from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Partially automatic.
- adj. Of a firearm that automatically ejects a shell and loads the next one, but requires the trigger to be squeezed for each shot; autoloading.
- n. A semi-automatic firearm, especially such a pistol.
- n. A semi-automatic transmission
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Partly automatic: used in describing many machines for the manufacture of duplicate articles in which the will and action of the human attendant is brought into play in the process.
Sorry, no etymologies found.
As a mother, I made a conscious decision not to raise my children in a remote Massachusetts fishing village, partly because of one particular conversation in the local post office in which two neighbors discussed whether they owned guns that could be classified as semi-automatic weapons.
The central provisions of the reforms were the ban on semi-automatic rifles and pump action shotguns, accompanied by gun amnesties and two national buybacks, which together saw some 820,000 guns destroyed.
Fooley admitted to bringing a semi-automatic weapon on board the ship.
You are partially correct; the M-16 is not a semi-automatic firearm as M-16 model rifles are capable either of burst-fire or of fully automatic fire in addition to semi-automatic operation.
However, the M1 Garand, the Beretta BM59 and the Johnson M1941 rifle are all military-grade semi-automatic firearms.
Very generally speaking, a semi-automatic firearm is defined by these laws as an assault weapon if it has both a detachable magazine and a pistol grip, sometimes in conjunction with other features such as a folding stock or a flash suppressor.
Now I see how, in your mind at least, the destruction of which a truckful of fertilizer and kerosene is capable ican be equated with that of a military-grade semi-automatic firearm and thus both items presumably should be equally free from “prohibition”.
“Weapons” was chosen to include rifles, carbines, sub-machine guns, and handguns. “semi-automatic” is merely descriptive of those weapons that comply with existing prohibitions on automatic weapons.
The Desert Eagle is a large-framed gas-operated semi-automatic pistol designed by Magnum Research in the U.S., and manufactured primarily in Israel by IMI (Israel Military Industries, now Israel Weapon Industries).
Also found are homemade C-4 plastic explosives, grenades and mines, a. 50-caliber rifle, semi-automatic weapons, and a list of 50 Islamic worship centers in the area.