Calque of German Sturmgewehr (literally “storm rifle”). The Maschinenpistole 44 was called the Sturmgewehr by Adolf Hitler, whence it was renamed to represent the separate class of firearm it represented.
- A military select-fire rifle or carbine that fires a shortened rifle caliber round or lower-power smaller-calibre round, from a high-capacity magazine.
- 2014, Jeff Jacobson, Growth, page 23:
- A man dressed as a lab tech, his blue scrubs startlingly pale against the vivid red and black chaos, moved into sight from behind the SUV. He carried an assault rifle.
- (colloquial) Any firearm meeting the definition of an assault weapon, and in the form of a rifle.
Especially in the US, some or all types of semi automatic rifles (assault weapons) are sometimes referred to as assault rifles.
- automatic rifle
- battle rifle
- machine carbine
- machine gun
- machine pistol
- machine rifle
- submachine gun
- trench broom