What does the word pistol mean?

Usage examples for pistol

  1. Her hand went to her side- but the pistol was not there! – A Son of the Hills by Harriet T. Comstock
  2. That was the way all the Aubignys fell in love, as if struck by a pistol shot. – The Awakening and Selected Short Stories by Kate Chopin
  3. But Renwick still held the pistol pointed in his neighbor's direction. – The Secret Witness by George Gibbs