riot gun


Definition of riot gun

: a small arm used to disperse rioters rather than to inflict serious injury or death especially : a short-barreled shotgun

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The ammunition issued for the riot guns was lethal buckshot, shells used by deer hunters that contain nine to 12 pellets as large as .38 caliber pistol slugs. Deneen L. Brown, Washington Post, "‘Stained with blood’: The 1968 campus massacre of black protesters by South Carolina police," 8 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of riot gun

1886, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of riot gun was in 1886

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