assault rifle

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Etymology[edit]

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.

Noun[edit]

assault rifle (plural assault rifles)

  1. 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.
  2. (colloquial) Any assault weapon.

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There is no widespread official definition of assault rifle, and the meaning varies among different legal jurisdictions.

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