assault rifle


noun

a military rifle capable of both automatic and semiautomatic fire, utilizing an intermediate-power cartridge.
a nonmilitary weapon modeled on the military assault rifle, usually modified to allow only semiautomatic fire.

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Origin of assault rifle

First recorded in 1970–75
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British Dictionary definitions for assault rifle

assault rifle

assault weapon


noun

mainly US a semiautomatic firearm with additional features such as a large magazine, a bayonet fitting, etc
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