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  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Needle-gun a gun or rifle loaded at the breech, the cartridge of which is exploded by the impact of a needle or spike at its base
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. nǽdl; Ger. nadel; cog. with Ger. nähen, to sew, L. nēre, to spin.


In literature:

The rancher pinned his faith to the famous old single-shot buffalo gun, mostly called needle gun.
"To the Last Man" by Zane Grey
He was the chiefest, as he was the youngest, of the war correspondents, and his experiences dated from the birth of the needle-gun.
"The Light That Failed" by Rudyard Kipling
Besides, it might be a needle-gun, for aught I knew.
"Summer in a Garden, and Calvin, A Study Of Character" by Charles Dudley Warner
The contending forces were about equal; but science and the needle-gun won the day, and changed the whole aspect of modern warfare.
"Beacon Lights of History, Volume X" by John Lord
NEEDLE-GUN, a breech-loading gun, the cartridge of which is exploded by a needle.
"The Nuttall Encyclopaedia" by Edited by Rev. James Wood
Also an old needle-gun.
"The Mysterious Rider" by Zane Grey
Tipped with urari, the needle-like arrow used in blow-guns will kill an ox in twenty minutes and a monkey in ten.
"The Andes and the Amazon" by James Orton
The Prussians on their side replied with their needle-guns.
"Diary of the Besieged Resident in Paris" by Henry Labouchère
Needle-guns my work should do.
"The Joyful Heart" by Robert Haven Schauffler
A man pulls a tarpaulin off a long needle-gun amidships.
"Sonnie-Boy's People" by James B. Connolly
Prussian valor and discipline in handling the needle-gun had won on the field.
"Charles Carleton Coffin" by William Elliot Griffis
This he could do by procuring one of the paralyzing needle-guns from the ship.
"Cry from a Far Planet" by Tom Godwin
The needle-gun dates from 1838.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia. Vol. 1 Part 2" by Various
Finally MacColl, the county clerk, handed me a needle gun and commanded me to get back before dark.
"Collection of Nebraska Pioneer Reminiscences" by Nebraska Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution
As they drew nearer to the enemy the needle-gun came into full utility.
"The Franco-German War of 1870-71" by Count Helmuth, von Moltke
Here was a company of soldiers each with two new needle-guns upon his shoulder; there another party was dragging stores in hand carts.
"George Alfred Henty" by George Manville Fenn
Furs and ivory were gathered in heaps in exchange for guns, knives and needles.
"My Attainment of the Pole" by Frederick A. Cook
Darning-needles are of more service to the general public than dynamite guns, and they are more easily manufactured.
"The Island of Gold" by Gordon Stables
Another method of wanton slaughter is the stalking of the herds by men carrying needle-guns.
"Buffalo Land" by W. E. Webb
A Sur-Malic officer behind a needle gun moved into the small room.
"The Butterfly Kiss" by Arthur Dekker Savage

In poetry:

"A little while the world may run
Its old mad way, with needle-gun
And iron-clad, but truth, at last, shall reign
The cradle-song of Christ was never sung in vain!"
"The Cable Hymn" by John Greenleaf Whittier

In news:

A New Delhi court on Tuesday ordered 45-year-old Jitender Mohla imprisoned for life for threatening the pilot and crew of an IndiGo Airlines plane in February 2009 by saying he was armed with a gun and infected needles.
A New Delhi court on Tuesday ordered Jitender Kumar Mohla, 45, imprisoned for life for threatening the pilot and crew of an IndiGo Airlines plane in February 2009 by saying he was armed with a gun and infected needles.
We recommend you avoid mall kiosks and opt for a professional piercing shop or reputable jewelry store, and if at all possible, have your piercing done with a sterilized, one-time-use needle rather than a piercing gun.
Bandits waved guns, knives and bloody needles in a string of robberies over the weekend.