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  1. (of a firearm) using some of the exhaust gases to operate the action.
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Origin of gas-operated

First recorded in 1940–45
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Historical Examples of gas-operated

  • It is a gas-operated gun, something like the Colt, and it is air-cooled.

    Inventions of the Great War

    A. Russell (Alexander Russell) Bond

  • The Skoda gun, some of which type are used in Japan and China, is loaded by a hopper feed, and is gas-operated.

  • This gun is of a heavy type, air-cooled, gas-operated, and fed from either a strip holding 30 cartridges or a metallic link belt.