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Calqued from German Sturmgewehr ("assault rifle", literally "storm rifle"). The Maschinenpistole 44 was called the Sturmgewehr by Adolf Hitler, whence it was renamed to represent the separate class of firearm it represented. From assault + rifle.
- A military style automatic rifle or carbine that fires a shortened rifle caliber round or lower power smaller calibre round larger than pistol ammunition from a high capacity magazine.
- (colloquial) Any assault weapon.
- automatic rifle
- battle rifle
- machine carbine
- machine gun
- machine pistol
- machine rifle
- submachine gun
- trench broom