Definition of saloon pistol in English:

saloon pistol

(also saloon rifle)


  • A gun adapted for firing at short range.

    • ‘They crawled out, brushed one another clean, slid the saloon-pistols down a trouser-leg, and hurried forth to a deep and solitary Devonshire lane in whose flanks a boy might sometimes slay a young rabbit.’
    • ‘The single shot saloon pistols were break action with a drop down barrel, the release catch was at the front of the frame.’