Definition of Assault rifle

1. Noun. Any of the automatic rifles or semiautomatic rifles with large magazines designed for military use.

Definition of Assault rifle

1. Noun. A military style automatic rifle or carbine that fires a shortened rifle caliber round or lower power smaller calibre round larger than pistol ammunition from a high capacity magazine. ¹

2. Noun. (colloquial) Any assault weapon. ¹

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Literary usage of Assault rifle

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1. Bear Went Over the Mountain: Soviet Combat Tactics in Afghanistan by Lester W. Grau, Voennai︠a︡ akademii︠a︡ imeni M.V. Frunze (1996)
"The standard Soviet assault rifle's fire selector switch goes from safe to ... The standard Western assault rifle's fire selection switch goes from safe to ..."

2. State Laws and Ordinances on Firearms by DIANE Publishing Company (1996)
"... or 94; (iii) GALIL 5.56MM and 7.62MM; (¡v) FN LAR and FN FAL assault rifle; ... (x) CALICO M 900 9MM assault rifle or Car bine; (xi) SIG 550/551 Assault ..."

3. Surviving Twilight: A Soldier's Chronicle of Daily Life in Iraq by Shane A. Bernskoetter (2005)
"... aka SAW, US Army issue M4—5.56 mm compact assault rifle, US Army issue M60—7.62 mm medium machine gun (old style), US Army issue M9—9 mm handgun, ..."

4. Seven Firefights in Vietnam by John A. Cash (1985)
"Glossary AGAV Armored cavalry assault vehicle (M 113 armored personnel carrier, modified for use in Vietnam) AK47 Russian-designed assault rifle, 7.62-mm. ..."

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