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Old Timey Slang

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by SpaceCowboy, Sep 26, 2005.

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  1. SpaceCowboy

    SpaceCowboy Member

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    What are some good old time slang for revolvers? Or new slang that anyone has heard. No real reason for this question, just wondering.
     
  2. Shear_stress

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    "Hoglegs" and "wheelers" come to mind.
     
  3. Jim K

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    "Iron" is another, as in "Watch out, he's toting iron." "He's walkin' heavy" meant the same thing.

    Later, there were terms like "gat", "heater", and "rod", though none were specific to revolvers. "Piece" originated as a police/military term and generally meant an issue weapon.

    Jim
     
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    My favorite is "Roscoe", as in "You got your Roscoe?"
     
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    It's not a name, but one of my favorite funny revolver phrases is: "I prefer the revolver, it doesn't spray evidense everywhere" :) or some variation of that.

    Oh, and I've heard "Rosco" not sure if that's revolver specific.
     
  6. EddieCoyle

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    Probably not. I think it's from the movie Dead End (1937).

    A few months ago, my brother and I had the following exchange (as an Asian gang approached us in an alley in Boston):

    HIM: You got your Roscoe?
    ME: Yeah. You?
    HIM: Two.
    ME (To the gang): "HOW'RE YOU GUYS DOING THIS EVENING?"


    They kept walking without incident.
     
  7. Iggy

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    Old time Colt's Single Actions were referred to as Plow Handles... You have to have walked behind a horse drawn plow to understand the comparison..
     
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    My favorite: Heater
     
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    Hog leg.
     
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    slang

    You mean like "six shooter"?
     
  11. Gary A

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    "wheelgun" and "roundgun" are two that haven't been mentioned yet.
     
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    pocket revolver - "snubby"
     
  13. gunfan

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    Roscoe...

    refers to a Zinc-cast revolver made in West Germany and in the USA (after passage of the 1968 Gun Control Act.) These are very inexpensive handguns chambered in .22 Short, .22 Long Rifle and .32 S&W Long. While not very robust they served a purpose... that of offering affordable protection to the working poor.

    These handguns sell for about $60.00 today. I saw an example on the Gunbroker that had no reserve, was chambered in the .32 S&W Long cartridge, and was NIB. It will likely sell for between $45.00 and $55.00.

    When new, these handguns are good for about 50 rounds. After that, their reliability becomes questionable.

    I hope that this clears up the "Roscoe" question.

    Scott
     
  14. gunfan

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    Here's an example of a "Roscoe" at work.

    homicide call: .22 LR performance

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    Just got back from a homicide call.
    Two drunks were arguing over the last swallow of liquor in a bottle.
    To settle the dispute, the perp pulled out a revolver and shot the victim one time in the front/side of the forehead. The victim died instantly.
    The revolver was a true "Saturday Night Special":
    A stamped-metal snub-nosed revolver, broken white plastic grips, with half the "bluing" worn off (the bluing looked like black spray paint).
    The revolver was stamped "made in USA" but we could not find who the manufacturer was. The trigger guard was bent and mis-shapen.
    The cylinder held 8 or 9 rounds, but only five rounds were in it when we found the perp. Only one round had been fired, presumably the killing round.
    I did not see the brand of ammo, but it looked like cheap bulk-pack. Lead round nose .22 LR. Solid point.
    Perp was drunk as a skunk when we found him. The murder weapon was in his pocket.
    Anyway, I guess even a piece of junk can be deadly, even in the hands of a drunk...
    Sad thing was, I got the call for this one while I was at the hospital for another homicide. I'll spare you the details, but it looks like someone raped and killed a two year old.
    I'm glad I'm going to the feds to prosecute drug lords and bank robbers...Just 15 more days of the cess pool here in Atlanta...
    -David

    See what I mean?

    Scott
     
  15. Moonclip

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    How about horsepistol, for a large old time revolver I've heard it used.
     
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    How about one from "Tombstone"? Smokewagon - as in

    "Skin that smokewagon and go to work!"
     
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    "Belly gun" used to refer to snubbies. Some question as to whether that referred to carry under the belt, next to the "belly," or to the preferred range for deployment ("belly to belly").
     
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    You weren't carrying nothing unless you were "heeled"
    kid
     
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    BRT-- "Big Round Thing."
     
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    Hog leg is a fav.
    six shooter
    six gun
    with apologies to Art's Grammaw:"horse c**k" :what:
     
  21. Chuck R.

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    "Equalizer"

    As in, God created man, but Col Colt made them equal.

    Chuck
     
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    Smoke Box

    Carver (with nods to Stephen King)

    Medicine (as in big medicine)

    "Fitz" (for a specific kind of custom Colt)

    Six For Sure

    Cowboy
     
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    Smokepole.
     
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    Gat
    Saturday night special
    My Mom used to say hot as a three dollar pistol
     
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