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    "Dull sliver barrel"; what does it mean?

    Hi,
    this is my first post in this forum.

    I'm about to translate some pages from English to Norwegian. It's from a book by Derek Nikitas, called Pyres. It's in the crime/noir genre.

    I'm wondering about this sentence:

    He was aiming a gun with a dull sliver barrel and slanted groove marks near the muzzle.

    The word "sliver" is what gives me headache. At first I thought it might be a spelling error for "silver", but I wonder now if a "sliver barrel" means a gun that has been cut off, to make the barrel shorter. Which could explain the "slanted groove marks near the muzzle".

    I appreciate any insight!

    Toril

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    Re: "Dull sliver barrel"; what does it mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by toril View Post
    Hi,
    this is my first post in this forum.

    I'm about to translate some pages from English to Norwegian. It's from a book by Derek Nikitas, called Pyres. It's in the crime/noir genre.

    I'm wondering about this sentence:

    He was aiming a gun with a dull sliver barrel and slanted groove marks near the muzzle.

    The word "sliver" is what gives me headache. At first I thought it might be a spelling error for "silver", but I wonder now if a "sliver barrel" means a gun that has been cut off, to make the barrel shorter. Which could explain the "slanted groove marks near the muzzle".

    I appreciate any insight!

    Toril
    I'd say it's a typo for silver. Perhaps something like this: Google Image Result for http://colt-revolvers.com/15big.jpg
    I used to collect these things.

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    Re: "Dull sliver barrel"; what does it mean?

    'Silver' would almost certainly be used in the sense of the colour rather than the metal - though the Longe Ranger used silver bullets, so you never know.

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    Re: "Dull sliver barrel"; what does it mean?

    I'm pretty sure it's a typo. I've never met 'sliver' in this sense. A revolver is 'snub-nosed' and a shotgun is 'sawn-off'.

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    Re: "Dull sliver barrel"; what does it mean?

    Thanks all for your contributions!

    I'll go for an old, well used gun, with silver color.


    Toril

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