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Pistol

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A pistol or handgun is a small firearm designed to be held in one hand, perhaps braced with a second hand but not held at the shoulder or hip. The barrel of a pistol is much shorter than that of most other guns, which allows ease of carrying and concealment, but at the cost of significantly reducing accuracy at long ranges.

Basic types

Single-shot

Multiple-shot

Revolver

Semi-automatic

Uses