THE EXPRESSION “Hotter than a two dollar pistol” has been around for a long time. It is believed to have come into existence in the early 1900s. When someone other than a professional gunsmith attempted to make a pistol by assembling mismatched parts including a piece of pipe not suitable for a barrel then it was cheaply made and not worth very much. In reality it was highly dangerous to fire and might explode in doing so. Its barrel might become very hot after firing it.
Two slightly different expressions came into common use in addition to the above caption. These were: “Hotter than a two-dollar pistol on a Saturday night” and “Hotter than a two-dollar pistol on the fourth of July.” This was a very expressive way of declaring it is unbearably hot weather.
The expression has also been used in describing a female. Sometimes it is used as a country boy’s way of saying a certain young lady is very attractive. It has also been used in a negative way of describing someone of the opposite sex.
The country singer George Jones’s Corvette song compared the Corvette to the one he loved.
Dub Mowery is a Gospel preacher in the Church of Christ. A native of Southeast Oklahoma, he is the author of Colloquial Sayings & Expressions (Morris Publishing, 2008)