We just found the information that Pistol/Pistola comes from Czeck. From the book Schotts Sammelsurium, Ben Schott. Can somebody confirm this information? If yes, post this on the page?
The OED supports this (Czech -> Silesian German -> French -> English), and suggests that the term may have arisen during the Hussite wars. However, per the OED, it is also possible that the French word derived from the Italian pistolese. -- Visviva 00:05, 5 January 2009 (UTC)
Widespread colloquial use in the US. I think of it as a euphemism for pisser. "She's a real pistol." DCDuringTALK 13:20, 11 March 2013 (UTC)
I wonder if sense 4 is redundant to sense 3—can the term really be applied only to small boys in the Southern U.S.? —Angr 21:28, 11 March 2013 (UTC)
I managed to not see sense 4. Yes that is a tame version of the definition. The sense formerly marked Shakespeare looks like a PoV definition to support a particular theory for the derivation of the sense. A case could easily be made for it being metonymously derived from hot as a pistol. DCDuringTALK 21:57, 11 March 2013 (UTC)