pistol grip

noun

Definition of pistol grip 

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

2 : a handle shaped like a pistol stock

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Unlike ordinary sleek assault rifles, this weapon is a clunky rectangular shape with a pistol grip, foregrip, and a telescopic sight. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "China Claims to Have a Laser Assault Rifle That Can Set Clothes on Fire," 3 July 2018 The agent’s drawing clearly shows the weapon’s most defining features, including the pistol grip, shoulder stock (the angle is slightly off), raised and hooded front sight, and thirty round banana magazine. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "A CIA Agent’s Drawing of the First AK-47 Sighting," 13 Mar. 2018 By holding the pistol grip with one hand and pushing forward on the barrel with the other, the shooter’s finger comes in contact with the trigger. Tyler Whetstone, USA TODAY, "Watch this veteran destroy a bump stock as he calls for it to be outlawed," 6 Oct. 2017 By holding the pistol grip with one hand and pushing forward on the barrel with the other, the shooter’s finger comes in contact with the trigger. Tyler Whetstone, USA TODAY, "Watch this veteran destroy a bump stock as he calls for it to be outlawed," 6 Oct. 2017 By holding the pistol grip with one hand and pushing forward on the barrel with the other, the shooter’s finger comes in contact with the trigger. Tyler Whetstone, USA TODAY, "Watch this veteran destroy a bump stock as he calls for it to be outlawed," 6 Oct. 2017 By holding the pistol grip with one hand and pushing forward on the barrel with the other, the shooter's finger comes in contact with the trigger. CBS News, "ATF: Las Vegas shooter had 12 guns modified to mimic automatics – live updates," 5 Oct. 2017 These included pistol grips on rifles, flash hiders, and threaded barrels for silencers. Michael Hiltzik, latimes.com, "Assault guns are not just about mass shootings — they're also a big factor in attacks on police and other crimes," 9 Oct. 2017 By holding the pistol grip with one hand and pushing forward on the barrel with the other, the shooter's finger comes in contact with the trigger. CBS News, "ATF: Las Vegas shooter had 12 guns modified to mimic automatics – live updates," 5 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of pistol grip

1841, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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