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Automatic rifle

a type of light machine gun capable of firing automatically or in single shots.
Contemporary Examples

By then the S-75 had earned a reputation similar to that of the ubiquitous AK-47 automatic rifle, designed by Mikhail Kalashnikov.
Russia’s Missiles Stung the World Long Before MH17 Clive Irving July 19, 2014

Authorities also found a shotgun and an unregistered AK-47 automatic rifle in the home.
Gems, Guns and Death in a Jungle Mansion Zach Dyer May 24, 2014

Historical Examples

The door opened abruptly; a colonel of infantry was standing there, breathing hard, with an automatic rifle at port.
The Adventurer Cyril M. Kornbluth

There are signs that the most deadly arm of the future will be the automatic rifle.
The Romance of Modern Mechanism Archibald Williams

All hands knew the stream of lead my automatic rifle could throw, and Arthur Deacon knew it.
The Mutiny of the Elsinore Jack London

On a rack just beside the door was an automatic rifle, ready for instant use.
Fly By Night Arthur Dekker Savage

There is an AR-15, which is an automatic rifle, and a shotgun.
Warren Commission (2 of 26): Hearings Vol. II (of 15) The President’s Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy

He picked up an automatic rifle from one of the sprawled figures.
The Sensitive Man Poul William Anderson

Their place with the Battalion was taken by two Lewis Guns—an automatic rifle and a new weapon.
The 28th: A Record of War Service in the Australian Imperial Force, 1915-19, Vol. I Herbert Brayley Collett

Margaret followed him, and behind her came Wada, who carried my .22 Winchester automatic rifle.
The Mutiny of the Elsinore Jack London


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