American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Automatically ejecting a shell and chambering the next round from the magazine; automatic or semiautomatic. Used of a firearm.
- adj. (of firearms) capable of automatic loading and firing continuously
“I was a 14 ... 15-year-old boy, teaching other boys how to fire automatic weapons and assemble a self-loading rifle in the dark, with a stopwatch.”
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“We prefer the use of the term "self-loading cargo".”
“The commissionâs report noted that Saari âused a self-loading or semi-automatic ï¬rearm, which was small-calibre but still capable of inï¬icting serious damage.â In addition, the commission suggested that the minimum age for owning a gun be raised from 15 to 20, and that permits be temporary and require two years of proven shooting practice.”
“Already he had been at work on new weapons and had made prototypes of a submachine gun and a self-loading carbine.”
“Its self-loading features were made possible by putting to work the same excess energy harnessed in the Kalashnikov: It diverted gas from burning propellant through a port in the barrel and back toward the shooter, where its energy was used to keep the rifle moving through its firing cycle.”
“The reason is: A self-loading firearm will soften the recoil, making it more tolerable.”
“The most common rimfire rifle in use today is the Ruger 10-22 self-loading rifle.”
“Winchester .22 Rifles also see use, Marlin .22 rifles, and many other self-loading .22 rifles.”
“The Remington 1100 shotgun, the Remington 11-87 shotgun, the Browning shotguns, the Winchester Super-X shotgun, the Benelli shotguns, the beretta shotguns, and many other self-loading shotguns are popular for hunting and competitive shooting such as trap and skeet.”
“It has already be said by others, high power rifle competition is dominated by the M1A self-loading rifle, and the AR-15 self-loading rifle.”
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