pistol grip


: a grip of a shotgun or rifle shaped like a pistol stock
: a handle shaped like a pistol stock

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The bill bans all semi-automatic rifles that can have a detachable magazine and have a military feature such as a pistol grip, and a detachable stock or grenade launcher, among other features. Brian L. Cox, Chicago Tribune, 9 Sep. 2022 The most common types of hose nozzles are the pistol grip, dial, wand, and traditional nozzles. Renee Freemon Mulvihill, Better Homes & Gardens, 6 Sep. 2022 Semiautomatic firearms with detachable magazines and a pistol grip are intended to wound as severely as possible as many times as possible as quickly as possible. Christopher Colwell, Scientific American, 22 June 2022 The most common type is a pistol grip nozzle, which has a trigger handle to control the water stream; these can often lock into position, too. Rachel Klein, Popular Mechanics, 19 Apr. 2022 Parkin sells a Juggernaut JT-9 9mm rifle with an adjustable stock and pistol grip in his store for $1,199.99. Matthias Gafni, San Francisco Chronicle, 20 June 2021 Most of us don’t have a lot of experience with super-premium airguns, but the AR-style pistol grip and safety will be familiar. Joseph Albanese, Field & Stream, 4 Dec. 2020 Both the Taser and the gun, for instance, are held via a pistol grip. Anne Quito, Quartz, 16 Apr. 2021 Taser had only recently introduced its Advanced Taser M26 model with a pistol grip, a change the company said was driven by customer preference. Matt Mckinney, Star Tribune, 12 Apr. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1841, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of pistol grip was in 1841

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Cite this Entry

“Pistol grip.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pistol%20grip. Accessed 27 Nov. 2022.

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