a short firearm intended to be held and fired with one hand.
to shoot with a pistol.
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How to use pistol in a sentence
One officer hit a demonstrator and watched a pistol pop out of the rioter’s waistband.“I Don’t Trust the People Above Me”: Riot Squad Cops Open Up About Disastrous Response to Capitol Insurrection | by Joaquin Sapien and Joshua Kaplan | February 12, 2021 | ProPublica
In a statement, police said Narumanchi was armed with a pistol and what appeared to be a shotgun, and was carrying two duffel bags.Terminally ill doctor killed pediatrician and himself after hours-long hostage standoff in Austin, police say | Andrea Salcedo, Derek Hawkins | January 27, 2021 | Washington Post
One man, for instance, was arrested and accused of carrying a pistol on the Capitol grounds.
Coffman had an apparent license to carry a pistol in Alabama, prosecutors said.First indictment in Capitol riot charges Ala. man who allegedly brought molotov cocktails | Spencer Hsu, Shayna Jacobs | January 12, 2021 | Washington Post
Prosecutors charged the youth with carrying a pistol without a license, possession of a firearm without registration and possession of ammunition without a license.Teen charged in Fourth of July fatal shooting faces lesser charges in another case | Keith L. Alexander | December 9, 2020 | Washington Post
Brinsley stepped up to the passenger side of the patrol car, raised a silver Taurus semi-automatic pistol and began firing.'Please Don't Die!': The Frantic Battle to Save Murdered Cops | Michael Daly | December 22, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
On October 5, 2013, Wilson pointed a pistol at a postal clerk.
He pointed a pistol at a grocery checkout woman and swiped whatever cash he could into his pockets before booking it.
A call made to police beforehand described Rice as “a guy with a pistol” on a swing set, but said it was “probably fake.”
It was later reported that the weapon was a BB gun that appeared to be a .45-caliber pistol.
After relievedly giving the pistol to the nearest soldier, he stumbled quickly over to Brion and took his hand.Sense of Obligation | Henry Maxwell Dempsey (AKA Harry Harrison)
The next moment a pistol was fired at their head, and a deep groan shewed it had taken too true an aim.The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4 | Jane Porter
As you are doubtless aware, between civilians the small-sword, the rapier and the pistol are what are usually employed.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3) | Charles James Wills
Yes; hes my boy, replied Sikes, looking hard at Oliver, and putting his hand abstractedly into the pocket where the pistol was.Oliver Twist, Vol. II (of 3) | Charles Dickens
Gone were the old days when a man drank till his brain was fire and his pistol went off by itself.Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
British Dictionary definitions for pistol
a short-barrelled handgun
hold a pistol to a person's head to threaten a person in order to force him to do what one wants
(tr) to shoot with a pistol
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