pistol grip


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

Examples of pistol grip in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web When people brought him horns, Conley said Carrey would thank them by crafting things like belt buckles, pistol grips and knife handles out of the horns. Idaho Statesman, 31 Jan. 2024 Because of some features borrowed from competition rifles, like a flat forend and swelled pistol grip, the gun is easy to hold on target. Mike Dickerson, Field & Stream, 19 July 2023 Complete with a pistol grip, a 22-inch barrel, and a Burris FastFire red-dot sight, Matt also swapped in a custom trigger with a lighter break so River could pull it with one finger. Dac Collins, Outdoor Life, 29 June 2023 The air compressor is designed to be extremely compact and features a pistol grip handle that can conveniently be strapped to your bike or comfortably held in your hand. Nor'adila Hepburn, Better Homes & Gardens, 6 June 2023 Versatility in that its body converts between a pistol grip and inline style, just twist its body to make the conversion. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, 27 Feb. 2023 The rifle had a pistol grip and the capacity to accept a detachable magazine in front of the pistol grip. Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times, 5 Apr. 2022 The most common types of hose nozzles are the pistol grip, dial, wand, and traditional nozzles. Renee Freemon Mulvihill, Better Homes & Gardens, 14 Apr. 2023 But few gunmakers saw a semiautomatic version of the rifle - with its shrouded barrel, pistol grip and jutting ammunition magazine - as a product for ordinary people. Todd C. Frankel, Shawn Boburg, Josh Dawsey, Ashley Parker and Alex Horton, The Washington Post, Anchorage Daily News, 30 Mar. 2023

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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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“Pistol grip.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pistol%20grip. Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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