Automatic pistol

a type of pistol having a mechanism that throws out the empty shell, puts in a new one, and prepares the pistol to be fired again.
Contemporary Examples

Then a man holding an automatic pistol appeared from a passageway between two buildings.
Jonylah Watkins, Gunned Down in Chicago, Was a ‘Happy Baby’ Michael Daly March 12, 2013

He was still bent over his gun, his head bowed, when the man came up and executed him with an automatic pistol.
Lisa Robles Tells How She Was Almost Shot Outside the Empire State Building Michael Daly August 24, 2012

He said you want an automatic pistol in order to be able to get off another shot fast, in case your first shot is inefficient.
Don Carpenter Was a Novelist Both Lacerating and Forgiving Louis B. Jones July 13, 2014

She at one point appears holding an automatic pistol, a black bandanna covering the lower half of her face.
Chicago’s Gun-Toting Gang Girl: ‘Lil Snoop’ Michael Daly April 28, 2014

She instantly understood that it was the laser sight attached to the automatic pistol the man was now firing at her.
How the Army Betrayed the Hero of Fort Hood Michael Daly April 3, 2014

Historical Examples

It has a longer barrel than any other automatic pistol and is fitted with adjustable sights.
Pistol and Revolver Shooting A. L. A. Himmelwright

He put on his coat and dropped an automatic pistol into a side pocket.
The Coyote James Roberts

Never touch an automatic pistol until you are expert with a single-shot pistol.
The Modern Pistol and How to Shoot It Walter Winans

The muffled sounds of an automatic pistol, fitted with a silencer!
Astounding Stories of Super-Science, October, 1930 Various

Noticing a pigeon fluttering over the trench, he drew his automatic pistol and killed it on the wing.
Average Americans Theodore Roosevelt


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