A pistol is a tiny handgun that is designed to be used with one hand. According to one account, the city of Pistoia, Italy, is where pistols were first manufactured in the late 15th century.
Small Arm Pistol:
Any firearm that can be handled in one’s hand, such as a little arm.Military small guns have seen considerable alterations since the introduction of the flintlock musket in the 17th century.
Semiautomatic pistols use recoil or blowback to discharge the empty cartridge, reload, and cock the piece after each shot. The semiautomatic pistol was invented in the late 19 century.