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horse pistol

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(Firearms, Gunnery, Ordnance & Artillery) a large holstered pistol formerly carried by horsemen
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Noun1.horse pistol - a large pistol (usually in a holster) formerly carried by horsemenhorse pistol - a large pistol (usually in a holster) formerly carried by horsemen
handgun, pistol, shooting iron, side arm - a firearm that is held and fired with one hand
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Just as influential, these handguns were designed as cavalry horse pistols, and many troopers wore their saber so it could be drawn and wielded by the right hand with the pistol holstered butt forward on the right side for left-hand access.
Another reads: "I went to Tynemouth Castle on Saturday evening and brought back with me 100 Horse Pistols, 300 rounds of ball cartridge and 150 flints which are deposited in the Moot Hall for the use of the Special Constables.
Martin further explained that the collection is unique because of the depth of items in every category -- including all models and variations of American firearms -- from North & Cheney horse pistols, the first military pistol purchased by the United States government, through the Revolutionary War and 20th Century.