from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A pistol of large caliber, formerly carried in holsters by dragoons and other horsemen.

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  • n. a large pistol (usually in a holster) formerly carried by horsemen


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  • YooperJack; Forget that old 1911 horse-pistol Get yourself a Glock 21 in 45ACP.

    David E.

  • This presented an opportunity for gaining results which all thought should not be lost, so our guide, an Indian named "Cut-mouth John," seized upon it, and giving hot chase, soon, overtook the poor creature, whom he speedily killed without much danger to himself, for the fugitive was armed with only an old Hudson's Bay flint-lock horse-pistol which could not be discharged.

    She Makes Her Mouth Small & Round & Other Stories

  • In my belt, I had a heavy horse-pistol, loaded with buck-shot.

    The House on the Borderland

  • He rode down with the Gold Troop from the mines, and protected it with an old two-barrelled horse-pistol, which would never go off when we wanted to shoot anything (and by way of parenthesis I may remark that, with the assistance of a small boy to look after the mules, I would undertake for a bet to rob the troop myself).

    The Romance of Isabel Lady Burton

  • We saw a fox in the wood, and Senhor Jorge tried to shoot it with the old horse-pistol, but failed.

    The Romance of Isabel Lady Burton

  • This ejaculation he pronounced in a loud solemn tone, with his hat off, and his eyes lifted up; then drawing a large horse-pistol, he presented, and put himself in a posture of action.

    The Expedition of Humphry Clinker

  • And this I did by about a minute; and (which was the hardest thing of all) with a great horse-pistol at my head as I seized upon his bridle.

    Lorna Doone

  • And do you know that, at the very moment I spotted them, that one-eyed brute of a gardener thrust his white face into the room; and he was carrying a horse-pistol.

    The Complete Father Brown

  • Then the priest ducked just in time to dodge a blow from the horse-pistol, wielded like a club.

    The Complete Father Brown

  • His height, four inches over six feet, was formidable enough, yet he also carried the muscles to match his inches and this evening he looked even more threatening for he hefted an oak cudgel and had a long-barrelled horse-pistol thrust into his belt and British army rifle slung on one shoulder.

    Sharpe's Waterloo


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