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


(Firearms, Gunnery, Ordnance & Artillery) (of a firearm) utilizing some of the force of the explosion to eject the empty shell and replace it with a new one. Also: autoloading See also automatic5, semiautomatic2
ˌself-ˈloader n


of or pertaining to an automatic or semiautomatic firearm.
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Adj.1.self-loading - (of firearms) capable of automatic loading and firing continuouslyself-loading - (of firearms) capable of automatic loading and firing continuously; "an autoloading rifle"
automatic - operating with minimal human intervention; independent of external control; "automatic transmission"; "a budget deficit that caused automatic spending cuts"


[ˌselfˈləʊdɪŋ] ADJautocargador, de autocarga
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The works that began on July 24 this year involve ten members of the Engineer Battalion of the Brigade of Tactical Support of the Armed Forces of Bosnia and Herzegovina with the necessary engineering machinery (loader, dozer, grader, digger, roller, two self-loaders, towing train of engineering machines etc.)
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Another batch of new road construction equipment worth Shs 24b was commissioned during last year at UNRA regional station in Mpigi Town, which included 16 motor graders, six vibratory rollers, four crawler excavators, two bull dozers and eight self-loaders.
Where the outlaws of the Natchez Trace used flintlocks, post-Mexican War castaways had percussion caps, everyone was quick to grab up cartridge breechloaders, and then self-loaders when they became available.
The Japanese police were forbidden from using self-loaders by treaty terms, so the revolver was the obvious choice.
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