Yes thats why I deliberately left the numbers provided by the dictionaries as well as providing the links to allow anyone to investigate further.<quoted text> You left out all definitions, though clearly the concept
originally was primarily as a weapon to can't make such a broad sweeping statement covering design/intent/purpose.
That makes a club something to bash other apes in the head with.
Despite we having golf clubs and baseball bats.
This definition is more suitable for today's world.
"2. Any portable firearm, as a rifle, shotgun, or revolver."
And this puts the intent in the mind of the owner.
(Self-defense, hunting, target shooting, competitions, collecting,
investment, decoration etc.)
No 1 in all enteries indicates the gun as a weapon
Funnily enough clubs are mentioned as a weapon somewhere in that lot. However the design of golf clubs does not include the ability to kill, that does not mean they cannot be used for such a purpose.
And baseball bats are the weapon of choice (when guns are not available) among the gangland sets in the UK
Guns on the other hand are primarily designed as a weapon of war. The owner does not necessarily use it as a weapon though. That in no way changes the design trail