Sidearm
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Basic Information

In modern usage virtually a synonym for pistol, but more generally a weapon carried as a backup to a fighter's main weapon such as the sword-bayonets issued to infantrymen in the late nineteenth century and often used in their own right as much as as an accessory for the rifle.

Not to be confused with or opposed to small arms.

A medieval knight's arming sword might also be considered a sidearm.

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