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handgun

[ hand-guhn ]
/ ˈhændˌgʌn /
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noun

any firearm that can be held and fired with one hand; a revolver or a pistol.

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Origin of handgun

First recorded in 1400–50, handgun is from the late Middle English word handgone.See hand, gun1
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British Dictionary definitions for handgun

handgun
/ (ˈhændˌɡʌn) /

noun

a firearm that can be held, carried, and fired with one hand, such as a pistol
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