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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ What does seem more difficult to believe, however, is that the practice of carrying firearms was habitual among Hooligans.
▪ Senior officers say more and more criminals are prepared to carry firearms in cash raids.
▪ At Gloucester Crown Court, Rennie admitted 2 charges of kidnap and one of carrying a firearm.
▪ Mr Jones pleaded guilty to possessing a firearm with criminal intent and affray.
▪ By law, a convicted felon is not allowed to possess or use a firearm.
▪ He had denied the charge, but admitted another of unlawfully possessing a firearm.
▪ Facts: convicted of robbery and possessing a firearm with intent to commit an indictable offence.
▪ There are also reports that hunting parties are using firearms against Dorcas gazelles in the Eastern desert, again contrary to law.
▪ By law, a convicted felon is not allowed to possess or use a firearm.
▪ In 1987 the number of people shot dead in Britain by the police using firearms was five.
▪ Stilwell believed Park did not wish to break the long-standing ban on using firearms in the Joint Security Area.
▪ Before the next battle Ahmad Granj was strongly reinforced, especially with firearms.
▪ It marked the first time in a decade that the centers' annual request for injury-research proposals omitted firearms violence.
▪ Nevertheless, they were forced into submission, in the first place by a demonstration of the killing power of firearms.
▪ Read in studio Two people have been charged with firearms offences after a police operation to smash a gun ring.
▪ San Francisco also added a 3 percent tax on firearms sales.
▪ They bought works of art, lace, firearms.
▪ This is to be widened to include all firearms.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Firearm \Fire"arm`\ (f[imac]r"[aum]rm`), n. A gun, pistol, or any weapon from which a shot is discharged by the force of an explosive substance, as gunpowder.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

also fire-arm, 1640s, from fire (n.) + arm (n.2). Anything which expels a missile by combustion of gunpowder (or a similar substance), from a pistol to a cannon. Related: Firearms.


n. A personal weapon that uses explosive powder to propel a metal (usually lead) projectile.


n. a portable gun; "he wore his firearm in a shoulder holster" [syn: piece, small-arm]


A firearm is a portable gun - a barreled weapon that launches one or more projectiles, often driven by the action of an explosive force. The first primitive firearms originated in 13th-century China when the one-person-portable fire lance was combined with projectiles. The technology gradually spread through the rest of East Asia, South Asia, the Middle East and then into Europe. Older firearms typically used black powder as a propellant, but modern firearms use smokeless powder or other propellants. Most modern firearms (with the notable exception of smoothbore shotguns) have rifled barrels to impart spin to the projectile for improved flight stability.

Modern firearms are usually described by their caliber (i.e. their bore diameter; this is given in millimeters or inches e.g. 7.5mm, .357) or in the case of shotguns their gauge (e.g. 12 ga.); by the type of action employed (muzzle, breech, lever, bolt, pump, revolver, semi-automatic, automatic etc.) together with the usual means of deportment (hand-held or mechanical mounting). Further classification may make reference to the type of barrel used (rifled) and to the barrel length (19 inch), to the design's primary intended use (e.g. hunting rifle), or to the commonly accepted name for a particular variation (e.g. Gatling gun). The word firearms usually is used in a sense restricted to small arms (weapons that can be carried by a single person), whereas the word artillery covers larger gunpowder-fired weapons.

Shooters aim firearms at their targets with hand-eye co-ordination, using either iron sights or optical sights. The accurate range of pistols generally does not exceed , while most rifles are accurate to using iron sights, or to longer ranges using optical sights (firearm rounds may be dangerous or lethal well beyond their accurate range; the minimum distance for safety is much greater than specified range). Some purpose-built sniper rifles are accurate to ranges of more than .

Firearm (Marvel Comics)
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Firearm (disambiguation)

A firearm is a projectile weapon.

Firearm or fire arm may also refer to:

  • Firearm (comics), a comic book series printed by Malibu Comics
  • Firearm (Marvel Comics), a character in the Marvel Comics universe
  • Firearm (tool), a non-weapon projectile tool
  • Firearms (video game), a first-person shooter
  • A character in the Lego Agents toy series
Firearm (comics)

Firearm is a comic book series created by writer James Robinson and artists Howard Chaykin and Cully Hamner for Malibu Comics' Ultraverse imprint, which lasted 18 issues, with an additional 0 issue. The 0 issue included a 35-minute Firearm short film, on VHS. The series was about Alec Swan, a private investigator who, against his own wishes, becomes embroiled in cases involving the strange and the ultra-human.

After the series ended, there was a six-issue mini-series called Codename: Firearm about another character with the same code name, which featured Alec Swan in backup stories.

James Robinson wrote the script for an unpublished Firearm Annual #1 issue, and briefly offered copies of the script to fans through the letters column in his Starman comic.

Firearm (tool)

A firearm can be used primarily as a tool, instead of as a weapon, to project either single or multiple objects at high velocity through a controlled explosion. The firing is achieved by the gases produced through rapid, confined burning of a propellant. This process of rapid burning is technically known as deflagration. In older firearms, this propellant was typically black powder, but modern firearms use smokeless powder, cordite, or other propellants. Many firearms such as mortars do not have rifled bores to impart spin to the projectile for improved flight stability, such as is seen with firearms used as weapons, although some are rifled. The lack of rifling can prevent tangling of grappling hook lines, buoy lines, and such, although some firearms intended for use at the longest ranges in these applications are rifled.

Usage examples of "firearm".

Indian women and children would be left at the Russian fort as hostages of good conduct, and at the head of as many as four, five hundred, a thousand Aleut Indian hunters who had been bludgeoned, impressed, bribed by the promise of firearms to hunt for the Cossacks, six Russians would set out to coast a tempestuous sea for a thousand miles in frail boats made of parchment stretched on whalebone.

It loads with a detachable magazine, holding five rounds, not unlike an autopistol, but it is not a firearm and it may be purchased currently without registration and even by mail.

He touched Drumfire with his toes and broke into a trot, heading directly for the and una By now the Nguni must have understood the terrible menace of the firearms, but the man showed no fear: he increased the speed of his charge, and lifted his shield to clear his spear arm, his face twisted with the ferocity of his war-cry.

French fur traders, cast out of the western forts and now roaming the wilds, fanned the flame, gave presents of gunpowder and firearms to the savages, and egged the hostiles on against the new possessors of Canada, in order to divert the fur trade to French traders still in Louisiana.

Every single firearm out of the same gunsmithy has its particular peculiarities.

Witnesses reported that the squire vanquished his assailants with his bare hands despite their equipage with firearms.

Then I know, from Earth history, what to do, There must be several thousand Hoka males around, and they all have some kind of firearms.

The officer in turn gave it to Teerts, making sure all the while that the flight leader could not grab his small firearm.

Four hundred of them now rose in revolt, and armed with pitchforks, scythes and what firearms they could lay hold of, marched on the village of Jerez de la Frontera in Andalusia.

The Indians of the missions were not allowed to possess firearms at this period.

They are also highly proficient with firearms, using a tiny revolver that shoots naillike projectiles and a rifle that shoots poison darts with a range of two hundred yards.

Johnny Skinhead both his horse and his old sword, personally helping the Ganik to rearrange both baldric and weapons belt to facilitate easy access for the left hand, and as they all headed south, the sometime prisoner rode with the mounted wounded, differing from them only in his nonuniform clothing, his long, straight sword in place of a saber and his lack of a firearm.

Never had the ourang outangs heard the sound of a firearm, and the noise, seemingly in such close proximity, filled them with such terror that on the instant they forgot all else than this new and startling fear, and with headlong haste leaped away into the jungle, leaving Bulan lying where he had fallen.

In selecting your survival stores, add some high velocity solids or some semi-hollow points to your Stingers and you should be well supplied for any chores that you could reasonably expect your rimfire firearm to perform.

The necromancer, teeth bared and eyes widened, stared down the barrel of the firearm at the Roofman, crazed with greed.