from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A handle, shaped like the butt of a pistol, attached to the under side of the small of the stock of fowling-pieces and rifles. It affords a better hold for the hand than the ordinary form of stock. Also pistol-hand. See cut under gun.


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  • * The straight-grip walnut stock has been replaced by a laminated pistol-grip stock (which I much prefer) and the wretched recoil pad that comes on the 1895G has been superceded by a real one.

    Rifles of Interest, Vol. 2

  • - The special-order features that were available include Sav-age's Grade B engraving, deluxe walnut and special checkering for the pistol-grip stock and the fore-end, both open and aperture rear tang sights, a takedown action, and a fitted luggage case.

    What's It Worth?

  • In 1983 I saved enough birthday money to get a 5'6 pistol-grip medium-heavy action Lew's Speed Stick attached to a Shimano Bantam 100 and it was my worm, jig, spinnerbait, crankbait, topwater, pitching, flipping, catfishing, perching and everything else rod.

    Classic Fishing Tackle

  • It costs much less than, say, the $301,000 Alfa Romeo 8C Spider, and its V8 HEMI engine and brawny attitude (angled center console, pistol-grip shifter, dual round headlamps, flared hood) don't scream refinement.

    The World's Most Beautiful Cars

  • AP Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnell says a man shot to death by two officers during the weekend was found to have pointed a black pistol-grip water nozzle at them.

    Chief: Man shot by officers pointed a water nozzle

  • He swung the muzzle of a cut-down pistol-grip pump shotgun toward me.

    The Glass Rainbow

  • Fearing for his life, the officer in the passenger seat fired a single blast from his pistol-grip Mossberg shotgun, a personal weapon, killing Brumfield with a shot through his left shoulder, the report states.

    How a New Orleans Police Detective Missed a Key Clue in a Controversial Killing

  • Neighbors are shocked, absolutely shocked, and denounce the cops when the only thing found under the blanket was a pistol-grip hair dryer.

    "It’s complex decisions, the ones that involve lots of information, that benefit the most from unconscious emotional processing."

  • It provides superior balance compared to the standard pistol-grip design and fits your hand like a glove.

    New Driver from Dremel

  • Engineers are not eager to design another one — the pistol-grip tool is modular so improvements can be added later.

    Boing Boing


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