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Big Iron: A firearm, specifically a revolver. Due to the thick metal used in creating old-style revolvers such as the Colt Peacemaker or the newer Ruger Blackhawk/Redhawk, and partially due to the weight of the weapon, they earned the nickname "Big Iron." This phrase became largely popular after Marty Robbins' widly successful gunfighting ballad called "Big Iron."
"No lone dared to ask his business no one dared to make the slip, the stranger there amoung them had a big iron on his hip"
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by wakyjdogboy April 12, 2017
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A colloquism from the American Frontier days, referring to a handgun with a long barrel, as mentioned in the Marty Robbins song, featured in the video game Fallout: New Vegas. It was the style of the time for many to carry shorter barreled guns, often with the front sight filed down or completely off, to aid in a faster draw. So, anyone carrying a long barreled gun was assumed to be confident enough in their ability to handle the gun they would trade the speed of a shorter barrel for accuracy of a longer one.
Watch out for the stranger who just rolled into town, he carries a big iron on his hip.
by Jen45 December 07, 2018
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