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automatic rifle

a type of light machine gun capable of firing automatically or in single shots.
Also called automatic, machine rifle.
Origin of automatic rifle
1875-80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The owner emerged onto the bridge platform bearing an automatic rifle.
  • He allegedly fired an automatic rifle at onlookers who gathered at the crash site, killing two and injuring two.
  • Then came the six shooter, the automatic rifle, and the automatic shotgun.
  • Batty then fired two rounds through the wall of the trailer from a semi-automatic rifle he had inside.
  • Serrano was armed with a semi-automatic rifle when he allegedly shot and killed his co-worker in a parking lot.
  • He immediately opened fire with his automatic rifle on the advancing enemy troops.
  • For example, examiners can recognize a semi-automatic rifle that contains machine gun parts.
  • Inside of the apartment, they found a loaded semi-automatic pistol and a loaded semi-automatic rifle.

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