of single-shot
An Americanism dating back to 1885–90
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Examples from the Web for single-shot
There wont be time to load, and a Sharps is only a single-shot gun, you know.The Sunset Trail
Alfred Henry Lewis
The first pistol, as the first rifle, was naturally a single-shot one.
No automatic can have the delicate touch of a single-shot pistol.
The single-shot pistol is the most accurate of any, there being no escape of gas.
The other weapon is a Stevens, or Smith & Wesson, single-shot .22 pistol.Automatic Pistol Shooting