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automatic rifle

noun
1.
a type of light machine gun capable of firing automatically or in single shots.
Also called automatic, machine rifle.
Origin
1875-1880
1875-80
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Examples for automatic rifle
  • 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.
Encyclopedia Article for automatic rifle

rifle that utilizes either its recoil or a portion of the gas propelling the projectile to remove the spent cartridge case, load a new cartridge, and cock the weapon to fire again. Automatic rifles (and pistols) are called autoloaders and are actually semiautomatic, since they customarily fire only one shot at each pull of the trigger. Full automatic fire-that is, firing repeatedly as long as the trigger is held down until the magazine is exhausted-is achieved by the assault rifle and the submachine gun (qq.v.). In the assault rifle, fully automatic fire can be substituted for one-shot fire simply by flicking a switch on the weapon. Likewise, a semiautomatic rifle needs only an adjustment (a simple procedure, for a gunsmith) to convert it to full automatic functioning. Most modern infantry rifles are assault rifles and have full automatic-fire capabilities.

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