old ironsides


For a moment I wondered whether it would be decent to wear a gun when calling on a lady, but habit got the better of me. I slipped the holster on over my shirt, shot a few drops of oil in the slide mechanism of my .45 and checked my clip. Everything in order, I wiped the gun and shoved it under my arm. Anyway, I thought, my suit wouldn’t fit unless old ironsides was inside it. This was a custom-made job that had space built into it for some artillery.
I the Jury, Mickey Spillane

At first i thought he is talking about some kind of holster, but is he referring to the ship USS Constitution? or a cannon? (figuratively)
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