(Sp. model spelled same [pistolero] < pistola [see above] and suffix -ero, 'profession or trade')
   OED: 1937. A gunman. The DRAE references it as a person who uses a pistol to assault, rob, or commit some crime. Santamaría gives a similar definition. He glosses pistolero as an illegally armed person who, with a pistol or revolver, participates in criminal activities, including homicide, generally in exchange for payment from some third party. Certainly the Old West had its share of pistoleros, but they were not as prevalent as Hollywood or pulp fiction would have one believe.

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