machine pistol


: a small submachine gun with a pistol grip

Examples of machine pistol in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Prosecutors said police found two weapons in the getaway car when the men were detained on a highway about 50 kilometers (30 miles) outside Amsterdam, a Heckler and Koch machine pistol and, in a Louis Vuitton bag, a blank-firing pistol that had been modified to take 9-millimeter rounds. Mike Corder, ajc, 18 Oct. 2021 Deputies also allegedly found a MAC-10 machine pistol and a 9 mm handgun under the passenger seat. Jason Green, The Mercury News, 19 Aug. 2019 Among the guns seized from Cleveland’s home was a Glock Model 19, 9mm fully-automatic machine pistol with what’s called a drum magazine, according to Sax., 11 July 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1940, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of machine pistol was in 1940

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“Machine pistol.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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