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A small, very low power air pistol. A .177 air pistol with a reciprocating piston barrel (you push the pistol against the ground to cock it)

see this link for a picture

Now on sale again, aparently due to popular demand.

Traditionally sold to small boys along with some feathered darts, pellets and corks.

Generally used as a derogatory term by soldiers to refer to any personal weapon (ie a rifle or pistol) considered to have substantially low power.

--CGS 09:36, 16 May 2005 (BST)

Although to be fair, most just use it to describe any issue rifle. G3, FAL as examples - generally not accused of being of low power.

Also as I once wrote before, well worth knowing for the Torygraph crossword.