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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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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.
In a modern bolt action it doesn't really matter, but in a self-loader it becomes important.
The B&LE, a former subsidiary of USX Corporation, was one of a number of railroads that conspired to delay the use of self-loader iron ore vessels on the Great Lakes from 1956 through the early 1980s.
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.
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.
Those who would like a self-loader chambered for this little sizzler will be interested to know Remington has just announced the introduction of a .
The first item to consider is the type of rifle -- boltaction or self-loader -- that best suits your needs.
Back when Smith & Wesson introduced their Model 39 double-action 9mm self-loader some 30 years ago, there were calls for the same pistol in .