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(ˌsɛm iˌɔ təˈmæt ɪk, ˌsɛm aɪ-)

1. partly automatic.
2. (of a firearm) automatically ejecting the spent cartridge case and loading the next cartridge but requiring a squeeze of the trigger to fire each shot.
3. a semiautomatic firearm.
sem`i•au`to•mat′i•cal•ly, adv.
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Noun1.self-loader - a firearm that reloads itself
automatic firearm, automatic gun, automatic weapon - a firearm that reloads itself and keeps firing until the trigger is released
firearm, small-arm, piece - a portable gun; "he wore his firearm in a shoulder holster"
semiautomatic firearm - an autoloader that fires only one shot at each pull of the trigger
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The Nambu self-loader is often criticized, but when you fire it you realize that it Is of high quality, with an excellent trigger action.
He drove a self-loader log truck and low-boy until his retirement from Leavitt's Freight in 2011.
Maybe the little self-loader with pink plastic stocks just might be the cat's meow.
for JCB in Italy and offered in three models, the TD7, TD10 and TD10 self-loader (SL) for material transport use.
Fired in a self-loader, such loads can create higher port pressure than 7.
A second pistol found alongside it, a 9mm Heckler & Koch self-loader, was also shown to jurors although it was not linked to the murder.
He graduated from Monroe High School and worked as a self-loader log truck driver.
And as hunters eventually discovered, the self-loader softens recoil a bit when compared to a fixed-breech gun.
First, he states that the "only self-loader with any track record" is the Desert Eagle.
The carrier assembly is why the AR is our most accurate self-loader.
If a homeowner was going to go out and cut five trees down and have a self-loader haul the trees to the mill, he would have to have a fire extinguisher and a shovel and a fire watch afterward," said Greg Wagenblast, a forester with the Oregon Department of Forestry.
Immediately, the police community seized upon the event, with countless departments summarily abandoning their revolvers and adopting some form of self-loader.