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[sing-guh l-shot]
  1. (of a firearm) requiring loading before each shot; not having or using a cartridge magazine.
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Origin of single-shot

An Americanism dating back to 1885–90
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples

  • There wont be time to load, and a Sharps is only a single-shot gun, you know.

    The Sunset Trail

    Alfred Henry Lewis

  • The single-shot pistol is the most accurate of any, there being no escape of gas.

  • No automatic can have the delicate touch of a single-shot pistol.

  • The first pistol, as the first rifle, was naturally a single-shot one.

  • The other weapon is a Stevens, or Smith & Wesson, single-shot .22 pistol.