- 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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Examples from the Web for recoil-operated
The Italian Perino gun, adopted in 1907, is a recoil-operated weapon, and is loaded by a metal clip.