Two possibilities: 1. firearm; 2. weapon.
"Firearm" is better, IMO, because a weapon includes everything from a steak knife to a blowgun to a slingshot. Firearm also is not misleading in that only a dolt would misconstrue one as a mortar or rocket or a howitzer or a guided missile or a "gun," which in military terms is the modern equivalent of a cannon and is most commonly used to describe large artillery pieces and the big tubes on destroyers, cruisers and battleships.
So... if you are a wingshooter, refer to your "shotgun" and do not be distracted by liberals who try to change the definition.
Last edited by Tom Servo; November 27, 2012 at 02:48 AM.
Reason: Removed criticism of liberals