noun hand·gun \-ˌgən\

  • Synonym for pistol. designed to be fired while held in one or both hands, rather than while braced against the shoulder.
  • A small, short-barreled firearm, possibly small enough to be concealed on the person, and able to be held and discharged in one hand. The term includes antique dueling pistols, modern single-shot, semi-automatic pistols and revolvers.