assault rifle

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A military firearm that is chambered for ammunition of reduced size or propellant charge and has the capacity to switch between semi‐automatic and fully automatic fire. It is characterized by having a pistol grip to enable the weapon to be more easily controlled when in fully automatic mode or when firing other than from the shoulder. Perhaps the best known examples are the Kalashnikov AK 47 and the Colt M16 (‘Armalite’) See also automatic weapon; rifle.

Subjects: Law.

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