shooting iron

noun

: firearm
especially : handgun

Examples of shooting iron in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After all, no one wants to lug a 9-pound shooting iron in the squirrel woods. T. Edward Nickens, Field & Stream, 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, 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, 20 Feb. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1775, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of shooting iron was in 1775

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“Shooting iron.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shooting%20iron. Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

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