From Agepedia

Jump to: navigation , search

PISTOL ; a small hand gun, of a structure too well known to require particular description. Pistols are of various sizes, some being so small that they may be deposited in the waistcoat pocket. These are called pocket pistols. Others, such as duelling and horse pistols, are sometimes nearly half as long as a carbine. Pistol barrels are oftentimes rifled, and have frequently the addition of a sight. The best pistols are manufactured at London ; those of an inferior kind at Sheffield and Birmingham. The stocks of the pistols intended for the Turkey trade are usually inlaid with silver, gold, mother of pearl, &c, and are, on the whole, far more costly than those sent to any other part of the world. Pistols, if well mounted, bring high prices at Constantinople and Smyrna. (For the origin of the name, see Pistoia.)