shooting iron

noun

Definition of shooting iron

: firearm especially : handgun

Examples of shooting iron in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Many traditionalists think learning to shoot iron sights is the best way to get started, but that’s not my preference. Tyler Freel, Outdoor Life, "Teach a New Hunter to Shoot a Rifle More Accurately with a Red-Dot Scope," 21 May 2020 After all, no one wants to lug a 9-pound shooting iron in the squirrel woods. T. Edward Nickens, Field & Stream, "The 10 Best Rifles for Squirrel Hunting," 11 Sep. 2019 There are few things more frightening than the possibility that participants in today’s hyperpolarized partisan politics will all get into the habit of threatening to take up shooting irons to redress the imperfections of our political system. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "Democratic Congressman Hints at Armed Rebellion Against Trump," 19 Mar. 2018 The occasion was a routine refusal of the Court to intervene in a highly technical California case involving that state’s ten-day waiting period for the purchase of shooting irons. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "Clarence Thomas Angry That SCOTUS Doesn’t Love Guns," 20 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of shooting iron

1775, in the meaning defined above

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“Shooting iron.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shooting%20iron. Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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