from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of various rifles that propel the bullet at high velocity to maximize point blank range.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- A sporting rifle for use at short ranges, employing a large charge of powder and a light (short) bullet, giving a high initial velocity and consequently a flat trajectory. It is usually of moderately large caliber.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as express, 5.
First applied to hunting rifles and ammunition beginning in the middle 19th century, to indicate a rifle or ammunition capable of higher than typical velocities. (Wiktionary)