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recoil-operated

[ree-koil-op-uh-rey-tid]
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  1. employing the recoil force of an explosive projectile to prepare the firing mechanism for the next shot.

Origin of recoil-operated

First recorded in 1940–45
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Historical Examples

  • The Italian Perino gun, adopted in 1907, is a recoil-operated weapon, and is loaded by a metal clip.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 17, Slice 2

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