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Definition of "self-loading" [self-loading]

  • Automatically ejecting a shell and chambering the next round from the magazine; automatic or semiautomatic. Used of a firearm. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "self-loading" in a sentence
  • "I was a 14 ... 15-year-old boy, teaching other boys how to fire automatic weapons and assemble a self-loading rifle in the dark, with a stopwatch."
  • "We prefer the use of the term "self-loading cargo"."
  • "The commission’s report noted that Saari “used a self-loading or semi-automatic firearm, which was small-calibre but still capable of inflicting serious damage.” In addition, the commission suggested that the minimum age for owning a gun be raised from 15 to 20, and that permits be temporary and require two years of proven shooting practice."
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