I am writing a book set in the 1920's and would like to know what a relatively low-class person might call a pistol.
In other books I've read, they are called heaters or gats, but I believe those books were set in the 1940's or later.
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Shooting iron or just iron, for short, was in use since the late 18th century, and I'm sure was still in use during the 1920s, as I've heard the expression commonly used in movie scripts.