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self-loading

[self-loh-ding, self-]
adjective
  1. noting or pertaining to an automatic or semiautomatic firearm.
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Origin of self-loading

First recorded in 1895–1900
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Examples from the Web for self-loading

Historical Examples

  • In case the self-loading mechanism fails to work, the pistol will then be tried by operating by hand.

    Pistol and Revolver Shooting

    A. L. A. Himmelwright

  • In case of self-loading failures to work in either case the piece will be tried by operating by hand.

    Pistol and Revolver Shooting

    A. L. A. Himmelwright


British Dictionary definitions for self-loading

self-loading

adjective
  1. (of a firearm) utilizing some of the force of the explosion to eject the empty shell and replace it with a new oneAlso: autoloading See also automatic (def. 5), semiautomatic (def. 2)
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Derived Formsself-loader, noun
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